Brooks: Gorsuch Is ‘The Best Any Republican President Would Have Done’

On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks characterized Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch as “the best any Republican president would have done. So, I thought a very good pick for Donald Trump.”

Brooks stated Gorsuch is a “Clearly qualified, first-rate legal scholar, first-rate judge, first-rate mind, apparently a first-rate person. He’s what any — the best any Republican president would have done. So, I thought a very good pick for Donald Trump.”

He added, “The Democrats have a challenge. They can either behave the way the Republicans did to [Merrick Garland,] which was — would be disgraceful, but that would blow up the system. They have a loyalty either — I think a primary loyalty to the Constitution, and basically to the norms of how we’ve done constitutional — or justice confirmations for the past many decades. And that is, if the president picks someone who is basically qualified, basically a good person, then you confirm that person, even if you don’t agree, because your side lost the election. Now, I understand the Democratic thinking. The Republicans didn’t behave this way. But I guess my belief is that two terrible behaviors don’t make a good behavior.”

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