The U.S. Supreme Court will almost certainly take a right turn, according to a Drudge Report banner headline, and it may happen before, or shortly after, the November election, as Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) confirmed in a prepared statement that he will support a floor vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
As quoted by Politico, Romney stated, “I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the president’s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications.”
But getting the president’s nominee to the Senate floor may be an ugly spectacle as Senate Democrats are already lining up for a fight that could be worse than the Brett Kavanaugh hearings two years ago.
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As noted by the Washington Post and The Hour, Senate Democrats will be pulling out all the stops to prevent any Trump nominee from being confirmed.
While much focus is on the potential threat to Roe v. Wade with a conservative court, hiding in the political tall grass is the equally volatile issue of gun control versus gun rights. As reported by USA Today, Kris Brown, president of the anti-gun Brady Campaign acknowledged, “Make no mistake. Gun safety is on the ballot in November.”
Second Amendment activists contend it’s not “gun safety” at all that Brown and other gun control advocates are pushing, but gun prohibition. That the establishment media persists in using the rhetoric of the gun ban lobby is frustrating and infuriating to gun owners.
Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, was quoted in the same USA Today story, suggesting that if Joe Biden wins in November, he will press for all manner of restrictive, extremist gun control.
But are Democrats willing to commit political suicide this close to a national election to prevent the confirmation of a third conservative justice to the high court?
Following the Kavanaugh hearings—as noted at the time by USA Today—“At least three red state Democrats who voted against the Supreme Court justice will no longer serve in the Senate. Their races flipped seats for Republicans, giving the GOP a greater majority and many commentators have attributed the victories to a ‘Kavanaugh effect.’”
Already, anti-gun Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) has tried to label apparent front-runner Judge Amy Coney Barrett as “wildly out of the mainstream,” according to Fox News. For his effort, Fox senior political analyst Brit Hume fired right back, “I go back to Bork and Clarence Thomas and so on and character assassination has been the order of the day for a number of these nominations, particularly when it was felt that this was a justice that might tip the balance of the court or a potential justice that might tip the balance of the court one way or the other or at least to the right.”
Many observers suggested the behavior of Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee attempted to verbally lynch Kavanaugh with allegations of sexual assault. One of the members of that committee was Sen. Kamala Harris, now Joe Biden’s running mate to replace Vice President Mike Pence, should Biden win the Nov. 3 election.
Democrats are already threatening to “pack” the Supreme Court if the nomination goes through and they win control of the Senate in 2021. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) reportedly tweeting last week that if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) goes ahead, “when Democrats control the Senate in the next Congress, we must abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court.”
Meghan McCain, conservative co-host of “The View,” said Monday the Kavanaugh hearings “really changed the game for a lot of Republicans, myself included.”
“I was completely radicalized by the experience of watching him testify,” she said, as quoted by Fox News. “I mean there were accusations of him being someone who was part of a rape gang … and accusations that were completely baseless and it showed that Democrats on their side will do anything and everything to smear any conservative.”
The president is expected to announce his nominee on Saturday.
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