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Gorsuch Makes Presence Felt on The Supreme Court

After joining the Supreme Court in one of the most difficult confirmation battles in recent history, Justice Neil Gorsuch is also shattering precedents by quickly having a major impact on the Court.

A recent New York Times analysis by Adam Liptak examines the “confident and assertive” Gorsuch, and concludes that he is emerging as a force to be reckoned with far earlier in his term than usual.

It is not just his style that has set Gorsuch apart, but also the substance of his rulings.

Elizabeth Slattery of The Daily Signal noted that his record leaves “conservatives cautiously optimistic about the future direction of the court.”

“Though he only participated in a limited number of cases this term, his commitment to textualism was evident in these early opinions. If this is a sign of what’s to come over the next several decades, then Gorsuch is the real deal,” she wrote.

Liptak said that eve though Gorsuch joined the court well into his term, it has taken him just a few months to gain his footing.

“New justices usually take years to find their footing at the Supreme Court. For Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, who joined the court in April, a couple of months seem to have sufficed,” Liptak wrote Monday. “His early opinions were remarkably self-assured. He tangled with his new colleagues, lectured them on the role of the institution he had just joined, and made broad jurisprudential pronouncements in minor cases.”

Liptak continued: “Other justices moved more slowly, … Judging by Justice Gorsuch’s early opinions, he is fully acclimated,” he wrote, noting that in June, Gorsuch wrote roughly the same amount as Elena Kagan, the most recently appointed justice before Gorsuch, had written in her first two terms on the Court.

Gorsuch, who reflected a conservative history of lower court rulings when he was nominated by President Donald Trump, has maintained that on the Supreme Court.

“Gorsuch’s early opinions show a commitment to legal text and a careful, measured analysis. He has also shown a keen ability to make his writing accessible to even the most casual observer. … He believes the judiciary is best when it is restrained and should refuse invitations to “update” laws,” Slattery wrote.

The early months of Gorsuch’s tenusre should give conservatives hope, wrote Kevin Daley on The Daily Caller.

“Perhaps the most important development of Gorsuch’s early tenure is his repeated alignment with Justice Clarence Thomas, a jurist often alone in concurrence or dissent articulating an originalist vision. This emergent nexus could indicate that the balance of power among the Court’s five conservatives is shifting away from the soft, institutional Toryism of the chief justice, to Thomas’ pure originalism,” he wrote.