The United States Senate is preparing to do its constitutional duty regarding the current vacancy on the Supreme Court. It will consider and then vote on Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court. Those who oppose him need to get involved, or double down on their current efforts.
Here are just three of many reasons to oppose Kavanaugh: his anti-labor & pro-business track record, the continued secrecy regarding his role in the George W. Bush administration, and the high probability that he will vote to reverse or severely undercut Roe v. Wade.
There’s also the issue of the legitimacy of the 2016 Presidential election. Should Donald Trump have the privilege of appointing a second Supreme Court justice when we do not know the extent of his campaign’s collusion with Russia?
But what can liberals, progressives, Democrats, and concerned Republican DO, given the GOP majority in the Senate and the possibility that at least two Democratic senators in Trump-heavy states who are up for re-election may feel that they have to support Kavanaugh?
Here’s a suggestion: Let’s urge certain Senators to vote ‘PRESENT’ when asked to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination. They don’t have to vote against him, merely abstain.
Who might do that? Begin with outgoing Republicans who have expressed their strong concerns about Trump. Specifically Bob Corker of Tennessee (202-224-3344) and Jeff Flake of Arizona (202-224-4521). They have done a lot of talking; here’s where they can walk the walk….
At least two Republican Senators, Susan Collins of Maine (202-224-2523) and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska (202-224-6665) are on record as being worried about more restrictions on a woman’s right to choose. Urge them to vote “PRESENT.”
Ben Sasse of Nebraska (202-224-4224) has shown willingness to challenge Trump on ethical issues. Perhaps he could be persuaded to vote to leave that Court seat vacant until Robert Mueller finishes his investigation of the 2016 election. He could do that by voting “PRESENT.”
Are there others? Call or write them now…. (When I called, I spoke to two live human beings who promised to convey the message to their boss and three answering machines.)
Please urge your concerned friends to get involved.
Here is a link for the contact information for all United States Senators: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Now’s a good time to start!!!!