After days of speculation, President Trump finally revealed his selection to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
The President kept Washington in suspense by keeping his selection a secret until moments before it was announced in a prime-time address.
And all hell is breaking loose now that the nominee’s identity is known.
President Trump named D.C. Circuit Court of appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his pick for the Supreme Court.
If confirmed, Kavanaugh will be the fourth justice to join the nation’s highest court after serving on the D.C. Circuit.
Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg also sat on the D.C. Circuit bench which has earned a reputation as a “feeder system” for the Supreme Court.
President Trump explained why he chose Kavanaugh stating
“Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law. A graduate of Yale college and Yale law school, judge Cavanaugh currently teaches at Harvard, Yale and Georgetown. Throughout legal circles he is considered a judge’s judge, a true thought leader among his peers.”
In his remarks, Kavanaugh explained how originalism would guide his judicial philosophy stating “”A judge must be independent and must interpret the law…A judge must interpret statutes as written. And a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent.”
The left reacted by losing their minds.
Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe set the pace by claiming Kavanaugh would kill millions of Americans.
The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come and will morph our Supreme Court into a political arm of the right-wing Republican Party.
— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) July 10, 2018
Nancy Pelosi reached for the old and tired Democrat line of attack calling Kavanaugh a racist, sexist, homophobic bigot.
.@realDonaldTrump is using this nomination as a destructive tool on a generation of progress for workers, women, LGBTQ people, communities of color & families, & to radically reverse the course of American justice & democracy. #WhatsAtStake #StopKavanaugh https://t.co/lUDbzInQZ3 pic.twitter.com/oq6954uChh
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) July 10, 2018
Former Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon tweeted out his opposition to Kavanaugh.
But the attack was so ham-fisted that it ended up making the conservative case for his nomination.
✔️ Praised *dissent* in Roe
✔️ Criticized Roberts ruling on Obamacare
✔️ Says sitting POTUS can't be indicted/can fire special counsel whenever he wants
✔️ Opposes net neutrality
✔️ Opposes consumer bureau
✔️ Says assault weapon bans are unconstitutional
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) July 10, 2018
The truth of the matter is it did not matter who Donald Trump nominated.
Any Republican Supreme Court nominee would receive this treatment.
That’s because the left fundamentally views the court as their property.
The homosexual agenda, abortion on demand and other liberal priorities only exist as “rights” in America because they were granted by the court.
But fragile 5-4 decisions are much easier to reverse than legislative accomplishments.
So liberals are much more panicked about a conservative replacing Anthony Kennedy – who was a reliable liberal vote on cultural issues – with a stronger conservative voice.
Some conservatives are worried that Kavanaugh’s thin paper trail makes him a “stealth” nominee who will be unreliable in flashpoint cases involving social issues.
Time will only tell if those worries are born out.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in the Kavanaugh confirmation fight.