None of the above means that Democrats won’t spend the coming week and months casting Kavanaugh as a wild-eyed ideologue who will make abortion illegal and throw out any attempts to restrict gun rights.( That sort of rhetoric is already happening .) Nor does it mean that there won’t be hemming and hawing from conservatives who will seek to see in Kavanaugh some of the alleged squishiness that constructed them less-than-thrilled with Gorsuch .
But in the end, after the millions of dollars are are spending outside groups trying to sway a small number of undecided senators, it’s hard to see Kavanaugh being found wanting in terms of the kind of judicial and educational experience that would disqualify him for the court .
And that reality means that if you are one of the five Democrat up for reelection this November in a state Trump won by double digits, it could be very, very difficult to vote against Kavanaugh. Remember that Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana voted for Gorsuch; they are three of the five Democrat who represent nations Trump won overwhelmingly in 2016.
It’s always a dicey thing to proclaim two of anything a trend. But when it comes to the Supreme Court, small numbers mean more, since Trump will have picked 22% of its membership in only 18 months in office. And the similarities between Gorsuch and Kavanaugh are striking — Ivy League educated, Supreme Court clerks, Circuit Court magistrates .
In short, neither man is, on their faces, wildly unqualified for the position to which Trump nominated them. You can disagree with some of their views or past rulings. But what you simply cannot say is that they have no business being considered for the nation’s highest court. They are just the kind of people that, say, President Jeb (!) Bush might have nominated if he had won the GOP nomination and presidency instead of Trump .
Bush, in fact, issued an approving tweet of the Kavanaugh pick shortly after Trump attained it. “Excellent option for SCOTUS, ” Bush tweeted
. “Judge Kavanaugh will be a strong defender of the Constitution.”
For someone as unorthodox and unpredictable as Donald Trump, his two Supreme court choices may be the most predictable and practical things he has done in office .
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