Do Kavanaugh’s Hearings Actually Matter?
Headlines over the last few days have been plastered with the confirmation hearings of President Trump’s SCOTUS nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, as he makes his way onto the Supreme Court. With Senate Democrats, the mainstream media, and far-left protestors vehemently opposed to Kavanaugh, one would think his chances are slim to none. However, what is actually slim to none is their knowledge of the confirmation process.
Before President Trump entered office in January 2017 with a red Senate and House, there was a time when President Obama and the Democrats had control of the Senate themselves. While in power, they presumed it a good idea to change the rules of the confirmation process to make it work for them.
Then-Majority Leader Harry Reid opted to use the “nuclear option” (A process in which there would only need to be 51 “Yes” votes, instead of the prior rule of 60) to confirm Democrat Judges up and down the federal courts.
Their arrogance in the advocacy of such a rule will come back to bite them harder than ever in Kavanaugh’s case.
With the recent passing of Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) has appointed former Senator Jon Kyl, a fellow Republican, to take over McCain’s seat until a special election in 2020. Kyl was sworn in by Vice President Pence today.
With the late McCain being considered a swing vote, Kavanaugh’s fate was still very much undecided (In the likely scenario that the 47 Democrats and 2 Independents will oppose, and 50 Republicans will support).
However Kyl, with a conservative record, is not expected to be a swing vote – or at least, not as much of one as McCain was. Long story short: In Kyl, the Republicans now officially have their 51-person ideological majority in the U.S. Senate. With that said, McConnell will likely use the nuclear option to get Kavanaugh through. With Kavanaugh’s views on Roe v. Wade, of which he has said he will respect the precedent, it is highly unlikely that Collins (R-ME), and Murkowski (R-AK) will oppose.
The Republicans have their majority, McConnell has his nuclear option, and Kavanaugh has his seat on the highest court in the land.
Jonathan Lammey is a Lead Contributor for theDailyLead.