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U.S. Supreme Court nomination: Senators, demand answers to these questions — before it’s too late.

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  • Part 1: There’s So Much You Don’t Know About Brett Kavanaugh.
  • And you probably won’t until it’s too late.
  • Part 2: U.S. Supreme Court nomination: Senators, ask these questions — and demand answers.
  • No more softball. Political handlers have taken the wrong message from past confirmation hearings. 
  • Related: Anthony Kennedy, You Are a Total Disgrace to America.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest


Part 1: There’s So Much You Don’t Know About Brett Kavanaugh

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And you probably won’t until it’s too late.

The Editorial Board, New York (NY) Times

July 9, 2018 | So what can the American people hope to know in the days ahead about Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s latest candidate for the Supreme Court, who will very shortly hold one of the most powerful unelected jobs in government and wield profound influence over their daily lives? An awful lot, and yet, at the same time, so alarmingly little.

First, the awful lot: Judge Kavanaugh would shift the balance of constitutional jurisprudence to the right, creating a solid right-wing majority on the court possibly until the second half of the 21st century. While the somewhat unpredictable Justice Anthony Kennedy once served as the fulcrum for the court, that role will now go to Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., a far more ideological conservative.

The NY Times Editorial Board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.

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Part 2: U.S. Supreme Court nomination: Senators, ask these questions — and demand answers

http://stmedia.stimg.co/ows_153117634683146.jpg?w=525News crews set up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building Monday morning, preparing for President Donald Trump’s announcement of his nominee to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. J. David Ake • Associated Press

  • Americans who care about the court’s future and its role in the American system of government need to turn to the political process to restore the protections the new majority will take away, and to create an environment where radical judges can’t be nominated or confirmed.
  • No more softball. Political handlers have taken the wrong message from past confirmation hearings.

Jeffrey Peck, Washington (DC) Post / Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune

July 10, 2018 |  ‘My job is to apply and enforce the law.” “I will approach any case with an open mind.” I will give “no hints, no forecasts, no previews.” These nice-sounding bromides from nominees — those selected by both Republican and Democratic presidents — tell us next to nothing. Maxims and slogans leave senators entirely in the dark.

To make an informed decision, senators must understand the nominee’s judicial philosophy and views on basic constitutional principles. Otherwise, they would be mere rubber stamps and violate their constitutional duty.

Jeffrey Peck was general counsel and staff director of the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1987 to 1992. He worked for then-Chairman Joseph R. Biden on the Bork, Kennedy, Souter and Clarence Thomas nominations to the Supreme Court.

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Related:

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  • No one expected Kennedy to allow Donald Trump to pick his successor. But he has. And it should forever taint his legacy as a jurist.
  • Related: Anthony Kennedy Did Not Swing!
     

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