Confirmation

The Kavanaugh effect: The next Andrew Breitbart is watching

Larry O'Connor, Washington Times

Ben Shapiro, Dana Loesch, John Nolte, Stephen Crowder, Kurt Schlichter, Derek Hunter, Andrew Klavan and yours truly were all directly influenced, encouraged and discovered by Breitbart. None of it would have happened without the Democrats’ gambit against Judge Thomas in 1991. How many of tomorrow’s Breitbarts are watching today? How many will be inspired by what they see? How many will be radicalized by it? Does the Democrat media complex never learn? Do they have any idea what they have unleashed? “War.”

The Smearing Of Brett Kavanaugh Is Truly Evil

Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist

Thank God that Republicans didn’t kill the Garland nomination by tearing down the man and spending months trying to find high school classmates to claim attempted rape and near-death experiences. At some point one must consider whether evil means are justified for progressive ends. The bottom line is that this media-enabled Democratic smear campaign simply can’t be the standard by which we destroy people. Watching this miscarriage of justice is radicalizing those who care about rule of law and political processes that have a semblance of sanity.

Stop This Idiocy And Confirm Him

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

What’s the rule? You can slap around your spouse as an adult, and you get a pass? Credible rape claims as an adult, and hail to the chief? Leave a woman to drown, as an adult, a senator, and you’re the Lion of the Senate? Booze it up and hit the gas – as an adult – but who cares? That seems incongruous. Gosh, what’s the common thread between all these malefactors? Adults, Democrats, up to kill babies. Gee, I’m seeing a pattern. But minor, Republican, not wanting to kill babies – unforgiveable!

Kavanaugh confirmation: Four ways Democrats' plan to derail nomination could backfire

Curt Levey, Fox News

Failing to deliver might be a risk worth taking for Senate Democrats if they had a reasonable chance of preventing what they say they most fear – the replacement of Justice Anthony Kennedy with a solid conservative. Headlines suggest that if Democrats can delay confirmation then win control of the Senate on November 6, that goal could be realized. However, a close analysis of the ways in which the new Democratic strategy could play out says otherwise.

Did Christine Blasey Ford Use Anonymity to ‘Get’ Kavanaugh?

David Catron, The American Spectator

This event happened 36 years ago among adolescents. The victim and the villain were under the influence of alcohol and the former can’t remember half of the details — yet somehow recalls enough to ruin the latter’s career. The latter says it never happened. This is why we have the Sixth Amendment, folks. Anonymous accusers enjoy little credibility and less respect among honorable people. These are characteristics they share with Democrats and journalists. The Senate should confirm Kavanaugh next week.

Opposition to Kavanaugh devolves into farce

J. Christian Adams, The Hill

Kavanaugh will be confirmed, and it will carry lessons for the next high court nomination that President Trump makes. Democrats would be wise to wrest control of the confirmation fight away from the crazies in their base. If that happens, Republicans might find a way to ensure that the farce that opposed Kavanaugh’s nomination enjoys a sequel. Picking a nominee that triggers them ought to do the trick.

Gorsuch Lessons for Trump’s Next Nominee

Fred Barnes, Wall Street Journal

Mr. McConnell expresses confidence. If a second Supreme Court vacancy arises, he said in an interview shortly after Mr. Gorsuch’s confirmation, “I think we are going to see a quality nominee.” The list is brimming with them, conservatives all, with a political machine eager to get behind them.

Gorsuch Against the Extremists

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., The American Spectator

The essential extremism of the American left can be seen in their formula for choosing justices. They would choose justices who see themselves as above the other branches of government and above the Constitution itself. The conservatives see themselves as complementary to the other branches and subservient to the Constitution. If they want to change the Constitution, they go to the onerous process of changing it or its laws. Conservatives are for limited government. Liberals are for hog-wild government, which is very piggish of them.

When Neil Gorsuch stood up for the little guy

T. Becket Adams, Washington Examiner

Gorsuch's remarks on the controversial Kelo vs. City of New London case, which came to light only very recently after the Justice Department turned over his emails to Congress, is one that favors the "little guy" against coercion from the government and other faceless entities.

Tea Party Going Back To Washington

Tea Party activists will hold a rally in DC on March 15, but the major focus of the action for this day is to act as citizen lobbyists and visit Congressional offices in person. Wouldn’t it be great if conservatives could flood Capitol Hill with supporters of the President’s nominees and agenda?

Judge Gorsuch on Supreme Court by Easter?

Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner

Gorsuch's hearings have been set to begin March 20. The plan is for the nomination to be submitted to the full Senate in early April where it appears likely that he will surpass the needed 60 votes to avoid a parliamentary maneuver to get him to the court. Insiders said the goal is a vote before the Easter recess which begins on April 7, two days before Palm Sunday.

Democratic Hysteria Over Gorsuch Is Predictable Posturing

Carrie Severino, Real Clear Politics

The left wants judges who act like legislators or delegates to a perpetual constitutional convention, minting new rights and powers that reflect their personal feelings and policy choices. It also wants judges who give the Executive Branch “experts” in today’s vast, over-regulating administrative state the power to make law.

Sessions just hours away from helming Justice Department

Susan Crabtree, Washington Examiner

Sen. Jeff Sessions is on the verge of achieving the ultimate personal vindication when the Senate confirms his nomination to be attorney general as expected Wednesday night, and many law enforcement groups can't wait for his installation.

Prepare for a Rocky Confirmation Process

William Galston, Wall Street Journal

The confirmation hearings for these nominees are bound to produce a high-pitched ideological debate. And if confirmed, their relationship with their departments and agencies is likely to be stormy. A return to conciliation and comity seems a long way off.

Democrats honed the dog whistle of racism on Sessions

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Now, Mr. Sessions will once again face the United States Senate to be President Donald Trump’s attorney general. The same liberal special interest groups in Washington who thwarted him 30 years ago have declared that they aim to do the same to him this time.

The Hollywood Hit-Job on Justice Clarence Thomas

Stuart Taylor Jr., Wall Street Journal

Despite a surface appearance of fairness, “Confirmation” makes clear how it wants the hearings to be remembered: Ms. Hill told the whole truth and Mr. Thomas was thus a desperate, if compelling, liar. Her supporters were noble; his Republican backers were scheming character assassins.