Say this for Neil Gorsuch — his jurisprudence and his personality are completely of a piece:
It was pretty jarring earlier this month when the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court took the bench for the first time since the omicron surge over the holidays. All were now wearing masks. All, that is, except Justice Neil Gorsuch. What’s more, Justice Sonia Sotomayor was not there at all, choosing instead to participate through a microphone setup in her chambers.
Sotomayor has diabetes, a condition that puts her at high risk for serious illness, or even death, from COVID-19. She has been the only justice to wear a mask on the bench since last fall when, amid a marked decline in COVID-19 cases, the justices resumed in-person arguments for the first time since the onset of the pandemic.
Now, though, the situation had changed with the omicron surge, and according to court sources, Sotomayor did not feel safe in close proximity to people who were unmasked. Chief Justice John Roberts, understanding that, in some form asked the other justices to mask up.
They all did. Except Gorsuch, who, as it happens, sits next to Sotomayor on the bench. His continued refusal since then has also meant that Sotomayor has not attended the justices’ weekly conference in person, joining instead by telephone.
He’s always been both a mediocrity with an intellectually terminal case of Dunning–Kruger who thinks the Constitution enacted Ms. Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, and also by pretty much all accounts is exactly as much of an asshole as that sounds. Anyway, great work by Neal Katyal and every other fancy legal liberal who vouched for him!
..sk7326 in comments: “He is Ron Burgundy mansplaining the origin of the name San Diego to Veronica Corningstone – with 0% of Ron’s charm, and maybe even 0% of the wit.”