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Samuel A. Alito

It's not Neil Gorsuch's fault, but we can't support his ascension to a stolen Supreme Court seat

It's not Neil Gorsuch's fault, but we can't support his ascension to a stolen Supreme Court seat

A decade ago, The Times urged the Senate to confirm John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court even though he was a conservative judge nominated by a conservative president and was likely to pull the court to the right for decades to come. We backed him, despite our disagreements with his judicial philosophy, because we believe that presidents — Democrats and Republicans alike — are entitled to significant deference when they nominate justices to the high court, so long as the nominees are well qualified and scandal-free, respect precedent and fall within the broad mainstream of judicial thinking.

Under normal circumstances, that same reasoning would lead us to support the nomination...

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