…I freely admit I am not a Gorsuch fan … but … hey give the guy a bit or a break… yea, he’s the new kid on the block and he is upsetting the apple cart … Cut him a bit of slack… OK…???
By Joan McCarter …Monday was the first day of arguments at the Supreme Court for Neil Gorsuch, the guy Mitch McConnell blew up the Senate for by first enacting a total blockade on the rightful nominee—Merrick Garland—and then upending Senate rules when it became clear Gorsuch was too extreme for Democrats to support. If you watched any of the hearings then you won’t be surprised to learn that Gorsuch is as smug, arrogant, and entitled as an associate justice as he was as a nominee. His first case, fittingly, is about worker rights and how much you can screw them and he is just so into it.
Hearing arguments in his first case Monday—a procedural dispute involving the rights of federal employees who lose their jobs—Gorsuch waited only 10 minutes before unleashing a barrage of questions and suggesting both sides in the case were misreading a key federal law. […]
By the end of the hour, Gorsuch was as active a questioner as any of his colleagues—and prompted one of them to suggest he was proposing revolutionary changes, albeit in an obscure area of federal law. […]
Gorsuch’s questions suggested he disagreed with previous Supreme Court decisions that had let federal district courts consider lawsuits that claim violations of federal discrimination laws as well as civil service laws.
His questions drew pushback from Justice Elena Kagan, who said that position would mark a "revolution," though in a technical area of law.
Never mind that he’s got a big old asterisk by his name on the court roster by being the first guy nominated by a president whose campaign is under investigation by the FBI for potential collusion with a foreign power for a seat that was stolen in a partisan power grab. That might have humbled a better judge, or one who wasn’t essentially a political operative.
Not Gorsuch. He’s already trying to take over the place.