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Frustrated Evangelical Leaders Want GOP to Move Quickly to Confirm Kavanaugh
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49166"><span class="small">Jeremy W. Peters and Elizabeth Dias, The New York Times</span></a>   
Friday, 21 September 2018 08:18

Excerpt: "Worried their chance to cement a conservative majority on the Supreme Court could slip away, a growing number of evangelical and anti-abortion leaders are expressing frustration."

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (photo: AP)
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (photo: AP)

Frustrated Evangelical Leaders Want GOP to Move Quickly to Confirm Kavanaugh

By Jeremy W. Peters and Elizabeth Dias, The New York Times

21 September 18


orried their chance to cement a conservative majority on the Supreme Court could slip away, a growing number of evangelical and anti-abortion leaders are expressing frustration that Senate Republicans and the White House are not protecting Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh more forcefully from a sexual assault allegation and warning that conservative voters may stay home in November if his nomination falls apart.

Several of these leaders, including ones with close ties to the White House and Senate Republicans, are urging Republicans to move forward with a confirmation vote imminently unless the woman who accused Judge Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, agrees to share her story with the Senate Judiciary Committee within the next few days.

Dr. Blasey’s lawyers told the committee Thursday that she was willing to testify next week, pending negotiations over “terms that are fair,” but not on Monday as Senate Republicans had wanted.

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+13 # chemtex2611 2018-09-21 10:22
It seems that evangelicals are OK with soused, bone-headed lawyers impregnating young women who cannot use abortion, and possibly, not be able to access any methods of birth control.
+10 # economagic 2018-09-21 10:48
Well, let all those evangelical and anti-abortion leaders go suck lemons. We're ALL frustrated, and to a large extent by their ongoing efforts to assume totalitarian power over any of the rest of the population, those that do not hew to their line. This is the result of allowing whole swaths of the population to avoid basic instruction on how society in general and democracy in particular works for the past half century.

I am beginning to think that the only way to disabuse them of their belief that they are entitled to do so really is through violence, the point of J. F. Kennedy's remark that "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." Perhaps those of us who have recognized the inevitability of change have been focusing our efforts on the wrong people.
+5 # Jim Young 2018-09-21 11:36
The more desperate they are to get him confirmed before the election, the more nightmares I have about how carefully they colluded to hide his judicial records (93% withheld)in an extreme effort to withhold consideration of Merrick Garland, and start stacking the Supreme court with corrupt justices that they hope to be able to force their views over the representatives of the majority of real people.

They should leave and form their own country if they don't like our more representative democracy.
+1 # economagic 2018-09-21 19:55
Why should they bother with starting their own country (all the best spots are taken anyway) when they can just stage a coup, an insurrection, and declare themselves lords and masters over everyone else? That really IS the old-fashioned way, except that this time, instead of lobbing Molotov cocktails or storming the seats of government, they have progressed this far solely on the strength of lies played repeatedly through both corporate and "social" media.

Of course that does not make their coup bloodless. They have had to kill large numbers of people in certain demographics, and to create a whole new category of people to fear ("terrorists"), over a long period of time in order to generate the fear that leads people to listen to their nonsense and accept it.

This next week will unavoidably be a turning point. Only the direction is unknown. "Sleep well: Your National Guard is awake." (That may have been before your time, depending on just how "young" you are!)
0 # margpark 2018-09-21 15:21
Trump could always try re-nominating Merrick Garland. He was put up in the first place as a reasonable choice. He isn't a radical liberal nor a radical conservative. If the Dems manage to take over the Senate it is true that another hard right nominee will be confirmed.
+5 # draypoker 2018-09-21 17:43
This "evangelical" religion seems to me the very opposite of sensible belief and practice.
+3 # Texas Aggie 2018-09-21 22:57
And it bears mentioning that Frank Graham said that what Kavanaugh did was just fine because when Ms. Ford said no, he let her up. Frank said that Kavanaugh "respected" her.

If that is what the evangelicals consider to be showing respect, then there is no wonder that young people are leaving them in droves.