Brett Kavanaugh’s erratic temperament makes him unfit for the Supreme Court, writes Adam Liptak of The New York Times. The American Bar Association has lowered the rating it initially gave him after his aggressive outbursts during his hearing. This situation also brought up concerns from 2006 that he was too unbalanced to be on the U.S. Court of Appeals. Several lawyers and judges said that his decision-making is not adequate for a judge. Already at the time, Republicans ignored these concerns and did their best to get Kavanaugh confirmed. The Republicans also discounted the Bar Association's revised evaluation of him, calling the Association a liberal interest group.
It is unfair to use Brett Kavanaugh’s temperament to undermine his Supreme Court appointment, holds Noah Feldman of Bloomberg. The Court has a history of irritable and partisan members that nonetheless helped craft excellent judicial law. In the early 20th century, justices like Hugo Black or Robert Jackson were highly moody, opinionated and nakedly partisan. The case against Kavanaugh being built on his emotional outbursts is not a strong one. Bickering, undermining each other and voicing strongly political opinions have all taken place on the Supreme Court. One justice was even a KKK member. Having strong opinions doesn't make Kavanaugh a worse judge.