In his remarks, the Supreme Court nominee said he would rigorously interpret the Constitution as written. "A judge must interpret the law, not make the law," Kavanaugh said.
The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, 53, a federal appeals court judge, former aide to President George W. Bush and onetime investigator of President Bill Clinton, was not a huge surprise, given his conservative record, elite credentials and deep ties among the Republican legal groups that have advanced conservatives for the federal bench.
But it will galvanize Democrats and Republicans in the months before the midterm elections. Justice Kennedy, who is retiring, held the swing vote in many closely divided cases on issues like abortion, affirmative action, gay rights and the death penalty. Replacing him with a committed conservative, who could potentially serve for decades, will fundamentally alter the balance of the court and put dozens of precedents at risk.
As a staunch Catholic, it is easy to understand his personal views on abortion rights.
I am not in favor of reversing Roe and I strongly disagree with this choice.
I do not consider a few dividing cells as "personhood". Nor does the US public.
The US may foolishly be headed the other way.
It's possible that I am wrong in my assessment of Kavanaugh. He may set his personal, religious views aside.
But I doubt it.
This appointment is likely to be a disaster unless Neil M. Gorsuch, unexpectedly decides the other way.
Such is the guessing game, but this is not a good setup.
Please spare me that sap on your religious views. I don't want to hear them any more than you want to listen to Hindus or atheists.
And I especially do not want to hear from the vast majority of the religious right hypocrites who support war, drones, and millions of people dying because of US policy in Yemen, Syria, and elsewhere.
Listen to Ireland.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock