Only way to fix the Court is to dump Republican senators
Fighters for abortion rights are vowing to channel their protests into the electoral arena this coming fall. | Jacquelyn Martin/AP/Shutterstock

The three Trump-named Republican justices—Amy Coney Barrett on Oct. 26, 2020, Brett Kavanaugh on Oct. 6, 2018, and Neil Gorsuch on April 7, 2017—swung the High Court into obliterating women’s constitutional rights to abortion and controlling their own bodies.

All were confirmed on virtual party-line votes: 52-48 for Barrett, 54-46 for Gorsuch, and 50-48 for Kavanaugh, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting “present” and Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., not voting.

Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the decision, won 58-42 in 2015, also almost along party lines. So did Clarence Thomas, now the court’s senior justice. He wrote the tribunal’s gun ruling the day before the abortion decision.

You know, the one that lets loose everyone to carry and shoot guns—from pistols on up through AK-47s and AR-15s—anywhere, any time.

Thomas won his seat 31 years ago, 52-48, after a lot of controversy over his sexual harassment of Anita Hill on the job. Three senators who voted on the Thomas nomination still hold office, including one, Iowa Republican Charles Grassley, who seeks re-election this year.

Republican presidents named all five justices. Republican Senate majorities confirmed them. The Republicans have waged a decades-long war—sometimes literally—against the right to abortion in particular and against women’s rights and workers’ rights, among others, in general. This decision is the worst result. It’s not the only one.

After all, let us not forget that Roe v Wade is not the first long-standing precedent Alito got his colleagues to overturn, but it is the one that rips away a constitutional right.

The other Alito ruling we’re thinking of: What else? Ratifying the radical right’s crusade to destroy workers and unions by taking away money: The Janus decision. That 5-4 party-line vote made every state and local government worker a potential “free rider,” able to use union services and protections without paying one red cent for them.

“Defund the left,” a right-wing leader chortled.

Grassley voted for Barrett, Kavanaugh, Alito, and Gorsuch, too. Pro-Thomas Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., who is retiring, voted for all five Republican justices. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who opposed all five justices, is also retiring.

Fourteen Republicans who went three-for-three on the Trumpite Supreme Court nominees and who must face the voters this fall are running again. Here they are:

  • John Boozman (Ark.),
  • Mike Crapo (Idaho),
  • Charles Grassley (Iowa),
  • John Hoeven (N.D.),
  • Tim Johnson (Wis.),
  • John E. Kennedy (La.),
  • James Lankford (Okla.),
  • Mike Lee (Utah),
  • Jerry Moran (Kansas),
  • Rand Paul (Ky.),
  • Marco Rubio (Fla.),
  • Tim Scott (S.C.),
  • John Thune (S.D.),
  • and Todd Young (Ind.).

Voters, take note and take names.

Murkowski voted “present” on Kavanaugh’s nomination, but backed Barrett, Gorsuch, and Alito. Kavanaugh drew 49 Republicans and one Democrat. Guess who.

Without West Virginian Joe Manchin’s pro-Kavanaugh vote, Republican Vice President Mike Pence would have had to break a 49-49 tie.

Oppose these Republicans when you go vote this fall…because if they can take away a constitutional right from mothers, sisters, woman friends, partners, nieces, and aunts, what’s to stop these senators, if re-elected, from taking away rights from you?


Mark Gruenberg
Mark Gruenberg

Award-winning journalist Mark Gruenberg is head of the Washington, D.C., bureau of People's World. He is also the editor of the union news service Press Associates Inc. (PAI). Known for his reporting skills, sharp wit, and voluminous knowledge of history, Mark is a compassionate interviewer but tough when going after big corporations and their billionaire owners.