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President Trump Delivers: Mr. Justice Gorsuch

David says everything that needs to be said about this. I will add just this.

When I decided that Donald Trump, for all his flaws, was preferable to Hillary Clinton, it was with the modest hope that he would accomplish two things. The first he would accomplish simply by winning: Denying Mrs. Clinton the presidency. The second involved his commitment to appoint solid judges, especially when it came to the Supreme Court.

Obviously, the belief that Trump would follow through on this commitment was more a matter of informed hope than anything concrete or enforceable. But Justice Scalia’s death, and Senator McConnell’s willingness to withstand the Dem-media onslaught, made the Supreme Court one of the two or three central issues of the campaign. I was convinced, based on Trump’s rhetoric, the stellar advisers he had on judicial appointments, and the excellent list of potential nominees he put out, that he would nominate constitutionalists to the bench. This made it easy for me: Even a chance that he would do so was better than the certainty that Mrs. Clinton would not.

It is good to be reminded of this with the confirmation of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, a tremendous pick, coming on the heels of the president’s military strike in Syria, which I believe was unlawful and unwise

I expected to be full-time frustrated and worried by the Trump presidency, and to have to remind myself constantly that he’d stopped Clinton from becoming president and the Supreme Court from consummating the Obama agenda. In point of fact, Trump has exceeded my expectations – though it’s still early, and there are a number of worrisome trend lines. But even if he had been exactly what I anticipated, getting Mr. Justice Gorsuch on the High Court would have persuaded me that lasting good came out of Trump’s election.

I commend the president for delivering on his promise.

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