When it comes to the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavinaugh, it’s just one thing after another.

After wavering Judiciary Committee member Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake announced that he would vote in support of Kavanaugh, the drama escalated, with a group of angry women confronting him in an elevator.  Ana Maria Achila of the nonprofit Center for Popular Democracy Action told him, “What you are doing is allowing someone who actually violated a woman to sit on the Supreme Court.  That is not tolerable.”

Another woman said through her tears, “You’re telling all women they don’t matter, that they should just stay quiet because if they tell you what happened to them, you’re going to ignore them.”

When I hear statements like these, I want to cry, too, but for very different reasons.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2018/09/28/jeff-flake-confronted-protesters-elevator/v1gr7xxdeHKNXJxqVGkoHJ/story.html

Just before the committee vote was to be taken, a group of Sen. Flake’s Democratic colleages that included Delaware Sen. Chris Coons cornered him in the anteroom to beg him not to vote for Kavanaugh without an FBI investigation.  And though he ended up voting for him, it was with a huge caveat.



He said he would vote for Kavanaugh on the final floor vote only if the FBI were first brought in for a “limited” (a week at most, and just on the claim before them) FBI investigation, just to show that due diligence had been exercised.  Chairman Grassley pointed out that the committee did not have the power to order that –- they could only take it to Senate leadership to delay the full floor vote and appeal to President Trump to initiate an investigation –- but that’s where they are now.

At this writing, it looks as though the Democrats are getting themselves another delay.  God knows what they will try to do with it.  It’s bound to involve more unfounded accusations and more calls for more investigation. They are not going to let this end, even if/when Kavanaugh is confirmed.

But Sen. Lindsay Graham, who strongly supports Kavanaugh and distinguished himself in Thursday’s hearing by leveling at the Democrats a richly deserved public shaming, took this good-naturedly, at least in public, saying to reporters, “This is called democracy...this is Jeff Flake being very sincere, and what he’s trying to do –-  I respect the hell out of this –- (is) trying to get some Democrats to buy in.  Will a week matter?  And some of them said it would.  Some of ‘em want to just go on and on and on, but if he can get a few of ‘em to say a week longer would make it a better process...”

It’s not known how the FBI could add to our understanding of an allegation that’s 36 years old; probably the most they could do is gather some testimony from the others who claim not to remember even being at such a party.  (In breaking news, Mark Judge has said he will cooperate, if his testimony can be given privately rather than in an open hearing.  And Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana has announced that there is agreement now on how to proceed with a further background check.  Details to come.)  There are a few Senators still on the fence who might decide in favor of Kavanaugh if they were more confident about the process –- a process the Democrats deliberately messed with by holding Dr. Ford’s letter as a political ace in the hole when they’d had since the end of July to call for an investigation.  It’s far too late for this to be considered a good process, for anyone.

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/28/652486413/judiciary-committee-set-to-vote-on-kavanaugh-friday-with-eyes-on-undecided-jeff

 

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  • Diana Hendricks

    10/02/2018 12:59 PM

    This is the worse smear campaign in my lifetime. With no corboration, just the suspicion brings

    taint to the whole process. Oh the evil ways of these Democrats. Nobody is going to challenge Roe v Wade. Hysterics rule and our government processes are moot. I’m afraid of these people. I am a 74 year woman

  • Beryl D Combs

    09/30/2018 01:15 PM

    I tried to leave a comment that was an accusation against the democrats and it kept being deleted before I was done. Does this website have gremlins? I gave up. It also didn't allow me to show I was not a robot.

  • Dusty Hickey

    09/30/2018 12:20 PM

    Sen Flake was no doubt bought out by the Democrats he is soon out of the job he was not popular in his own state of Az. Does he need a job maybe Soros can provide one now for him. Those women at the elevator were paid. Gov how did they even get in that is scary for all of the politicians and saw another group attacking behind Sen Graham. HOW and WHY? This is a scam. As a woman I do not believe most of what has been put out per the Democrats who are willing to do anything and so are many of their voters. I have liberal friends and a couple who I do believe would bend over backwards to destroy Pres Trump and this Judge Kavanaugh. Sexual attacks are being put out now and used to gather women to vote for their side. There are sexual attacks and I know as an RN and there are real sexual attacks. More to this Dr and what she is so now trying to act like this only one time per supposed Kavanaugh has her so distressed. Women must now come forward when the event occurs not 36 years later does not benefit the rest of women out here when we stay quiet. We now see this with Cosby and all the women but where did they speak out go to a hospital go to police. Now you take any ones life our husbands, sons, brothers and tear them apart years later and then you cannot have any proof? WHY? What I see women is a set up for this election coming and not just to take down this Judge? Get ready.

