Kavanaugh To The Court

Last night, President Trump rolled out his second Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The rollout was as impressive and effective as the Gorsuch announcement.

Giving America the chance to see Brett Kavanaugh with his family and hear from him directly about the proper role of a judge was incredibly effective.  What people saw last night was someone who not only has the right temperament for a judge, but someone they would be happy to have as a neighbor.

In stark contrast to that scene in the White House East Room was the vitriol that was on full display during a left-wing protest in front of the Supreme Court. Check out this video.  Fox News reporter Shannon Bream left the area due to threats from the crowd.  She later tweeted:

“Very few times I’ve felt threatened while out in the field. The mood here tonight is very volatile. . . Literally had to bail on our live show from #SCOTUS.  Moving the show back to the safety of the studio.”

I not only watched the White House rollout, but I also watched other networks to get the mood of the left.  It is hard to describe the insanity that has gripped the so-called “progressive movement.”

One day they are harassing government officials in restaurants.  The next day they are attacking teenagers with MAGA hats.  The following day they are raging at the Supreme Court.

Comparisons to Nazis have been made too flippantly in the past.  And, of course, the left is describing anything remotely conservative as “fascist,” which is absurd.  But what we are seeing on the left, and especially at that rally last night, is the sound and conduct of fascism.

Here’s something to keep in mind.  Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the most left-wing justice on the Supreme Court.  When Bill Clinton nominated her, everyone knew she was going to be a far-left activist.  After all, she had been an ACLU lawyer.

Yet she was confirmed 96 to 3.  Republicans who voted for her were trying to preserve civility in politics.  Obviously, it hasn’t worked.  President Trump invited several Democrat senators to last night’s White House ceremony.  They all refused to attend.  So much for civility.

The Fight Ahead

A coalition of conservative, pro-life, pro-family organizations will be fighting to secure Kavanaugh’s confirmation.  Many of us remember what the left did to Robert Bork.  I am proud of the role I played in preventing the borking of Clarence Thomas.

In the days ahead, conservative groups will issue talking points and opinion pieces addressing Kavanaugh’s judicial philosophy and the nuances of his many rulings.  For example, it should reassure conservatives that Kavanaugh considered Justice Antonin Scalia to be “a hero and role model.”

But right now various progressive organizations are going through his high school yearbook looking for an off-color joke.  They are searching for ex-girlfriends who might accuse him of lewd behavior.  They are getting names of former neighbors and digging up any dirt they can find.

The fear-mongering and scare tactics are already out of control.  For example, the Women’s March, which botched its press release, condemned Kavanaugh’s nomination as “a death sentence for thousands of women.”

We will do all the normal things that are done to help confirm nominees.  But it is extremely important that we are all praying for Judge Kavanaugh, his wife, Ashley, and their two daughters, Margaret and Liza.  I hope they can shield themselves from the left’s ugliness.

I know you will be heartened to hear that last night Vice President Pence had some time with Judge Kavanaugh and members of the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s family.  They prayed together about the challenging days ahead, which is exactly what we all need to do as we work to get him confirmed.

—Gary Bauer
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