Oh, no --- The never-ending confirmation process
When it comes to the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, 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.
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.
Here are a few late-breaking updates to the Kavanaugh hearing story:
It appears that Democrats on the Judiciary Committee weren’t the only ones on Capitol Hill who spent Thursday behaving like lawless, partisan juvenile delinquents.
Kavanaugh’s high school friend Mark Judge sent a letter to the Committee, saying he did not want to be forced to testify publicly because he is a recovering alcoholic and cancer survivor who’s struggling with anxiety and depression, and he had left town to escape the media hounding him. But he declared under penalty of felony that he did not remember the events described by Dr. Ford and never saw Kavanaugh act in the way she described.
Also, the American Bar Association called for another last-minute delay in the vote, to allow for an FBI investigation of Ford’s claims “because of the ABA’s respect for the rule of law and due process under law.” Critics pointed out that the ABA already gave Kavanaugh their highest rating as a judge and questioned whether this delay was politically-motivated, since the ABA is notoriously liberal, and Democrats are desperate to delay the vote until after the election. They noted that Ford’s testimony provided no new details and that an organization of attorneys should know that the FBI can’t investigate a local crime, and certainly not one that’s 36 years old, where the accuser can’t even provide a date or location, and all the alleged witnesses deny that it happened.
Finally, I included this in my comments yesterday about the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing, but I think it is definitely worth posting again, just in case you missed it (or want to bookmark it.) Sen. Lindsay Graham, normally one of the most congenial of legislators, reads the riots act to his Democratic colleagues who, merely to advance their political agenda, exposed a professed sexual assault victim who asked to remain anonymous and tried to destroy the reputation and career of a highly-respected judge with no evidence while denying him due process rights. The only thing missing from this was for him to look straight into the eyes of Booker, Hirono, Feinstein, Harris, Durbin, Coons and the rest and ask, “At long last, have you no decency?”
President Reagan's Letter
After the intense ugliness of yesterday’s Senate hearing, I feel as if we could all use something good and clean to wash the filth out of our eyes. So here’s an article to remind us of what Christianity and decency look like at the highest levels of government. It involves a recently discovered letter, handwritten in 1982 by President Ronald Reagan and sent to his dying atheist father-in-law.
Reagan was concerned about his soul, and tried to explain in a logical way his in-law could accept why he believed in the Divinity of Christ. Imagine someone in politics who not only had such lofty thoughts and knowledge, but also the decency to take time out from the highest-pressure job in the word to reach out and express them to someone he cared about who strongly disagreed with him. Those were different times. Let’s pray we can bring them back.
What got into the water in Sacramento?!?
I don’t know what got into the water in Sacramento, but California Gov. Jerry Brown actually vetoed a slew of wacky leftist bills that would likely be rubber-stamped if Gavin Newsom gets elected to follow him. Brown blocked efforts by the La-La-Legislature to bar ICE from arresting criminal illegal immigrants inside courthouses, to let illegal immigrants serve on state and local governing boards, to make it harder for law-abiding citizens to obtain gun permits, to establish a board to monitor so-called “fake news” in obvious violation of the First Amendment, and even to move the start time of junior highs and high schools later to 8:30 a.m. to “combat sleep deprivation.”
Judging from the type of bills that are passed by the people they elect, it’s obvious that Californians are already getting plenty of sleep during civics class.
Lesson for political candidates:
Don’t exaggerate your poor, hardscrabble background for votes. One of your relatives might get mad and spill the beans that what you described as living in an abandoned gas station with no electricity or running water was actually more of a remodeling project.
Tim Allen returns
Tonight, Tim Allen’s sitcom “Last Man Standing” makes its return to Fox after being canceled at the height of its popularity by ABC; some say because it included a conservative point of view, although ABC denied that. At the link, some more info and some refreshing comments from Allen about how it’s the job of entertainers to entertain, and who cares what they think about politics? My prediction: far more people will tune in to see the new season of “LMS” than will buy Barbra Streisand’s new song attacking President Trump.