On the president's short list for the Supreme Court

  • 2 July 2018
  • NormanL

The president has said he will nominate a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy July 9. Who might the nominee be?

We know the president has a short list of possibilities, but the early speculation is focused on two names:

D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Chicago Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett are currently Mr. Trump's leading contenders for the appointment to the nation's highest court.

Kavanaugh and Barrett both appear on Mr. Trump's list of 25 possible nominees and he's said he plans to interview about half a dozen potential candidates before announcing his selection.

Some on the right have attacked Kavanaugh for being somehow soft on certain issues such as abortion, though those concerns are thoroughly dismantled in this National Review piece.

As for Coney Barrett, recall that during her Senate confirmation hearing to an appeals court seat, Senate Democrats trotted out some old-fashioned religious bigotry to oppose her:

The Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee zeroed in on her writings, and in the process prompted accusations that they were engaged in religious bigotry.

“The dogma lives loudly within you,” declared Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, in what has become an infamous phrase. Senator Orrin Hatch, Republican of Utah, accused his colleagues of employing an unconstitutional “religious test” for office.

Ms. Barrett told the senators that she was a faithful Catholic, and that her religious beliefs would not affect her decisions as an appellate judge. But her membership in a small, tightly knit Christian group called People of Praise never came up at the hearing, and might have led to even more intense questioning.

Coney Barrett won confirmation. As for Senate Democrats...one is forced to wonder how they really felt about John F. Kennedy's catholicism. Or for that matter, Al Smith's.

Regardless of who the president chooses, the left will wage a dirty war to undermine that person. That's nothing new and conservatives should be braced for it -- and also be willing to push back.