The Left’s Smear of Gorsuch, Alexandra Desanctis, Natl Review
On Monday morning, eleven progressive groups sent a joint letter to Senate Democrats, urging them to oppose Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court on the grounds that he will fail to check the Trump administration’s possible abuses of power. MoveOn.org, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the SEIU were among the groups that filed the letter. This latest progressive attack on Gorsuch is particularly striking because it fundamentally misrepresents both the nominee himself and the proper understanding of our government’s structure. The letter refers to Gorsuch as “an ultra-conservative jurist who will undermine our basic freedoms and threaten the independence of the federal judiciary.” Without providing a scrap of evidence, it asserts that his “extreme ideological agenda” is supported by some “white nationalist groups.”
Why Gorsuch could lead court in wrong direction, R Hasen, CNN
The President encouraged this line of thought — that elevating the judge from the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit “fills [Justice Antonin] Scalia’s seat” with another conservative and just returns the court to a five-justice conservative majority that it had before Scalia passed away last February. Nothing to see here, supposedly; the real action will come when swing Justice Anthony Kennedy or one of the liberal justices leaves, moving the court further to the right. Democrats should hold their fire until it counts.
When ‘safe spaces’ turn violent, Rich Lowry, NYP
At Middlebury College last week, Charles Murray needed a safe space — literally. In a significant escalation of the campus speech wars, protesters hooted down the conservative scholar in a lecture hall and then roughed up a Middlebury faculty member escorting him to a car. The Middlebury administration commendably tried to do the right thing and stand by Murray’s right to be heard, but was overwhelmed by a yowling mob with all the manners and intellectual openness of a gang of British soccer hooligans. Sometime soon, we may yearn for the days when college students were merely childish and closed-minded. If campus protests of speech begin to more routinely slide into violence, Middlebury will be remembered as a watershed.