A self-described “liberal feminist lawyer” Tuesday urged confirmation of conservative Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, arguing he’s “the best choice that liberals could reasonably hope for.”
In her introduction of Kavanaugh at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s first hearing on the nominee’s confirmation, Lisa Blatt — a former law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who called Kavanaugh her friend and “mentor” — argued the choice before the panel isn’t tough.
“By any objective measure, Judge Kavanaugh is clearly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court,” she said.
“If he is confirmed, he will have one of nine votes to definitively decide” constitutional issues, “including just how far to read it and protect the reproductive rights of women,” she added.
“If it were up to me, Justice Ginsburg would have all nine votes, but that is not our system, and the reality is, the presidency and the Senate are in Republican hands,” she continued. “Judge Kavanaugh is the best choice that liberals could reasonably hope for in these circumstances.”
She then urged the committee to treat Kavanaugh “as we expect him to treat litigants that appear before him — on his own merit and with an open mind towards someone whose views are different from our own.”
“Our judicial system is not well served by tit-for-tat politics,” she said.
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