Here’s the news you need to know on this Wednesday, September 5, 2018.
The Judge Speaks …
Brett Kavanaugh: American law protects “equal rights. Equal dignity, and equal justice”
Judge Brett Kavanaugh said in his opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday beginning his Supreme Court confirmation speaking of family, friends, and faith; remembering that judges decide cases for “real people” in an American system of “equal rights, equal dignity, and equal justice under law.”
And so do Senators Manchin and Heitkamp …
A number of key senators in both parties are sounding positive about Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, a clear sign that President Donald Trump’s nominee stands a strong chance of winning a pivotal seat on the highest court in the land. “Not so far,” Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat, told CNN Wednesday afternoon when asked if anything she’s heard so far would be considered disqualifying. “No, I haven’t seen anything from that standpoint,” Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, said when asked if he’s heard anything that would lead him to vote no. “He’s handled himself very professionally.”
And So Does Twitter …
Neal Katyal, former Solicitor General of the United States, Obama Administration
Benjamin Wittes, Senior Fellow Brookings. Editor, Lawfare
Office of Senator Orrin Hatch
Carrie Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Judicial Crisis Network
Raj Shah, Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary
Garrett Ventry, Communications Advisor, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman
Rah Shah, Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary
Affordable Care Act
Carrie Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Council, Judicial Crisis Network
@EdWhelanEPPC On Durbin’s spurious claim that BK misled committee in 2006, see my point 2 here: https://www.nationalreview.com/bench-memos/more-on-democrats-delusory-document-demands/
@EdWhelanEPPC Whitehouse doing a great job of *promoting* Federalist Society.
@EdWhelanEPPC Leahy is Captain Ahab, chasing furiously after Manny Miranda/Moby Dick all these years later
Jonathan H. Adler
@jadler1969 Kavanaugh’s record on DC Circuit also suggests he’s unlikely to be sympathetic to claims in this lawsuit. He’s in line with CJ Roberts on severability, and has repeatedly voted to reject strained ACA claims (as in origination clause and employer mandate suits). 4/ https://twitter.com/jadler1969/status/1037297649488154625
@JCNSeverino To hear Senator Whitehouse tell it, the very process of filing amicus briefs is deeply sinister and probably tied to the Illuminati. Tell that to the hundreds of liberal groups also filing briefs on the other side. #tinfoilhat
@JCNSeverino . @LindseyGrahamSC : In other times, you would have gotten 90 votes for confirmation, not 50-something. Scalia was unanimously confirmed; Ginsburg nearly so.
@JCNSeverino Kavanaugh giving a long litany of cases in which he has ruled in favor of environmentalists. The handy narratives that “Kavanaugh hates X” sounds pretty silly when you actually look at his whole record rather than picking one or two cases you think will poll well.
@JCNSeverino “I am not a skeptic of regulation. I’m a skeptic of unauthorized regulation.” #Kavanaugh
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