Senator Kaine Announces Opposition to Kavanugh from the Floor, Collins Supports

by | Oct 9, 2015 | POLITICS

Speaking this afternoon on the contentious floor vote to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Senator Tim Kaine, announced he would be voting no on the controversial judge’s nomination. Citing two reasons for his opposition, Kaine stated that the nation needs, “a justice with the backbone as an independent check against both president and congress” highlighting the fact that lifetime appointments are given so they can make rulings without fear of “losing their jobs”. But that Kavanaugh as a layer and judge has embraced an “unusual deference to executive power, which is one of the reason’s the president nominated him,” and that the judge would not hold President Trump accountable to the law.

The second issue, which was delivered in two parts referred to the allegations of sexual assault and how blatantly partisan “we would want the Supreme Court to be.” Kaine, mentioning Dr. Blassey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, said, “both Ford and Ramirez allege that Kavanaugh under the influence of alcohol and in the presence of other people assaulted or sexually humiliated people while others stood by laughing.” Articulating what survivors of sexual assault have been feeling throughout these preceedinds, the senator acknowledged that Republicans in the Senate have treated these women as pawns in a political conspiracy.


Susan Collins, the Republican Senator from Maine, has just announced that she will support Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court


“a charcaicture of a gutter level political campaign, than a solumn occasion.”  Saying that political interest groups from the

“over the top rhetoric and distortions of his rhetoric and testimony produced short lived headlines, while debunked later continued to live on through social media.”


“our supreme court process has been in steady decline for more than thirty years, one can only hope that the ____ nomination is where the process has hit rock bottom”


quoting Alexander Hamilton she said the president has brought discretion in the nominee’s philospophy. She has opposed judicial litmus tests with regards to their personal politics. I expect them to put aside personal preferences in the cases they decide.

Citing that she voted for Obama’s nominees, she started her evaluations of ____ by reviewing his record, “his 300 opinions”, speeches and articles.

I have met with thousands of my constituents” one concern was that the judge would eliminate affordable care act, I disagree with this contention citing the judge’s opinion on narrow procedural grounds preserving the ACA

“A number of Senators raced to

Collins took the party line, assuming Prof was assaulted, but her recollection is false.

Landon Shroder

Landon Shroder

Landon is a foreign policy and communications professional from Richmond specializing in high risk and complex environments, spending almost fifteen years abroad in the Middle East and Africa. He hold’s a Master’s Degree from American University in Conflict Resolution and was a former journalist and producer for VICE Media. His writing on foreign affairs has been published in World Policy Journal, Chatham House, Small Wars Journal, War on the Rocks, and the Fair Observer, along with being a commentator in the New York Times on the Middle East.

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