West Virginia’s Shelley Moore Capito speaks out on Putin/the Ukraine and Biden nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson
Senator Capito “talks tough” on Putin but has nothing to say about one of his biggest fans
Here is WV Senator Shelley Moore Capito, on Wednesday:
West Virginia Republican Senator Shelley Moore-Capito warns if Russian President Vladimir Putin can kill innocent women and children — he can do anything. . . .
Capito said she was also struck by “what a monster Putin is.”
“He will bomb hospitals, places where they are known to have children and to see the fleeing parents and their children as they're coming away from Ukraine, leaving their husbands and brothers and fathers there, it's just an enormous tragedy,” said Capito.
Yes, most Americans would agree. Former president Donald Trump, however, doesn’t – he is too busy begging the Russian leader to release dirt on President Biden’s family:
Trump calls for Putin to release dirt on the Biden family right now since now "he's not exactly a fan of our country" during new interview with Real America's Voice pic.twitter.com/Sp1gDVsSfr— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 29, 2022
And what has Senator Capito said about the former president’s comments and his praise for Putin. So far, I have not seen a single word. Of course, this criticism applies to almost all Republicans:
Imagine how this looks from Kyiv. The same Republicans who like to talk tough about Putin embrace this pathetic groveling autocrat as their leader. https://t.co/xw8Gc7TlF5— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) March 30, 2022
By the way, here is the Russian point of view:
“Our partner Trump.” https://t.co/khLov1ud1D— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) March 30, 2022
Capito and most of her colleagues remain silent on the former president. Yes, it is further evidence that it’s Trump’s party now.
Senator Capito gets the Republican memo on using “judicial philosophy” as the reason for voting “no” on Ketanji Brown Jackson
Senator Shelley Moore Capito on the reason why she will not vote for Ketanji Brown Jackson:
Specifically, during her confirmation hearings, Judge Jackson would not define her judicial philosophy, which, for me, is one of the most important factors when considering nominees.
What crap. On Trump’s nominees, Capito told us that how each of them emphasized the importance of precedence in their judicial philosophies. For example, the abortion issue:
As for abortion rights, Capito said it was a topic in her one-on-one discussion with Kavanaugh on July 12.
“The precedent has a heavy weight in making a decision,” she said.
(She made similar comments about Trump’s other two picks.) My hunch is that the Court’s fall ruling on the Texas abortion law was just a preview of their upcoming overturning of Roe v. Wade. (Capito knew that when they were nominated but, of course, she pretended that their ”judicial philosophies” would mean that Roe would stay in place.)
From across-the-aisle, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse warned us on March 23 that this “judicial philosophy” would be the Republican’s go-to excuse:
At last check, Republicans had mentioned the phrase “judicial philosophy” 48 times over the course of Judge Jackson’s nomination hearings this week thus far.
And here is former U.S. Attorney, Barbara McQuade, expressing a similar sentiment:
During more than 13 hours of grilling on Tuesday, senators tried to tie President Joe Biden's Supreme Court nominee to critical race theory, label her an ally of child predators and demand that she explain her "judicial philosophy." Each time, she refused to take the bait, instead explaining the nuances of her reasoning, something that is all too rare in modern discourse.
Of course, “judicial philosophy” is just an excuse for more hypocrisy from the Republicans. They had no problem with Bush-nominee John Roberts:
Reminder: during his SCOTUS confirmation hearing, now-Chief Justice Roberts said, “I do not have an overarching judicial philosophy that I bring to every case.” Judge Jackson went further and clearly explained her approach to decisionmaking on the bench. https://t.co/kbzhrcG3dJ— Senate Judiciary Committee (@JudiciaryDems) March 29, 2022
Republicans are hypocrits? Yeah, what’s new?