Monday 8 October 2018

Don't Brett On It

Brett Kavanaugh is deeply unsound on abortion. Donald Trump picked him over the choices of the pro-life movement, of which neither of them has ever been part. But in any case, the issue is most unlikely to come up, because the Republican Party is not really against abortion at all. 

Kavanaugh owes his confirmation to the vote of Susan Collins, who is not remotely pro-life. Her speech expressed her confidence that Kavanaugh would uphold Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Republican Senators gave that speech a standing ovation. 

In her words:

"Opponents frequently cite then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign pledge to nominate only judges who would overturn Roe. The Republican platform for all Presidential campaigns has included this pledge since at least 1980. During this time, Presidents, Republican Presidents, have appointed Justices O'Connor, Souter, and Kennedy to the Supreme Court. These are the very three justices, Republican-president-appointed justices, who authored the Casey decision which reaffirmed Roe.


And same-sex marriage is certain not to come up, because neither Congress nor any state legislature would ever vote to repeal that now, and Trump has been in favour of it longer than Obama or the Clintons have been. Collins's speech also expressed her confidence that Kavanaugh would uphold Obergefell v. Hodges. Say it again, a Republican standing ovation. 

All this for the Republicans to be wiped off the map for 30 or 40 years, during which the Democrats will have the perfect excuse for doing the nothing that they had always intended to do, anyway.

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