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Qualified Kavanaugh: A prudent pick for the court

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July 10. 2018 8:15PM




The “grassroots” campaigns for and against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court were off and running well before President Donald Trump made his announcement on Monday night.

Conservative groups prepared websites in support of Kavanaugh and the other judges reportedly on Trump’s shortlist. Liberal protesters waved preprinted signs opposing Kavanaugh in front of the Supreme Court.

Senators on both sides of the aisle quickly announced their votes on Kavanaugh’s nomination. To their credit, neither Sen. Jeanne Shaheen nor Sen. Maggie Hassan were part of this rush to judgment.

They promise to examine Kavanaugh’s extensive record. It stands in opposition to their liberal judicial philosophy, and we doubt Kavanaugh will give them the assurances they seek on the outcome of future cases involving abortion and gay rights. Both Shaheen and Hassan voted against confirming Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2016 based solely on his conservative judicial philosophy, not any lack of qualifications.

Kavanaugh is an experienced, well-qualified pick, and would have easily won confirmation if that were the criteria used. But that standard has eroded to nothingness since Democrats smeared Robert Bork 31 years ago.

Judges, including Supreme Court justices, should be weighed on their ability to interpret the law as written, not the political preferences of those voting on their nominations.


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