Neil Gorsuch crashes and burns in first day of Supreme Court hearings

Neil Gorsuch spent his confirmation hearings refusing to answer questions about nearly any aspect of case law, arguing that it would have been presumptive for him to do so. After his startlingly humiliating performance during his first day on the bench yesterday, it’s possible his earlier reticence to answer the Senators’ questions was because he didn’t understand them. As it turns out, Gorsuch is a simpleton with almost childlike understanding of the law – and the existing Justices on both sides of the spectrum already seem to have concluded he’s an idiot.

Even as the other Supreme Court Justices were trying to decipher a series of complex and interlocking statutes that were in conflict with each other, NPR reports that Neil Gorsuch kept merely saying things like it would be “a lot easier if we just follow the text of the statute” (link). Even the arguably most conservative existing Justice, Samuel Alito, pushed back against Gorsuch by pointing out that “This is unbelievably complicated.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor, an outspoken liberal, agreed.

But Gorsuch kept suggesting they simply follow the “plain language” and didn’t seem to understand that there was no way to do so, because the court had to decide which of the conflicting statutes overruled the other. This is a remarkable turn of events. The late Antonin Scalia was such a conservative extremist that no one with a soul could understand the moral basis for his positions. But he had the intellect to make sophisticated arguments in support of his amoral stances. And now he’s been replaced by Neil Gorsuch who, despite being roughly as conservative, appears to have only a small fraction of the intellect or depth.

And yet the Republicans in the Senate essentially cheated just to ram Neil Gorsuch through confirmation hearings – and they were only able to get away with it because the major media outlets treated the shallow, vapid, and poorly spoken Gorsuch as if he were a reasonable choice. Donald Trump may have set the bar so low with his consistently incompetent and often deranged behavior that his choice of Gorsuch came across as reasonable by comparison, simply because Gorsuch wasn’t visibly deranged himself.

But his confirmation hearings proved him to be wholly unqualified for the Supreme Court, and probably unqualified for the lower judge position that he already held. Because the Republicans have a majority in the Senate, and because the media failed to do its job, the Supreme Court will spend the next thirty years saddled with a new Justice who’s such a waste of a seat that it’s taken him all of one day to earn equally outspoken scorn from far smarter Justices on the left and right of the spectrum. And to think we could have had Merrick Garland instead. Contribute to Palmer Report

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  1. Feona on April 18, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Once Trump is found guilty it seems like that alone would be a good enough reason to take Gorsuch off the bench. How could he stay especially if they find even one senator guilty?

  2. Lawrence Berg on April 18, 2017 at 8:47 am

    I’m not entirely sure one day is enough to conclude someone is a simpleton and an idiot, but certainly the man has an agenda of corporate worship akin to the most devout religious practitioners.

  3. Josie Wales on April 18, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Right Wingers don’t care how stupid their elected and appointed officials are. The don’t care because like Gorsuch, they just don’t understand.

  4. DC on April 18, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Well, I am GRATEFUL that we have the balance of intelligent justices so they will see to it that rulings go as they should and will not side with greed, corruption, or stupidity.

  5. Joey Tranchina on April 18, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Elections have consequences; every imbecile who said “there’s not a dimes worth of diffeerence…” or “Never Hillary” just got what they deserve — that is, the probable end of American democracy. Fascists do not give up power they kill to keep it. The chances of there being another relatively free election are less than 50-50 and, despite the recent surge of enthusiasm, most Americans are still complacent.

    Over 80% of brain-dead evangelical “Christians” voted for Trump… Thos people do not have minds to change. “The Donald” will retain a strong base. Add that to the stupidity of US news networks, where facts are political party dependant and you have a long up-hill climb to get your relative liberty back in what was, even before Trump, the most imprisoned nation on earth. US exonomic liberty has long been a joke. Along with ideologes in the righ-wing party, the corporate corruption of governance at all levels neutered the Obama administration.

