Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado’s statement on the nomination of conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court, Donald Trump’s second such pick after Republicans (including Gardner) prevented a vote on President Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland in 2016 setting in motion an ideological shift on the court that will be felt for decades to come:
“I look forward to meeting soon with Judge Kavanaugh,” said Senator Gardner. “Over the coming weeks I will review his judicial record while also ensuring that Judge Kavanaugh will approach each case on its merits and follow the law as it is written. I hope my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will thoughtfully and thoroughly review this individual during the confirmation process and carefully consider him rather than making a knee-jerk decision based on politics and nothing else.”
There’s little need for Gardner to hold on to the pretense of being undecided on Kavanaugh, since Gardner’s support along with all but a handful of Republican Senators is a foregone conclusion. Democrats are preparing to put up a major fight over Kavanaugh’s nomination, but at this point the administration and Republicans backing Kavanaugh have the upper hand and the smart money suggests Kavanaugh will be confirmed.
Although Kavanaugh has not publicly declared his intention to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision upholding abortion rights, his record and political affiliations strongly indicate that he will do so if given the opportunity–in keeping with Trump’s campaign-trail vows to appoint justices who would overturn Roe. Court cases intended as direct challenges to Roe are already moving, and the solid conservative majority Kavanaugh provides supplies the means.
As of now, it’s very likely that Roe v. Wade will be overturned, and abortion swiftly recriminalized in many states. In Colorado, where voters have soundly rejected abortion bans in repeated statewide votes, we expect this will energize pro-choice voters–and result in further political losses for Colorado Republicans along with reaffirmed abortion rights protections in Colorado law.
Kavanaugh’s nomination and the expected rightward shift of the Supreme Court is also a short-term realization of Sen. Cory Gardner’s long-sought political goals, but with long-term peril that could jeopardize his re-election in 2020. Gardner won his election in 2014 largely by convincing a pro-choice Colorado electorate that abortion wasn’t an issue that mattered. As the Denver Post’s editorial board said in 2014, “contrary to [Mark] Udall’s tedious refrain, Gardner’s election would pose no threat to abortion rights.” Republicans saddled the derisive nickname “Mark Uterus” on Udall in mockery of his insistence that Gardner would endanger abortion rights–and local reporters were happy to join in the mocking, content in Gardner’s assurances that the issue was being overblown and abortion rights were safe no matter what Gardner did.
Today, anyone who says that is a fool. And anyone who said it in 2014 owes every woman in Colorado an apology.
As for Cory Gardner, 2020 is going to be very different than 2014.
Because the game will be up.
I won't say the C word out loud, but Cory is a "C" word; Mitch and DOPUS, too.
Could anyone have predicted that politics would turn around so dramatically?
Nope, but I'm glad it did! MAGA.
Wow!!! A response from Nutlid on Gardner. I did NAZI that coming.
So, how does separating families, dragging your feet to reunite them and putting kids in Trumps Concentration camps in excruciating conditions MAGA?
Can you answer that? Why do kids only matter before they're born?
Your ridiculous exaggerations aside, elections matter. Trump is doing so much more for conservatives than Obama ever did for the left. You can cry in your Cheerios all you want, the right is loving the progress under Trump. The whole country will see soon enough!
Cry Nazi all you want, the American people know you're full of it so it doesn't matter.
You know that more than half the American people disapprove of your leader. You can't even own up to the fact that Trump lost the popular vote.
You know why Obama didn't do more for the left? Because he was trying to represent everybody. He wasn't openly shunning or showing contempt for those who weren't like him or his supporters. He took the high road. Trump has done more for fascists because he and you fascists can't accept that there are other people who don't think or look like you. You can't fucking take it.
I "cry Nazi " on your sorry ass because you gloss over the fact that it was the Trump administration that had this policy of separating families. The Nazis did the same thing.
Now, tell me why it is okay that young children can be separated from their parents and put in cages. Why do you not care about children who are born? Why are you okay with putting them in camps?
“…the American people” lolz
Fully-equipped with her GoPro and selfie-stick, there is no way Space ISIS is going to sneak up on this #FreedomFighter.
Walker Stapleton's running mate?
Michael. You know Nutteranus just blew through a big box of Kleenex because.of that pic.
LOL. I was counting on it!
Seems like just yesterday that the little feller was shitting his pants and playing with his, err, “crayons”.
That woman rose that morning, put on that get-up, looked at herself in the mirror and left the house anyway? And we're supposed to worry about these people?
Moderapist, do you believe that "right-wing authoritarian" and "conservative" are synonyms?
There you go, Genghis, using those great big words that Nutter has to look up on the google. He probably thinks you're a libtard trying to trick him into saying something he doesn't mean, like "you can mark my words that Cynthia is going to be the next Governor."
Stapleton picked her. She's his running mate. Nutter is going to get Wayne out of the way and Cindy will win in a walk. Nutlid told me. He said "Mark my words."
You laugh, Michael, but Stretch Coffman is guaranteed to be our next governor. They'll be a massive write-in campaign, cuz of how beloved she is, don'tcha know.
Mark my words.
Mark my Twain!
“Could anyone have predicted that politics would turn around so dramatically?”
That's what the left-of-center people will be saying on November 7th. And we won't hear a peep out of Moddy for weeks.
We're glad you're glad. I'm sure your SS uniform is spit-shined these days
Moddy is old school. He just wears his SA brownshirt uniform.
Wonder if he's chomping at the bit to participate in the Republicans' Kristallnacht.
I do not want children. I do not believe being a mother is the most important thing a woman can do.
Putting propagation of the species first is what animals do. And humans are here to rise above animals.
I am not religious, nor do I go to church. And I refuse to just so I can have a social life, or a seal of approval from those who think churchgoing says anything about morality.
Anyone who thinks I have to be a member of their tribe in order to be their friend, is a shitty friend.
Your bootlicking of the occupant in the White House will not save you. Narcissists have a way of discarding even their most loyal toadies like used Kleenex. All it takes is their whim. Nothing you do. And nothing you can do about it.
I hope you die a complete social outcast, after having dedicated your short precious life to sniveling grovelry instead of contributing anything positive to the world.
I'd like to see how he does in a Trump camp for a week.
You mean #ProsperityJesus camp? Where you can get an inside tip and bash a gay all in the same weekend?!? Get a mani/pedi from an immigrant? Get your shoes shined?
And, of course, a back rub by legendary Mike Jones decked out in his red, white and blue jockstrap.
…and a generous serving of nose candy.
Gardner is going on the clock on November 7th. The number of volunteers signing up to knock on doors, stuff envelopes and do anything necessary to take out this creepy asshole is going to be legendary. I know friends who don't do anything about elections who want to help make Gardner a one time failure. "Fool me once with Cambridge Analytics".
Apolitical Coloradoans hate Gardner? Did they actually say that about Cambridge Analytica?
Why yes they do. Thanks for asking.