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Thomas Jipping is deputy director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation.
President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, is now making the rounds in the Senate in advance of his confirmation hearings. Kavanaugh is the kind of jurist that our system of government was designed for: fair, impartial, and faithful to the Constitution.
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Many far-left groups, and therefore, many Senate Democrats, will oppose Kavanaugh because they oppose the kind of justice he will be. Their quest for a political judiciary leads to wild claims that this appointment will bring on the Apocalypse and determine the destiny of humankind.
One Democratic senator, for example, exclaimed at a rally that “the future of America is at stake.” It’s really not.
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Kavanaugh’s opponents paint a misleading picture of judges deciding cases based not on the law, but on their personal views. Since a nominee’s personal views will supposedly predict how he or she will address particular cases or issues as a judge, the left is obsessed with extracting each nominee’s personal views on subjects they hold dear.
It also explains why Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., now says that judicial nominees must make “an affirmative statement of support” for certain positions on certain issues.
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In other words, the left wants judges with certain personal views who will produce certain results on policy, even if that requires taking a side before even considering a case or the legal arguments presented.
Kavanaugh’s opponents are fighting his nomination because he is not their kind of judge. Instead of acting in a political manner, he is impartial. Instead of relying on his personal views, he decides cases by looking to the law as written. Instead of favoring one party over another or considering how his decisions...
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