Watch the first five minutes of this CNN interview with Texas Senator Ted Cruz:
Cruz is rejoicing today that Trump nominated a “principled Constitutionalist” to the Supreme Court. He is not alone. Conservatives all over the country are singing the praises of Neil Gorsuch. As I argued last night, it seems Gorsuch is more than qualified to serve on the bench. But what disgusts me is the hypocrisy of it all. “Principled Constitutionalists” like Cruz DID NOT FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION with the Merrick Garland pick. In this interview Cruz said that he and his fellow GOP Senators thought it was best to keep open the seat vacated by the death of Antonin Scalia because it was an election year and “the people” should be able to decide who the next Supreme Court justice should be through their choice for POTUS. That may sound like a reasonable request, but it has no Constitutional support. The Constitution requires the POTUS to nominate a justice and the Senate to advise and consent. In this case, the Senate did not fulfill its duty. It did not follow the Constitution. So please spare me the “principled Constitutionalist” language.
Ted Cruz is a product of the Christian Right’s rise in the 1980s. He has no political career without the culture wars. He touts his credentials as a strict constitutionalist but he is really just another politician who will depart from his constitutional principles at the drop of a hat if he can gain political points.
I would love to hear what Gorsuch thinks about the Senate’s failure to give Garland a hearing? Heck, I wish I could hear what Scalia would have thought about it.