Gorsuch represents return of common sense

Justice Neil Gorsuch is a welcome addition to the Supreme Court for conservatives seeking common sense interpretation of the nation’s laws, at least based on his judicial record.

He should also be welcomed by all Americans because it means the court finally can make some decisions instead of being a deadlocked panel unable to interpret any legal points.

Gorsuch’s nomination brought forth the kind of friction that can rend a legislative body like the Senate for a long time, but it also pushed a return to a day when the majority rules.

The Senate abandoned the supermajority rule for approval of nominations in order to reflect that a majority wanted to approve Gorsuch. The majority included not just the GOP but also three senators who saw no reason to reject Gorsuch, including the level-headed Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who votes for issues and people, not ideology or party.

As such, the hand-wringing over the ruination of the Senate as a deliberative body is much ado about nothing. So long as there are thinking men and women in the Senate, so long as country means more than party, a majority vote should be not only possible but inclusive of other viewpoints.

Incivility and criticism without providing alternatives won’t fly in a world where the simple majority rules. To have any hope of success, opponents should have alternatives, not just criticism, to include in legislative discussions.

Gorsuch thus represents not just a return to work for the Supreme Court but also a return to the days when wheeling and dealing were in the back seat while common sense and civility was in the driver’s seat in the Senate.


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