‘…will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come…’
(Quin Hillyer, Liberty Headlines) All over America, liberals are acting as if confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court will bring on a virtual apocalypse, and they are using any argument they can find – no matter how outlandish, and no matter how trivial – to try to sully his name.
Probably the single most Chicken-Little-like, sky-is-falling remark came from Democratic Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, who said that “The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come.”
Yes, that’s right: millions of lives.
Pol Pot on the high court.
Hundreds of students, alumni and faculty of Yale Law School, which Kavanaugh attended and where he teaches, went nearly as far as McAuliffe.
In an open letter blasting school officials for a mere press release congratulating the school’s own alumnus and faculty member, the more than 350 Yalies wrote that “Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination presents an emergency — for democratic life, for our safety and freedom, for the future of our country.”
Moreover, they wrote: “Without a doubt, Judge Kavanaugh is a threat to the most vulnerable. He is a threat to many of us, despite the privilege bestowed by our education, simply because of who we are.”
Complaining that Kavanaugh might rule to limit abortions in the future, and that he had ruled that religious employers can avoid participation in health insurance that covers abortions, they wrote that “Kavanaugh’s opinions give us grave concern that he will consistently prioritize the beliefs of third-parties over the rights of the oppressed — not only when it comes to abortion and contraception, but also regarding other forms of medical care (including care for transgender patients), family privacy, and sexual liberty.”
Finally, after ten long paragraphs outlining a parade of horrible results they foresee Kavanaugh producing, they closed by echoing McAuliffe: “People will die if he is confirmed.”
Oh, the humanity.
These dire warnings are par for the leftist course.
“If [Kavanaugh is] confirmed, American citizens will hemorrhage basic rights,” tweeted billionaire financier Tom Steyer.
“Fair housing, consumer protections and environmental protections could all be decimated,” said J.B. Pritzker, Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidate and also a billionaire.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi fumed that Kavanaugh would “radically reverse the course of American justice and democracy.”
Oregon’s Sen. Jeff Merkley foresees a frightening “path toward tyranny.”
And somebody named Maurice BP-Weeks, co-executive director, Action Center on Race and Economy, said Kavanaugh’s nomination “locks in a white supremacist agenda.”
These and other examples that Fox News’ Martha McCallum described as “hysteria” are a continuation of the tactics begun by the late left-wing senator Ted Kennedy in 1987, when he said confirmation of high court nominee Robert Bork would lead to an America which “is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists would be censored at the whim of government, and the doors of the federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is often the only protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy.”
But when the overheated rhetoric becomes so commonplace, the public sometimes just shrugs.
Kavanaugh opponents therefore are trying anything else they can, no matter how petty, to undermine his credibility.
Dozens of outlets breathlessly report that he racked up tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt buying baseball tickets – a debt shortly paid off when his friends, for whom he was buying the seats in a block, paid him back.
They don’t know what to make of the fact that his “secret society” at Yale was more a drinking club than a hoity-toity association determined to run the universe – but that, plus his habit of having a beer after coaching girls basketball games, must mean Kavanaugh is a drunk, right?
Either way, reports the Washington Post, it’s still an “elite world” he inhabits.
At least one liberal thinker understands the dangers post by his side “crying wolf.”
As the headline for the latest column by The Week’s Damon Linker aptly summed up his concern, “The liberal freakout over Brett Kavanaugh is not helping.”