The United States Senate voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The final vote was 57 in favor, 36 oppose, and 7 Senators did not vote.
Of the 57 United States Senators who voted to confirm Kavanaugh’s appointment, six were Democrats.
During the confirmation process, Kavanaugh was interviewed, arguments were made in favor and opposing his confirmation. The basic argument opposing Kavanaugh’s confirmation was his inexperience. His moral attributes were never at issue.
Supreme Court Justice Kagan, considered one of the more liberal Justices on the Supreme Court, hired Kavanaugh as a Law Professor at Harvard School of Law when she was the dean of the school. Kavanaugh taught at Harvard School of Law beginning 2008.
“We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy.” – Senator Susan Collins
Fast forward to 2018…
In a highly charged political and partisan arena, President Donald Trump nominates Judge Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. Immediately, opponents to the nomination begin spreading scare tactics, claiming people will die, Kavanaugh will not rule against a President, overturn same sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act, and Roe v. Wade.
“Within moments of that announcement, special interest groups raced to be the first to oppose him, including one organization that didn’t even bother to fill in the Judge’s name on its pre-written press release – they simply wrote that they opposed “Donald Trump’s nomination of XX to the Supreme Court of the United States.” A number of Senators joined the race to announce their opposition, but they were beaten to the punch by one of our colleagues who actually announced opposition before the nominee’s identity was even known,” said Senator Collins in an address on the Senate Floor.
Senator Schumer actually said on the Senate Floor one of the reasons Justice Kavanaugh is not qualified to serve on the Supreme Court was because he was nominated by President Trump.
I have worked in law enforcement for 22 years and for a superior court judge for 6 years. I have seen many forms of accusations brought against ex-spouses, past employers, landlords, neighbors, and many others. Some accusations were true, others were not. But, they were always treated as accusations and nothing more. All of the false accusations involved some type of retribution, bias or pure hatred.
No one in our court was deemed guilty of an accusation, regardless how disturbing, without a fair trial. The decision was based upon presented evidence, not public opinion. This is the fundamental basis our nation is founded upon.
When Dr. Ford’s accusations were released, it was the icing on the cake for the #MeToo movement. Just what the doctor ordered for those who opposed anything Trump. But many Senators, the media, and the public forgot one thing: they were accusations. Judge Kavanaugh was convicted by bias and hatred toward President Trump.
The accusations made by Dr. Ford are terrible and should not happen to anyone. I believe something of that nature possibly occurred to her. But in my experience working in the courts, I believe her assailant was a different person taking place at a different location and at a different time. None of her witnesses and close friends could confirm her allegations against Judge Kavanaugh. Even Dr. Ford’s own testimony was vague or empty regarding most of the events of the evening except she was certain her assailant was Kavanaugh.
The vote by the United States Senate to confirm Justice Kavanaugh was along party lines, 50 to 48. It is too bad the Senators did not look at Justice Kavanaugh’s record while sitting on the Court of Appeals. If they had, most of their fears about the way he may rule as a Supreme Court Justice would have been dispelled.
I believe Justice Kavanaugh will be a fair Justice on the Supreme Court, and will surprise many court watchers, both liberal and conservative.
About the Author: Ron Le Blanc is the past Chair of the Clackamas County Republican Party, a retired Deputy Sheriff, and a regular contributor to the CCRP website.
Standard Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by the author are not necessarily those of the Clackamas County Republican Party.