(Jacobin) — Trump’s much-anticipated replacement for “swing” justice Anthony Kennedy has finally been chosen. Those who viewed Kennedy as the Supreme Court’s moderating force, a voice of restraint and pragmatism, will be happy to know the nominee has Kennedy’s personal seal of approval. Those who know more about Kennedy’s actual record will not find this comforting in the least.
Brett Kavanaugh, the man slated to be Kennedy’s replacement, is a Bush appointee who leapfrogged onto the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2006 due largely, it seems, to his fierce loyalty to former president George W. Bush. It took him two attempts and three years, but Kavanaugh was finally confirmed, despite Democratic opposition, on an almost entirely party-line vote. This exact course of events now looks set to repeat itself.
So, who exactly is Brett Kavanaugh? Turns out there’s nothing particularly Trumpian about him. Instead, Kavanaugh is a right-wing radical entirely of the establishment’s making.