Every Supreme Court nomination is of profound importance. Supreme Court justices, once confirmed, have the power to shape jurisprudence in this country for decades.
But given this moment in history, at which some of our most fundamental values as a nation are being challenged, President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh is especially consequential.
Republicans in the Senate are attempting to rush through Kavanaugh’s nomination process despite a severe lack of information, documentation, and transparency. They are treating this nomination as a political maneuver rather than the critical constitutional duty it is for the Senate to advise and consent (or not consent) on Supreme Court nominees.
Here’s my take on the situation: A president with possible felony charges hanging over his administration should not be allowed to select the next Supreme Court justice — not when that justice could play a role in deciding cases on Special Counsel Mueller or the president’s pardoning power.
Especially not when that nominee has, as Kavanaugh does, a clear and demonstrable record of believing that the president is above the law.
There are many parts of Judge Kavanaugh’s record that are equally troubling and lead me to believe he would not be a Supreme Court justice with the best interests of the American people at heart.
What we do know of Kavanaugh’s record reveals Kavanaugh’s background of opposition to protections for our health care; for women’s rights; and for the environment. Kavanaugh has espoused an ideology more in line with the big money special interests who picked him. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would almost certainly tip the Court even further in favor of big corporations, big polluters, and secret money in our elections — and against New Mexico families.