The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A Philosophy of Expedience | City Journal

Judicial appointments have proved the most successful aspect of the Trump presidency. Neil Gorsuch has begun where Antonin Scalia left off—as a committed originalist and eloquent textualist. Twenty-one appellate justices have been confirmed, a record at this point in a modern President’s term.  And, like Gorsuch, these appointees have been schooled in formalist methodologies of judging. Confident of and committed to their judicial philosophy, they will not shift leftward, as have many Republican appointees in the past. These judges are the fruit of institutions like the Federalist Society and of the work of scholars who have carefully formulated the ideas of originalism and textualism. The Left is enraged because the Trump judges will leave their mark for at least a generation. Thus a group, Demand Justice, has been formed to spend millions to assail the Trump appointees and tout progressive judges for the future.


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A judge who doesn't take an originalist view of the Constitution is merely imposing his own whims. And you already have politicians to do that job.

Posted by: dearieme | Jun 13, 2018 3:04:43 PM

Got that right!

Posted by: Stu Buchalter | Jun 14, 2018 6:18:04 AM