Trump picks Brett Kavanaugh for SCOTUS: Why are some conservatives worried?

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Last night, in primetime, President Trump announced 53-year-old Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. The president said he looked for a judge who would be able to set aside their political views and "apply the Constitution as written."

The president listed several of Kavanaugh's credentials. He is a graduate of Yale, which, if he is confirmed, would maintain the Court's unanimous Ivy League makeup. The president described him as a "judge's judge" who has authored over 300 opinions over the last 12 years as a judge on the US Court of Appeals DC Circuit. Kavanaugh currently teaches at Harvard Law School where he was hired by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan when she was Dean there.

Kavanaugh was a law clerk for Justice Anthony Kennedy in 1993, at the same time as Neil Gorsuch. He later worked for Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr during the Clinton-Whitewater investigation. He also worked as Counsel in the George W. Bush White House, eventually becoming Staff Secretary to the President.

He is active in his Catholic church community, volunteering in soup kitchens, tutoring students at elementary schools, and coaching his daughters' basketball teams. The players call him, "Coach K." No word yet on whether Justice Ginsburg will call him "Coach K," or "whippersnapper."

Trump said, "No one in America is more qualified for this position and no one is more deserving."

Kavanaugh seems to tick most of the right boxes.

So, those are the positives. Kavanaugh seems to tick most of the right boxes. It definitely seems like Trump was convinced to go with a very "confirmable" nominee, rather that someone like Amy Coney Barrett, who many conservatives were rooting for, but who probably would have invited a messier Senate confirmation battle.

But some conservatives are nervous about Kavanaugh because of a 2011 opinion he wrote when the DC Circuit heard a case considering the constitutionality of Obamacare. In that opinion, he ended up supporting the law's individual mandate, and that opinion directly influenced John Roberts' fateful Supreme Court decision on Obamacare.

The other potential red flag for Kavanaugh's confirmation is a 2009 article he wrote for the Minnesota Law Review in which he said he believes presidents should not be subject to civil lawsuits or criminal investigations while in office because they were "time-consuming and distracting." Democrats will grill Kavanaugh for a week on that alone.

Judge Kavanaugh was greeted with a lengthy standing ovation before stepping to the podium to accept the President's nomination, with Kavanaugh's wife, Ashley, and their two daughters by his side. He gave a touching tribute to his parents who were in the audience and ended by describing his judicial philosophy:

A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law. A judge must interpret statutes as written. And a judge must interpret the constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent.

That is encouraging to hear, but conservatives who believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights have been burned plenty of times before by supposedly conservative justices. The proof will be in the pudding.

A restaurant owner in Southwest Harbor, Maine, has taken to sedating her lobsters with marijuana to help ease the pain of being being boiled alive — a popular way of cooking the crustaceans.

The owner of Charlotte's Legendary Lobster Pound, Charlotte Gill, said she feels bad for the lobsters she serves in her restaurant, noting, "there is no exit strategy" for them.

"She wants to get the lobsters baked before they're boiled," Glenn said on Thursday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program."

He wondered if marijuana actually made the lobsters more paranoid, recalling an "all-time classic" comic involving a paranoid lobster and a swipe at Glenn himself, a self-described "optimistic catastrophist."

Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation.

Of course Spooky Dude is connected to Kavanaugh hit job

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You know it's kind of crazy how blatantly transparent Democrats have been during the Kavanaugh hearings. I'm definitely not saying this in any kind of positive light. I'm just amazed at how the left is giving the entire country a direct insiders look on how they go about their business. I mean, this entire confirmation charade has got everything… from "mic checking" to shout down your opponents, to political grandstanding to gain favor for future elections, to shady plots involving big money donors advancing progressive agendas. This is truly a look inside the Left's political playbook. It's open for everyone to see, and they don't even really appear to give a crap to try and hide it.

