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Dems are flailing on scotus

Mike Reed - July 11, 2018

Democrats are all over the map in their reasoning for obstructing the confirmation of a new Supreme Court justice.

First it was the “bogus argument” that confirmation needs to wait until after the 2018 midterms.

Then some Dems claimed the nomination shouldn’t happen because of the Mueller investigation.

After that, they said it was ok to nominate someone, but not anyone from the list of 25 people President Trump was selecting from.

Then there was the ridiculous rumor being fanned by the left that Justice Kennedy made some sort of deal with the President to choose his successor, which should somehow cause the nomination to be scuttled.   

After Judge Kavanaugh was selected, the left has been arguing he should be rejected because he supposedly believes the President is immune from criminal charges - an argument the Washington Post says is an “extreme distortion of what he’s written.”

This morning they are shifting to a new argument, that Judge Kavanaugh will somehow destroy health care for Americans.

They are grasping at straws, and it’s pretty pathetic.  

The AP has a solid roundup below:

Analysis: Dems meet Supreme Court pick with mixed message
Associated Press
Lisa Lerer and Steve Peoples
July 11, 2018
http://www.startribune.com/analysis-dems-meet-supreme-court-pick-with-mixed-message/487854481/

WASHINGTON — Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, says it's all about health care. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., worries about the impact on the special counsel investigation. And Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., sees an assault that could set women's rights back decades.

There's so much for Democrats to dislike about Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick. And that may be the problem.

In the hours after the Republican president tapped the conservative jurist, Democrats struggled to unify behind a clear and coherent message to combat the nomination, which could shift the court to the right for decades.

They're energized, outraged and ready to fight. But what, exactly, is their argument to voters?

MoveOn's Washington director Ben Wikler, who was among hundreds of liberal activists protesting outside the Supreme Court, acknowledged Democrats were far from unified behind a simple message to rally voters against Trump's selection.

"The essential message is Roe," Wikler said, citing the potential that a more conservative court would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

"The secondary message for most folks is ACA and health care," Wikler continued, referring to the Obama-era health care law. "The third messaging plank is, 'choose your own adventure.'"

It's an all-too-familiar political challenge for Democrats, who've left voters confused in the Trump era about what the party stands for beyond simply opposing the president. And in this case, the muddled messaging threatens to dampen a new surge of voter enthusiasm just a few months before midterm elections.


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