Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse asked a thought-provoking question at the Gorsuch hearing on Tuesday when he asked the U.S. Supreme Court nominee how he will know if he was “a good judge” when he retires.
According to The Daily Caller, the 48-year-old SCOTUS hopeful’s response was well received.
“Senator, that’s a question I ask my kids every semester when I teach ethics,” said Gorsuch, who currently serves as an appellate judge on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and teaches ethics at the University of Colorado Law School.
“They hate it. They think it’s corny. Well, it might be a little corny,” Gorsuch said with a smile.
“And people want to be remembered for the kindnesses they showed other people, by and large. What I try to point out is, it’s not how big your bank account balance is, nobody ever puts that in their draft obituary, or that they billed the most hours, or that they won the most cases. It’s how they treated other people along the way. And for me, it’s the words I read yesterday from Increase Sumner’s tombstone. And that means as a person, I’d like to be remembered as a good dad, a good husband, kind and mild in private life, dignified and firm in public life. And I have no illusions that I’ll be remembered for very long. If Byron White is as nearly forgotten as he is now, as he said he would be, I have no illusions, I won’t last five minutes; that’s as it should be. The great joy in life, Shaw said, is devoting yourself to a cause you deem mighty before you are thrown on the scrap heap. An independent judiciary in this country, I can carry that baton for as long as I can carry it, and I have no illusions i’m going to last as long as you suggest, and that’ll be good enough for me,” he concluded.
“Well said,” Sen. Sasse responded, seemingly impressed with the thoughtful monologue.
Sasse, notable for his stellar sense of humor, eased tensions during the hearing after sharing a text from his wife about the bladder of the SCOTUS nominee.
“How in the world is Gorsuch able to go so many hours at a time without peeing?” the Nebraska Republican asked.
“I won’t make you answer, but the SCOTUS bladder is something the whole country stands in awe of,” he said.
Sasse has not been shy in his support of Gorsuch, saying on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” there is “no reason anybody should be voting against this guy. He should be confirmed a hundred to zero.”
“And you got a whole bunch of people trying to figure out a way to hyperventilate to say, ‘he’s probably kicked a puppy somewhere along the way in his life,’” he said. “And there’s no there there.”
“He’s a guy who I think comes to the court every day on the 10th circuit wearing a referee’s jersey – not trying to wear a Broncos versus a Packers jersey – and that’s what you need in a judge,” Sasse said.