Conservative Leaders Celebrate Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

By Emily Ward | October 8, 2018 | 3:08pm EDT
Judge Brett Kavanaugh and
President Donald Trump
in July 2018. (YouTube)

( -- A host of conservative leaders and organizations celebrated the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, emphasizing his “strict constructionist” view of the Constitution, that it should be read with the plain meaning of its words as the Founders intended.

After a contentious confirmation hearing, the Senate voted 50-48 to confirm Judge Kavanaugh on Oct. 6  to the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh’s nomination was fraught with controversy since Prof. Christine Blasey Ford accused the judge of sexually assaulting her when the two were in high school 36 years ago, leading to testimonies by both Ford and Kavanaugh in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and an FBI investigation into the alleged assault.

Judge Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations; other witnesses named by Ford, including her best friend, also denied any memory of the assault or of the party where it supposedly occurred.

The president of the Heritage Foundation, Kay Coles James, called Kavanaugh’s confirmation a “victory for liberty in America” and said he was “overjoyed.”

“Today is a victory for liberty in America,” he said. “I am overjoyed that the Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh, a good man and good jurist.”

James expressed disappointment with the “long and painful” confirmation process, but added that he is “committed to finding solutions” to a “broken America.”

Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Oct. 6, 2018.  (YouTube)

“I am grieved that this long and painful process exposed the lack of civility and unity in America,” said James. “As president of the Heritage Foundation, I am committed to finding solutions and bringing a broken America back together. But today, I celebrate our newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh.”

Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List called the confirmation a “resounding victory for the American people.”

“As Justice Kavanaugh takes his seat on the bench of the nation’s highest court alongside Justice Neil Gorsuch, we are confident he will continue to rule with the same fairness and independence that have characterized his entire legal career,” Dannenfelser said.

She called out Senate Democrats and “pro-abortion party leaders” for their roles in the messy confirmation procedure.

“Senate Democrats should be ashamed of exploiting human pain and the serious issue of sexual assault for a partisan political agenda,” she said.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said Judge Kavanaugh is a “good man” with an “impeccable record” of honoring the Constitution.

Vice President Mike Pence calls on U.S. senators to vote on the nomination of
Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. (YouTube)

“In confirming Judge Kavanaugh the Senate has confirmed a good man with an impeccable record of honoring the U.S. Constitution. Judge Kavanaugh’s record shows him to be a believer in the rule of law, and I believe he will serve the American people with distinction,” Fitton said.

Like James and Dannenfelser, Fitton referred to the problematic confirmation process.

“We are grateful that a majority of the Senate rejected the leftist smears, abuse of process, and rejection of constitutional norms. Now there must be accountability for this lawless assault on our constitutional republic,” Fitton said.

Fitton also announced Judicial Watch’s decision to take action against what he alleges were “legal abuses” by some senators.

“Judicial Watch has launched an investigation into the Senate ethics and legal abuses by anti-Kavanaugh Senators,” Fitton said.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said “history was made” with Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

“History was made today as Brett Kavanaugh overcame an unimaginable smear campaign to be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court,” Perkins said. “For the first time in decades, this nomination – his nomination – brought with it the reality of returning to a truly constitutionalist court.”

“President Trump made history by telling voters who he would appoint to the court by providing a list – a list of justices who would interpret the law rather than use the court as workbench for liberal policies,” he added.

Focus on the Family’s Jim Daly deplored the “ugly,” “contentious” confirmation process and referred to it as a “sickening circus.”

“The road to today’s confirmation has been ugly and clearly one of the most contentious ones the nation has ever witnessed,” Daly said.

Like other conservative leaders, he also praised Judge Kavanaugh.

“Judge Kavanaugh is a man of proven judicial temperament, fair and impartial to all who appear in his courtroom,” Daly said.

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