Liberal, feminist attorney: Kavanaugh is 'supremely qualified' and Democrats should stop attacking him

It’s going to be a tough day for Chuck Schumer. A self-described liberal, feminist attorney named Lisa Blatt has written a piece for Politico in which she argues that Judge Kavanaugh is a “superstar” who deserves to be confirmed to the Supreme Court despite her political differences with him. Blatt says she expects blowback for publicly backing Kavanaugh but believes there’s no real doubt he’s qualified:

I have argued 35 cases before the Supreme Court, more than any other woman. I worked in the Solicitor General’s Office for 13 years during the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations. Because I am a liberal Democrat and feminist, I expect my friends on the left will criticize me for speaking up for Kavanaugh. But we all benefit from having smart, qualified and engaged judges on our highest court, regardless of the administration that nominates them…

Unless the Democrats want to stand on the principle of an eye-for-an-eye—and I don’t think they should—folks should stop pretending that Kavanaugh or his record is the issue. He is supremely qualified. Although this fact is distressing, Republicans control both the White House and Senate. In comparable circumstances, when President Barack Obama was in office, our party appointed two Justices to the Supreme Court…

Democrats should quit attacking Kavanaugh—full stop. It is unbecoming to block him simply because they want to, and they risk alienating intelligent people who see the obvious: He is the most qualified conservative for the job.

Blatt specifically says she’s concerned about the future of Roe v. Wade and yet she believes any decision Kavanaugh would make would be one made based on legal principles, not politics. Meanwhile, she’s all but saying that Chuck Schumer is doing exactly the opposite, i.e. he and other Democrats are pretending there might be some legitimate reason to block Kavanaugh when they already know he’s qualified.

In the current environment, I could see Blatt getting death threats over this. Closer to home, there probably aren’t a lot of people in her life who are going to be happy about her writing this piece. Who knows, she may even lose some friends over it. But she has decided to speak the truth even if there’s a social price associated with doing so. That says something good about her and it says something good about Kavanaugh too. It’s not always easy to make friends across the social and political aisle these days. If one of those friends is so impressed by you personally that they’re willing to put politics aside and speak up for you as some risk to themselves, that’s pretty hard to discount.