That breeze you felt late Friday afternoon originated in Washington, where Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee swung and missed on their best chance to derail the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Their efforts included New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s “I am Spartacus” debacle, when he claimed to be releasing classified emails that had, in fact, already been cleared for public release and dared anyone to punish him for it. Those same emails, by the way, proved to be a big ole nothingburger. Nice try, Cory.
Despite Booker’s silliness and a week filled with anti-Kavanaugh protests in the hearing room that Democrats openly supported, the nominee refused to be thrown off his game. Instead, he turned in a masterful performance that left the top Republican in the Senate beaming.
“Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial temperament and brilliance were on full display during this week’s hearings,” Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell tweeted Friday. “He will make an excellent Supreme Court Justice.”
The Washington Post reported McConnell “flatly declared that Kavanaugh, 53, would be in place when the justices begin their new term Oct. 1.”
The inability of those Judiciary Committee Democrats to produce a “gotcha” moment not only left Kavanaugh one giant step closer to confirmation, but it moved President Donald Trump one step closer to establishing a high court that leans firmly toward the right.
In a piece written for the website The Federalist, attorney Warren Henry points out the confirmation of Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, has already paid positive dividends for conservatives in several cases, including Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
And with Kavanaugh poised to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has often been the swing vote on cases that divided the court along ideological lines, conservatives have even more reason to be excited.
“In short, Republicans are on the verge of moving the Supreme Court rightward in a way seemingly unthinkable since President Reagan’s nomination of Robert Bork,” Henry writes. “In an era where Supreme Court votes were generally more bipartisan, the Bork nomination failed largely due to an unprecedented smear campaign mounted by progressive activists who understood the stakes. Given the current stakes, it is not surprising that progressive activists now lacking the votes are acting out.”
In short, a Kavanaugh confirmation stamps Trump’s administration as historically significant.
Booker last week described Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice who would “overturn Roe v. Wade, demolish the Affordable Care Act, and protect President Trump from being investigated.”
To that, most conservatives would likely reply, “good!”
Many legal scholars see Roe vs. Wade as bad law, and the fact more than 49 million abortions have been performed in this country since its passage is a national disgrace.
The Affordable Care Act was rammed through by the Obama administration and the last Democratic majority in Congress, many of whom may not have even read the legislation. Sure Obamacare has helped some, but it has hurt others by jacking up their health insurance costs.
And while the opinion here is that the Mueller investigation should be allowed to reach a conclusion, it’s worth noting that after nearly a year and half, Mueller’s efforts have produced no smoking gun and look more like a fishing expedition and waste of time by the day.
Meanwhile, more and more liberals in this country are now openly embracing socialism. College campuses across the nation have become grounds for liberals to declare war on free speech, and the Democratic Party is doing everything it can to destroy the nation’s immigration laws.
Against that backdrop, Trump’s revamped Supreme Court represents a legal check against the far left’s political agenda, and that makes Kavanaugh the right man at the right time for the high court.
Lew Gilliland is the editor of The Daily Home. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.