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Trump gets one right: Sober Supreme Court choices

July 13. 2018 2:04PM

No one can know for sure how a U.S. Supreme Court justice will rule on the divisive issues that come before the court. Eisenhower rued naming Earl Warren to the court. George H.W. Bush, and Chief of Staff John Sununu, were chagrined by David Souter's veer to the left.

Assuming he is confirmed, only time will tell whether and how often nominee Brett Kavanaugh sides with President Trump, Republican lawmakers, and conservatives who are all embracing him. While his record to date looks good to many on the right, to embrace him as the Second Coming is nearly as foolish a position as is the Democrats' knee-jerk "he must be Satan!'' reaction.

One thing, however, is clear. President Trump has now handled two Supreme Court appointment opportunities in a sober and considerate manner.

Trump's reliance on the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies to find and vet appropriate jurists has been a masterstroke. It has not been a rush job. The society correctly describes itself as a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order.

"It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.''

The society knows the law and who is best qualified to apply the law in a proper judicial manner.

That should reassure most Americans no matter their political bent.

For all his vainglory and bluster, Trump has got this judicial thing right. For that, we applaud him.


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