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Over a year after the untimely passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court once again has nine justices, as Neil Gorsuch was given the oath of office by Justice Anthony Kennedy – for whom he clerked after law school – in the White House Rose Garden on Monday.

You can watch the full ceremony here:

But now, in the same spirit as the president’s countless unhinged opponents, who’ve wailed “Not My President” well after the election, the cries that Gorsuch is somehow an illegitimate justice have begun. It began shortly after Gorsuch’s confirmation Friday, but has carried on through his swearing-in this week.

(Author’s note: This particular tweet got trolled in a truly beautiful fashion.)

Self-styled constitutional scholar George Takei also managed to drop this analysis on the eve of the vote:

But what precisely is so illegitimate about Gorsuch’s nomination? For all of the screeching and mewling that the seat was somehow stolen from Obama-nominee Merrick Garland, the screechers and mewlers have yet to point to anything remotely unconstitutional or delegitimizing (aside from some nebulous Russian conspiracies) about the process by which we got from nine to eight and back to nine again on the SCOTUS bench.

So, to clarify, here’s a quick recap, from the beginning …


In the 1780s, a group of men drafted a national constitution in Philadelphia because the Articles of Confederation were a train wreck. This framework gave the president the power to nominate judges and the Senate the power to confirm them to the Supreme Court.

Democrats lost the Senate majority in 2014.

This means that they no longer had the ability to push their party’s nominee through the hearing process.

(The power to advise and consent isn’t a rubber stamp; this is part of that checks-and-balances thingy that you’re really going to want to brush up on for the next four years, at least.)

Antonin Scalia passes away in his sleep last year.

GOP leadership decides it will not hold a hearing for Scalia’s replacement during Obama’s lame-duck year.

The issue of which president and Congress would be given the duty of filling the seat became one of the biggest issues of the 2016 general election.

And – by the rules of the game – the people chose Donald Trump’s vision over that of Hillary Clinton’s.

President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch.

A Republican Senate confirmed him by a parliamentary procedure pioneered by Democrats in 2013. (If Gorsuch is illegitimate because of the nuclear option, so are quite a few Obama appointees on the federal circuit.)

Judge Neil Gorsuch was sworn in by his former boss in the White House Rose Garden on a sunny Monday morning.


If you can, with a straight face, claim that any of this process was illegitimate or unconstitutional, congratulations; you stand as a living testament to the absolute failure of American civic education.

Contrary to the bastions of progressivist autocracy that liberals have built up in the courts and federal bureaucracy for decades, Gorsuch’s nomination proves that elections, in fact, still come with consequences.

If you can’t deal with the consequences of said elections, you should stop your party from being a regional voice for coastal elites and figure out where you went wrong in 2016. If you see these consequences as illegitimate, then maybe a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” just isn’t your kind of thing.


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Romney Handed Shock
Defeat By Own State’s GOP

Mitt Romney is back in state politics, this time in Utah instead of Massachusetts. However, conservatives in The Beehive State aren’t exactly warming up to the 2012 Republican standard-bearer quite the way many people expected they would.

After finishing second in votes at the state GOP convention, Romney will now face a primary in his run for the Senate seat being vacated by Orrin Hatch, Fox News reported.

At the convention in West Valley City on Saturday, Romney polled just behind state lawmaker Mike Kennedy.

Kennedy captured 50.18 percent of the delegate vote compared to Romney’s 49.12 percent.

That means the two will face off in a primary on June 26 to determine who will represent the GOP this fall.

Romney, the first Mormon to head a major party ticket, is considered an extremely popular figure in Utah and was widely expected to have an easy path to the upper chamber.

In a hypothetical matchup with Democrat Jenny Wilson, at least one poll showed Romney up by 46 percent. That’s, uh, slightly more than the margin of error.

However, among party loyalists, Romney isn’t exactly viewed with unalloyed fondness.

The 2012 presidential nominee was always known for being decidedly moderate, particularly on issues of immigration and global trade. There was also the fact that he ran a campaign so bumbling that it almost made Michael Dukakis look good.

And then there was Romney’s war of words with Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, which likely led many to perceive he secretly wished Hillary Clinton would take the Oval Office.

Trump would later consider Romney as a secretary of state pick, although how serious the president-elect was about appointing him is something we’ll likely never know.

While your average Utah Republican is unlikely to let these slights affect their vote, hardcore party activists probably don’t want another RINO who isn’t exactly known for his rapport with the president in the upper chamber of Congress, no matter how famous he may be.

For his part, Romney tried to put a good spin on the humiliation.

“I’m delighted with the outcome. Did very, very well,” he told KSTU. “On to a good, important primary ahead. This is terrific for the people of Utah.”

Dude, you just lost to a guy nobody has ever heard of. However, Kennedy was happy with the results, and unlike Romney, he had good reason to be.

“I’m a candidate with a compelling life story and a unique set of life circumstances I’d like to use to serve the people of Utah,” Kennedy said.

I have no idea what that story or those circumstances are, but I think the key point here is that he’s not Mitt Romney. If he wants to win, that’s pretty much what he should be focusing on. I can see the billboards now. “Mike Kennedy: Not Mitt Romney.” “Mike Kennedy: He didn’t borrow Ward Cleaver’s haircut.” “Mike Kennedy: Because Utah deserves a senator whose favorite food isn’t buttered noodles.”

Utah’s electorate tends to be less conservative than convention-goers, so it’s unlikely that Romney won’t be the GOP nominee for Senate. However, that’s not a 100 percent certainty — and it wouldn’t be the first time he’s lost to a Kennedy.

What do you think?


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