Protecting The Children?

I found it somewhat puzzling that Republican Senators could have voted to confirm credibly accused child rapist Brett Kavanagh to the Supreme Court on October 6, 2018 and yet have refused to vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson for the same position on April 7, 2022 largely because they felt she had been too soft in her sentencing of possessors of child pornography even after her sentences proved to be in line with common judicial practice and often harsher than the prosecution has asked for. Well 37 of them did and that number would have been 38 if one actually came to work on a Saturday. Hey, it was only a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court on the line.

Kavanaugh was confirmed by a vote of 50-48. Jackson by a vote of 53-47. The Kavanaugh vote has a unique factor in that Republican Steve Daines of Montana was not in attendance and therefore did not vote because of a family event; glad to see you take your duties to our country so seriously Senator. My father missed many family events when he fought in World War II. He was kind of busy on ships. Invoking a rare Senate rule, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, the lone Republican that would have voted against Kavanaugh voted present to “balance out” Daines. Murkowski was one of three Republican Senators, along with Maine’s Susan Collins and Utah’s Mitt Romney, who voted to confirm Jackson.

The 37 with the morally confounding and conflicting votes were: John Barrasso of Wyoming, Roy Blunt of Missouri, John Boozman and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy of Louisiana, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Crapo and Jim Risch of Idaho, Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of South Carolina, John Hoeven of North Dakota, Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker of Mississippi, James Inhofe and James Lankford of Oklahoma, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul of Kentucky, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mike Rounds and John Thune of South Dakota, Marco Rubio of Florida, Richard Shelby of Alabama, Dan Sullivan of Alaska, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania along with Todd Young of Indiana.

What can you do about it? 14 are running for reelection in 2022. They are: Boozman of Arkansas, Crapo of Idaho, Grassley of Iowa, Hoeven of North Dakota, Johnson of Wisconsin, Kennedy of Louisiana, Lankford of Oklahoma, Lee of Utah, Moran of Kansas, Paul of Kentucky, Rubio of Florida, Scott of South Carolina, Thune of South Dakota and Young of Indiana. I certainly would neither vote for any of them nor trust them with the safety of any youngsters.

What were the differences between the two nominees? Three immediately come to mind; one was a white male nominated by a Republican president and the other way a Black female nominated by a Democratic president. Think about those factors also.

This article was written well ahead of scheduled publishing in order to accommodate my travel plans.

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