PBS NewsHour correspondent Lisa Desjardins breaks the news:
NEW BREAKING: Sen. Collins just said Kavanaugh told her he agrees w Roberts' take on Roe V Wade - that it is settled law. pic.twitter.com/YGk8P5n8db
— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) August 21, 2018
Collins, who says she is pro-choice, has a record of being both an occasional swing vote for Democrats and a very gullible conservative. With this statement she has just signaled Judge Kavanaugh may get her vote.
Sen. Collins earned extreme anger from Democrats last year after she voted for Trump's tax cuts for the rich bill, saying Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave her "ironclad" assurances he would pass legislation to stabilize ObamaCare premiums and forgo a $25 billion cut to Medicare. That legislation never even came to the floor.
Kavanaugh has a long history that Republicans are closely guarding, one that Democrats believe would not only expose his extremist leanings, but one that could expose him as having committed perjury during his 2006 confirmation hearings.
On social media some are attacking Collins:
BREAKING: Charlie Brown receives assurances from Lucy that she will not pull the football away. This time for serious. https://t.co/NLfBJFDcQi
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) August 21, 2018
is this as "ironclad" as that commitment she got from McConnell over on health care? https://t.co/diYEDLqPlT
— Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) August 21, 2018
It’s curious that they just don’t say: "I vow that I will not overturn it.”
This is actually more substantive than I expected. I expected Kavanaugh to just tell her that Roe v. Wade is settled law, which by itself is meaningless. Tying himself to Roberts is very clarifying, given the Roberts voting record of consistently voting against abortion rights. https://t.co/acztjWQMXJ
— Sasha Samberg-Champion (@ssamcham) August 21, 2018
Why not demand that and not settle for “settled law” vagaries? https://t.co/0jsJ2kE0h4
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) August 21, 2018
Ha. My guess?
He meant it’s “settled law” until challenged by a case brought to SCOTUS that *unsettles* it.
Someone constructed very carefully parsed and totally disingenuous talking points for him.
— Leah McElrath (@leahmcelrath) August 21, 2018
Settled law for lower courts, sure. But that's not how he views his role on the Supreme Court.
— Tom Jawetz (@TomJawetz) August 21, 2018
So @SenatorCollins is laying the groundwork to betray all her claims of being a #prochoice, pro-#LGBTQ "moderate," via this convenient and meaningless fig leaf. Folks who live in Maine need to raise holy hell. #StopKavanaugh https://t.co/y3UPNoTjET
— Bruce Mirken (@BruceMirken) August 21, 2018
Area Senator gets played again... https://t.co/qf3flZj9GG
— Brian Cove (@bcove) August 21, 2018
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