Brett Kavanaugh will be under the microscope for the foreseeable future after President Donald Trump nominated the Federal circuit judge to replace justice Anthony Kennedy on the United States Supreme Court. But he also talked a good game when Kavanaugh was up for confirmation for his current judicial seat, and Kavanaugh was confirmed.
Kavanaugh even name dropped Justice Elena Kagan in his remarks. He is as sure as any lawyer can be that a woman's right to an abortion will not be overturned.
"Now is the time for the American people to make their voices heard, loudly, clearly, from one end of this country to the other".
Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with opposition Democrats, said Kavanaugh would serve as a "rubber-stamp for an extreme, right-wing agenda pushed by corporations and billionaires".
The conservative action group Judicial Crisis Network immediately launched a website called ConfirmKavanaugh.com featuring an advertisement for the nominee who "applies the Constitution just as it was written".
When Trump finally tapped Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy, McConnell resorted to changing procedural rules so he could be approved by a simple majority instead of the traditional 60-40 threshold. With ailing Republican John McCain unable to vote, they have little wiggle room. Republicans, meanwhile, hope centrist Democrats running for re-election in conservative-leaning states will back Kavanaugh.
While one national political analyst said McCain, who has been in Arizona since late a year ago battling brain cancer, may be willing to give up his seat if it would help Kavanaugh be confirmed, another Arizona lawmaker has different thoughts. "Don't tell me this battle is already lost - I don't believe that".
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Kavanaugh grew up in Washington as the son of a schoolteacher.
That would make Kavanaugh - in a social vein - more like Justice Elena Kagan, a 2010 appointee of Obama who had similar executive branch experience and took steps early in her court tenure to ensure smooth relations with Justice Antonin Scalia on the right as well as Ginsburg on the left.
The 53-year-old Yale-educated appellate court judge was born in Washington D.C., aided arguments for President Bill Clinton's impeachment, and worked at the White House under President George W. Bush.
Later he was part of Bush's legal team working on the 2000 Florida recount, which resulted in Bush's winning the presidency.
While the federal financial reporting requirements do not mandate that home values be included on the disclosure forms, the Yahoo! report said that Kavanaugh and his wife paid $1.2 million for their home in 2006.
"There is no one in America more qualified for this position, or more deserving", the president said. Special counsel Robert Mueller, of course, is now investigating potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
Another guess is that Colbert thinks the pick might have something to do with how Kavanaugh once suggested in an article for the Minnesota Law Review suggesting "Congress might consider a law exempting a President - while in office - from criminal prosecution and investigation, including from questioning by criminal prosecutors or defense counsel".