Gorsuch picked by Trump for Supreme Court


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President Trump tonight named Neil Gorsuch as his pick to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

My fear that Trump would go for the more moderate Thomas Hardiman has proven unfounded. Instead, this more conservative choice once again suggests that Trump is shifting increasingly to the right.

In fact, I think the insane and insulting attacks brought against Trump by the left have actually served to make him more conservative. As Rush Limbaugh noted today,

Would you like an illustration of what I mean by Donald Trump not being ideological and how it’s a problem? He understands he has opposition. How could he not? (chuckles) I mean, I’m sure he knows that he’s got opposition. Don’t misunderstand me, now. And I’m sure that he may have had his eyes opened about some of these people. In his mind, they’re Democrats. Liberal, conservative, that’s not in his lexicon, folks. I’m not offering this as a criticism. It’s just a truth. It’s something that, if you want to understand Trump, then there’s no better deconstructor of Trump and explainer of Trump who’s not in the inner circle than me.

All during the campaign I did my best to explain to everybody — leftists, media, conservative, Republicans, Never Trumpers — who Trump is, why Trump is, why Trump was winning, who Trump’s supporters are. And the thing that I kept saying is, “He’s not ideological.” So he knows he’s got opposition, he knows Democrats, and he’s probably had his eyes opened here. I’m sure that over the course of his life some of these people now calling him names trying to destroy him have been his friends. So his eyes are no doubt opened. I don’t doubt that.

When Trump first announced his candidacy, everything he did and said at that time fit with Limbaugh’s analysis, except that at the time I think Trump was much more middle of the road. I think he truly believed his liberal background working closely with Democrats would make them treat him decently. Instead, they have come at him guns blazing, calling him the worst sort of names, making the most vile accusations against him, and even attacking his family and his children.

The result? Trump has, as Limbaugh notes, had “his eyes opened.” He might not be a philosophical conservative, but more and more it appears that he recognizes the corrupt hate coming from the left, and is less and less inclined to give them an inch. Instead, he moves rightward. I also think this is the same pattern we are seeing nationwide among voters.

Right now the Democrats in the Senate look like they are planning to copy the strategy to try to block Trump’s Cabinet appointees used by Texas and Wisconsin Democrats in 2003 and 2011 respectively.

This is not the first time Democrats have blocked a Republican majority from proceeding by refusing to take their seats and thus denying Republicans a quorum. In 2003, 11 Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives literally fled the state for weeks in order to prevent a redistricting plan favored by Republicans. Eventually, one of them returned and the redistricting plan was passed. More recently, in 2011, Wisconsin Democrats fled to Illinois for three weeks to avoid a vote on Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill because of provisions that were opposed by Wisconsin unions. However, the GOP-controlled legislature defeated the Democrats’ maneuvers by separating these bills from the budget and passing them separately.

In both cases, the Democrats not only failed to win, but their actions caused the voters to move to the right, voting in more Republicans and significantly reducing Democratic influence in both these states. With Wisconsin the result has been the shift of that state from a blue to a red state.

They say that Einstein called insanity doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. I think this nicely defines the Democratic Party these days.

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18 comments

  • ken anthony

    Watching the left in action in this environment is amazing. They are handing out the weapons for their own destruction.

  • Cotour

    Read here in the New York Times just how wrong Trump is for nominating Gorsuch:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/opinion/neil-gorsuch-the-nominee-for-a-stolen-seat.html

    Who does Trump and his victory in the presidential race think he is?

    What would have been correct for Trump to do? Of course, nominate president Obamas candidate. I guess everyone should just fold and do as the Democrats demand, then everything would be the way that it “should” be.

    It will be eight years of tooth and nails, blood and guts for Trump, every day. I think he may be up to it. He may be the only politician that is up to it. The battle rages on, things are the way they should be but lets smile, be civilized and play the game hard and fast and without mercy to win from day one. This trait will be Trumps, and the people he surrounds himself with greatest contribution to America, just when it needs it most.

  • Orion314

    Sadly, the new definition of the democratic party is:
    Democrat = traitor

  • LocalFluff

    With 25 democrats’ senate seats in the election 2018, 8 of which in states Trump won, he will get 60% majority. Some of those democrats should be negotiable already now. It is a strength of the US system that the senators have a strong local connection. Outside of the extreme leftists in New England and California there are democrats who must be pragmatic and popular in order to continue being politicians. This cacophony of hate that fills media will not go on for ever. It is the sound of MSM dying, hurting the left as it does so.

    There are three SC-judges between 78 and 83, two democrats. Trump can soon have a 7-2 majority. He might even get to appoint 5 judges, establishing a Trump majority that lasts for a quarter of a century.

  • BSJ

    I don’t get you guys. You see a character flaw as a strength. He speaks out of both sides of his mouth, but that’s OK because he’s your guy. To think duplicity is bad is “living in a Fantasy Land”, according to some. Doublethink is reality!

    The man can be goaded into acting. Do you not think the Russians will exploit this “virtue”? They are perfectly willing plant stories about, for example, Europeans making fun of his tiny hands, or his TV ratings or any other petty issue his thin skinned ego can’t tolerate.

    Then he’ll happily sit back and watch the Russians take the rest of Ukraine, just to show them that if they cross him, he’ll make them pay for it.

  • Phil Berardelli

    Spot on, Bob. Good analysis.

  • LocalFluff

    Let them take Ukraine. Why should the US care at all about that which in no way concerns them?
    It is the leftist haters that are thin skinned. They have constructed their own fake straw man who is racist, misogynist and a bigot, and hasn’t any kind of similarity to DJ Trump at all. And they are fighting this fantasy of their with all their hate. The left only has lies, hate, racism and violence on their repertoire, those are the only things they ever do. They never think. They never consider the reality. They never consider any consequences of their actions. The left is completely irrelevant, they do not live in this world.

