Senate Democrats to centrist colleagues: You’ll ‘have to answer to history’ on Supreme Court vote ~ Laura Barrón-López (washingtonexaminer.com)


Good morning fellow Seekers,

It may seem that DSJ is taking the Dems side in Kavanaugh’s situation, but let not your hearts be troubled. We just want you to be aware of the hypocrisy that is the left and the agenda/idiocracy that they refuse to let go of. This story is proof of that.

No matter who the POTUS put forth, they would have been just as inflamed and screaming from the echo chamber of outright lies and deceit they propose to be truth. Good luck Mr. Kavanaugh. You’re going to need it.

Here’s more from Laura Barrón-López and the Washington Examiner…

Senate Democrats have to stay united if they want to stand a chance at blocking President Trump’s pick to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

To do that, the majority of the Democratic caucus will hammer Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, as an anti-worker, pro-corporate judge who would likely cast a deciding vote against Affordable Care Act protections for people with pre-existing conditions and fail to provide a check on executive power.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said all Democrats have to do is to show voters the “true” Kavanaugh, “an anti-consumer zealot” who will be a “swing vote on the court to strike down parts of ACA that protect sick people.”

“If we tell the true story about Kavanaugh, this guy is going to look pretty unfriendly to Trump voters in red states,” Murphy said Tuesday. “I can’t make the decision for some of our more moderate Democrats, but if this becomes a very unpopular nominee nationally, it makes it a lot easier for people to vote no.”

One day after Trump’s announcement, most red-state Democrats refrained from passing judgment on Kavanaugh, saying they want to review his rulings and talk to him before deciding how they’ll vote. Kavanaugh has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for 12 years and worked for independent counsel Kenneth Starr during his investigation of President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.

[Also read: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on the major issues]

The majority of their colleagues within the Democratic caucus, however, quickly declared the Senate should not vote on Trump’s nominee until after the November election. Democrats argued the Senate should follow Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s, R-Ky. decision to block then-President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, from even receiving a hearing ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Republicans have maintained that 2018 is different because it is a midterm election year and that Trump, unlike Obama, is not in the final year of a second term in office.

And in an election year that could determine control of the Senate, vulnerable Democrats aren’t rushing to say no to Trump. Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Joe Donnelly of Indiana are seen as the three most likely to join Republicans but they’ve revealed little about their thoughts on Kavanaugh.

Though Manchin has tried to fashion himself a Trump-man, who is willing to work with the president on a wide array of issues, he signaled that one issue in particular could make a vote for Kavanaugh impossible.

“The Supreme Court will ultimately decide if nearly 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will lose their healthcare,” Manchin said in a statement Monday night. “This decision will directly impact almost 40 percent of my state, so I’m very interested in his position on protecting West Virginians with pre-existing conditions.”

Donnelly said he’s reviewing Kavanaugh’s writings but won’t be making a decision until after he pores over the judge’s history.

“We’re accumulating all of his decisions right now to read through them,” Donnelly said. “We look forward to having a meeting with him and then I’ll start to make some decisions.”

Likewise, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said he probably won’t make his decision until after Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.

“We’re just starting the process,” Tester said. “Whenever I’m comfortable with making the decision I’ll do [it.]”

But if Democrats have a prayer in succeeding in stopping Kavanaugh, they have to stick together and focus their lobbying efforts on the two most likely Republicans to flip against the nominee — Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said one question his Democratic colleagues should be asking Kavanaugh is if a president can pardon himself. Kavanaugh’s views on executive power and the role of the judiciary in providing a check on the presidency will be another big messaging point for Democrats. Kavanaugh has said a president should be shielded from litigation while in office.

“[Kavanaugh] was a guy who at one phase was very willing to constrain executive power under a Democratic president — all kinds of high hurdles for things that a president had to get over — and apparently more recently has been very deferential to executive power,” Kaine said.

Kaine admitted Democrats “struggled” to motivate its base on the issue of the Supreme Court in 2016, but that’s changed.

“All over the state during the recess, Democrats and others are very very concerned about this,” said Kaine, who held 41 events across Virginia last week. “My voters are worried.”

To win over the more centrist Democrats, the White House has argued Kavanaugh’s decisions are a bit of a mixed bag, and that he didn’t go along with most conservatives who argued Congress didn’t have a right to enact the Affordable Care Act.

“You know, being clever at reaching a right wing result doesn’t mean it’s anything other than a right wing result,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. “In legal opinions there are always alternative routes to the same end. Judges chose to do it different ways, but If they want to get to the right result they also know how to do that.”

Still, it’s an uphill battle for Democrats, and many political observers expect they’ll fail, citing the party’s handling during the Garland fight. Unlike Republicans, Democrats have had difficulty convincing voters that the future of the Supreme Court is worth the trip to the ballot box. Staying united will be the Democrats’ biggest test, but Blumenthal predicted the vote on Kavanaugh could play out like the Senate’s vote to repeal Obamacare.

“We were given very little chance of sustaining the Affordable Care Act and we did because the American people made their voices heard and our challenge is to elicit and enlist the American people in same kind of grassroots expression,” Blumenthal said.

As for his Democratic colleagues running in Trump country, he reminded them this vote is “for the history books.”

“They’ll have to answer to history for their votes long after the next election and memories fade about almost every other vote,” Blumenthal said. “They’ll be remembered for what they did here and they know it.”

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