On Saturday, October 6th, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court.
With one of the closest Supreme Court Justice votes in history, Kavanaugh was confirmed with a vote of 50 to 48.
Immediately following the confirmation, Kavanaugh was sworn in by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who he is replacing. Although Justice Kennedy was a conservative judge, he served as a swing vote on many cases, most notably the deciding vote on Obergefell V. Hodges, the historic case that legalized gay marriage.
President Trump said, “[Kavanaugh’s] going to go down as a totally brilliant Supreme Court justice for many years.”
Other Republicans have turned their attention to the Democrats and their supporters, calling them, “angry mobs”, because of their anger over the confirmation. From the anger, a new movement has emerged to impeach Kavanaugh, which would require at least two thirds of Senate to convict.
However, not all Democrats are in support of an impeachment. Senator Chris Coons of Delaware appeared on NBC’s “Meet The Press” and said that it would be “premature” to focus on Kavanaugh’s impeachment.
The confirmation vote has come just before the midterm elections. An election where 33 of the 100 Senate seats and all 435 seats of the House of Representatives are up for election. The confirmation has been very controversial among voters, some agreeing with the situation, and like the GOP said, the vote energized it’s voters.
Others, especially woman Democrats, disagree with the vote and it added fuel to their anger already felt towards Trump and the Republicans.
Democrats will need at least 23 seats to get control of the House; it’s unclear what the vote has done for people who may have been undecided or non-voters, but the vote has energized the bases of the parties.
With Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the question remains of how he will rule on cases. It’s not clear how he will vote until the case is presented, but his past jobs may give an indication of his views on popular issues. The Chieftain Press previously wrote a run down of the most controversial issues and his past views.