Yale professor tells Dems to accept Kavanaugh

Yale professor tells Dems to accept Kavanaugh



Yale Law School professor Akhil Reed Amar warned Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee Friday to rethink their opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s candidacy to the Supreme Court.

“Be careful what you wish for,” Amar said. “If you torpedo Kavanaugh, you’ll likely end up with someone worse.

Democrats oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation because they believe he would tilt the Supreme Court to the right for decades.

Amar reminded Democrats they are in the minority in the Senate and would likely not be able to block another candidate President Donald Trump might appoint to the high court who could be more of a threat to liberal ideals.

Amar, one of the nominee’s law professors, was one of 10 witnesses — five for Republicans and five for Democrats – who testified Friday on the fourth day of marathon hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Although he describes himself as a liberal constitutional law professor and Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, Amar wrote an op-ed for the New York Times in support of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, causing a stir at the nominee’s alma mater.

In addition, 23 members of Kavanaugh’s Yale Law School Class of 1990 have written to the Judiciary Committee in support of the nomination, saying the candidate “has impressed us with his considerable intellect, friendly manner, good sense of humor and humility.”

But Kavanaugh’s nomination also prompted about 175 law school alumni and students to sign a petition condemning a press release issued by Yale that promoted Kavanaugh’s accomplishments. “He is a threat to many of us, despite the privilege bestowed by our education, simply because of who we are,” the petition said.

On Friday, Amar told Judiciary Committee members that Kavanaugh, 53, was the best among the White House’s list of candidates for the job.

“Kavanaugh has studied the Constitution with more care, consistency, range, scholarliness, and thoughtfulness than any other sitting Republican federal judge under age 60,” Amar said. “He is the best choice from the long list of 25 potential nominees publicly circulated by President Trump.”

Amar also defended Kavanaugh as a “originalist” judge — one who interprets the Constitution as it was ratified in 1788  — who is also an avid student of history and able to consider changes in society when he makes his decisions.

Amar also defended Kavanaugh as a “originalist” judge — one who interprets the Constitution as it was ratified in 1788  — who is also an avid student of history and able to consider changes in society when he makes his decisions.

This story originally appeared on the website of The Connecticut Mirror, www.ctmirror.org.


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