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ABA Unanimously Awards Kavanaugh Highest “Well Qualified” Rating

Congrats to the left-leaning American Bar Association for playing it straight: Its Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary has unanimously rated Judge Kavanaugh “Well Qualified” for the Supreme Court. That’s the ABA’s highest rating.

Here’s the ABA’s account of what that rating means (from p. 11 of its “Backgrounder”):

To merit the Committee’s rating of “Well Qualified,” a Supreme Court nominee must be a preeminent member of the legal profession, have outstanding legal ability and exceptional breadth of experience, and meet the very highest standards of integrity, professional competence and judicial temperament. The rating of “Well Qualified” is reserved for those found to merit the Committee’s strongest affirmative endorsement. [Emphasis added.]

Have that in mind as Senate Democrats and others on the Left continue to smear Kavanaugh.

Addendum: Senator McConnell reminds us that Senator Schumer and Senator Leahy have proclaimed the ABA’s evaluation to be “the gold standard by which judicial candidates are judge.” So I’m looking forward to their support of Kavanaugh.

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