We have been assured that Brett Kavanaugh has outstanding credentials for a position on the Supreme Court, as though by his natural gifts and service he has earned the seat, a sort of Solomonic mantle. As I read the Constitution he has only one qualification: a majority of the Senate voting to confirm; and that is all he needs.
If he follows the script of the Gorsuch nomination - and I think this highly likely - he will volunteer that he has no opinion on any controversial issue, has never had an opinion, and would not be influenced by his opinion, which he hasn’t, if the question came up.
Is this what we really want in a court nominee? Is the court distinguished as a collection of blank slates and decision machines? The least interesting people in the world? This seems like a recipe for mediocrity to me.