If you’re serious about the Kavanaugh decision, read Sen. Collin’s speech…

Don’t just rely on biased summaries from your usual cable news favorites.
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Read the text   View the speech

For my right-leaning friends, the speech gives you most of what you need to fend off your left-leaning friends.

For my left-leaning friends, the speech matter-of-factly provides context and Collins’ legal reasoning behind her conclusions on both Ford’s accusations and Kavanaugh’s likely judicial rulings.

In the final analysis,  this polarizing bruhaha really centered on abortion rights and Rowe vs. Wade, here’s an extract of what Collins argued on those specific  questions…

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Senator Collins remarks on abortion rights:

There has also been considerable focus on the future of abortion rights based on the concern that Judge Kavanaugh would seek to overturn Roe v. Wade. Protecting this right is important to me.

To my knowledge, Judge Kavanaugh is the first Supreme Court nominee to express the view that precedent is not merely a practice and tradition … it is a constitutional tenet that has to be followed except in the most extraordinary circumstances … where a decision is “grievously wrong” or “deeply inconsistent with the law.” The most famous example was when the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education overruled Plessy v. Ferguson, correcting a “grievously wrong” decision – allowing racial inequality.

In short, his views on honoring precedent would preclude attempts to do by stealth that which one has committed not to do overtly.

Noting that Roe v. Wade was decided 45 years ago, and reaffirmed 19 years later in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, I asked Judge Kavanaugh whether the passage of time is relevant to following precedent. He said decisions become part of our legal framework with the passage of time and that honoring precedent is essential to maintaining public confidence.

In his testimony, he noted repeatedly that Roe had been upheld by Planned Parenthood v. Casey, describing it as “precedent on precedent.” When I asked him would it be sufficient to overturn a long-established precedent if five current justices believed it was wrongly decided, he emphatically said “no.”

Opponents frequently cite then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to nominate only judges who would overturn Roe.

The Republican platform for all presidential campaigns has included this pledge since at least 1980.

During this time, Republican presidents have appointed Justices O’Connor, Souter, and Kennedy to the Supreme Court. These are the very three justices – Republican president appointed justices – who authored the Casey decision, which reaffirmed Roe.

Furthermore, pro-choice groups vigorously opposed each of these justices’ nominations. Incredibly, they even circulated buttons with the slogan “Stop Souter or Women Will Die!” Just two years later, Justice Souter coauthored the Casey opinion, reaffirming a woman’s right to choose. Suffice it to say, prominent advocacy organizations have been wrong.

These same interest groups have speculated that Judge Kavanaugh was selected to do the bidding of conservative ideologues, despite his record of judicial independence.

I asked the judge point blank whether he had made any commitments or pledges to anyone at the White House, to the Federalist Society, or to any outside group on how he would decide cases.

He unequivocally assured me he had not.

Some critics are arguing that that Kavanaugh’s prior rulings were just a ruse to get him past this issue in an eventual SCOTUS confirmation process … or, that Kavanaugh just flat out lied to Collins … or that Collins – an old white woman – is easily duped.

I find those arguments to be sophomorically lame.

But, you can decide for yourself.

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Note: I recommend reading the text of the speech since that deflates some of the emotional theatrics.

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For the record:

Kavanaugh certainly wasn’t my first choice.

I expect him to be Roberts 2.0  … and to disappoint conservatives more often than he does liberals.

We’ll see.

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2 Responses to “If you’re serious about the Kavanaugh decision, read Sen. Collin’s speech…”

  1. John Milnes Baker Says:

    I happened to be in my car just as Susan Ciollins began her speech. I heard the entire address. I couldn’t believe how thorough she was in laying the case for voting YES to confirm Kavanaugh. It was an incredibly measured and persuasive statemant of the reason why any fair minded person should vote to confirm the judge. Unfortunately the rapid hate-filled Democrats don’t respond to logical arguments – just vicious emotional group think. God help this nation if the mob wins in November! They really believe that it is OK to convict someone by accusation with zero coroboration. This seems to be the new norm on the Left – “Guilty until proven innocent!” Let’s hope that my fellow “deplorables” create a RED WAVE a month from now!

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