Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
Earlier today, the trauma of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation finally ended with the Senate's vote to confirm the latest conservative member of the Supreme Court. The question now is, just what will be the effect of this new addition to the bench?
Normally, the answer to this question would center on the balance of power in the Court. It would invite a substantive conversation regarding legal jurisprudence and the views of the new member regarding constitutional interpretation.
This time it's different. This time the conversation is about an extrajudicial issue. This time the conversation is about the implications of Justice Kavanaugh's successful confirmation on the threats to the nomination process. Here's the bottom line, if Justice Kavanaugh had not been confirmed, the floodgates would have opened to the continued practice of decimating Republican nominees.
Don't get me wrong. It's very possible that the practice of destroying judicial nominees will continue since we have already seen the level to which the Democrats are willing to stoop in order to accomplish their goals.
But at the very least, we now have two failed nominee character assassinations. More importantly, on this occasion, the attacking Party has seen the public backlash of its vicious and malicious attacks on an individual with an impeccable record as a citizen and as a public servant. In two weeks, the Democrats have seen an unprecedented loss of a 10-point, generic poll advantage over the Republicans. What's more, President Trump's favorability ratings are now at a high of 51%.
Undoubtedly, there will be a time (really soon) for a discussion regarding the substantive implications of Justice Kavanaugh's confirmation. But for now, the biggest and most pressing consequences deal with the nomination process and the steps needing to take place to ascertain that such a destructive and salacious nomination process never happen again.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.