A LITTLE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY, A LOT LESS ENABLING
By Max R. Weller
Judge Neil Gorsuch stands with his wife, Louise, on Tuesday at the White House in Washington. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)
I predict that Boulder’s Looney Left will criticize this SCOTUS nominee on a variety of specious grounds — but the truth is that it’s only more rabid anti-Trump hysteria guiding them. See Trump nominates Boulder’s Neil Gorsuch to fill Supreme Court vacancy in the Daily Camera. Excerpt from the report copied below:
President Donald Trump on Tuesday night announced Boulder resident and University of Colorado law professor Neil Gorsuch as his nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat previously held by the late Antonin Scalia.
“Judge Gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline and has earned bipartisan support,” Trump declared, announcing the nomination in his first televised prime-time address from the White House.
The two finalists for the high court slot — Gorsuch and Pittsburgh’s Thomas Hardiman — were both summoned to Washington ahead of Tuesday’s announcement, adding a dash of drama to the announcement from the reality television star-turned-president.
Gorsuch, a self-proclaimed originalist who’s often referred to as a less-abrasive version of Scalia, serves on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
A conservative with a writer’s flair and polished legal pedigree, Gorsuch would be the youngest Supreme Court nominee in a quarter century.
He would serve alongside Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom Gorsuch clerked in the early ’90s. Gorsuch also clerked for Justice Byron White, a CU graduate and longtime Colorado resident.
Richard Collins, a University of Colorado professor of constitutional law, said he expects Gorsuch will be “a judge’s judge,” if confirmed.
“He’s a very straight shooter and writes very clear opinions,” said Collins, who knows Gorsuch through CU Law, where the 49-year-old has taught antitrust law and ethics for eight years. “He doesn’t monkey around, doesn’t deviate from what I think anyone would characterize as the proper role of a judge.
“He’s a very courteous, straightforward man, and a very decent fellow.”
So much for the small issue of politics . . . Moving on to matters of greater importance, I had the good fortune this morning to find an empty locker — on the top tier, no less — at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. This will keep my meager possessions secure, which they aren’t now at my campsite. I hadn’t expected a locker to be available until the winter sheltering season ends on May 1st and most BUMS leave for parts unknown.
I also took a few leftover biscuits, made fresh by the Wednesday morning breakfast volunteers at BSH, to snack on today.
Best of all, I have a 20-visit punch card to North Boulder Rec Center, given to me as a birthday present by my friend Terzah, so I’ll have a much cleaner alternative site to shower on mornings when I just can’t face the filth at BSH.
To wrap it all up, I somehow found the energy the other day to do some early Spring Cleaning around my campsite, including getting rid of more than a dozen “homeless disaster blankets” discarded by the drunkards who trashed the area last summer, while I languished in Boulder Manor. I refused to pick up their empty beer cans, however. My own empty cans of food had accumulated to an unacceptable degree, and I’m glad to have dealt with that, even though my overnight spot is really out of sight of passersby and the neighbor I call Train Guy (he has railroad cars in his yard) doesn’t seem to mind at all.
As you can see, I need to use my hair clippers.