  • Mark Crouse

    09/29/2018 11:03 PM

    The more I look at the big picture of the Democrats efforts to stop Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation, the more I am convinced that Dr Ford is lying. The orchestration I see in the various means of obstructing the process, from the initial demonstrations, to the hypocrisy and double standard of the Democratic senators, and then the multitude of alleged sexual assault accusations, lead me to see a plot to "do whatever it takes to block Judge Kavanaugh." (Sen Schumer''s words)

    I find it very easy to believe that Dr Ford's testimony was carefully scripted and practiced. Her accusation is bold enough to get a strong emotional reaction and opposition yet vague enough to inhibit verification. Why have the notes from her therapist not been released? To protect her privacy? Her supporters haven't given Judge Kavanaugh that same courtesy. Releasing the notes would be one step toward verification. I suspect there are none. The burden of proof belongs to the accuser.

    Concerning the confirmation vote and the undecided Republican senators, I would propose that if they vote no, and it is revealed at some future time that Dr Ford lied, they would then be required to confirm him for the next open seat.

  • Patricia Samodell

    09/29/2018 05:21 PM

    Enough already. Please do not tempt God in this matter. Just pray for those who are undecided to be enlightened. God Bless US please with the truth which most of us have already figured out it the others who are on the fence who need to get off the pot.

  • Allen Cook

    09/29/2018 02:31 PM

    This needs to stop tearing this country apart and the democrats don't care . How do we the people get what we want not the democrats My senator will never vote for anyone that a Republican appoints Please get this process changed before its too late


    Thank you

  • Rev Sam Martin

    09/29/2018 06:58 AM

    I am sick how the Judge was treated by Democrats it is a real embarrassment to our country. I would be hotter that he was if they had done this to me and my family.

  • Rev Sam Martin

    09/29/2018 06:56 AM

    I am sick how the Judge was treated by Democrats it is a real embarrassment to our country. I would be hotter that he was if they had done this to me and my family.

  • Cathy Prettyman

    09/28/2018 08:34 PM

    Good Day Mr. Huckabee. I have to say I feel you are one of the few men in Washington that I have the upmost respect for. With that being said. I have to wonder if anyone has thought about Dr Ford's statement that she saw the other gentleman in the Safeway parking lot and when she spoke to him he didn't respond in the usual manner. I was sexually and physically assaulted 30 years ago. I remember everything. My point being, if I had seen "him" in a parking lot I would definitely not have gotten close enough to speak to him. I would have high tailed it out of there. I have experienced the PTSD, anxiety and agoraphobia the incident caused. I understand it. I can absolutely say you do not approach your assailant. I just find it very strange where she has had such severe psychological issues but she still could approach him. Thanks for your time.

  • Luetta Wood

    09/28/2018 08:21 PM

    It is agonizing to have all the delays and to know that the people causing and begging for them are unscrupulous in their dealings. But with Sen. Flake and the wishy-washy duo of Collins and Murkowski there was little choice. May God be with Kavanaugh and his family through this coming week. ??

  • Sandra Hendren

    09/28/2018 07:42 PM

    Vote him In!

  • David Cerqua

    09/28/2018 07:19 PM

    Limited investigation is the key. Investigate the only “creditable” accusation, which is Dr. Ford.

    No need to reinterview Dr. Ford or Judge Kavanugh, they have their sworn testimony.

    Interviews of the boys and friend that Dr. Ford said were at the incident should be nothing more that a review of the statements given to the Senate investigators. Which were given under penalty of a felony.

    Is your statement to senate investigators true and correct?
    Is your statement to senate investigators complete?
    Do you have anything you would like to add to your statement?