All of the speculation about Trump’s pick to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court has just been halted.
CBS News, on Monday, reported Trump has it narrowed down to two people: DC Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Chicago Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
Kavanaugh has been on the bench since 2006.
After serving in the administration of George W. Bush as a staff secretary, Bush appointed him to the DC Circuit Court in 2006.
He had actually been nominated for the bench in 2003, but his confirmation was held up by Democrats.
After three years of back and forth between Democrats and Republicans, Kavanaugh was finally able to take the bench.
Among the two finalists, pundits are putting Kavanaugh in the top seat, mostly due to the experience edge he holds over Judge Coney Barrett.
Judge Coney Barrett
While having far less experience than Judge Kavanaugh on the bench, she is far from an underdog in this race.
First and foremost, Judge Coney Barrett was appointed by Trump just last November to fill the seat vacated by Judge Tinder on the Chicago Circuit Court.
Additionally, on her resume is a clerkship for Justice Antonin Scalia.
Coney Barrett is also a member of the Federalist Society.
Put it all together and we have a very strong conservative personally elevated by Trump.
There is also the angle of promoting a woman, something that will surely help Trump during the 2020 election.
Something else to consider is the fact Coney Barrett has already been put through the ringer over Roe v. Wade by the current class of senators.
That being the case, it would be hard for them to not put their stamp of approval on someone they approved less than a year ago.
While Kavanaugh has the experience, Coney Barrett would appear to be the better choice for Trump’s optics.