In the past week, CFJ had three op-eds published in Fox News and one op-ed published in The Hill. Interviews and commentary were featured in Politico, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, and India Abroad as well as three interviews in Newsmax, and we were mentioned four times on SCOTUSblog. Links and quotes can be found below.
Interviews & Commentary
POLITICO: “I think the optics do matter. It’s harder to make the case that a woman is against women’s rights,” said Curt Levey of the conservative Committee for Justice, a veteran of several Supreme Court fights. “It takes on special significance when people expect abortion to probably be the biggest issue. … I think it’s given even more significance by the fact the two most moderate Republican senators are women.”
...Kristol said he thought someone “more opaque” on abortion than Barrett would get the pick — a view that Levey, of the Committee for Justice, also endorsed. “I think,” he said, “it is unlikely that Trump will pick someone with a strong pro-life record.”
The Washington Post: Several prominent conservatives are privately pushing the White House to pick a woman to blunt the potency of the abortion attack in 2018. “I think the optics do matter. It’s harder to make the case that a woman is against women’s rights,” Curt Levey of the conservative Committee for Justice, a veteran of several Supreme Court fights, told Politico’s Josh Gerstein. “It takes on special significance when people expect abortion to probably be the biggest issue. … I think it’s given even more significance by the fact the two most moderate Republican senators are women.” (Note: Also appears in Newsmax and elsewhere.)
The Chicago Tribune: Curt Levey of the conservative Committee for Justice agreed [that Justice Kennedy is the new “swing vote”]: “I think he just doesn’t have the courage to follow the law when it leads to an uncomfortable place.”
Newsday: But Curt Levey, president of the conservative Committee for Justice, said Republicans more than Democrats become energized by judicial nominations. That could close the gap in voter enthusiasm and help Republicans preserve their majority in the House and Senate, Levey said.He said the right kind of nominee could also win several of the red-state Democrats – three of them voted for Gorsuch in 2017. Levin also predicted Democrats would want to get the confirmation process finished to remove an issue that brings Republican voters to the polls.
India Abroad: At the time Thapar was confirmed for Circuit Court, Curt Levey, executive director for the Committee for Justice, noted: “Perhaps the most important thing about Thapar’s quick confirmation is that it puts him in a perfect position to fill any Supreme Court vacancies that occur in 2018 or thereafter.”
Newsmax: Committee for Justice President Curt Levey tells Newsmax that Kavanaugh "clearly has the experience and intellect to be on the short list, and very likely is."Levey adds: “But to those who speculate he's the frontrunner, I would remind them that's it very early and that Judge Bill Pryor was the No. 1 contender for the Scalia vacancy for months."There may or may not be any significance to the fact that [Kavanaugh] wasn't on Trump's first and second SCOTUS lists, despite already being a conservative favorite at the time," Levey said."Gorsuch wasn't on the first list, but wasn't as well known as Kavanaugh."
Newsmax: Curt Levey, the president of The Committee for Justice group dedicated to promoting judges who support the Founders’ vision of constitutional governance, says a pitched battle over Kennedy’s replacement is probably the last thing Democratic leaders and strategists want. But as apoplectic as their base is right now, Levey says, they may not be able to avoid it. “The Democratic leadership has to be responsive to their base,” Levey tells Newsmax. “So this will be a big fight, and this will get the GOP base enthused. If the Dems can’t really stop [the nomination], their best strategy would be not to have this be a huge battle, but they can’t really do that.”
Newsmax: Curt Levey, the president of the Committee for Justice, a group that seeks judges committed to the rule of law and constitutionally based jurisprudence, tells Newsmax, "I think it’s good news for Republicans in terms of keeping the House and Senate, because if you look at how much the Supreme Court issue helped Trump in 2016, I think it will also help the Republicans most directly in the Senate, but this rubs off onto the House as well."
Media & Blog Mentions
SCOTUSblog: In an op-ed for The Hill, Ashley Baker calls [Carpenter v. US] “a major victory for privacy rights that will reign in the increasing tendency of the government to use subpoena power to circumvent the higher standards of a search warrant.” (Tuesday round-up)
Also mentioned in SCOTUSblog's Monday round-up for commentary and analysis on Carpenter v. US, Thursday round-up for Trump v. Hawaii, and Friday round-up for the nomination and confirmation process. (Note: These links are great resources!)