Fifteen years ago, Trump-nominee to the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh was slow-walked through an appointment by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. His confirmation would take more than three years, with the New York Times even chiming in to call him ‘unqualified’. Ultimately, he would make it through with the help of four Democrats who broke with their Majority leader in a 57-36 vote. And now the Democrat Senate is hoping for a reversal of fortune with a second shot at ‘Borking’ Trump’s nominee.
Here’s more from The Daily Signal…
After the president nominated Brett Kavanaugh for a key court vacancy, Democrats sought to obstruct. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., resorted to name-calling. The New York Times chimed in to call Kavanaugh “unqualified.”
That’s what happened when President George W. Bush named Kavanaugh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2003. He was not confirmed by the Senate until 2006.
Now, 15 years later, Kavanaugh faces Senate Democrats as President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. The challenge will be only more difficult, said Curt Levey, president of the Committee for Justice, a conservative legal group that monitors judicial nominations.
“I was surprised at the time that Kavanaugh did get confirmed to the D.C. Circuit, given the number of Bush nominees that Senate Democrats were obstructing,” Levey told The Daily Signal.
Democrats opposed that nomination largely because Kavanaugh worked for the counsel’s office in the Bush White House and previously was a lawyer on independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s team that investigated President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.
Democrats also criticized Kavanaugh for being part of the Bush campaign’s legal team during the 2000 Florida recounts in 2000. He also had argued against deporting a Cuban boy, Elián González, whose mother died getting him to America but whose father sought his return to Fidel Castro’s Cuba.