President Trump Announces the Nominee for Justice of the Supreme Court

President Trump, on his way back to the White House, July 8, 2018

The announcement is to be made at 9:00 pm from the East Room of the White House.

What we know:

  • Mitch McConnell has promised that the vote will take place prior to the November mid-term elections.
  • Democrats are left with little power to block Trump’s Supreme Court nominee; thanks to Harry Reid and Barack Obama, rule changes mean a candidate can be approved with a simple majority.
  • The potential nominees were narrowed down from a list of 25 administration-approved judges, former judges and one member of Congress, as curated by Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society and Trump’s top Supreme Court adviser.  President Trump’s Supreme Court List

There are several “winners” on President Trump’s short list. President Trump said Sunday that:

“We are close to making a decision. Let’s just say it’s the four people. They’re excellent. Every one you can’t go wrong.”

These are rumored to be the four likely candidates, all Federal Appeals Court judges:

  • Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (age 46), graduate of Notre Dame Law School.
  • Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (age 53), graduate of Georgetown Law School.
  • Brett Kavanaugh of Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (age 53), graduate of Yale Law School.
  • Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (age 51), graduate of University of Michigan Law School.

More about the background and experience of the potential nominees:

Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Judge Thomas Hardiman, a close second to Gorsuch and a shortlister again

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Impeccable Record of Constitutional Conservatism

Kethledge Would Reinforce Neil Gorsuch

All of the candidates are young, and no matter which one is selected, he/she could shape legal doctrine for several decades. All are conservatives, intelligent, educated, and experienced.

Short takes:

Judge Barrett is the least experienced, and potentially most controversial. She is known to be a devout Catholic, and was questioned closely about her beliefs during her confirmation hearing last year. She would almost certainly be targeted for questioning about her beliefs concerning abortion, and how they would influence her decision regarding any challenges to Roe v. Wade that might come before the court.

Raymond Kethledge is a close friend of Justice Neil Gorsuch, and said to be his “ideological twin, his intellectual peer, his real-life fishing buddy, and his close personal friend.” He is the only non-Catholic of the four shortlisters, and an evangelical Christian.

Thomas Hardiman has a strong record in favor of gun rights. When the court he serves on upheld a New Jersey law requiring a gun owner to obtain a permit to carry a gun in public places and to show that he has “a justifiable need”, Hardiman dissented, saying that it was a violation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution by requiring those seeking to carry a handgun to demonstrate a “justifiable need” for such a permit. Hardiman was the first in his family to attend college. He attended Notre Dame for his undergraduate degree and then Georgetown law, paying his way through school by driving a taxi. He serves on the same Court as did the sister of  President Trump. Maryanne Trump Barry  supported Hardiman’s nomination when he was last considered for the Supreme Court, in 2017.

According to National Review, regarding Brett Kavanaugh: “On the vital issues of protecting religious liberty and enforcing restrictions on abortion, no court-of-appeals judge in the nation has a stronger, more consistent record than Judge Brett Kavanaugh. On these issues, as on so many others, he has fought for his principles and stood firm against pressure. He would do the same on the Supreme Court.” Kavanaugh was Staff Secretary in the Executive Office of the President of the United States under President George W. Bush. Kavanaugh played a lead role in drafting the Starr report, which urged the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. He also led the investigation into the suicide of Clinton aide Vincent Foster. After the 2000 U.S. Presidential election, Kavanaugh worked for the George W. Bush campaign in the Florida recount. In 2003, he was nominated to the Appeals Court, but the nomination was stalled until 2006 because of charges of partisanship.

Summary:

What do I think? I like all of the nominees, although the two most conservative nominees – Barrett and Kavanaugh – will face the most opposition. I like Barrett very much, but she has the least amount of experience, and might be a better replacement later on for, say, Ginsburg or Sotomayor.

My personal favorite? Raymond Kethledge. He just edges out Barrett in my estimation, but I would be pleased with any of them.

Federal appeals court judges L-R: Raymond Kethledge, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and Thomas Hardiman, being considered by President Donald Trump for the U.S. Supreme Court, are seen in this combination photo from files. (REUTERS)

 

 

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19 Responses to President Trump Announces the Nominee for Justice of the Supreme Court

  1. czarowniczy says:

    My fav: Barrett. Aside from the fact I played with the kids of a Dr Barrett when I was a kid and I love the Barrett rifle (see, I can think Congressionally), her nimonation will give the local news talkging heads something to talk about other than the usual drivel. She’s also a devout Catholic and that will give Chuckie, Feinstein and Sanders a screaming fit.

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    • stella says:

      I’ve been going back and forth between Barrett and Kethledge. Both good nominees.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I’m thinking Kethledge will be the pick.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Cha Ching…had to pick someone conervative with the best chance of aquick passage. He might lose one or more RINOS who are basically judging on Roe v. Wade. The Rats will pretty well be down party lines so maybe he can swing a Rat facing reelection in a newly red-reddish state.

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  2. lovely says:

    I won’t be home for the announcement but I just want to leave this behind for the Liberals.

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  3. Lucille says:

    Nice speech by Kavanaugh. Certainly knows the ropes. Great background and will make a fine justice.

    Dems will make the usual fools of themselves trying to derail him which, hopefully, will encourage more Dems to publicly leave the party.

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  4. czarowniczy says:

    Now, if we can just send Ginsberg and Breyer our for big, well-marbled steaks and New York cheesecake a few times a week things might work out even betterer.

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  5. czarowniczy says:

    Sen Warren says she’ll oppose Kavanaugh after originally giving a wishy-washy statement on her support of a nominee. Indian giver.

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  6. lovely says:

    Absolutely love that the cat looks like he is about 12 years old. Imagine the math that the Common Core Liberals are trying to do in their heads.

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