July 10, 2018
So the SCOTUS pick was just announced.
I don’t know who he is. But he doesn’t seem very good.
President Trump Announces the Nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court https://t.co/rVMTOMpurr
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 10, 2018
He is a young white male conservative.
But he’s supported Obamacare and Roe v. Wade.
“Brett” is also… a very modern name.
President Donald Trump has picked Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge with extensive legal credentials and a lengthy political record, to succeed Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the Supreme Court, NBC News reported.
Kavanaugh, 53, is an ideological conservative who is expected to push the court to the right on a number of issues including business regulation and national security. The favorite of White House Counsel Donald McGahn, Kavanaugh is also considered a safer pick than some of the more partisan choices who were on the president’s shortlist.
A graduate of Yale Law School who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Kavanaugh has the traditional trappings of a presidential nominee to the high court.
If confirmed, the appellate judge would become the second young, conservative jurist Trump has put on the top U.S. court during his first term. Kavanaugh’s confirmation would give the president an even bigger role in shaping U.S. policy for decades to come. The potential to morph the federal judiciary led many conservatives to support Trump in 2016, and he has not disappointed so far with the confirmation of conservative Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and numerous federal judges.
At times, he has diverged from the Republican party’s ideological line on important cases that have come before him, including on the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 health care law which Kavanaugh has declined to strike down on a number of occasions in which it has come before him.
Anti-abortion groups quietly lobbied against Kavanaugh, pushing instead for another jurist on Trump’s shortlist, 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett, ABC News reported in the run-up to Trump’s announcement.
Kavanaugh received his current appointment in 2006 after five years in the George W. Bush administration, where he served in a number of roles including staff secretary to the president. He has been criticized for his attachment to Bush, as well as his involvement in a number of high-profile legal cases.
For instance, Kavanaugh led the investigation into the death of Bill Clinton’s Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster, and assisted in Kenneth Starr’s 1998 report outlining the case for Clinton’s impeachment.
Democrats criticized Kavanaugh’s political roles during his 2006 confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
He’s an Irish Catholic. Obviously it’s great he’s not Jewish, but I am a little bit tired of the fact that WASPs are not allowed on the Supreme Court. Even Gorsuch is a convert (born Catholic, converted as an adult when he married).
Some of his positions are listed on Wiki and in articles I’ve just glanced through, but there is no mention anywhere of any opinion on birthright citizenship, which is really the most important thing. In fact, I am Googling around now, and don’t see anything about any decisions on immigration at all.
He his ranked only the 5th most conservative judge on his current circuit, and he has been described as “less originalist” than Gorsuch.
I’m feeling pretty disappointed.
But I guess this is what we get.
Queen Ann supported this guy.
She usually knows what’s up with this sort of thing.
So that makes me feel better.