In 2016, I strongly supported Hillary Clinton for president as well as President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland. But today, with the exception of the current justices and Judge Garland, it is hard to name anyone with judicial credentials as strong as those of Judge Kavanaugh. He sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (the most influential circuit court) and commands wide and deep respect among scholars, lawyers and jurists. – A Liberal’s Case for Brett Kavanaugh [New York Times]
SMOOTH POLITICAL operator Brett Kavanaugh became President Trump‘s Supreme Court pick to replace Justice Kennedy.
Hats off to White House counsel Don McGahn for being on the team to get a nominee with such expansive views on executive privilege.
If you heard Senators Warren, Harris, and Booker tonight you heard foreshadowing of 2020.
The midterms already hint at presidential turnout size. This assures it.
It won’t change the tilt of the Supreme Court when you add a Justice Kavanaugh. He was flawless in his speech at the announcement, so imagine his charms one on one with senators.
Senator Chuck Schumer and the Democrats’ best hope is to whip up fury in voters to GOTV in 2018.
Massive turnout goes both ways.
I’m sure I’m alone in this, but I’m more concerned over Trump’s NATO performance, and that face to face, very private meeting with Vladimir Putin next week.
It doesn’t seem realistic to believe red state Democrats will be immune from the charms of the nominee.
But the Supreme Court’s conservative bloc doesn’t just reflect the outcomes of America’s undemocratic electoral rules; it is writing and, in some cases, rewriting them, to favor the Republican Party — making it easier to suppress votes, simpler for corporations and billionaires to buy elections, and legal for incumbents to gerrymander districts to protect and enhance their majorities. The Supreme Court has always been undemocratic. What it’s becoming is something more dangerous: anti-democratic. – Ezra Klein