Conservatives Ready Their War Chests For Major Supreme Court Fight - Katie Pavlich

Conservatives Ready Their War Chests For Major Supreme Court Fight - Katie Pavlich

Kavanaugh, 53, was first nominated to the appeals court by President George W. Bush in 2003. But a couple of concerns have arisen.

Since Kennedy declared his retirement almost two weeks ago, conservative groups have been gearing up for a battle of a lifetime as Democrats vow to do everything possible to block President Trump's choice. "A judge must be independent, and must interpret the law, not make the law". Plus, holding Barrett, who is just 46, would give her more time to amass federal judicial experience. The court's ruling in her favor was based on a constitutional principle, he wrote, "as novel as it is wrong: a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in U.S. Government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand". That list included two people with Alabama ties: justices Kevin Newsom and William "Bill" Pryor of Alabama, both with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11 Circuit.

Kavanaugh is likely to be more conservative than Justice Kennedy on a range of social issues.

"The nominees share one basic characteristic — their hostility to progress that's been made in women, workers and civil rights as well as health and safety over the past several decades", she said. And Feinstein's question was criticized as anti-Catholic.

It rules on such issues as abortion, the death penalty, voter rights, immigration policy, campaign finance and racial bias in policing.

"I am concerned that he's making it like a game show", Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy told NPR radio. Another potential mark against her is she's pretty new to the federal bench. "My guess is that he will be a cautious judge, at least for a few years".

MARTIN: So who's left on the president's short list? The finalists include: appeals court judges Brett Kavanaugh of Maryland, Raymond Kethledge of MI and Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana. "It's a decision that impacts not only today, not only us, but our children - our grandchildren, potentially". He's been vetted before. But he's also an evangelical Christian, according to the Federalist Society, and he's liked by Kavanaugh's opponents and has none of the controversy on Capitol Hill of Barrett. And he didn't go to an Ivy League school, so he might be seen as kind of an anti-establishment option.


In a primetime announcement at the White House, Mr Trump praised his pick as a "brilliant jurist".

MCCAMMON: Well it's something he needs to think about, for sure. "He takes the case before him and looks at the facts and precedents, but without imposing an overarching view of the law", Arthur Hellman, a University of Pittsburgh law professor to the Los Angeles Times. Republicans would like to see this get done before the November election, which could, you know, reshape the landscape, change the Senate.

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.

Jennings said, "It became clear to him that one of the things he could do is set up the next president to remake the judiciary". As I like to say to my law clerks and my students, we should not strain to find ambiguity in clarity.

Democrats and liberal advocacy groups quickly lined up in opposition.

MARTIN: What's the timeline from there? The president's attention in the coming days will be on meetings in Europe.

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