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Personality goes a long way, but for Gorsuch, only so far

I am struck by the language that has been used to describe Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch: charming, articulate, affable, enormously intelligent, etc. In and of themselves, these encomiums form a patina of worthiness that suggests that any criticism of the candidate might be excessively partisan or small-minded.

However, taking in the context of Gorsuch’s actual rulings and writings, one begins to see not a patina but the dull hue of a man who believes that his fellow men and women live in service to the law. Well, your honor, sometimes, as Charles Dickens put it, the law is an ass. My fellow men and women believe that we live in a society in which the law lives (note the present tense) in service to us.

Richard Gonci
Cambridge