  • Alex

    @LocalFluff (Örtliche Fussel): Correct, let Russia take Ukraine. It would consequent, if Western world try to avoid double standards, because Cosovo was allowed also to separate from Serbia by USA.

  • Insomnius

    “Libtards”……..go ahead, keep destroying yourselves and your party. America will get along much better without you.

  • Insomnius: While we do agree on this subject, the use of the term “libtards” by you does you no credit, and has you behaving exactly the same as the left. Insulting people or calling them names will not persuade them, and in fact, will likely turn them against you instead.

    In fact, this was the entire point of my analysis. The left keeps treating everyone who does not agree with them 100% with absolute contempt. This alienates them, even those who are undecided and might find leftist political positions appealing. You do the same when you use the petty term “libtard”. Anyone who might consider themselves liberal who reads my website might see this and will conclude that much of what they hear on the left is right, that conservatives are hateful.

    Please stop. I don’t like name-calling, from either side.

  • Edward

    LocalFluff asked: “Why should the US care at all about that which in no way concerns them?

    Because the US actually does care when free peoples have been taken over and enslaved.

    Our history is one of a people who were badly treated by a king. We have such sympathy for people wanting to be free that we helped the Philippines create their own national government after they asked to no longer be a US territory. We didn’t even let Japanese occupation during WWII upset the timetable for their independence. How may other countries have eagerly set free a population just because they asked?

    Several wars have seen the US return countries that had been conquered through the expenditure of blood and treasure. Mexico comes to mind as an early benefactor of US generosity, when we fought them over their poor treatment of US citizens. Cuba was Spanish territory, until the Spanish-American war. We conquered vast amounts of European territory during two world wars, but all that territory went right back to those countries that owned it prior to the war; Europe, not the American victors, determined Europe’s fate. Can the Soviet Union say the same?

    We have seen the results of people who have been conquered, such as the Chinese and the French in WWII. The lesson of WWII is that by allowing peaceniks to rule the day, evil merely metastasizes into wider regions, making it harder to eradicate when evil becomes emboldened and the time finally comes that evil directly makes it our concern. Unfortunately, we had to relearn that lesson in 2001 after we had forgotten it eight years earlier; as the 9/11 commission noted, “they were at war with us, but we were not at war with them.”

    Just because a communist president, who had more flexibility for Russia after his reelection, allowed Russia to conquer some territory does not mean that the freedom-loving America agrees that peoples around the world should be enslaved by countries greedy for territory.

    LocalFluff wrote: “The left only has lies, hate, racism and violence on their repertoire, those are the only things they ever do.

    This is because it is what they do. It is their tactic since the 1960s. It worked then and it worked for decades since. Because we let them get away with it, it is all that they know how to do. This “community organizing” is the hippy generation’s idea of leadership.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeEPSjOBzRA (7 minutes, Bill Whittle: “American Fascists”)
    “This violence is not about Trump, it’s about the way they do business on the left.”

    These fascist hippies learned their own lessons from history, from the 1920s and 1930s. It worked for the National Socialists, and it worked for the hippy socialists.

  • Insomnius

    I have some friends who are self-named progressives who supported Bernie. That is the term they use when they HAVE TO talk about Hillary supporters. The more the MSM gives a voice to these hypocrits, the more they demolish the party. Both sides have used that term, and both sides are tired of this manufactured division. That hypocrisy is retarding the democratic party. That may not bother most here, but the centrists and moderates have grown tired of their contradicting and crazed shenanigans. We should be able to have civil debates about policy and ideology in this land, but who are the ones trying to prevent it? sturmabteilung? brownshirts? SJW?

    I can’t just call these troublemakers democrats! Most democrats are not like that.

  • wayne

    Insomnius–
    I would nominate the term “Statist” as an all purpose, equal opportunity descriptor, for what I like to categorize as “The Usual Suspects.”

    (Unfortunately, “Moron,” “Idiot,” and “Imbecile,” have fallen out of favor, despite their historic usage and conversational exactitude.)

    Binet Scale of Human Intelligence
    https://usercontent2.hubstatic.com/8093238_f260.jpg

  • Insominus: I agree with you. But just because “libtards” is the cheap insult that “self-named progressives who supported Bernie” use does not mean we have to lower ourselves to their level.

    Also, I make a very clear distinction between silly name-calling (terms like libtards, cucks, alt-right, dark money, moonbats, and numerous others) and the specific use of a term like fascist to describe specific behavior that fits that term’s definition. The former is thoughtless. The latter puts the behavior in the proper context. The distinction is important.

  • Wayne: Statist is a good term. It once again accurately describes the specific behavior.

    By the way, there are times when even I have used “idiot” and “moron,” usually in the context of something the elected officials in Congress have done. When I have done so, it is because they have literally done something idiotic or moronic, once again using the terms precisely to describe specific actions in accordance with their meanings.

  • wayne

    Casablanca (1942)
    “Round Up The Usual Suspects”
    https://youtu.be/HXuBnz6vtuI
    (1:07)

    “Suppose you were an idiot.
    And suppose you were a member of Congress.
    But, I repeat myself.”
    – Mark Twain, a Biography

  • Insomnius

    I hear you Zimmerman. The irony is, is that I first heard it from progressives, first. I’ve always liked NOT-SEES though, because they can’t see how they behave or comprehend how they come across towards other people. It’s all projection all the time. And the louder you can scream, will magically make you more right.
    Madness!

  • wayne

    “It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.
    Mark Twain-
    Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar

    and totally tangential…
    Conservative Street Artist Sabo:
    “My focus is to be mean, nasty, and just as bad as Bill Maher”
    https://youtu.be/B8bF9C5fUe8
    (6:58)

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