Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich questioned whether the bruising confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh presented only a "short-term win" for President Trump.
"Sometimes you can have a short-term win," Kasich said during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," offering an ominous forecast for the GOP ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. "In the long term, you have to wonder about the soul of our country."
“The Congress is disrespected, the press is disrespected, the Justice Department is disrespected, and the court is beginning to lose respect," he said. "That is a bad place for our country to be, and we’ve got to stop it.”
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Kasich, who competed against Trump for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, refused to say whether he was pleased Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday evening to serve on the nation's highest court.
"Well, I’m not happy about the process," he said. "It's not a matter of happy. He's on the Supreme Court. We have to respect the fact that the Senate made that decision."