On Monday, Washington State’s senior Democrat U.S. Senator Patty Murray posted a message on social media explaining her predictable decision to oppose Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court.
BREAKING: The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Monday along party lines, 11-9 in favor of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. The nomination now goes to the full Senate for consideration.
In her one minute, 13 second video message, Murray stated, “It is extremely important that we have somebody on the Supreme Court that protects women’s’ rights.”
Does that include sticking up for their Second Amendment rights? It is an important question, since Murray’s track record on gun rights has been abysmal, if one reads On The Issues, online.
The National Rifle Association gives her an “F” rating. Gun owners in her state complain that she has never represented their interests.
After all, in the Evergreen State, according a Monday morning report from the state Department of Licensing, roughly 20 percent of the 578,249 people who have active state concealed pistol licenses are women. They have chosen to take responsibility for their safety and the perhaps safety of their children. In the state’s most populous county, King, there were 101,072 active CPLs as of Monday morning, of which 21,289 are held by women.
Murray and her five Democrat Senate colleagues on the West Coast are all voting against Gorsuch. So are other Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is preparing to act on the Gorsuch nomination Monday and forward it to the Senate for a full confirmation hearing.
During Monday’s Senate Judiciary hearing, anti-gun Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) was at least forthcoming enough to acknowledge one of his concerns about Judge Gorsuch is how he might come down on the issue of gun rights versus gun control. Likewise, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) alluded to the Second Amendment during his comments.
Unlike Connecticut or Rhode Island, or many of the other states whose senators sit on the Judiciary Committee, Washington has an interesting split personality. For the past few decades, the state has drifted left politically only because of the dominant Seattle/I-5 corridor liberal vote. Get anywhere away from the Puget Sound region and I-5, and one finds a purple if not completely red state mindset.
While the state sends people like Murray to federal office, there are also millions of gun owners, and as noted above, well over a half-million of them are licensed to carry. Which takes the discussion right back to where it began.
Sen. Murray is portraying herself as a champion of women’s rights, but the one right she has never championed appears to be a concern among at least some Democrats on the Judiciary Committee. And they do not appear to want anyone on the Supreme Court who might support that right which so many of them have tried to erode.