Supreme Court Showdown: Keep Your Eye on Ed

With President Trump’s first Supreme Court nomination coming in a few hours, you can expect all hell to break loose from the left. Whoever it is will be portrayed as the worst person since . . . the last person Trump named to something yesterday. (Which is why I don’t think any nominee can be successfully “Borked.”)

But in any case as this unfolds everyone should make a regular daily practice of checking with Ed Whelan’s “Bench Memos” at National Review Online. Ed is the best rapid response person for judicial controversies. He’s already getting out ahead of the liberal mob with this note yesterday:

We don’t know yet who President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee will be, but we can be fairly certain that, irrespective of the evidence, Senate Democrats will denounce the nominee:

– for supposedly not having shown “a sufficient commitment to the core constitutional values at the heart of our democracy”;

– for having a record that “raise[s] troubling questions about the depth of his commitment to the role of the Supreme Court and Congress in protecting individual rights and liberties under the Constitution”;

– for having a “particularly troubling” record on civil rights and for making “reactionary arguments”;

– for not being “genuinely concerned about the rights of women”;

– for “alarming” views on Roe v. Wade; and

– for working “to turn back the clock on the historic progress of recent decades.”

These specific charges, as it happens, were all leveled by Senator Ted Kennedy against … David Souter in 1990.

See also this from Sen. McConnell’s office.


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