Former presidential candidate and governor of Ohio, John Kasich, is unhappy with both sides of the controversial and contentious hearings surrounding the confirmation of now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Speaking on CNN’s news program “State of the Union,” Kasich said Republicans may have won this battle, but only at the expense of the long-term health of crucial US institutions.
“The whole process — look, it’s both sides,” said Ohio’s outgoing Republican governor. “A pox on both houses for the way this was conducted. And people in the country are appalled. That’s because it’s like, I got to win, and you got to lose.”
“Sometimes, you can have a short-term win, and the long term, you have to wonder about the soul of our country,” he added.
Kasich suggested a better to confirm a candidate for the Supreme Court would be for the White House and Democrats to pick a conservative justice whose political leanings would be acceptable to both sides “so that we don’t go through this.”
“And I would hope that the court will not become ideological,” he explained to CNN host Dana Bash. “That would begin to erode confidence in the court. In fact, confidence in the court has already been eroded.”
The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh on Saturday by 50-48 after an at-times raucous, and heated process angering many in government and in the public in general.