July 04, 2018

Excellent choice for SCOTUS

Dana Mathewson

This from Real Clear Politicscourtesy of Urgent Agenda.

President Trump — already a conservative hero for appointing Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court and for his swift remaking of the federal appellate courts — can again make history by choosing Judge Amul Thapar of Kentucky to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Thapar, the son of Indian immigrants who came to America legally, is the product of public schools in Toledo, Ohio. He was the first ever judge of South Asian descent appointed to the federal bench and would be the first person of any Asian heritage appointed to the Supreme Court.

Thapar is a history-making choice for a president who loves to make history. Trump often zigs when other presidents would have zagged, as the Washington Post noted this weekend, and he can again defy "the swamp” by appointing someone like Thapar who is squarely from outside of it.

For conservatives, Thapar is a dream choice. He’s an originalist, a term associated with Justices Clarence Thomas, Gorsuch and the late Antonin Scalia. Imagine a Supreme Court where the two leading conservative originalists are an African-American and an Indian-American. Trump can absolutely shatter the stereotypes liberals throw at Republicans by having Thapar join Thomas to defend and indeed crusade for the U.S. Constitution.

Thapar would become the youngest member of the Supreme Court at 49, but don’t let his youth fool you. He has an extensive record of distinguished public service — a prosecutor in Ohio, U.S. attorney in Kentucky, trial-court judge, and current judge on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He’s thoroughly vetted (confirmed three times by the Senate already) and was even a short-lister for Scalia’s seat last time around.

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Dana comments: The Leftists in the Senate -- that is, of course, all the Democrats -- won't like him. He's a male, for one thing, and not gay (obviously), so there are two problems right there. And his kids are going to parochial schools, so we can assume he's a (gasp) Catholic and therefore, although it doesn't say right in so many words, undoubtedly opposed to abortion.

But it says he's been "thoroughly vetted (confirmed three times by the Senate already)." Of course, we have seen in the past how Democrats change their mind about a person's qualifications depending upon what job he's being considered for. I fear Susan Collins won't like him because she'll just KNOW he'll be on the wrong side of Roe Vs. Wade. Drat that woman (and the other one too)! I wish Mitch McConnell would haul them off to the woodshed and explain what "party unity" is all about, and tell them they aren't leaving the woodshed until they show they've learned the lessons.

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