The president of the United States has many tough responsibilities and tasks on a daily basis.
One of the most important of those tasks is nominating a Supreme Court justice upon the death or retirement of a former justice. The person the president nominates, if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, can sit on our nation’s high court for decades, as it is a lifetime appointment. We expressed in an earlier editorial that we believed President Donald Trump made an excellent choice in nominating Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. circuit judge of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Kavanaugh will interpret the law fairly. He has written more than 300 opinions and appears to be, in the president’s words, “a judge’s judge.” We said in that earlier editorial that it is a shame that many on the left had said before Kavanaugh’s name was even released that they wouldn’t support Trump’s nominee and that some senators wouldn’t even meet with him. That was very sad then and very sad now, because they lost out on an opportunity to at least give a well-qualified judge a chance to show who he truly is.
We believe Kavanaugh will be confirmed by the Senate to serve our nation’s high court, but we believe it is going to be a very close vote. With just 51 votes needed to confirm, Republicans are close with a 51-49 majority, but U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., can’t vote because he is in Arizona battling brain cancer. Then you have Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who are uncertain votes but have spoken favorably of Kavanaugh. These two senators will hopefully come over in the end and vote for Kavanaugh, but if they don’t there is a very good possibility that as many as seven Democrats who are up for re-election in red states where Trump won big might come over and vote for Kavanaugh.
This is great news if this does indeed happen, and from all news reports it does appear that at least some of these battleground Democrats will cross over and vote for Kavanaugh.
Another person who originally appeared to be on the fence about Kavanaugh is U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. Paul had originally expressed concerns about the nominee’s views. Paul, a libertarian-leaning senator, said he had concerns about Kavanaugh’s record on privacy and government data collection, but after meeting with him, he opted to back the appeals court judge, despite their differences.
Paul said after meeting Kavanaugh and before announcing his decision to back him, “No one will ever completely agree with a nominee. Each nominee, however, must be judged on the totality of their views, character and opinions.”
We agree with the senator’s statements. We applaud Paul for being a team player, meeting with Kavanaugh and ultimately deciding to give him his vote. His vote is a crucial one that will only further ensure that Kavanaugh is confirmed to the high court.
This article provided by NewsEdge.