Section 1. The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court… US Constitution, Article III
After viewing recent hearings, I don’t think Brett Kavanaugh (AKA Bart O’Kavanaugh) is worthy of a lifetime job on the Supreme Court. I’m certain he’ll struggle to uphold the expectations set forth by the Code of Conduct for United States Judges.
Canon 2A. An appearance of impropriety occurs when reasonable minds, with knowledge of all the relevant circumstances disclosed by a reasonable inquiry, would conclude that the judge’s honesty, integrity, impartiality, temperament, or fitness to serve as a judge is impaired. Public confidence in the judiciary is eroded by irresponsible or improper conduct by judges. A judge must avoid all impropriety and appearance of impropriety. This prohibition applies to both professional and personal conduct. A judge must expect to be the subject of constant public scrutiny and accept freely and willingly restrictions that might be viewed as burdensome by the ordinary citizen. Because it is not practicable to list all prohibited acts, the prohibition is necessarily cast in general terms that extend to conduct by judges that is harmful although not specifically mentioned in the Code. Actual improprieties under this standard include violations of law, court rules, or other specific provisions of this Code.
This is a big gig! Seems like we could do better! I share the same concerns expressed clearly by an articulate friend:
What I expect in a potential Supreme Court justice is temperance and impartiality, both in his personal life and in his response to even false accusations. His response to the committee was neither temperate nor impartial; in fact, it included threats of judicial retaliation. Certainly those threats alone are cause to question his suitability for a lifetime seat on the highest court.
His petulance, failure to respond to simple questions, and failure to just own up to even the most mundane indiscretions that most of us experienced in in high school and college spoke volumes to me. He’s not a person I want sitting on the Supreme Court. ~Kindly’s articulate friend
“What goes around comes around.” ~ Kavanaugh comment during hearing.
I guess it’s to be expected that the current president would appoint the worst imaginable Supreme Court Judge. The tragedy is that we’ll live under the rulings of Brett Kavanaugh (AKA Bart O’Kavanaugh) for years to come. ~Kindly Curmudgeon
October 6 update: Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed. I guess there were no other more competent conservative judges anywhere in the United States.