Kavanaugh would feel right at home among all-Ivy justices

US Judge Brett Kavanaugh speaks after being nominated by US President Donald Trump

US Judge Brett Kavanaugh speaks after being nominated by US President Donald Trump

Opposition to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee took a odd turn when some chose to attack him for his first name, Brett.

In a part-time post at Harvard, he said, "I teach that the Constitution's separation of powers protects individual liberty, and I remain grateful to the dean who hired me, Justice Elena Kagan".

It's likely to become the most turbulent confirmation fight for a Supreme Court justice in years, with Kavanaugh already being cast as a hero or villain.

Presidents of both major parties have been choosing nominees of similar professional and educational experience for decades because the stakes have risen so high in filling Supreme Court vacancies.

"With virtually guaranteed opposition from across the aisle, presidents are pushed to nominate individuals with cookie-cutter "elite" qualifications and extensive federal appellate experience".

Unlike most of the current Justices, Kavanaugh has spent his entire career in public service and did not spend time in lucrative private practice, nor did he work as a full-tenured law professor, nor marry a wealthy spouse.

The perch of a Supreme Court seat can provide additional sources of income.

For the court's first 178 years, all the justices were white men. On the Supreme Court he could help change it.

By sex, race and ethnicity, the court is more diverse than ever.

Trump has speculated that he could appoint a majority of the nine-member court. There are three women - one of whom is Latina - and an African-American, Justice Clarence Thomas. How might his excessively deferential view of the role that courts should play in national security cases move this vital area of the law over the course of a generation? He's well-educated. And with that, you know, we have to just look at making sure that the rule of law and the Constitution is going to be followed, and that's going to basically preempt anything else he does.

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Great America PAC and Great America Alliance will next week launch a campaign to confirm Kavanaugh built around cable television, radio and digital ads in seven states that were won by Trump in 2016 and where Democratic senators are campaigning for reelection.

In 2011, the dispute over the President Barack Obama-sponsored Affordable Care Act, came before Kavanaugh's court.

Democrats have shared concerns with Kavanaugh's partisan past and conservative rulings-earlier this year he wrote a decision calling the Consumer Protections Bureau "unconstitutional", and last fall he dissented from fellow justices on a decision allowing an undocumented teen to seek abortion.

"An "operative" makes it sound like someone who just sort of didn't care what the facts were and was only interested in painting it in its most unflattering" light, Leipold said.

One possible explanation for the disappearance of geographical, academic and professional diversity is the people who are doing the screening.

Kavanaugh, in contrast, has consistently questioned the relevance of worldwide law in shaping the executive's war powers and construing legislative authorizations. Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

But there's no doubt that a senator like Jones faces more pressure to support the President than other Democrats, as he's located in a strongly red state.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of CT said on Wednesday that Trump, in choosing Kavanaugh, is "trying to rig a Supreme Court such that it will strike down protections for pre-existing conditions and he has a case ready to move to the Supreme Court to do just that".

The biggest problem for Roberts in the short term could be coming up with new ways to put down his colleagues from Yale. He passed over other finalists who attended law school at Michigan, Notre Dame and Georgetown.

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