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Neomi Rao, Josh Hawley, and the Wall Street Journal


Added 03-14-19 02:31:01pm EST - “Yesterday, the Senate confirmed Neomi Rao, President Trump's selection to fill the seat on the D.C. Circuit that Brett Kavanaugh left. The vote was 53-46. Some Republicans, most notably Sen. Josh Hawley, had expressed concern over…” - Powerlineblog.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Powerlineblog.com: “Neomi Rao, Josh Hawley, and the Wall Street Journal”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Yesterday, the Senate confirmed Neomi Rao, President Trump’s selection to fill the seat on the D.C. Circuit that Brett Kavanaugh left. The vote was 53-46.

Some Republicans, most notably Sen. Josh Hawley, had expressed concern over Rao as a nominee. However, Rao was able to address these concerns to the Senators’ satisfaction. In the end, she received the vote of every Republican member (and no Democrats).

I’m glad Rao was confirmed. However, before everyone moves on, I want to say my final words about the over-the-top reaction by some conservatives, especially the editors of the Wall Street Journal, to Sen. Hawley’s expression of concern over Rao’s nomination.

Some commentators view the Hawley-WSJ dispute as emblematic of a schism in the conservative legal movement (or even as evidence that there is no such movement). The alleged schism is between libertarians/economic conservatives and cultural/social conservatives.

Rao is the darling of libertarians and other economic conservatives. And deservedly so, given her critique of the administrative state.

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