Baker Continues to Pander to the Left [OPINION]
Thirty-one U.S. governors have signed a letter supporting the confirmation of Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, but not RINO Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. Baker is one of four "blue state" Republican governors to not affix their signature to the document.
The governors who did sign say Kavanaugh's “impeccable credentials demonstrate he is worthy of this nomination.” But not Baker. Vermont's Phil Scott, Maryland's Lary Hogan and Illinois' Bruce Rauner round out the list of Republicans who balked out of fear losing their seats this fall. Nothing like conviction, huh?
MassLive.com says Baker is concerned about the potential impact the Trump nominee might have on abortion, should he be confirmed: "I'm a big believer in a woman's right to choose, and I think that needs to be a fundamental part of the vetting process. I hope that is a fundamental part of the vetting process as they move forward here."
Baker told reporters during a recent visit to Westfield State:
"This is an important time for the Senate to do its job. And by doing its job, I mean engaging the conversation in a thorough and serious way and ensure that this candidate is going to treat the precedent of Roe v. Wade appropriately going forward."
It's a shame the Baker feels abortion is the single most important issue when considering a Supreme Court nominee. It's also a shame that our Republican governor has been unable to find common ground with the Trump Administration on a single issue, at a time when Massachusetts could truly benefit from having a governor and a president that belong to the same political party.
Baker's ultimate betrayal to Massachusetts Republicans will be his refusal to endorse Republican U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl, should he win the nomination to challenge incumbent Senator Democrat Elizabeth Warren this fall. Mark my words, that will happen.
Why did this guy even run as a Republican anyway?
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.