When Justice Scalia died nearly a year ago, the race for the White House turned exceedingly urgent. The Supreme Court’s balance could shift for the first time in two generations. The Senate kept the vacancy open through the election, a risky political gambit that paid off when so many conservatives and other erstwhile NeverTrumpers came out for Trump on Election Day.
They did so because Trump, breaking another rule of presidential campaigns, had released a list of potential court nominees, one notable for its geographic breadth and professional depth. Yet even on that star‐studded list, Gorsuch was a superstar.
Gorsuch is an originalist, always looking to the original meaning of the Constitution and its structural protections for liberty.