Senate Democrats and their liberal puppet masters are proving once again that their attacks on President George W. Bush's judicial nominees amount to nothing more than political partisanship and electoral sour grapes -- not that anyone needed any more evidence of that fact. Their latest target is Brett Kavanaugh, who was first nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit nearly three years ago and has been waiting ever since.
Sound familiar? Well, it should.
Like Miguel Estrada -- who was forced to withdraw his nomination after waiting and waiting for a simple up-or-down confirmation vote to the very same court -- Kavanaugh has been left in nomination limbo for not just one year or even one congressional session but for years. And, just like others before him, Kavanaugh has waited patiently and silently, demonstrating his judicious temperament and unquestionable integrity that would serve the American public so well on the federal bench.
The endless waiting (while intolerable) is the "pleasant" side -- if you could call it that -- of the liberal partisan obstruction of and opposition to President Bush's judicial nominees. After all, as the President's nominees linger in limbo, the Democrats and their liberal puppet masters do anything but wait patiently remaining silent. Instead, knowing that the nominees will not and cannot respond to any attacks against them, even those so obviously personal and political, the Democrats and their surrogates in the special interests and the liberal media take to the broadcast airwaves and the newspaper pages to demean and slander the nominees' good names and records.
Take the ad hominem attacks directed at Kavanaugh in recent weeks. In an editorial published by The New York Times on May 3 and repeated ever since, the liberal partisan opposition asserted in its headline that Kavanaugh was "An Unqualified Judicial Nominee." Further down, the editorial claimed that Kavanaugh did "not have the legal background appropriate for such a lofty appointment" because he is but a "young lawyer with paltry courtroom experience." But these were nothing more than pure and utter lies.
Without embellishment, the following are Kavanaugh's actual credentials. He graduated from Yale College, cum laude, and from Yale Law School, where he served as Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He clerked for not one, but two noted federal appellate judges, Judge Walter Stapleton of the Third Circuit and Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit. He clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court of the United States. He worked as a Justice Department attorney in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States. He served the President as an Associate White House Counsel. And, he was a partner in a major American law firm, Kirkland & Ellis. In fact, not only has Kavanaugh appeared in a courtroom on multiple occasions, he has done so in some of the highest courtrooms in the land, including before the grand mahogany bench at One First Street, otherwise known as Well of the Supreme Court of the United States. Not so bad for a man who also happens to be 41 years old.
Indeed, if Kavanaugh's credentials sound familiar it might not be because you have heard anything about Brett Kavanaugh. This is because they also happen to be almost exactly the same credentials of another more celebrated recent nominee, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.
Like Kavanaugh, Chief Justice Roberts graduated from an Ivy League college and law school, only for Chief Justice Roberts it was Harvard instead of Yale. Just like Kavanaugh, Chief Justice Roberts clerked for a noted federal appellate judge (the late Fred Friendly) and then a Justice of the Supreme Court (the late William Rehnquist). Chief Justice Roberts also served as an Associate White House Counsel and as a Justice Department attorney in the Solicitor General's office. And, he was a partner at another major American law firm, Hogan & Hartson. But most important, like Kavanaugh, Chief Justice Roberts was also nominated to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit as a relatively young man, at age 37 by President George H.W. Bush, and, like Kavanaugh (first nominated at age 38), the Democrats refused to confirm Roberts to the federal appellate bench back then.
Of course, we know what eventually happened with Chief Justice Roberts -- he was renominated to the D.C. Circuit by President George W. Bush nearly a decade after the first nomination died without action in the Senate. Then, upon his mentor's death, Chief Justice Roberts was tapped to sit in the center seat on the highest court in the land, and even the Democrats and their liberal puppet masters had to concede that his credentials were so impeccable that his qualifications could not be seriously challenged. But that is precisely the attack the Democrats, the liberal special interests and the media want the American public to believe about Brett Kavanaugh. Never mind that in addition to all those honors he shared in common with our current Chief Justice, Kavanaugh has also served as Staff Secretary to the President and Associate Independent Counsel.
There can be no question about who is doing the lying about Brett Kavanaugh, and that what comes out of the mouths of Senate Democrats and the liberal special interests and appears on the editorial pages of The New York Times is anything but "all the news that's fit to print."May 11, 2006
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