Kavanaugh: Manchin right to meet with Supreme Court nominee

Monday, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., became the first Democrat senator willing to meet with federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Rather than make his choice based solely on the party of the president who nominated Kavanaugh, Manchin wanted to talk with the man. Good.

He has stated his concerns about Kavanaugh include the possibility he might be part of a high court ruling that would affect health insurance for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians. But, while it is natural and important for the senator to consider his constituents’ best interests, Manchin and others in Washington, D.C., must remember a Supreme Court justice’s responsibility is to the Constitution, not the whims of liberals (or conservatives) who forget it is up to Congress to make the law — not the Supreme Court.

Manchin’s concern must be whether Kavanaugh is determined to be a justice who will decide whether the laws passed by Congress are constitutional; and Kavanaugh’s record and public appearances so far indicate he intends to do just that.

Kavanaugh’s personal leanings on hot-button issues should not be first in the minds of Manchin and the others charged with confirming his nomination, nor should those of the president who nominated him.

Perhaps Manchin will be able to convince a few more members of his own party to follow his lead.