These two judges are favorites to win Supreme Court nod

Lester Mason
July 10, 2018

The nominee announcement came after weeks of speculation as to who would fill the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, after almost 30 years on the bench. Of the court's liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer turns 80 next month, so Trump may well get another opportunity to cement conservative dominance of the court for years to come.

Kavanaugh, an appellate court judge based in Washington D.C. with ties to the George W. Bush administration, was also a high school classmate of New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill at Washington's Georgetown Prep. The 53-year-old is a graduate of Yale Law School, and also worked on independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton.

Judge Kavanaugh clerked for Justice Kennedy - just like Justice Neil Gorsuch.

The conservative Supreme Court majority in 2014 agreed with Kavanaugh on the point he raised in the case, although it upheld most of the Obama regulations. That view has particular relevance as special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign played any role in a foreign interference plot.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said red-state Democrats might be tempted to vote for Trump's nominee because the midterm elections are coming up-but they should prioritize stopping his nomination to the Supreme Court. The president has said he wants a nominee who could serve on the high court for decades.


Relishing the guessing game beyond the White House gates, Trump had little to say about his choice before the announcement.

Kennedy's position in the court's center guarantees a fierce confirmation fight.

They worry that Roe v Wade - the case that established these rights - will be overturned. Democrats are voicing alarm about what the new justice could mean for charged issues such as abortion rights and gay rights. "His own writings make clear that he would rule against reproductive rights and freedoms, and that he would welcome challenges to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act". But her brief time on the bench has raised questions about her experience.

Kavanaugh, 53, had always been mentioned in Washington chatter as a potential high court choice by a Republican president because of his educational background, intellectual firepower and an unyielding commitment to a legal approach championed by conservative Supreme Court justices such as Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. All three have reputations for working with Republicans on some policy issues and appearing at events at the White House when their politics align with Trump. Both senators backed Gorsuch's nomination.

"Justice Kennedy's resignation letter barely arrived in the President's hands before several Democratic colleagues began declaring their blanket opposition to anyone at all - anyone - that the President might name", McConnell said Monday. Recently, he said he wouldn't ask any potential nominees about Roe during interviews. "Substantively, a debate continues to bubble about whether a Supreme Court nominee's judicial philosophy is a fair basis for inquiry by the Senate (and for voting against a nomination), or whether the confirmation process should focus only on whether a nominee meets objective criteria pertaining to qualifications, temperament, ethical propriety, and the like", he wrote. It could also create a lasting majority.

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