President Donald Trump made it official Monday evening by selecting a potential replacement for retiring U.S. Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy.
President Trump on Monday selected Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, a politically connected member of Washington’s conservative legal establishment, to fill Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court, setting up an epic confirmation battle and potentially cementing the court’s rightward tilt for a generation.
The nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, 53, a federal appeals court judge, former aide to President George W. Bush and onetime investigator of President Bill Clinton, was not a huge surprise, given his conservative record, elite credentials and deep ties among the Republican legal groups that have advanced conservatives for the federal bench.
Given that Kavanaugh was rumored to be on a short list of the three most likely nominees, leftist groups no doubt had panicked prepared statements on each potential selection ready to blast out via email.
There will be many opinion pieces written for and against Kavanaugh's nomination in the coming days. If you're a conservative, it's an encouraging pick from the standpoint of Second Amendment issues. However, The Federalist came out with a piece recently detailing how Kavanaugh devised the road map to make Obamacare constitutional. And for those in the pro life crowd who hoped the next SCOTUS justice would be the final piece of the puzzle in overturning Roe V. Wade, that doesn't appear to be a strong possibility.
At the end of the day, if all 50 GOP Senators (or 51 if Sen. John McCain is well enough to travel to D.C.) are unified in Kavanaugh being confirmed, the Dems' saber rattling will be an exercise in futility.
Let the games begin!