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Tim Kaine vs. Judge Gorsuch

Tim Kaine got caught distorting one of Judge Gorsuch’s judicial opinions. Instead of backing off, he tried to justify himself–by distorting Gorsuch’s record some more. I write about the sordid details at Bloomberg View today.

Senator Kaine, seeking to justify a filibuster against Gorsuch, tweeted that the judge “has cavalierly referred to contraceptive use — a constitutionally protected right for 50+ yrs – as ‘the wrongdoing of others.’” But Gorsuch did not call contraceptive use “wrongdoing” at all, let alone do so “cavalierly.”

Several media outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, pointed out Kaine’s distortion. So he has produced 1,300 words of misdirection and bluster to make it sound as if his characterization is a thoughtful conclusion rather than political hackwork.

It worked on the Washington Post’s fact-checker Michelle Ye Hee Lee. . . .


Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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