Listen to Alaskans
Things are getting little strange as the pressure mounts for Sen. Lisa Murkowski to join with other Republicans in confirming President Donald Trump’s nomination of appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
In a statement after the nomination, Murkowski said: “While I have not met Judge Kavanaugh….”
Never met him? She was one of 57 senators who voted to confirm him, a President George W. Bush nominee, to a District of Columbia Appeals Court seat in 2006. He should be no mystery to her.
Given that he has been on the appeals court bench since 2006 and has amassed an extensive – and exemplary – record, she has a lot of work ahead of her to comb through his record. We get that, but what she calls her ‘rigorous and exacting” standard for reviewing Supreme Court nominees should not be all that tough as she already knows some of his background and voted to confirm him before.
She also seems concerned with what it means to the court and swing votes and what will happen if the court swings to the right for the foreseeable future. All that is nice, but seems, well, at little squishy.
Her largest concern, perhaps, should be the views of Alaskans she represents. It is no secret that many who voted for Trump – and would have voted for just about any Republican – did so primarily because of the possibilities of Supreme Court vacancies. The specter of Hillary Clinton making those picks was nothing short of terrifying.
Alaskans are not really concerned about esoteric Washington politicospeak. They want a less activist, more conservative court to protect this nation from the Left’s authoritarian streak. Period.
As Murkowski finally meets with the guy she voted for once, and does her rigorous and exacting review, hopefully she will give Alaskans’ views a lot of weight.