The conservative knives come out for Brett Kavanaugh

  

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Via:  john-russell  •  4 months ago  •  18 comments

The conservative knives come out for Brett Kavanaugh
Fox News host Tucker Carlson got the ball rolling Thursday night by muttering that Kavanaugh was a “cringing little liberal.”

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www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/01/14/conservative-knives-come-out-brett-kavanaugh/

The conservative knives come out for Brett Kavanaugh


Aaron Blake4-4 minutes1/14/2022

Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh could soon help deliver on something conservatives have been pining for for a very long time: a significant rollback of abortion rights in America.

But for now, he’s getting attacked — in thoroughly personal terms — by some of the most prominent Republicans in the country.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson got the ball rolling Thursday night by muttering that Kavanaugh was a “cringing little liberal.”

“I’m sorry. I’m not going to ask you to respond to that,” he said to his guest, a former campaign adviser to Donald Trump, who nominated Kavanaugh in 2018.

Friday morning, Donald Trump Jr. also took aim at the man his father had nominated.

Later Friday, perhaps Donald Trump’s likeliest successor as a GOP presidential nominee, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R),joined in.

“Honestly, Roberts and Kavanaugh didn’t have a backbone on that decision — that’s the bottom line,” said DeSantis, who has been among the GOP’s foremost critics of vaccine mandates.

So that’s the most popular conservative cable news host, the former president’s son and perhaps the most ascendant not-named-Trump Republican in the country all going after Kavanaugh in very pointed ways and suggesting that he has effectively caved to pressure from the left.

This hasn’t come out of nowhere — conservative unrest has built with Kavanaugh for some time as he has emerged as perhaps the court’s swing vote — nor is Kavanaugh the only Trump appointee to be on the receiving end of such treatment.

“There were so many others I could have appointed, and everyone wanted me to,” Trump said, adding, “I don’t want anything … but I am very disappointed in him, in his rulings.”

Trump repeatedly cited the idea that he had saved Kavanaugh’s career, particularly in the face of a fierce backlash over decades-old sexual assault allegations during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.

“In retrospect, he just hasn’t had the courage you need to be a great justice,” Trump said. “I’m basing this on more than just the election.”

You don’t have to look closely to see the similarities between what Trump was saying then and what other prominent Republicans are saying now: He doesn’t have the “courage” or the “backbone.” The left “broke” him. He may actually be a liberal.

He called the Democrats who railed against him “evil” and, turning to them to address them directly, said, “You sowed the wind,” and “the country will reap the whirlwind.”

But what bookended that performance — and his ultimate confirmation — was plenty of conservative consternation about him, irrespective of the personal allegations. Conservatives worried before his nomination that his lower-court decisions on Obamacare and other social issues were insufficiently to their liking, and theymounted a late push against his selection.

Shortly before the 2020 election, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) told The Hill’s Alexander Bolton that he hadraised concernswith Trump about Kavanaugh’s and Gorsuch’s nomination.

But Cruz added: “It is too early to assess the tenures of Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. These things are typically measured in matters of decades rather than just a couple of years.”

A little more than a year later, some leading conservative firebrands are clearly not content to wait for decades of Kavanaugh decisions. They’ve decided to put him on notice that they’ll go after his character at the drop of a hat when he rules the wrong way — even when he rules the right way the very same day.


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JohnRussell
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1  seeder  JohnRussell    4 months ago

So much for an "independent" conservative Supreme Court. 

These guys might drive Kavanaugh back to drink. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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1.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @1    4 months ago
o much for an "independent" conservative Supreme Court

This is proof that is. 

Remember the frenzy about how  "Trump judges" were going to steal the election and  for him? Or has that episode of mass hysteria  been written out of left wing history books? 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.1.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.1    4 months ago

So you think Donald Trump Jr. should be harassing the Supreme Court ? 

 
 
 
Sparty On
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1.1.2  Sparty On  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.1    4 months ago

Yes I remember it well.

Our friends on the left won’t though.   [deleted]

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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1.1.3  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.1    4 months ago

His behavior will go over like a fart in church if he ever tries to bring a law suit before them.

 
 
 
Tacos!
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1.1.4  Tacos!  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.1    4 months ago

Expressing an opinion to a third party is hardly harassment.

 
 
 
Sparty On
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1.1.5  Sparty On  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @1.1.3    4 months ago

Sounds like you are suffering from DOS as well as TDS.  

Dutch Oven Syndrome 

 
 
 
Sparty On
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1.1.6  Sparty On  replied to  Tacos! @1.1.4    4 months ago

It is for one that is TDS ridden

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.1.7  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Sparty On @1.1.6    4 months ago

There is no such thing as TDS , as you define it, although you did mention the term in all three of your comments on this seed. It seems the obsession is yours. 

 
 
 
Sparty On
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1.1.8  Sparty On  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.7    4 months ago

I simply speak the truth John.    That you are in denial about such things is still your problem and your problem alone.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.9  Texan1211  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.7    4 months ago
There is no such thing as TDS ,

Okay, you can pretend it doesn't exist, and I suppose we could pretend no one suffers from it.

of course, the posts here often tell a far different tale.

 
 
 
Tacos!
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1.2  Tacos!  replied to  JohnRussell @1    4 months ago
So much for an "independent" conservative Supreme Court.

This is literally an example of how independent the judiciary can be. As hard as Republicans fought for him, he still has the capacity to piss them off with his decisions because they disagree. That’s the very definition of independent.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.2.1  Texan1211  replied to  Tacos! @1.2    4 months ago
As hard as Republicans fought for him, he still has the capacity to piss them off with his decisions because they disagree. That’s the very definition of independent.

That logic is wasted here on many posters.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.3  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @1    4 months ago

Kavanaugh was chosen from a list provided by the Federalist Society. Six of the current nine Supreme Court Justices were members of that organization. 

I doubt those who advised President Trump at the time heard the commentary from Jonathan Turley, who said Kavanaugh in temperament is very similar to that of Roberts.

 
 
 
Sparty On
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1.3.1  Sparty On  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.3    4 months ago

Well, we know he likes beer.

 
 
 
Kavika
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2  Kavika     4 months ago

With a lifetime appointment, Kavanaugh can make decisions and there isn't a damn thing that Tucker Carlson, Don JR. Cruz, DeSantis or Trump can do about it. 

Basically, a fuck you to them as they scramble to remain in the public eye, when they are in the dust bin of history Kavanaugh will probably still be making decisions as a Justice. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
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3  Tacos!    4 months ago

I say this every time about every justice. Though they may lean certain ways, they are usually capable of going against whatever the political ideologues want from time to time.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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3.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Tacos! @3    4 months ago

That's a good thing, actually...to rule according to the law,  instead of a political ideology.

Too bad the liberal judges are an auxiliary of the democrat party

 
 

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