Sen. Collins mum on Kavanaugh vote as pressure grows

Casey GreeneSep 13, 2018

He told lawmakers that the high court with Kavanaugh on it would be "the most presidential powers-friendly court in the modern era".

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has dealt what could be a fatal blow to the campaign against Brett Kavanaugh's U.S. Supreme Court nomination, as the senator admitted she wasn't swayed by a leaked 2003 email in which Kavanaugh said Roe v. Wade wasn't "settled law".

News organizations reported that on the eve of the hearing, Judiciary Committee Democrats hosted a conference call with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y, and plotted a "protest strategy" to disrupt the proceedings.

Booker, who is considered a possible 2020 presidential contender, declared that he was having an "I am Spartacus" moment when his action was supported by his Democratic colleagues.

Kavanaugh also apparently did nothing when the Senate referred the case to the USA attorney's office for criminal prosecution.

At one point, Sen. If these were documents shared from the Democratic side of the aisle as part of normal business, as Kavanaugh claimed to have believed in his most recent testimony, why would they be labeled "not [for] distribution"? Without missing a beat, Kavanaugh rattled off the names and subjects of seven of the papers.

Democrats painted Kavanaugh as a threat to abortion rights.

Kavanaugh never made a substantive or procedural mistake, which is what his opponents on the committee were hoping to exploit.

Kavanaugh responded: "The test the Supreme Court uses to find unenumerated rights under the liberty clause of the due process clause of the 14th Amendment, and that refers to rights rooted in the history and tradition of the country".

The senators didn't come off almost as well. Cory Booker came across as a bully and a fool. He also tried to manufacture a racial incident that turned out to be much ado about nothing.

Booker's threat to release the emails prompted committee chair John Cornyn of Texas to read a rule stating that Booker could be dismissed from the Senate if he did so.

But this was all a charade. They need heavy voter turnout in metro Indianapolis and Kansas City, Democratic strongholds, if they have any hope of carrying otherwise red states that Trump won in 2016.

Kavanaugh said repeatedly that he is aware of the consequences of his decisions, including in his dissenting opinion that would have struck down Washington, D.C.'s ban on semi-automatic assault weapons.

Feinstein was 40 when the 1973 decision came down, and she has told stories of college acquaintances who died seeking illegal abortions before the ruling. The number of deaths, all of which are tragic, is actually estimated at only a fraction of that: 200 to 300 per year.

Miranda, now a private attorney, has said he worked "closely" with Kavanaugh, who was associate White House counsel at the time, to prepare judicial nominees for their hearings.

Paul Moxley was there on behalf of the American Bar Association.

At a time when Democrats are churning as a party, they're also awakening to the political potency of judicial nominees, a longtime GOP priority.

Still, it's sad that we as a people aren't prostrate with gratitude that we have a man as brilliant and learned and fine as Judge Kavanaugh who will take this kind of nonsense day after day for a basically minimum wage job.

Susan Collins of ME, who as a pro-choice Republican is seen as a possible defector in the confirmation effort, said on Friday she had not yet made up her mind. "Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to addressing the Judiciary Committee in public hearings for the American people to view".

The only goal in bringing the man who helped organize the cover-up of the Watergate break-in was apparently to assist the Democrats in trying to paint President Trump as another Richard Nixon.

On divisive issues that could reach the court such as abortion and gun rights, Kavanaugh declined to offer personal views, restricting himself to reciting Supreme Court precedent.

But it was all to no avail.

The pre-coordinated stunts from Democrats continued into the third day of the confirmation hearing on Thursday, when Sen.

Democrats don't have the votes to block President Donald Trump's nominee, but that didn't stop them from putting up a fight at his confirmation hearings last week.

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