The first action Brett Kavanaugh took Sunday when he ascended to the Supreme Court was to hire an all-female law clerk staff.
In a swearing-in ceremony with President Trump, Kavanaugh credited his mother as his inspiration.
“One of a federal judge’s most important responsibilities is to hire four new law clerks each year. The law clerks are recent law school graduates and they work in the judge’s chambers for one year. They’re among the best and brightest young lawyers in America, and they become the future leaders of the legal profession,” he said.
“Inspired by my mom, who is a trailblazer for women in the law, I’ve worked hard throughout my career to promote the advancement of women. Women still face many barriers in the American workplace, and all of us have a responsibility to address that problem. During my 12 years on the D.C. Circuit, a majority of my law clerks were women, and almost all of them went on to clerk at the Supreme Court. A clerkship on the Supreme Court is one of the most coveted achievements and credentials in American law. I’m proud that all four of my newly hired law clerks at the Supreme Court are women — a first in the history of the Supreme Court,” Kavanaugh said.
But CNN political analyst Joan Walsh said on Monday that Kavanaugh’s decision to hire four female law clerks “felt like pandering to me.”
“I mean the female clerks,” Walsh said dismissively to CNN host Kate Bolduan when asked about Kavanaugh’s “outreach nod to women.”
“I guess that’s great, Kate. He’s talked about that before. It felt a little bit like pandering to me. As I said before, there’s not really anything new. This is the way he introduced himself in his very first …” Bouldan interrupted to claim that Kavanaugh decided to “stick to the script.”
“I guess it has worked,” Walsh said, “but I don’t know that it’s going to work to make women who are still upset about the treatment of Dr. Blasey Ford feel any better. It did,” Walsh said, adding again: “It felt a lot like pandering to me.”
Liberals: They never stop.