Kavanaugh Clerks Speaking Out

Coach K has an impressive roster of conservative law clerks and they are out defending him

One of the least appreciated aspects of this nominations process is the number of law clerks who have weighed in for the various potential nominees. Brett Kavanaugh is no exception and has a huge list of conservative law clerks who are out already defending him. You can see the whole list here, but some excerpts:

John Bash, Former Clerk from 2006-2007 and Former Clerk to Justice Scalia:

The President has nominated a judge who is as humble as he is brilliant. Judge Kavanaugh exemplifies the values that Americans want in a Justice of the Supreme Court: personal integrity, intellectual rigor, fairness, open-mindedness, and fundamental decency.

Zina Bash, Former Clerk from 2007-2008 and Former Special Assistant to the President and Clerk to Justice Alito:

Judge Kavanaugh was my first boss out of law school, and—11 years later—he is still the first person I turn to for career advice. His role model was his mother: the original Judge Kavanaugh. And he in turn serves as an enthusiastic role model to so many women who have been fortunate enough to have clerked for him or been his students. I am honored to call Judge Kavanaugh a mentor and a friend.

Marguerite Colson, Former Clerk from 2015-2016:

Brett Kavanaugh loves being a judge. But even more than being a judge, he loves being a father, friend, and mentor. He takes responsibility for each and every one of his clerks (no matter their ideological stripe), striving for their personal and professional success as if it were his own. No matter how silly my question or small my problem, Judge Kavanaugh always makes time for me. He makes time for all of us.

Caroline Edsall Littleton, Former Clerk from 2011-2012:

At the end of my clerkship, my parents sent a short note to Judge Kavanaugh, thanking him for having been such a wonderful boss and mentor to me. Their note very easily could have gone without response, but instead Judge Kavanaugh took the time to write a heartfelt note in return, thanking them for how they raised me. To this day (nearly six years later), my parents still cherish that note. This is the kind of person that Judge Kavanaugh is—an extraordinarily thoughtful man, who goes out of his way to be kind.

Please quit calling him Coach K. It's the only knock on him. Justice K. Much better.

Mike Krzyzewksi is the nominee? What the heck?

Says nothing about his judicial philosophy and Constitutional fidelity. You could substitute Obama's name here for Kavanaugh. He's a nice guy — so, to many, is __ (insert leftist).

At least it's praise and not the usual accusations of sexual misconduct or massive corruption. Let's give him credit for picking someone who probably won't get fouled up in their own history.

The fight to focus on judicial philosophy and constitutional fidelity is an ongoing one, and one we need to keep active. I am so sick and tired of so-called conservatives going on and on about how so-and-so is more likely to overturn Roe, as if this would be a decision based on religious belief or personal preference or political agenda, and not just a dedication to ruling according to the Constitution instead of any of those other considerations. These pundits might UNDERSTAND the reason an ethical justice might vote to overturn Roe, but when they don't explain it they just feed the ignorant hysteria of the Left, already convinced that the role of the Court is to impose personal preferences. (Why else would they demand justices who agree with their own personal preferences?)

I also note a new drumbeat of the term "settled law", as in "Justice Roberts has shown a disinclination to overturn settled law". And this is a good philosophy, as long as the "settled law" or "precedent" did not depend on a defective ruling in the first place.