Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Sen. Booker speaks in Austin following ‘Spartacus moment’ during Kavanaugh hearings

Sen. Booker speaks in Austin following ‘Spartacus moment’ during Kavanaugh hearings

Nothing Democrats or Republicans have done before has more poisoned the Supreme Court confirmation process, perhaps irrevocably, than Republicans' blocking of Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's nominee, and their subsequent effort to rush through Kavanaugh.

The activists have stated they intend to return the funds to donors if Senator Collins votes against Mr Kavanaugh. The votes are there even if Collins of ME and Murkowski of Alaska vote against him, as there are some red state Democrats such as Joseph Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota that will vote for him, since they are up for re-election. The money, which is being raised in a nationwide crowdfunding campaign, would be released to Collins' Democratic opponent if she votes for the nominee.

The documents made public on Thursday dated from Kavanaugh's service in the White House under Republican President George W. Bush more than a decade ago.

Currently, Republicans have 51 seats in the Senate and only need 50 votes in order to consent to Mr Kavanaugh's nomination.

Collins, who's not up for re-election until 2020, voted last month to preserve funding for Planned Parenthood a day after the same organization rallied in Washington to encourage her to vote against Kavanaugh.


Collins has praised Kavanaugh for his qualifications and said she was encouraged that Kavanaugh considered Roe v. Wade "settled law" and "precedent upon precedent". Miranda said in an interview that he read them to learn about the party's strategy on judicial nominations coming before the committee.

The man who is closer than ever to officially succeeding Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court once tried to crack a joke about getting sexual favors from a would-be Asian massage parlor in an email with "Su Ching is booked" as the subject line.

Some were disturbed by his remarks, which were compounded by his earlier statements Thursday, during which he refused to say if he believed the historic Obergefell Supreme Court case, which found same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marriage.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is treading carefully during his confirmation hearing as senators bombard him with questions about abortion, presidential power and the independence of the judiciary. It is time to end this charade and confirm Judge Kavanaugh now. He said judges should not make decisions based on who people are, but "whether they have the law on their side". The committee is likely to vote on Kavanaugh in about two weeks.

Republicans dumped 42,000 pages of Kavanaugh documents the day before his hearings began, in a clear attempt to say that they released information, despite the fact that it's impossible to properly review that number of documents in time for Kavanaugh's hearing.


There is some uncertainty about whether Kavanaugh would be the fifth vote for overturning Roe v. Wade (it's possible that the court's new anti-choice majority will find decapitating the precedent less prudent than quietly bleeding it dry).But there is no doubt that he will be a fifth vote for enabling red states to further nullify reproductive rights through draconian regulations on abortion providers.

Hence the coathangers, which symbolize back-alley abortions Americans will turn to if the Supreme Court rules that states can ban abortion completely.

However, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said: "Everything the Supreme Court decides is settled law until it unsettles it. I'm a skeptic of unauthorized regulation, of illegal regulation, of regulation that is outside the bounds of what the laws passed by Congress have said".

You could replay any Democrat's pseudo-interrogation of Judge Kavanaugh - whom Democrats lectured but did not question, not once - and find the same lesson. Liberal groups are running TV ads encouraging the senator to reject the nomination.


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