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keeping hope alive

It looks like Republican leadership has the votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. I don't understand how this can be, but it is what it is...

... a grim day for justice, for the integrity of the highest court in the land, and for sexual assault survivors who have risked so much to bravely share their stories. First and foremost, I want to thank Dr. Christine Blasey Ford for her courage and tenacity. I want her to know that she is admired and respected – and believed.

Brett Kavanaugh, on the other hand, proved himself unfit to receive a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court with his repeated lies, his disrespectful intemperate, and politically partisan performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Even 98-year old retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens – a Republican – cautioned that a man of Kavanaugh's temperament should be disqualified from serving on the highest court in the land. Stevens should know – having served with distinction on the Court for 35 years!

Sadly, though Trump and those (like Mulvaney, DeVos, Zinke and their ilk) he has placed in high level positions throughout his administration will be out of office – and we can then try to put those pieces back together – the American people will be stuck for decades with the consequences of this Senate vote. Reproductive choice, affordable health care, and workers' rights all will be in danger. And Justice Kavanaugh could even be the deciding vote on whether Trump can be indicted or subpoenaed as part of the Mueller investigation.

At this writing, the votes have not yet been cast. It may seem futile, but let's call on the Senate loud and clear to reverse course. The right thing to do, no matter one's political persuasion, is to say "NO" to confirmation of this dreadful nominee.

Let's at least keep hope alive for a few more hours.

Ellen

Posted on October 6, 2018.
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