US Chief Justice Roberts decries "partisan hostility"

The most junior justice listens close and takes notes for everyone else. He doesn't favor televised oral arguments because justices might temper their remarks and "we might end up talking like they do in Congress".

That would give Trump a further chance to shape the court after his first nominee, Neil Gorsuch, was sworn in on Monday for the lifetime job to replace the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia after overcoming fierce Democratic opposition in the Senate confirmation process. They simply used their erstwhile majority to exclude from filibusters judicial nominees below the Supreme Court level, as well as all presidential cabinet appointments. And since nobody wants to do the dirty work, it will fall upon Justice Gorsuch to take on some menial tasks. But in 1992, their current protestations notwithstanding, these same Democrats invoked a long-standing Senate tradition of not considering Supreme Court vacancies in an election year - a tradition defended at the time by Reid, then-Senator Joe Biden, and current Senate Democratic party leader, Sen.

Describing who might be at the door, she said: "It's like "knock knock, Justice X forgot his glasses".

"There I am, popping up and down", she said. Trump said, "You think that's easy?" And in exchange for that, let's lower the filibuster margin for the Supreme Court to 56. Prior to the administration of President George W. Bush, there had been no partisan filibusters of judicial nominations at any level.

Kagan said it worked and that it's a way of telling the new justice: "You're not so important after all". And now you are going to monthly cafeteria committee meetings where literally the agenda is what happened to the good recipe for the chocolate chip cookies. According to the AP, Justice Breyer oversaw an expansion of the salad bar and the implementation of Starbucks coffee. She's already warned him about what he'll face as the new guy. Several committee members promptly resigned. That's because the Supreme Court runs on seniority.

Deputy U.S. Attorney General Byron White, left, poses with President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, at the White House in Washington, D.C., January 29, 1961. Kennedy, through a court spokesperson, declined to comment on his plans. "But he is the judge that the duly elected president picked".

For Gorsuch, cafeteria duty is likely the least of his worries.

Roberts said the Supreme Court decides cases "in a completely nonpartisan way", but there is "a real danger" that partisan hostility will affect the court, report the Washington Post, the New York Law Journal (sub. req.), the Associated Press and the Albany Times Union.

Kennedy administered Gorsuch's judicial oath at a White House ceremony, and Trump heaped praise on a justice who has spent almost three decades on America's top court, calling him "a great man of outstanding accomplishment".

  • Larry Hoffman