Friday, July 13, 2018

A Huge Accomplishment

From The Washington Examiner:
President Trump has selected Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his “Gorsuch 2.0.” While many in Trump’s base supported Amy Coney Barrett, others say that Kavanaugh has also been a staunch and faithful defender of religious liberty and fundamental rights during his tenure on the D.C. Circuit Court and is a proven textual originalist. He will also likely be much easier than Barrett to confirm.

While rumors have been vacillating between the four most likely nominees, Trump really had all excellent choices to pick from. Varying branches of the GOP base supported one nominee over the other since Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, but the bottom line is that when Kavanaugh is confirmed—which will most likely happen prior to the November 2018 midterm elections—the majority of the Supreme Court will now be conservative. President Trump said during the announcement that selecting a Supreme Court justice is a “profound responsibility of the president” and “what matters is not the judge’s political views […] but whether they can do what the law and Constitution requires.” (Read more.)
From Return to Order:
With the choice of Brett Kavanaugh as candidate for Supreme Court Justice, the confirmation hearings will soon begin with a now familiar ritual of evading Roe v. Wade. Liberals will ask the nominee to define himself on the infamous 1973 decision that liberalized abortion. He will find ways of evading the question in strictly legal terms such as admitting it is the present law of the land. With the collaboration of the media, they will then try to paint the person as a religious zealot forcing the nominee to find a Kennedyesque way of explaining how he will separate his religious beliefs from his judicial decisions.

Throughout it all, both sides will insist that Roe v. Wade must not be a litmus test that will decide who the next justice is. As much as public figures and the media try to frame the debate in other terms, the abortion question is the elephant in the room. Indeed, even those who are pro-life are encouraged not to bring the subject up. Sarah Huckabee-Sanders confirmed that the President, when meeting with candidates, did not intend to ask any of them about their views on Roe v. Wade.

Houston’s Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has pleaded that Roe v. Wade not be made the litmus test for the decision. He claims the flawed nature of the ruling makes it a bad standard for judgment that also excludes other social issues. In any case, this long-observed ritual of evading stands against Roe has served to keep abortion legal. As things become more polarized, however, this tactic is failing. (Read more.)

1 comment:

julygirl said...

I read a comment by syndicated columnists Susan Estrich that Trump is going to let his allies and supporters tear the country apart over the abortion issue this fall in grievance of the midterms... In truth what is happening is the LEFT is trying to tear the country apart with their grievance over the nomination of Kavanaugh when in fact it is almost impossible to overturn a Supreme Court ruling, and Kavanaugh has said he is not intending to even get into the case of Roe v Wade.