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Take for instance the Ford sexual assault allegation. Grassley has given Ford until tomorrow to commit to a testimony that would be conducted in the next 72 hours. He wants it complete by Monday so they can move on with a committee vote. But Ford and her lawyer are delaying. They want the FBI to do an investigation, but procedurally that's not how this works. Ford's lawyer, Debra Katz, knows this. So why delay?

Well, it's pretty obvious. Again, the Left isn't trying to hide what they're doing here. Democrats want this delayed as close to the November midterms as possible. They study history just like anyone else does. When this nearly identical scenario happened with Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill back in 1991, it triggered what is now known as "The Year of the Woman" in the 1992 elections. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, was a product of that Democrat surge.

But the Ford accusation reveals a lot more. Back in August, a large group of Left-leaning groups co-signed a letter to both Senator Feinstein and Senator Grassley demanding Kavanaugh records. It was basically the same narrative that Cory Booker and Kamala Harris were using during the opening day of the confirmation hearing. One of the groups that co-signed the letter was called the Project on Government Oversight, or POGO. The vice chair of POGO is a woman named Debra Katz - YES - the same Debra Katz that is now the lawyer for Kavanaugh's accuser. Don't worry, this gets even more ridiculous. POGO is directly funded by - guess who - George Soros and the Open Society Foundation.

We're seeing a play-by-play political hit job live as it all plays out.

Soros' fingerprints are all over this. In June the Daily Caller reported that a group called Demand Justice had launched an effort to try and stop Kavanaugh's confirmation. They allocated five million to the project. Wanna take a guess where they get their money? Demand Justice gets their funding from something called the Sixteen Thirty Fund, and their funds come directly from George Soros and the Open Society Policy Center. They've given over two million in recent years.

We're seeing a play-by-play political hit job live as it all plays out. If you thought Netflix's House of Cards was fiction… I give you the Kavanaugh hearings.

Jeremy Boreing, COO at the Daily Wire and executive producer of "The Ben Shapiro Show," joined Glenn Beck on Tuesday to weigh in on the ongoing debate about whether the government should regulate digital media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google.

In reference to leaked documents that revealed a "secret meeting that happened with Media Matters and their strategic plan," Glenn asked Boreing for his thoughts on "raw data" sharing (by social media platforms) and the suppression of conservative voices in digital media.

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Boreing noted that Cambridge Analytica is under fire for using techniques, supplied to them by Facebook, to collect the same data sets that Media Matters has apparently collected.

"This is a pretty classic example of the left not being happy when the right does the same things that they are doing," he said.

"How do [conservative outlets] survive if you have Media Matters guiding Facebook and Twitter and Google on who to suppress and who not to?" Glenn asked.

"Unfortunately, I think that there's going to be a certain amount of lawfare that has to become a part of the tool belt of the right," Boreing said. "But specifically with these social media platforms, because of the Communications Decency Act in section 230, they sought protection from the government with being held liable in certain instances because they said 'we're not publishers, we're platforms.'"

"Now, they're trying to have it the other way. They're trying to say, 'No, we can act as publishers. We can determine what kind of opinions we want stated on our networks,'" he added.

Watch the clip below to catch more of the conversation.


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Dennis Prager, syndicated radio host and founder of PragerU, joined Glenn on Tuesday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" to weigh in on the volatile political climate in America today.

"I think that the crisis in America is the greatest in my lifetime and the greatest since the actual Civil War," Prager said.

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"I never engage in hyperbole," he explained. "I may, like anyone, be wrong. But I took a vow 35 years ago when I started radio, that … I [would] try to tell the truth. And I've never been accused of a lie, I'm proud to tell you. I've been called every word, but not liar. And I took another vow, don't even exaggerate, because it works for about a year. But gradually people understand, 'He doesn't really mean that. He's just overstating the case. So, I am not overstating when I say we are in a civil war in the United States."

He noted the tremendous "gap between the left and the rest of the country" and gave an example of the now "normative" practice of not calling children "boys or girls" in schools because it's considered wrong to impose a gender identity.

"That is sick to the point of child abuse," he said. "We are watching crazy people take our country."

UPDATE: Here's how the discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.


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