As President Donald Trump continues to mull candidates to fill the Supreme Court seat being vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, one judge may be at the front of the pack. Brett Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old appeals court judge with years of federal experience, has been described by political experts as a fair-minded, independent and mild-mannered front-runner.
“He is a superb pick with a clear record of very thoughtful, erudite, principled decisions,” John Malcolm, vice president of the Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Constitutional Government, told Newsweek.
But perhaps most important for Trump and the Republican Party, Kavanaugh has been repeatedly described as predictable. While Kavanaugh is certainly conservative, he’s not a “bomb thrower,” in Malcolm’s words.