(Deseret News) -- Prior to the November election, Sen. Mike Lee’s name appeared on an expanded list of potential Supreme Court justices from then-presidential nominee Donald Trump. Most saw Lee’s inclusion as a tip of the cap to conservatives from a candidate who desperately needed the conservative base of the party to show up and vote.
Since then, most of the attention on Trump’s SCOTUS picks has focused on other candidates. Now that the time for nominating a replacement to Justice Antonin Scalia is steamrolling toward the new administration, Lee’s name has re-emerged as a serious contender for the spot on the nation’s highest court.
Last weekend, Townhall ran an article by Robert Morris that highlighted the potential appointment of Lee as a way to block Sen. Chuck Schumer’s political tactics. His theory is that Schumer simply couldn’t fight eight Cabinet nominations and a Lee nomination at the same time. Morris also noted Lee’s pro-life stance, friendly demeanor and steely determination as additional reasons for him to be appointed.
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While all of Morris’ points are valid, they miss many substantial and significant reasons why Lee merits serious consideration. If someone were making a case for his nomination, it should not only hit the obvious political lines but also on the unique personal components of his character and talent.