Judge Brett Kavanaugh is President Donald Trump’s SCOTUS Pick

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is President Donald Trump's SCOTUS Pick

President Donald Trump made his second SCOTUS pick his administration: Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh will be nominated to replace Anthony Kennedy

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A longtime foe of former President Bill Clinton and a former aide to President George W. Bush, Kavanaugh is favored by many conservatives and has served on the D.C. Circuit Court since 2006, bringing with him a long record of conservative jurisprudence.

Kavanaugh, a graduate of Yale Law School, cut his teeth under former Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, who led the investigation that ultimately resulted in Clinton’s impeachment. Kavanaugh himself was a lead author of the controversial Starr Report.

A former Kennedy clerk, Kavanaugh is much loved in conservative legal circles as an originalist in the mold of Justice Clarence Thomas and former Justice Antonin Scalia.

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53 thoughts on “Judge Brett Kavanaugh is President Donald Trump’s SCOTUS Pick

  1. 1. I was right. The nominee was going to be someone with HYS law school bona fides. This might be the one thing that parties agree upon in terms of Supreme Court nominees, very narrow but elite educational credentials once the candidate gets to college and law school. I don’t know if it is a product of polarization or not but for the foreseeable future every Supreme Court nominee will go to HYS for law school, be law review, have top clerkships, and then stint in big law or work the more prestigious government law jobs.

    2. He is a solid conservative without being objectively whacky about things. He will move the court to the right but maybe not as far as a Thomas type conservative would. As far as I know he hasn’t done any weird speculating that gives up the gig on federalism and/or muses about how a real originalist will abolish paper money.

    3. I’d guess that the confirmation process is tough questioning but he gets confirmed. Some red-state Democrats will probably vote to confirm.

    4. There is a miracle way he doesn’t get confirmed if Schumer can convince all the Democratic Senators to vote no and also pick off Susan Collins and Lisa Murakowski and then the Democrats get a narrow hold on the Senate in November.

    5. # 4 is a miracle.

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  2. I haven’t followed it too closely but I think this is a solid conservative pick. During his ’06 confirmation he explicitly said RvW is established precedent (like that means anything) so Collins and Murk should be on board. And that should do it. He’s in. The more interesting question going forward is how badly the Dems bloody themselves trying to fight/obstruct his confirmation.

    Add: Well, *some* Dems anyway. Others will vote for him.

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    • Somewhere in a well heeled living room, JEB! is stomping around (in socks, I imagine) shouting (well, speaking in an elevated tone), “Gorsuch and Kavanaugh were *my* picks too.”

      I’m a little meh about Kavanaugh, but I must confess that I’m way behind on my fantasy SCOTUS team reasearch, so who am I to judge.

      I’ll admit that while I’m sure I have some friends/connections with Barrett (I was afeared to ask), I’m a little relieved that our tiny counter-culture wasn’t exposed to the full wrath of replacing Kennedy. Maybe she can replace Thomas.

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    • Though I don’t believe much in that link, it’s probably environmental issues that swing most significantly by going from Kennedy to Kavanaugh. Some of it is the unstable nature of Kennedy’s swing votes on air and wetlands decisions. But mostly it’s because further environmental regulation depended upon agencies removed from public view, being given flexibility by the Courts in utilizing Nixon-era laws to new situations. Kavanaugh has opined against the EPA from both the left and the right when he thought the EPA wasn’t following the legislative mandate.

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  3. Okay, real talk:

    Kavanaugh is one of the people who was grown in a vat in order to someday be on the Supreme Court.

    And, wouldn’t you know it, 40ish/50ish years later all of that cultivation has resulted in the perfect nominee.

    Dude reminds me of Kagan.

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  4. He’s gonna be confirmed. I doubt the Dems are gonna do themselves much self harm opposing him simply because there’s not much they can do to oppose him. Unless they find something on him (Saying he’s gonna ax RvW for instance) Collins will toe the line. The red state Dems will potentially toss in some votes (they’ll gauge the over/under on that individually). Frankly I half suspect just grillin him hard then moving on without much further fuss probably is their best bet.

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