Some readers may have a problem with this one. And I admit that I still think that Brett Kavanaugh should not have been confirmed to the Supreme Court, even more because of what he did during his confirmation than what he did back in high school.
But now that he is on the Supreme Court, I agree with Sonia Sotomayor. The last thing we need is a Supreme Court that is so partisan that they disintegrate into factions. In an interview with David Axelrod (who was Chief Strategist for Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns) Sotormayor said that Kavanaugh was welcomed into the Supreme Court “family”.
When you’re charged with working together for most of the remainder of your life, you have to create a relationship. The nine of us are now a family and we’re a family with each of us our own burdens and our own obligations to others, but this is our work family, and it’s just as important as our personal family. We’ve probably spent more time with each other than most justices spend, who have spouses, with their spouses.
It was Justice [Clarence] Thomas who tells me that when he first came to the Court, another justice approached him and said, “I judge you by what you do here. Welcome.” And I repeated that story to Justice Kavanaugh when I first greeted him here.
Conservative, liberal, those are political terms. Do I suspect that I might be dissenting a bit more? Possibly, but I still have two relatively new colleagues, one very new colleague, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. And we’ve agreed in quite a few cases, we’ve disagreed in a bunch, But you know, let’s see.
We all have families we love, we all care about others, we care about our country, and we care when people are injured. And unfortunately, the current conversation often forgets that. It forgets our commonalities and focuses on superficial differences whether those are language or how people look or the same God they pray to but in different ways. Those differences truly are not important. What is important is those human values we share and those human feelings that we share. But I worry that we forget about that too often.