The Supreme Court. You’ve been hearing a lot about it this year.
Earlier this year, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he’s
. He was the court’s
– he mostly voted with conservatives, but sometimes sided with liberal justices on
. President Trump tapped
to take Kennedy’s seat. Quick resume: he’s a conservative judge who worked for the Bush 43 admin and was a federal appeals court judge in DC for more than 10 years.
There are nine members of the Supremes. When there’s an opening on the bench, the president picks a nominee to fill the spot. After that, the Senate Judiciary Committee gets to grill the nominee. Then the committee votes on whether to recommend them to the full Senate. Then, the full Senate decides whether to give the nominee their robes. Except Kavanaugh’s process didn’t go as expected.
Right. Several women accused him after his confirmation hearings wrapped up in early September. The first was CA professor
. She said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teens at a party in the ‘80s. She accused him of pinning her down, trying to take off her clothes, and covering her mouth when she tried to scream. Then there’s
, and a
Kavanaugh denies all the accusations. It turned his confirmation process, which seemed like a sure thing, into a no good, very bad mess.
Kavanaugh and Ford both testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The whole country watched. Ford said she was certain Kavanaugh was the one who assaulted her. Kavanaugh said he was certain it never happened.
The next day, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said
to do the damn thing. About a week and interviews with
, the FBI handed in its report. It never went public, but Republicans said that it cleared Kavanaugh’s name. Democrats said it wasn’t thorough enough. The Senate voted to confirm him 50-48 – the slimmest margin for a Supreme Court justice in
The Supreme Court is in charge of deciding some of the biggest legal issues in the country. The kind that impact
, to name a few. Kavanaugh’s confirmation moves the bench solidly to the right
And gives the court a conservative majority that could impact how the court rules for decades.
There aren’t any
on the docket, but that could change. There are a couple cases on
– including whether a state can execute someone with dementia who doesn’t remember their crimes. There’s also a case on whether the gov can
who’ve served sentences for other crimes. There’s also one about
. Keep an eye out for a
We have a justice who one: has been accused of sexual misconduct, and two: doesn’t have the temperament to serve on the country’s top bench. But the confirmation process is motivating Dems to vote in the midterms – and puts us closer to making
the blue wave a reality.
Kavanaugh’s innocent. And getting him confirmed is
a huge win for us. It doesn’t hurt that we got this done before midterms, because it’s pushing conservative voters to the ballot box.
The Senate’s in charge of greenlighting SCOTUS nominees. The party in control has more power to push through, or block, a president’s pick. And the Kavanaugh confirmation process showed how important it is to have a rep in the Senate that shares your views.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation went from predictable to sad to political sh*tshow. And it’s one of the more polarizing issues that’s driving people on both sides of the aisle to the polls.
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