America’s child president had a playdate with a KGB alumnus, who surely enjoyed providing day care. It was a useful, because illuminating, event: Now we shall see how many Republicans retain a capacity for embarrassment.
Go on, wrinkle your brow, grit your teeth, try to dream up a better nominee for Supreme Court justice than Brett Kavanaugh, and you’ll struggle because he’s got it all. He’s a true constitutionalist with intellect, experience and solid character, but forget all of that because Democrats hysterically see grotesque peril in him and probably in a rose garden and a light blue sky.
Through the years, I have had the privilege to be involved with a variety of charitable, education, and philanthropic organizations. Despite these organizations having different community-focused missions, one common denominator among them is their adherence to the provision in the U.S. tax code that requires tax-exempt organizations to be nonpartisan in their interactions with government.
The president, who might not be fully acquainted with the pertinent Supreme Court case law, says the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel was unconstitutional. The president’s opinion, because it is his, is prima facie evidence for the opposite conclusion. It is, however, not sufficient evidence. Consider the debate between two people who have immersed themselves in the history of the Appointments Clause, which says:
It is difficult to imagine any Republican senator opposing President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court of Brett M. Kavanaugh, a judge with impeccable credentials, strong intellect and sterling character. If Republicans stay united, Kavanaugh’s confirmation as the next associate justice is assured. And no one is praying harder for Republican unity than the three Democratic senators — Joe Manchin III, W.Va.; Heidi Heitkamp, N.D.; and Joe Donnelly, Ind., — who voted to confirm Justice Neil M. Gorsuch and who are up for reelection this fall in states Donald Trump won by double digits.
Last week presented voters with an interesting array of initiatives for the November ballot. Sponsors turned in signatures for measures on gun control, grocery taxes and carbon fees, and the Supreme Court is considering one or two more on the police use of deadly force.