ABA gives Judge Gorsuch its highest rating–“well-qualified”

By Dave Andrusko

Judge Neil Gorsuch

Judge Neil Gorsuch

As the plaudits continue to roll in for Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace the legendary Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, “liberal activists are alarmed not only at the prospect of his lifetime appointment to the court, but at what they see as muted opposition from Senate Democrats,” the New York Times reports.

Of course all of the eleven “liberal activist” groups who sent a letter to Senate Democrats on Monday are pro-abortion. Indeed the organizer is none other than Ilyse Hogue, president of Naral Pro-Choice America.

According to The Hill publication

Hogue said if Democrats vote for Gorsuch, voters who favor abortion rights would take it extremely seriously.

“This is a do-or-die issue,” she said. “It is of supreme concern to people around the country.” …

There’s a growing realization that the best way to yank Democrats out of possible complacency over the Supreme Court debate is to drop the P-bomb: primary challenge.

Activists are warming up to the threat leveled by liberal filmmaker Michael Moore. He tweeted on Feb. 1 that if Democrats don’t block Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, “we will find a true progressive and primary u in the next election.”

The problem for Hogue and her allies, obviously, is that Gorsuch is supremely qualified. Just yesterday, the ABA gave Gorsuch its highest rating–“well-qualified” to serve on the Supreme Court.

What is required to secure that rating? According to the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary

”To merit a rating of “Well Qualified,” the prospective nominee must be at the top of the legal profession in his or her legal community; have outstanding legal ability, breadth of experience, and the highest reputation for integrity; and demonstrate the capacity for sound judicial temperament.

The bar association’s standing committee on the federal judiciary “reached its decision unanimously, according to Nancy Scott Degan, the group’s chair,” POLITICO reported. “Degan informed Sens. Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, respectively, of the committee’s rating in a letter Thursday.”

In response, Grassley, who is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said, “The ABA’s ringing endorsement is no surprise given Judge Gorsuch’s sterling credentials and his distinguished decade-long record on the Tenth Circuit.” Grassley noted that “Former Chairman [Patrick] Leahy and Minority Leader [Chuck] Schumer have called the ABA’s assessment the ‘gold standard’ in evaluating federal judicial nominations. In light of Judge Gorsuch’s impeccable record, it’s hard to imagine any other result from the ABA’s consideration.”

Many, many stories, including Hulse’s, have pointed out, Gorsuch “has impressed members of both parties during private meetings.”

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