After a marathon confirmation process, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was finally ceremonially sworn in as Supreme Court justice at the White House by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. President Donald Trump presided over the ceremony in a dignified manner, showering praise over the senators that had secured the confirmation in a way that had the feel of celebration of homecoming soldiers of war.
A few days earlier the Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell had remarked that the Democrats through their reprehensible actions had united the Republican Party. In this ceremony, we got visual confirmation of that. Possibly for the first time Trump looked like he was fully embraced by his party senators, and that the appreciation was mutual.
If that renewed energy and determination manifests itself in the form of increased Republican voter turnout, Trump could become one of the few presidents to experience gains in a midterm election for the incumbent’s party.
In his speech, Trump briefly touched on the recent ordeals by apologizing to Justice Kavanaugh and his family on behalf of the nation “for the terrible pain and suffering” they had been “forced to endure.” The legacy media immediately zoomed in this apropos and made it into their main story.
However, the real story is that the Republicans emerged as moral victors and that the president handled the turbulent process with precisely the kind of dignity of which his detractors claimed he is incapable. The American people have certainly recognized this. For the first time in eighteen months, the number of people who strongly approve (38%, 08-Oct-2018) of Trump matches those who strongly disapprove in Rasmussen’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll.
Trump also thanked Senator Susan Collins for the wisdom she had shown in her speech to the Senate justifying her positive vote for Kavanaugh. Before this, few people knew who Collins was, and if they knew her it was not for her oratory capabilities. However, her speech is described by many as one of the finest crafted arguments ever made on the Senate floor. Trump quoted one of her phrases, which may go down in history as the essential summary of the Kavanaugh confirmation process: “When passions are most inflamed, fairness is most in jeopardy.”
Guardian of the Constitution
After being sworn in, Justice Kavanaugh addressed the concerns about partisanship that many people harbored. He said that he would be a team player and rule strictly by the law, not according to ideology or personal convictions. He also said that the Supreme Court should not be a forum for legislation but interpretation.
The progressives will not like this, however. For decades the left has been wholly incapable of selling their radically anti-American ideas honestly and directly to the American people. Their ideas are simply anathema to what it means to be American. Therefore, they have had to dress up their radicalism and hide them behind a thin veneer of patriotism. In a practice that dates to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, they have forced changes that would have been impossible in a direct democratic confrontation with the voters, by stacking the Supreme Court with ideologues who legislate from the bench. The progressives have discovered that they don’t need to have the consent of the people to their ideology down people’s throat. They only need to control a few people in the Supreme Court.
That is why Kavanaugh’s comment about his role as a guardian of the constitution will be seen as a confrontation by the left. He in no uncertain terms said that he would contribute into returning the Supreme Court to its original function, thereby plugging a gaping security hole in the U.S. government that progressive hackers have been exploiting for decades.