Fox News host Martha MacCallum had constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley on her show the other night to discuss President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanagh. In the interview, Turley revealed some telling signs about Kavanaugh’s judicial philosophy. And conservatives should be downright giddy.
Turley said, “There’s no question that the center of gravity is going to move to the right.” He continued, “So I expect that we are going to see some movement in these predictions as to where he ends up. It will he end up to the right of Kennedy? I think you can pretty much guess that.”
Here’s a partial transcript:
MACCALLUM: “Activist put together graphic that actually gives a picture of how conservative judge Kavanaugh would be compared to the other justices. He is, according to their assessment, the second most right-leaning member of the court if he is confirmed. Behind Clarence Thomas. But how long does it take for the ideology of the court to change? Jonathan Turley, constitutional law attorney. Thanks for being with us tonight. This is one of the things that helped to get President Trump elected. A lot of Republicans and conservatives are across the saw this opportunity to, for the first time in a very long time, swing the court to a conservative leaning court. When you look big picture at this as a constitutional law professor and attorney, what do you think the impact on America is going to be?”
TURLEY: “There’s no question that the center of gravity is going to move to the right. If Kavanaugh is put on the court. He is more conservative on some issues then Kennedy before him, but that was expected, indeed, that was promised by President Trump. Ironically, the person he most resembles in not just his resume, but his writing style and interpretive approach is John Roberts, who the president referred to as a disaster on the court. So I expect that we are going to see some movement in these predictions as to where he ends up. It will he end up to the right of Kennedy? I think you can pretty much guess that. But he is not as much of a known item as some of the other people on that list. Where I think you will see a very clear change our areas he’s already written. I don’t think he’s going to adopt the same approach on the death penalty as Kennedy, or on race-based admissions in colleges. I think he’s going to be more conservative on detainee rights. Those things I think are already fairly baked in given his jurisprudential views.”