    American democracy can not go foreward by going back, it must plunge ahead to minimize corruption, maximize liberty and streamllne the tax code & bureaucracy to be effective without being unfairly burdensome. Those are big challenges for a selfish, weak & divided people.

  6. Michelle McKeen on April 18, 2017 at 10:15 am

    If Ryan and McConnell are found guilty in the Trump Russia scandal (recent accusations of Russian money laundering thru a GOP SuperPac) which basically would then include the entire REPUBLICAN PARTY, could Gorsuch be REMOVED fr SCOTUS?

  7. Claudia Groh on April 18, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Big price to pay for stupidity on Republicans side really. If I was a Republican, I would not only feel ashamed I would resign from the party, it’s pretty bad. They have got to think with heart and with their heads now, as so much damage has been to the party.
    If it can clean out the bad apples it may seed another day, but , right now too toxic.
    They either see “wipe out everything “Obama” did or just as simple “we are in power” and to hell with anyone else does or say” time to grow up!
    We need to make them or we will suffer more of the same.

  8. Mary Berry on April 18, 2017 at 11:16 am

    At least Justice Sonya Sottomeyer told him to quit interrupting the proceedings he had no choice but to comply as he is junior to her.

  9. marecek on April 18, 2017 at 11:52 am

    “the Supreme Court will spend the next thirty years saddled with a new Justice who’s such a waste of a seat that it’s taken him all of one day to earn equally outspoken scorn from far smarter Justices on the left and right of the spectrum. And to think we could have had Merrick Garland instead.”

    Yes, but according to McConnell and the other neo-CONs, he’ll vote the right way, which is all that matters to them. Constitution be damned!!!

  10. Brian Dzyak on April 18, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Conservatives can’t comprehend anything more complex than a pithy bumper sticker slogan.

  11. S. Patrick Marino. on April 18, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Perhaps he will argue his side so badly, he will push the court farther to the left.

  12. popbijoux on April 18, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    That Gorsuch guy is such a creep. He reminds me of the “American Psycho” investment banker character, 30 years older. The smooth sociopath. Thank god there are others who can set the bar higher.

  13. HumboldtRick on April 18, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    All those responsible for putting such a brain-dead idiot on the Supreme Court should be tried for TREASON, convicted, and sentenced to the most severe punishment available.

  14. Avi on April 19, 2017 at 3:40 am

    Love your work and angle on things. Keep it up. Don’t let the fascist swamp trolls and Russians bring you down. They are just screamers. Like a girl I once dated who faked everything too.

  15. Paul T. Ireland on April 19, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Case law is irrelevant. It doesn’t shape the Constitution or change actual laws. While I nearly threw a party when Gorsuch’s hero and all around scumbag Scalia died, and I am equally disgusted by Gorsuch himself, his position regarding case law and going by the actual text of the Constitution and other laws is the correct and proper one.

    The role of the Supreme Court is simply to hold laws up to the Constitution and see if they fit and to settle disputes between the states and/or the people and/or the federal government. Unfortunately, previous members of the USSC have been arbitrary and capricious and ruled directly in contradiction to the Constitution or reality itself as in Citizens United, Kelo, etc.

    The Constitution isn’t a “living document”. It’s a contract between the people and government written to limit the powers of the government, not the rights of the people. Most of what the federal government does is unconstitutional and the Constitution itself prohibits “implied powers”. For instance all immigration laws and all gun control laws are unconstitutional. That’s not an opinion. It’s a statement of fact, and one I can easily back up.

    Most Supreme Court justices give little regard to the Constitution and rule against it frequently, especially when it is in favor of expanding governmental power.

  16. Foundstar on April 19, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Every thing the bloated blow hard pervert does turns into a massive crater and cinders….For life this mental midget is now a SCJ…OMG…

  17. Trish on April 21, 2017 at 3:45 am

    Having just finished watching Idiocracy, this sounds like it’s just par for the course..

  18. stella smith on April 22, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Truly sad.

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