What the Kavanaugh nomination comes down to


To the Editor:
Make no mistake, the ruckus surrounding the nomination of Federal Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court is about four things.
First, Democrats have become the abortion party. Judge – now Justice – Kavanaugh has signaled doubts about Roe v. Wade in which the majority opinion said the state has a compelling interest in protecting human life once it is viable outside the womb. Pro-abortionists are not concerned that Roe will be overturned. They are afraid that it will be upheld as medical science moves the point of fetal viability further back in the gestation cycle.
Second, scuttling Kavanaugh’s nomination is the Democrats payback for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refusing to schedule a hearing on the nomination of Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland in the waning days of the Obama presidency. Never mind that then-Senator Barack Obama said during the Bush Administration that a president should not nominate anyone to the Supreme Court in the last six months of his term.
Note that Garland would have replaced the deceased, brilliant conservative associate justice Antonin Scalia, which would have suited liberals just fine, thank you.
Next, Democrats have taken a no-holds-barred, character assassination approach toward Senate confirmation proceedings. Keep in mind that there is no Constitutional requirement that nominees to the federal courts have to be vetted by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
This attitude began with President Reagan’s nomination of former solicitor general and appeals court judge Robert Bork, who was generally acknowledged to be a conservative legal mind. His nomination was defeated 58-42 in the face of a withering attack led by that paragon of morality Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy, who had left a young woman to slowly drown in a car he had driven off a bridge.
This led to transforming the candidate’s name into a verb: “Borking”, “to defame or vilify a person systematically” as in, lets try Borking Clarence Thomas. Remember him? In a last minute desperate attempt at defeating the Bush42 nominee and after the Judiciary Committee hearing was over, the Democrats trotted out Anita Hill who claimed Judge Thomas had made salacious comments to her while they worked at the EEOC.
The only thing that saved Thomas’ nomination is the fact that he is an African-American who played the race card in rebuttal calling the hearing a “high-tech lynching for uppity blacks”. This put Democrats in a quandary: Do we support Ms. Hill or face a charge of racism that might alienate our African-American base?
Justice Clarence Thomas now sits on the Supreme Court (confirmed 58-42) as one of its conservative voices. Look for Ms. Hill under the bus.
Finally, the thoughtful floor speech by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) stating why she was going to vote for Kavanaugh may have saved the day even causing fellow Republican Lisa Murkowski to vote “Present” rather than “Nay”. Senator Collins calmly, factually rebutted the objections of Democrats and the #MeToo acolytes whose arguments were based on innuendo, emotion and feelings.

Richard J. August
North Kingstown


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