Analysts agree Gorsuch will have great impact on court

Frederick Owens
April 17, 2017

Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom Gorsuch once clerked, administered the oath to the court's 113th justice.

The White House event shortly after 11 a.m. followed a private swearing-in two hours earlier at the Supreme Court, where Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. officiated.

The swearing-in ceremony Monday morning in the Rose Garden of the White House came almost 14 months after the seat was left vacant with the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

-At 49, he is the youngest nominee since Clarence Thomas, who was 43 when confirmed in 1991. "To serve under our laws, not over them and to safeguard the right of the people to govern their own affairs", Trump said.

"I am humbled by the trust placed in me today".

Gorsuch's wife, Louise, held a family Bible, and his daughters Emma and Belinda looked on.

Mr Trump said Neil Gorsuch would be "truly great", as the Colorado judge took the oath. There are petitions to consider, which could lead to new cases next term on guns, voting rights and same-sex marriage. The ceremony took place over a year after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

But one Supreme Court justice never interrupted anyone, male or female, for more than a decade: Clarence Thomas, the most conservative (and most reticent) member of the court, who is known for nearly never speaking in court.

"When the Democrats return to the majority and capture the presidency, which we will, that day is going to arrive, we will restore the 60-vote margin", Markey told MSNBC's Katy Tur. "You think that's easy?"

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The president also praised Justice Kennedy as "a man of outstanding accomplishment". After Democrats waged a filibuster against him, making it impossible to reach the 60 votes required to advance his nomination to a final vote, Republicans invoked the so-called nuclear option, lowering the threshold on Supreme Court nominations to a simple majority vote. But despite all of those historic obstacles, the Big Three networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) treated it as though it was nothing special, and ignored Democratic icon Tom Daschle who scolded Democrats for filibustering. As with the entire confirmation process, the final swearing-in of the new ninth justice was saturated with political cant and hypocrisy, an inseparable part of rituals that have always been emptied of any genuine democratic content.

Nevertheless, with a party-line vote, Senate Republicans changed the rules to allow Gorsuch's nomination to proceed. The outlet reported that he will sit in on the justices' conference on Thursday, and have a say in upcoming cases to add to the docket. Gorsuch should have choked on those words.

"Thank you for the warm welcome", he said.

Partisan fighting pushed this day off more than a year.

Those years begin right away.

Gorsuch can't vote on cases argued before he was sworn-in.

"I can not tell you how honored I am to have here today my mentor, Justice Kennedy, to administer the judicial oath, a handsome oath, as he did for me 11 years ago when I became a circuit judge", Gorsuch said.

Gorsuch is promising to be a "faithful servant of the Constitution and laws of this great nation". "His record as an appeals court judge shows a respect for all religious believers, whether they have views that are now popular or politically correct".

Gorsuch will take part in the court's next round of oral arguments, starting on April 17. Throughout his almost 30 years on the Supreme Court, [he] has been praised by all for his dedicated and dignified service. He called their move "unprecedented" and said that they "destroyed" the Supreme Court nomination process. "I have no doubt that he will distinguish himself, and that his lodestar will be fidelity to the Constitution and rule of law".

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