Brett Kavanaugh, America’s next Supreme Court Justice, has a small army going to war in support of his nomination to the nation’s highest court. While the women on the left are dramatically proclaiming an end to life as they now know it if Kavanaugh’s nomination is confirmed, eighteen of his female former clerks told the Senate Judiciary Committee otherwise.
Not only has Kavanaugh hired more women than men to be law clerks but he has a very high record of success in promoting these clerks on to clerkships at the Supreme Court. His record is 21 of the 25 women he’s hired to date have gone on to clerk at the Supreme Court. The women told the Judiciary Committee that he is an advocate and mentor for female lawyers.
A variety of women’s groups on the left are opposing the nomination, warning that Judge Kavanaugh is likely to provide the decisive vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 high court decision that legalized abortion. One feminist group is also demanding an investigation into whether Judge Kavanaugh knew anything about sexual harassment claims against another federal judge for whom he clerked in 1991.
Judge Kavanaugh’s former law clerks said they’re well aware “that women in the workplace still face challenges, inequality, and even harassment.” But they said the senators who examine the nominee on Judiciary Committee and the American public “should be aware of the important work Judge Kavanaugh has done to remedy those disparities.”
“In our view, the judge has been one of the strongest advocates in the federal judiciary for women lawyers,” they said, calling him a “dedicated mentor” to all his law clerks.
Kavanaugh’s alma mater, Yale University, has been in the news for both support and non-support of his nomination. First came the petition that was signed by 250 alumni, facility, and students calling on the university’s leadership to oppose his nomination. People will die, they say.
“People will die if he is confirmed,” reads the letter sent to law dean Heather Gerken on Tuesday, which says Kavanaugh is hostile to women’s reproductive rights and would “act as a rubber stamp for President Trump’s fraud and abuse.”
Of course, it’s all about abortion. These are the people who demonstrate against President Trump by donning female genitalia costumes.
The letter takes particular issue with Kavanaugh’s potential impact on abortion rights, spotlighting his recent decision denying an abortion to a detained immigrant minor. The letter also raises concerns with what it calls Kavanaugh’s “extreme deference to the Executive,” his opposition to net neutrality regulations, and hostility to environmental regulations, among other issues.
“Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination presents an emergency — for democratic life, for our safety and freedom, for the future of our country. His nomination is not an interesting intellectual exercise to be debated amongst classmates and scholars in seminar,” the letter reads.
Then came the pushback from Yale Law touting his success and record, along with his ties to the school. The Dean included her testament to his resume and character. The university stopped short of a formal endorsement, though.
“I have known Brett Kavanaugh for many years,” said Dean Heather K. Gerken. “I can personally attest that, in addition to his government and judicial service, Judge Kavanaugh has been a longtime friend to many of us in the Yale Law School community. Ever since I joined the faculty, I have admired him for serving as a teacher and mentor to our students and for hiring a diverse set of clerks, in all respects, during his time on the court.”
Not to be left out of the moment, over 100 of Kavanaugh’s high school classmates at Georgetown Preparatory School sent a letter to the White House in support of him. The office of the Press Secretary forwarded it along to Senate leadership.
After describing his high school and college accomplishments, the letter lists, “Brett’s defining characteristics were his sharp intellectual ability, affable nature, and a practical and fair approach devoid of partisan purpose.”
“These were the same traits that made him stand out at Georgetown Prep, and distinguished him on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit,” the letter continues. “He is a devoted son, husband, father and friend and despite his great achievements, he remains the same grounded and approachable person that we met in High School.”
“Whether it is his long history of accomplishments in public service, volunteering at local civic organizations, serving meals to the less fortunate, or coaching our kids’ basketball teams, Brett has remained a ‘man for others’ through his actions and not mere words. He has consistently demonstrated his dedication to the premise that the pursuit of helping people, and not a political objective, fulfills the promise of human 2 potential and governmental purpose. This, we respectfully suggest, should be the touchstone of the inquiry that you must now conduct.”
Despite the attempts at real opposition research against Kavanaugh, all that has surfaced are stories that endear him to regular Americans. He surrounds himself with strong women. He loves his wife and his two daughters. He possesses a brilliant legal mind. He feeds the hungry along with others from his church. He coaches his daughters’ teams. He enjoys beer and baseball. He pays his credit card debts. I don’t know how much more All-American the man could be.
Kavanaugh is a safe, conservative choice. Republicans have the votes to confirm him and I never bet against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when he declares that he will get it done. In the meantime, all the rest of this is political theatre. Enjoy the show.