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Rookie Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch Just Can’t STFU

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On his first day as a Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch asked 22 questions, more than any other justice making his or her first appearance on the highest court in the land. Because Gorsuch also wants so badly to imitate the justice he replaced, the late Antonin Scalia, he was also aggressive in his questioning and snarky in his responses, traits that Scalia was known for.


According to the Chicago Tribune, it took Gorsuch only 1o minutes to jump in with his first question during his debut Monday, and he didn’t stop there. Nope—the newly appointed associate justice, thanks to rule-bending Republicans, then fired off a series of long-winded questions, because what the public will soon learn is that Gorsuch is all about the Gorsuch.

Chief Justice John Roberts welcomed Gorsuch to the bench.

“Justice Gorsuch, we wish you a long and happy career in our common calling,” Roberts said.


Gorsuch responded: “Thank you very much, Chief Justice, and thank you to each of my new colleagues for the very warm welcome I’ve received this last week. I appreciate it greatly.”

And then Gorsuch proceeded to ask a bunch of fucking questions. So many, in fact, that the Tribune notes that even he appeared self-conscious about the number of questions he asked, noting, “I’m sorry for taking up so much time; I apologize,” he said. “My last question.”

But it wasn’t, because he’s a windbag. Adam Feldman, a scholar who studies the Supreme Court, noted that before Monday’s case, Justice Sonia Sotomayor was leading the rookie-justice questioning contest with 15 questions, the Tribune reports.

Whatever. I miss Merrick Garland, the President Barack Obama-appointed judge who never got a shot at the Supreme Court because Republican Congress members acted like big babies and refused to do their job.


I miss you, Merrick Garland, wherever you are.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Say what you will about Clarence Thomas, but I admire his almost complete silence at oral argument (one question in 10 years). He knows oral argument is a joke. It’s an anachronism dating back to pre-whiteout days. To a time when you couldn’t just push a button and spit out a one hundred page brief detailing your argument. Oral argument was necessary in the past because nobody could cover all the arguments. Oral argument allowed the lawyers to expand on the bones of their briefs. Now the briefs are bones, organs, nerves, and blood right down to the capillaries. The justices have already made up their minds. There are draft decisions circulating by the time they get to oral argument. If they are truly baffled by something they could just order some supplemental briefing. But no, it’s just a little old school club thing to make the lawyers come up there and face the intellect of the nine mighties. A right of passage. Theater. Every oral argument starts with the lawyer saying, “May it please the Court...” WTF is that, some opening line from a Shakespeare play? I fully expect more lengthy Kabuki performances from Gorsuch.