The Jury Talks Back


Rachel Maddow’s Opinion of Neil Gorsuch Just Might Surprise You

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 12:30 pm

Usually when I write a clickbait headline like that, it’s ironic. You know: you just might be surprised to learn that this radical leftist has a bunch of predictable pre-fabricated nonsense opinions!!! But no irony today. Maddow actually acknowledges that Judge Gorsuch is a “mainstream” pick:

The choice of Judge Gorsuch is a relatively mainstream choice that you might expect from any Republican president.


Short clips like this taken out of context always concern me, so I sought out the entire show on YouTube. Maddow makes the comment at about 27:48, in the context of complaining about the treatment of Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland. There is no hidden “but Gorsuch is really awful!” comment in her quote that is excised by the clip above.

Earlier in the show, Maddow has lefty Dahlia Lithwick on, who says similar things:

This is not a bomb-thrower. . . This is an incredibly solid, respectable, conventional pick that anyone would have made.

Don’t let these comments worry you, by the way. The fact that Gorsuch is not a scary bomb-thrower, and that the left can’t lay a glove on him, does not mean he’s going to be weak. Remember: Justice Scalia was approved unanimously by the Senate. Non-controversial does not mean bad. Gorsuch is excellent and will be a fantastic Justice.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]


  1. I feel sorry for the next DJT nominee. She/He is gonna be roasted on a spit by the Maddow’s of the world. If it’s Ginsburg’s seat? We won’t have global warming. We will have warming on Pluto form the heat generated.

    Comment by Ed from SFV — 2/1/2017 @ 3:09 pm

  2. I think the Democrats and the media have agreed not to vigorously oppose Gorsuch so they can hold their fire for the next vacancy, which will likely be a liberal Justice.

    Comment by DRJ — 2/1/2017 @ 3:44 pm

  3. I’m finding it hard to believe that Rachel Maddow is actually trying to be fair or reasonable. Her past behavior just makes such an idea too unlikely. I wonder if she has come to the conclusion that all of the Leftist hysteria is helping Trump. That is something I’ve believed for a long time.

    Comment by Cugel — 2/1/2017 @ 4:46 pm

  4. I’m with DRJ. Democrats are keeping their powder dry for the next nomination, and hoping that by the time it comes they have somehow won back the Senate. Enough Dems will be found to defeat Elizabeth Warren’s attempt at a filibuster, and Goresuch will be confirmed with a vote of all 52 Republicans and about four or five Democrats from red states.

    Comment by JVW — 2/1/2017 @ 7:00 pm

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