Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination Raises the Question: Should the U.S. Consider Term Limits for Supreme Court Justices?
Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh has turned out to be the most controversial, divisive and unpopular Supreme Court nominee since Judge Robert Bork in 1987. According to recent polls, the number of Americans who support his confirmation ranges from 34% (NBC News/Wall Street Journal) to 39% (Gallup). But despite Kavanaugh’s unpopularity—and despite the fact that at least three women have accused him of sexual abuse—President Donald Trump isn’t about to withdraw the nomination. Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are determined to see Kavanaugh’s confirmation rammed through as quickly as possible. And the fact that Kavanaugh, now 53, could still be sitting on the Supreme Court 30 or 35 years from now begs the question: should Supreme Court justices be subject to term limits?