Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a “mainstream” jurist who has been a respected legal mind throughout his career.
He clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy (a well-known moderate), and Kennedy believes that Kavanaugh would make an excellent Justice. He was a professor at Harvard University Law who was hired by none other than Justice Elena Kagan (a well-known liberal). He was easily confirmed to the Circuit Court in 2006 and has issued more than 300 (mostly non-controversial) opinions during his time on the bench.
Any Democrat demagoguery about this SCOTUS pick is nothing but partisan politics.
Which is basically what moderate Republicans John McCain (R-AZ), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Tom Cotton (R-AR) have been arguing over the past few days.
John McCain on Judge Kavanaugh:
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“In selecting Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy left by Justice Kennedy, President Trump has chosen a nominee with impeccable credentials and a strong record of upholding the Constitution. Over the course of Judge Kavanaugh’s impressive legal career, he has built a reputation as a fair, independent, and mainstream judge who has earned widespread respect from his peers. One of the Senate’s highest constitutional responsibilities is to provide advice and consent on nominations to the Supreme Court, and I look forward to the Senate fulfilling this critical duty through a fair and thorough confirmation process.”
Orrin Hatch on the fake Democrat intransigence over Judge Kavanaugh:
I think he should have an easier time, but I don’t know. It’s become such a politicized process by the Democrats, I have to say, and even some Republicans, that who knows.
But I hope that he can get a number of Democrats to vote for him, because he’s just one of the most outstanding candidates for the court that could possibly be…
I don’t think anybody is going to overturn Roe vs. Wade. It’s a settled opinion that, yes, a lot of conservatives would like to see it overturned, but, actually, he’s got bigger fish to fry.
He’s going to have all he can handle to handle current cases that come before the court. So I doubt seriously that that’s really a legitimate concern. I think it becomes a false concern, so that they can vote against people like this good judge.
And, frankly, I think it’s pathetic that one issue like that would cause an otherwise really outstanding person to have the Democrats go against them.
Tom Cotton mocks Democrats for faux-outrage on Kavanaugh:
The Democrats in the Senate have kind of gone around the bend already on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination if you look at some of the extreme rhetoric, or my favorite part was some of the senators standing out in front of the Supreme Court last night protesting the nomination. And you could see in the background they had signs premade not just for stopping Kavanaugh, but stop Barrett and stop Hardiman and stop Kethledge as well. So it’s clear they’re just playing a somewhat laughable political game, and they would have opposed for partisan reasons anyone that President Trump nominated.
Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) who has been critical of the President in the past, praised his selection of Judge Kavanaugh:
“I think he’s done a great job with his Court picks. I think the precedent he set with this list of now 25 that he campaigned on will be a great thing to go forward in presidential politics in American life. One of the fundamental powers the president has is to nominate people who if confirmed will serve for a lifetime and telling voters who you’d pick. It’s a really good tradition and the president has stuck to his list, so I applaud it.”
Judge Kavanaugh is an impeccable choice for the Supreme Court and Democrat intransigence is nothing but faux-outrage partisan politics.
Which is why opposition to Kavanaugh’s nomination seems to be collapsing as we speak.
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