Brett Kavanaugh For Supreme Court – Conservatives & Corporate Cheered With Cheese & Champagne

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Jul 10 2018
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Trump is perhaps one of the luckiest U.S. presidents. He gets to nominate a judge to the U.S. Supreme Court – twice. And he has nominated 53-year-old Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often sided with his liberal colleagues on issues such as abortion and LGBT rights. Kavanaugh’s nomination will definitely strengthen conservative position.


Kavanaugh has previously suggested that presidents be shielded from civil and criminal litigation until they leave office, something which delighted Donald Trump considering he is facing the investigations by special counsel Robert Mueller. But the Democrats aren’t impressed. They warned that legalized abortion, same-sex marriage and Obama’s health care law could be jeopardised.


Democrats quickly condemned the nomination, with leaders such as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer promising to oppose Kavanaugh “with everything I have.” Like Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court last year, Kavanaugh is in his early 50s, meaning he would likely have a long tenure on the Court.

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Conservatives have long said they would be happy with any of the anti-abortion candidates on Mr. Trump’s list, but when the president announced Judge Kavanaugh, everyone applauded and celebrated over a spread of cheese and champagne. Trump’s nomination of Judge Kavanaugh has fulfilled a three-decade hope to install a reliable conservative majority on the nation’s highest tribunal.


Kavanaugh’s nomination would certainly set up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as Trump seeks to shift the nation’s highest court further to the right. Kavanaugh’s nomination is a big deal because the appointment is for life, or until he retires, to insulate the Supreme Court from politics. Conservatives already have a 5-4 majority on the court.


But that majority hasn’t always been reliable, in part because of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who became the court’s most frequent tie-breaker and swing vote. Although it’s not a guarantee, the nomination of the 53-year-old Kavanaugh is a critical choice that could move the court in a more conservative direction for decades.

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Before he was appointed to the D.C. appeals court, the Yale-educated Kavanaugh served as an adviser to former President George W. Bush. As a young lawyer he also reportedly helped write the legal briefs in the Starr Report arguing in favour of Clinton’s impeachment in 1998, including graphic details about then-President Bill Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky.


The nomination of Kavanaugh is also great news to the corporate America. The Supreme Court has issued a string of rulings in recent years favourable to business interests and the new judge could help cement the strongest pro-business leanings. The Supreme Court has been trending in a pro-business direction for quite some time.


Kavanaugh has been critical of the expanding powers of federal agencies to issue new regulations – major complaints from businesses ranging from credit-card fees, “payday” loans, student debt, drug pricing and access to afford housing. Trump and his fellow Republicans want Kavanaugh in place before the midterm elections on Nov. 6, but the Democrats will try to stall that.

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