Neil Gorsuch and Justices Past

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There were several ghosts present at the ceremony on Tuesday night, in the East Room of the White House, at which President Donald Trump introduced Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for Supreme Court Justice. Some were mentioned and others ignored, but all together they gave the event an unsettled air. The President didn’t seem to notice. “This may be the most transparent judicial-selection process in history,” he said, before asking Gorsuch—a man who has “an extraordinary résumé, as good as it gets!”—and his wife, Louise, to emerge from the wings. Then Trump mentioned Justice Antonin Scalia, whose death, last February, opened up the seat for which, thanks to the cheap machinations of Republicans in the Senate, Trump was naming a nominee.

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