“Judge Kavanaugh should not be allowed anywhere near our nation’s highest bench. Let’s be clear: a vote for Kavanaugh would be a vote to rip health care from American families and deny women their constitutional right to make their own health care decisions.”
That was a statement from DNC boss Tom Perez shortly after President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court. In a sense it was ironic because as a DC native and DC Appeal Court judge, the Yale law alum is already near the nation’s highest bench. On the other hand, the statement typified the tide of reaction from leftist Democrats.
“Are you ready for the fight? Are you ready to defend Roe v. Wade?” bellowed a wide-eyed Bernie Sanders, face glowing a bright shade of pink. Many in the Monday crowd may have forgotten that the Vermont socialist would have lost to Trump in 2016 if Hillary Clinton had not rigged the process.
In June, Sanders former cadre Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that Kavanaugh’s views on the president’s eligibility for a criminal investigation constituted an “automatic disqualification” from the high court. In similar style, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, told reporters, “We have an ongoing investigation that is a bi-partisan supported investigation as we saw throughout the Senate committee and a president who is saying, ‘I now have a chance to make sure the Supreme Court gives me a get out of jail free card.’” So the Yale Law grad has already determined the president’s guilt and sentence.
According to California Senator Kamala Harris, who got her start under Willie Brown, “Judge Kavanaugh has consistently proven to be a conservative ideologue instead of a mainstream jurist.” And the Trump pick “represents a direct and fundamental threat to the promise of equality.”
Fellow California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who has been comparing President Trump’s policies to “Nazi Germany,” went on record that Kavanaugh’s views “are far outside the legal mainstream when it comes to access to health care, executive power, gun safety, worker protections, women’s reproductive freedom, and the government’s ability to ensure clean air and water, to name a few.”
Hillary’s vice-presidential loser Tim Kaine told reporters “I’m focused on whether Judge Kavanaugh would safeguard the civil rights of all Americans regardless of race, gender, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation and ensure that all are protected from discrimination.” Sen. Mark Warner said Kavanaugh came from “a list put together by ultra-conservative groups” so he was “not the right pick to serve on our nation’s highest court.”
Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren, who claims to be Native American, told the crowds, “We didn’t get into this fight when the odds would be stacked into our favor. We got into this fight to build a country that embodies the best in America.”
Sen. Charles Schumer told CBS he would work against Kavanaugh with “everything I’ve got.”
Schumer’s former aide Christopher Hahn, opposes Kavanaugh because Mitch McConnell “stole” the court slot from POTUS 44 pick Merrick Garland.
“With Brett Kavanaugh, Trump could cement an extremist conservative Supreme Court majority hostile to working people for a generation,” tweeted Rep. Keith Ellison. “With so much at risk we must fight this pick with everything we've got to protect women’s rights, workers’ rights, civil rights and voting rights.”
For Sen. Dick Durbin, “replacing Justice Kennedy’s swing vote with a far-right jurist like Judge Kavanaugh could change the rules in America.” The Judiciary Committee member added, “with a subservient Republican Congress and a far-right Supreme Court, there is a real risk that the worst impulses of the Trump presidency will go unchecked.”
For Kelli Musick of the Feminist Majority Foundation, “If Trump's nominee is confirmed, the Trump Court will set out to gut the Affordable Care Act, LGBTQ rights, affirmative action, protections for workers, access to birth control, and voting rights, among other hard won gains. This is the fight of our lives.”
For the NAACP, “Brett Kavanaugh is a dangerous ideologue whose extreme views on civil rights would solidify a far right majority on the Supreme Court.” We could see “further exclusion of communities of color from participation in our democracy. We could see racism continue to flourish within the criminal justice system.” For an unnamed “Muslim Civil Rights Group” Kavanaugh on the court “would give Trump a green light to put his bigoted agenda in place without checks and without regard to the rule of law.” And so on.
Those who find these reactionaries confusing might consult law professors John Yoo and Robert Delahunty. As they note, Kavanaugh has written no opinions on abortion, gay marriage or religion but he does take issue with the administrative state that threatens liberty and avoids democratic accountability. As Yoo and Delahunty show, “Kavanaugh has repeatedly challenged the foundations of this runaway state.” Odds are he would do the same if confirmed to the court.
At this writing, 2016 loser Hillary Clinton is keeping quiet on Kavanaugh but according to the Washington Post, “Clinton can win the presidency in 2020 thanks to a combination of demographic and electoral shifts among voters and uncertainty about their futures.”
If Hillary Clinton runs and wins, she may be able to nominate a judge to the Supreme Court. That’s the way it works in America.