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Tuesday
Jul102018

The White House Sells Their Supreme Court Nominee to a Split Audience

Last night President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice replacing Justice Kennedy who retired after 40 years on the bench. Kavanaugh has received the Federalist Society's stamp of approval.  This says something as this is one of the most conservative legal organizations in the United States. However, the Administration is absolutely not stopping there.  They have enlisted more than a thousand interest groups to provide a broad support for Kavanaugh, arguing that he is mainstream.  

The problem, of course, is that Kavanaugh is anything but mainstream.  He is conservative and has a conservative bent to the Constitution and the law. This is significant in that it likely could provide the tipping point for the Court for the next 30 plus years. Some are cheering this while others are wringing their hands.  

Many have argued that there was no difference between Clinton and Trump during the last election cycle. Well, I think I can say this with some confidence, none of those people are speaking out right now and its pretty clear that they were and are fundamentally wrong.  This nomination is exactly what Trump said he was going to do.  And boy is he doing it with a gusto.

I appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis with Matt McNeill on July 10th to talk about what it means. 

Monday
Jul092018

Trump Nominates Conservative Kavanaugh to Supremes

Donald Trump certainly followed through with his campaign promise to nominate conservative judges to the U.S. Supreme Court.  First Gorsuch and now DC Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  Of course, Kavanaugh is a lot more than just a judge.  He learned at the knee of Special Prosecutor Ken Starr and recommended impeachment of Bill Clinton. An interesting twist on this was that subsequently, he changed his mind and said that sitting Presidents shouldn't have to face not only civil lawsuits while in the Oval Office but also criminal investigations. This is obviously significant as President Trump is facing a criminal investigation from Special Counsel Robert Mueller. 

This promises to be one hell of a fight. The darling of the right Kavanugh will likely be confirmed as he only needs a simple majority of the Senate and the Republicans have 51. The question will be the impact upon the court in the long term but also the impact upon the midterms in the short term. Strap in.

I will appear on Press TV Iran on July 9th to talk about the U.S. Supreme Court and the President's nomination and what comes next.