Conservatives have made a career out of getting cuckolded by Naugahyde Conservatives, guys that look, sound, and feel like the real thing and then turn out to be cheap plastic.
It’s happened again. Brett Kavanaugh, whom conservatives defended through thick and thin in his confirmation hearings, let us down the first chance he got. Kavanaugh today cast his lot with the pro-abortion liberals on the bench in order to deny states the right to defund Planned Parenthood.
Our supposed, imaginary, fleeting, vaporous “conservative” 5-4 majority just melted away like a cheap snowman in a Bedouin desert. John Roberts continued his flight from constitutional jurisprudence by joining Kavanaugh in their rush to strip the “inalienable,” Creator-given right to life from every baby in the womb.
Neil Gorsuch stood tall, a stinging rebuke to the other newbie on the Court. And Clarence Thomas’ strident dissent shows that Kavanaugh, if guided by the Constitution rather than by the fear of man, should have joined him. Wrote Thomas, “What explains the court’s refusal to do its job here? I suspect it has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named ‘Planned Parenthood.’”
Sen. Susan Collins told everybody that she voted for Kavanaugh in the end because she had concluded that he represented no threat whatever to overturn Roe v. Wade. Maybe she was right, and those of us who went to the mattresses for Kavanaugh are just suckers.
“Some tenuous connection to a politically fraught issue does not justify abdicating our judicial duty,” Thomas added. “If anything, neutrally applying the law is all the more important when political issues are in the background.”
In other words, don’t let anybody lie to you and tell you this wasn’t about abortion. It was. And Justice Kavanaugh just went all Dred Scott on us and ripped “life” out of the Declaration of Independence as surely as Roger Taney ripped “liberty” from its pages in 1857.
Well, everybody is entitled to one mistake, but nobody is entitled to two. If pro-lifers can communicate our displeasure with Kavanaugh’s dereliction of duty in this case, perhaps he will be more careful next time.
If President Trump does have the opportunity to fill another vacancy, he’d better nominate Amy Coney Barrett if he wants any hope of winning again in 2024. Today’s decision by Kavanaugh is stupendously disappointing to the pro-life movement, for whom the sanctity of life is not just a constitutional right but a sacred one as well.
Trump must realize that his judicial nominations are his legacy. Right now he is one-for-two. He cannot afford another mistake. As I said, everybody is entitled to one mistake, but nobody is entitled to two.
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