To save the Constitution, you must ignore the barrage of Democrat slanders and the seemingly weak Republican responses, and vote Republican in November.
Over the weekend, I saw two arguments trending on Twitter. The first, from the Left, is the argument that the attacks against Kavanaugh must be real, rather than knee jerk opposition to any Trump nominee, because no one made such allegations against Gorsuch. The second, from conservatives unhappy with the way in which Senate Republicans are handling the accusations against Kavanaugh, sees them stating that they will not vote for Republicans in November.
These two lines of thinking are related. The first is dishonest and the second dangerous. Let me pick them apart.
For those inclined to give any credence to the claim that the Leftist failure to attack Gorsuch as a sex predator means that the charges against Kavanaugh must be legitimate, don’t! It’s not a credible argument but is, instead, a red herring for two reasons:
First, Gorsuch replaced Scalia, which was a straight one-for-one exchange. That is, one conservative justice who believes that the Constitution is the central document in American law and policy replaced another conservative justice who held the same belief. Kennedy’s seat, though, is something quite different. He was the swing vote, routinely going back and forth between the four conservative justices and the four Leftist justices. Replacing him with Kavanaugh, however, will give conservatives a solid, unswinging 5-4 majority.
Second, Gorsuch’s nomination did not occur in an election year. Kavanaugh’s nomination, however, comes, not just during an election year, but on the eve of a mid-term that Democrats believe will give them a majority in the House and, maybe, in the Senate. As Sen. Mazie Hirono (D – HI) let slip, once the Democrats have that majority, they can stop all Trump legislative initiatives, including getting any effort to place constitutionally-oriented justices on the Supreme Court. If Democrats can run out the clock and get a Blue Wave in November, the Court will be hamstrung at 4-4 for the next two years.
With Trump completely ineffective for two years, ending his popular initiatives, and with the media attacking him non-stop, he’ll likely lose in 2020. This differs greatly from the 2012 election for Obama. In a way, the Republican wave saved him from doing anything else that Americans would hate before the 2012 election, and the media continued as his relentless cheerleader.
Keep in mind that preventing a solid majority of strict constructionists on the Supreme Court is unbelievably important to Democrats. Indeed, it is their most important effort because it is the only way that they can ensure the continuation of the one thing their base cares about most: Abortion. Democrats are terribly worried that a conservative majority will find a way to cut through the shadows of emanations of penumbras that characterize the Roe v. Wade approach to the Constitution and, instead, return the abortion question to the states, where it rightfully belongs. Just as they could not win on gay marriage at the ballot box and had to get it in the hands of nine un-elected lawyers, so too are they worried about abortion returning to the voice of the people. [Read more…]