During his Monday broadcast, conservative radio talk show giant Rush Limbaugh noted that if the GOP fails to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, they will face certain disaster at the voting booth during the coming November midterm elections.
One of the chief reasons that many conservatives even voted for President Donald Trump in the first place was because many foresaw the opportunity for the president following Obama to place as many as three and even four Supreme Court justices on the highest court in the land. Conservatives rightly understood that allowing Hillary (or any Democrat) to win the White House would damage the courts for decades to come.
Now Trump has that opportunity to place Brett Kavanaugh on the court, a jurist who by all readings would be a fairly stalwart constitutionalist.
But with the Democrats launching repeated fake accusations of sexual misconduct against the judge, Limbaugh was left warning the GOP not to get weak in the knees or face the wrath of its own voters in November.
During his September 24 broadcast, Limbaugh warned the GOP to confirm Kavanaugh or face disaster:
If [Senator Chuck] Grassley doesn’t get a handle on this and just do — and I’ll tell you something else, which everybody also knows. If the Republicans do not get this vote taken and have Kavanaugh confirmed, you can kiss the midterms goodbye. You can kiss goodbye holding the House and you can kiss goodbye holding the Senate. Because whatever the Democrats think of their base, the one thing I know that if you guys fold on this and cave and keep bending over backwards… You’ve done that enough. You’ve demonstrated that you don’t hate women.
You’ve demonstrated that you’re open minded. You’ve demonstrated that you’re gonna hear from her. You’re never gonna hear from her! She’s never gonna show up. She’s not telling a story that can be verified, Senator Grassley. She’s not gonna show up. If you guys don’t conduct this vote in defiance of all this and if Avenatti gets one foot in the door to a Senate committee to start telling his story, then you can kind of kiss good-bye Republican chances in the midterms in November. Because people are gonna logically say, “What good does it do?”
Rush is exactly right, here. Many Republican voters will be less excited to go vote for Republicans in November if they are seen to have failed Trump to get Kavanaugh safely on the Supreme Court.
If the GOP fails to help Trump confirm Kavanaugh, they’ll see their support at home evaporate.
Let’s hope they are at least smart enough to see that in Washington. Sadly, they don’t call the GOP “the stupid party” for nothing.
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