Tuesday, July 29, 2003


The NY Times has an editorial denouncing Bush's latest nominees -- Brett Kavanaugh and Janice Rogers Brown -- as "well to the right of the legal and political mainstream." Here's a quote that strikes me as indisputably misleading:
The main items on an otherwise thin résumé are Mr. Kavanaugh's loyal service to Mr. Starr during the divisive investigation of President Bill Clinton and, later, his loyal service as an assistant to President Bush, in which capacity he has helped engineer the confirmation of the administration's judicial nominees.
Well. As it happens, Kavanaugh has a few other items on his "thin resume." He graduated from Yale Law School, clerked for Judges Walter K. Stapleton and Alex Kozinski, spent a year in the Solicitor General's office, clerked for Justice Kennedy, and made partner at one of the nation's most prestigious law firms (Kirkland & Ellis).

For some reason, the Times doesn't mention any of those outstanding accomplishments. It is as if a conservative newspaper had objected to the nomination of Stephen Breyer to the First Circuit on the grounds that the "main items on his otherwise thin resume are his assistance to Archibald Cox in prosecuting Richard Nixon and his loyal service to Ted Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee" -- while omitting to mention Breyer's Marshall scholarship, his clerkship for Justice Goldberg, or his Harvard professorship.


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home