Santorum on Kavanaugh pick: Trump 'bowed to the elite in Washington'

Cheryl Sanders
July 10, 2018

But they can use the confirmation to return attention to the health-care fight before the midterm elections.

In choosing Kavanaugh, Trump went with a seasoned federal judge and Washington insider who has impeccable credentials.

Hardiman, 53, has served on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2007, having been appointed by Republican former President George W. Bush, after four years as a U.S. district judge in western Pennsylvania. The Indivisible Project, a nonprofit aimed at electing progressives and pushing progressive policies, said it is focused on making sure Democrats ― all Democrats ― stick together in opposition to Kavanaugh. "I thank God every day for my family", Kavanaugh said, praising his daughters, whose basketball team he coaches, as well as his wife, whom he met when both were working in the White House in 2001. Kavanaugh is "a rock-solid conservative with as impressive a judicial pedigree and as upstanding a personal reputation as one can find", Kevin Madden, a Republican strategist, wrote in an email.

Leo, who had helped Trump compile the original list of nominees, said that he would pick Kavanaugh, with Kethledge and Barrett a close second.

The choice forces Democrats to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination on its merits, which will be harder to do given his background and legal career.

Donald Trump said: "What matters is not a judges political views but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the constitution require". "Rightward conservative but all the experience and education of an elites elite".


"Republicans are holding four lottery tickets, and all of them are winners", Mr.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Kavanaugh's confirmation will run through the Senate, prompting the endorsement from Cashman, Bidwill and several of their Georgetown Prep alumni. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade. Now the list of potential GOP defectors has arguably grown. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., two vocal Trump critics who are not seeking re-election. Three Democrats voted for her then.

Multiple sources tell ABC News that as of Sunday, the final four individuals Trump is considering for the vacancy are Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman.

The US Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter on contentious laws and disputes between states and the federal government.

Can red state Democrats afford to vote no? That's what happened with Gorsuch: Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.


President Donald Trump prepares to introduce his Supreme Court nominee in the East Room of the White House on July 9, 2018.

Kavanaugh's many written opinions provide insight into his thinking and also will be fodder for Senate Democrats who will seek to block his confirmation. Of the court's liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer turns 80 next month, so Trump may well get another opportunity to cement conservative dominance of the court for years to come.

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The process is arduous, with the private meetings giving way to days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats. In Priests for Life v HHS, a case that raised the question of whether or not the contraception mandate in ObamaCare could be applied to religious organizations, Kavanaugh's dissented and stood for religious freedom. "But this is really about the process and whether or not the corporate right is going to be in charge of picking the Supreme Court in a seat, in a nomination that's likely to tip the scales substantially". "Casey's willingness to oppose any nominee off of a list that includes judges he has previously voted for shows he will oppose President Trump at all costs, even when doing so makes him look like a partisan hack". "The ability to have your voice matter in a democracy, especially compared to the growing power of corporations", he added.

Each of the nine justices serves a lifetime appointment. In fact, the only member of "the Supremes" who isn't Catholic or Jewish is Justice Neil Gorsuch, who is Episcopalian.

The coming battle over a Supreme Court nominee promises to be a bruising one. Trump chose a white man.


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