by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
It’s a big Tuesday as the confirmation hearings are set to begin for Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to fill the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a Pew Research Center survey just after Kavanaugh’s nomination, Americans were divided: 41% said he should be confirmed, 36% said he should not and 23% offered no opinion. There was far more agreement over the importance of the selection itself: 83% of U.S. adults said the choice of the next Supreme Court justice is important to them personally, including 63% who said it is very important.
The 83% figure jumps out, although I don’t see how it squares with the 23% figure. Nevertheless, this underscores the importance of the 2016 presidential election. Could it explain some of the vitriol spewed by those who didn’t vote for Mr. Trump? For me, Judge Kavanaugh is a solid choice, as he is for others — even for one prominent liberal feminist, Lisa Blatt.