DAVE ROSS

The new Supreme Court nominee uttered the magic words

Jul 10, 2018, 6:06 AM | Updated: 12:17 pm
Judge Brett Kavanaugh...
Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Democrats see Brett Kavanaugh, the new Supreme Court nominee, as the president’s antidote if the Mueller investigation ever ends up before the court.

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“Now he’s got that insurance policy. He’s got this get-out-of-jail-free card if you will,” Sen. Cory Booker explained.

Of course, over on FOX, the tone was very different.

“He runs marathons. He was a pit bull when he was working with Ken Starr. He’s a tough guy, but he’s a soft guy. He’s perfect!”

I dunno if he’s perfect, but he did utter those magic words.

“A judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition, and precedent,” Kavanaugh said.

“Interpret the Constitution as written.” You hear that all the time. But the words “as written” are just a tassel on that sentence. The operative word is the word “interpret.”

It means you must translate. You must explain. You are taking those written words and deciding what they mean and how to act on them.

Some people would have you believe there is an objective, non-political way to do that. That you can enter the facts into your Constitution app and — ding — there’s the answer James Madison would’ve written: One Constitution, one true answer. Which sounds really good. Just like one Bible, one true religion.

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The new Supreme Court nominee uttered the magic words