Friday morning I woke to hear that Heidi Heitkamp has decided to vote no on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. To be honest, it is entirely possible that this will mean that she will lose her re-election to the Senate. Her courage in making the decision to put her power and career at risk to do the right thing is refreshing.
There are arguments to be made on both sides of this confirmation debate. But, the nominee made two things painfully apparent during his testimony recently. He does not have the temperament to be on the highest court in the land, and he is a clear partisan that will not rely solely on own judgment to make decisions that may impact all of our lives.
Senate Republicans have done everything possible to push this nomination through without providing all the information about the judge’s record while serving the George W. Bush administration. They have pushed to keep information from the public to make our own evaluations of his character. And finally, in the interest of expediency, they have not done a full investigation of allegations against the judge. What is the hurry? They weren’t in any hurry to consider Merrick Garland when Antonin Scalia passed away.
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Heitkamp might not serve another term in the US Senate. Kavanagh will likely serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. But, history will show that on this issue, Heitkamp made the correct decision to put her country above her career and for that, she is a patriot.
Ned Wright, Bismarck