And whether or not that's a good thing depends on which side of Scalia we're talking about.
Looks like I got this one wrong. Seems Pryor was too much even for the senate. (The same senate preparing to confirm DeVos.) Guess I'll do some reading up on Gorsuch now. Here's hoping he's more of a Roberts than an Alito. A Souter would be too much to ask for.
From what I am reading, Gorsuch seems to be most like Scalia.
Care to elaborate? I don't know as much about the topic as you...
Let me step in, if I may. He's like Scalia in that he is a strict constructionalist. He will read the Constitution for what it says, and not try to find a ton of things in there that aren't there. He will be very much to the letter of the law, and not be an activist judge. I won't speak for el Barto, as I know he will chime in, but I think the "other side" is that Scalia would on occasion - not often, but enough - step over that and make the law fit (EDIT: el Barto cited the best and most egregious example above me: Lawrence.)
Personally, I LOVE this pick. It's a great move ideologically, politically, and from a public relations perspective. It's ideologically sound, in that it sticks to constitutional values, without egregiously touching on the hot point issues of "abortion" (I don't see Gorsuch fighting to overturn Roe v. Wade any time soon, and if there is a case to this effect, I see him pulling a Kennedy and sticking to the established law in contravention to the more conservative justices that might see an opportunity to pull the rug out on abortion law as we know it). It's politically sound in that it appeases conservatives - Ted Cruz had a mini-boner in the interview I saw with him after the nomination; he was positively GLOWING - but it very much says to Dems, "Ok, here's a conservative - you knew that was coming - but one YOU supported for nomination to the Federal bench, and hasn't said ANY of the "bad things" that you have carped about through the election". Even Dick Blumenthal, my state's senior Senator, seemed like he was really reaching to find ways to stand with his Democratic brethren in opposing this. He even had to concede that he "had to do his homework to see if Gorsuch passes muster". And from the PR perspective, it's probably the sanest, most traditional, dare I say, "Presidential", thing that Trump has done in his 12 days in office. You could still see when he went off script in his speech, but he's at least TRYING.
The one thing Gorsuch is NOT, and it's the one thing I like best about him, is that he is NOT an activist judge. That's a trend that can't end fast enough for me. That's NOT the role of a judge. If you want to pass new laws, run for office.