President Trump’s Supreme Court Justice selection has proven to be significantly polarizing for Democrats and Republicans alike. Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation was to be sent to the full Senate on Monday, where it was fully expected to be filibustered by Democratic members.

He is widely accepted by Republicans, but many Democrats are saying his judicial philosophy is not what they find to be acceptable.

Many people have compared Neil Gorsuch to his predecessor, Antonin Scalia, who was a constitutional originalist who protected the laws as the Congress who wrote them intended.

Although the Senate is held by a majority of Republicans, if the Democrats do choose to filibuster, Gorsuch’s confirmation would only be accepted by 60 votes, and Republicans only hold 52 seats.

The Republicans, however, did this exact same trick last year in regards to President Obama’s Supreme Court Justice choice for Scalia’s replacement.

The Republicans refused to even hold a hearing for Merrick Garland’s approval, stating the next United States President should be the one to choose the next Supreme Court Justice.

In a funny way, this whole hang up is just the Democratic Party being petty and “getting back” at the Republicans for their stunt in 2016 with Garland.

Only three moderate Democrats have stated they will probably vote in favor of Gorsuch.

So where do we go from here?

If this trend continues, we will never have another Supreme Court Justice in Scalia’s spot.


Because it is more important now-a-days to simply impede the other party regardless of the principle that they are trying to get footing on.

Gorsuch is by no means a horrible choice. He has made a very well respected name for himself in our justice system. But his unwillingness to go into details about personal opinions on matters such as abortion, may have cost him a seat on the Supreme Court.

This is just continued foolishness from our Congress and Senate, and I’m tired of it.

When are these people going to grow up and come together for the American people’s benefit?

Yes, there is a such thing as partisanship … and it needs to be utilized and utilized fast.

Amanda Long is a freelance writer for The Gazette-Virginian.