Illinois senators' dopey reactions to Kavanaugh's SCOTUS nomination

Not unexpectedly, the two Democrat Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth from Illinois suggested (I say so with only a hint of hyperbole) that President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court would change America forever. Doomed is the America as we know it!

Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Judge Brett Kavanaugh

As if it were another episode out of the witless and laughable book and TV series, "The Handmaid's Tale," Durbin's and Duckworth's emotional and and goofy reactions to Kavanaugh's nomination forecast an America without abortion and one suffering the return of racial segregation, sexual discrimination and other horrors.

Here's Duckworth, suggesting her children would never exist under a Supreme Court whose members include the likes of Kavanaugh:

 I would not be able to have both of my beautiful children and my newborn daughter without [in vitro fertilization]. And their abolishment of Roe v. Wade could actually deny those of us who use IVF the ability to seek fertility treatments.

Sure. Right. Whatever you say. For certain, the  Supreme Court will declare that life begins at the moment of conception, which would effectively end the procedure that uses fertilized eggs.  Except the court ruling that way is so preposterous  that it can only come from a warped strategy designed to scare the bejabbers out of voters. The idea certainly doesn't come from any serious study of the Supreme Court and judicial practice.

Then comes Durbin, himself a handmaiden and political captive of the far left:

Less than an hour after President Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court pick, Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin called him a “far-right jurist” who “could change the rules in America.”

What rules, Dick? The ones that the far-left rules that the liberal  Supreme Court has endorsed that have changed America? I use "far-left" advisedly, because Durbin's calling Kavanaugh "far right" isn't supported by his record.

Speaking of his record, here's how Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, described it in an email:

Judge Kavanaugh’s limited record supports the presumption that he fits the President’s litmus test. If that is not the case, the burden is on him to clarify his views otherwise. [My emphasis.]

Northrup must be ignorant, deceitful or both; Kavanaugh's record is not limited. He has written almost 300 opinions for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Has Northrup has read them all and can she honestly call the record "limited."

My guess: Kavanaugh is revealing the Democrat strategy by demanding the Congress obtain every memo or document he authored while he worked for President George W. Bush, igniting a debate that will go on forever and hopefully stalling until after the mid-term elections or killing Kavanaugh's Senate endorsement.

Back to Durbin. As the Chicago Tribune reported:

At a confirmation hearing in 2004, Durbin called Kavanaugh “the Zelig or Forrest Gump of Republican politics.”

“You show up at every scene of the crime,” Durbin said at the time, according to a transcript. “You are somehow or another deeply involved, whether it is Elian Gonzalez or the Starr report, you are there.” (Kavanaugh worked on independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s report on President Bill Clinton and fought for Gonzalez to stay in Miami.)

Durbin calling someone a news hound and an opportunist who changes for political expediency? Jeez, Dick, look in the mirror. You're someone who dumped your well-publicized pro-life position and zoomed to the most extreme pro-choice position when he needed the liberal, Chicago votes to win statewide office.

Then there's Durbin's hypocrisy:

Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) on Sunday dismissed charges of hypocrisy for changing his position on the necessity of filling Supreme Court vacancies in response to a clip of him demanding a vote on Judge Merrick Garland in 2016.

Now, Durbin is demanding the opposite, saying President Donald Trump‘s nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy must not have a vote until after the 2018 midterm elections. "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd played a clip of Durbin in 2016 decrying the eight-person Supreme Court, but Durbin said "come on" in response. (See the video below.)

Certainly, Republicans can be accused of the same hypocrisy by demanding a Kavanaugh vote now. But, Dick, can't you come up with a better answer when Chuck asked the senator, "if it was wrong to delay in 2016, it was wrong to delay now "(1:26 into the video) than "C'mon, Chuck, get real." Clearly, your mind was racing to come up with a rational and honest response, but you didn't.

Then his extraordinary suggestion that Democrat senators make a supreme sacrifice and fall on their swords by voting against Kavanaugh even if it means losing their seat in their red states. This coming from a Democrat senator who enjoys the security of thoroughly blue Illinois.

A lot has been made of Trump's campaign promises to overturn Roe v. Wade, but he also promised  to nominate federal judges “in the mold of” Justice Antonin Scalia. That's a bigger reason for his confirmation than how he ruled on one specific case or another. Kavanaugh's nomination could end the judicial branch's annexation of the law-making power of Congress is coming to an end. It signals that Congress will be the law-making body, as required under the Constitution's separation of powers. That's why the left is squealing so loud; it won't be so easy anymore to implement its extremist agenda in the courts.

Thank the Lord.

Related: The Roe v. Wade meltdown.

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