Last night, President Donald Trump exercised what he referred to as “the most important decision a President can make” when he nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring from the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh was one of the names on a short list of potential nominees circulated over the past week, alongside Amy Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman.

Shortly after the announcement, many Texas Republicans immediately took to Twitter to celebrate the nomination.

Sen. Ted Cruz, who in the past week had criticized Kavanaugh as not adequately conservative, referred to him as “one of the most respected federal judges in the country,” adding that he was looking forward to confirming his nomination.

Predictably, Democrats immediately rolled out an opposition campaign, created before they knew who the nominee even was, in their perpetual battle against Trump.

Though Democrats are lining up against Trump’s nominee, the Republican-controlled Senate only requires a simple majority to confirm federal judicial nominees, a change made under former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to ram through several Democrat nominees for the D.C. district court by former President Barack Obama.

The vote in the Senate will likely take place in the coming weeks before the Supreme Court begins their next session on October 1.

Kavanaugh is the second Supreme Court nomination from Trump. Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the court last year to replace deceased Justice Antonin Scalia.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens


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