Evening Edition - October 8

October 8, 2018

And the Republican War on Women and African-Americans Continues: 

On his first day as a Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh broke the SCOTUS tradition of appointing white, male law clerks by appointing the first all-female clerk staff.  And one of the five women is black, which means he’s already matched Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s record (she’s hired over 100 law clerks since 1993, only one of whom has been black.)   

https://dailycaller.com/2018/10/08/brett-kavanaugh-black-women-law-clerks-ginsburg/

But as we learned during the whole “Believe all women, unless they accuse Bill Clinton, Keith Ellison, Bob Menendez, etc. etc.” imbroglio, the motto of the current Democratic Party is, “Do as we say, not as we do.”  (In case you're not familiar with the Menendez story, this will fill you in.)

https://nypost.com/2018/10/06/new-jerseys-senate-race-puts-spotlight-on-menendezs-scandals/

 

Must-read Column:

Piers Morgan’s response to Taylor Swift abandoning her wise apolitical stance and knuckling under to pressure to parrot leftist talking points, and to astronaut Scott Kelly being Twitter-shamed into apologizing for quoting Winston Churchill, one of the greatest men of the 20th Century. 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6253035/Taylor-Swift-just-Trump-biggest-favor-ever.html

Morgan is absolutely right: both should have stuck to their principles and ignored the idiot mobs.  I get hate-filled nonsense messages all the time on Twitter.  Do you know what I do about them?  I laugh and go catch a plane to do something constructive with my time.  And I’m happy to know they wasted their time spewing their venom at me instead of at someone more sensitive who might actually have been hurt by it. 

Saturday night, Taylor Swift wrapped up her US tour by becoming the first act in history to sell out Cowboys Stadium two nights in a row.  Do you know what alienating at least half your audience with divisive political propaganda will do?  Cut that down to one night.  Or maybe in Texas, get you back to playing clubs. 

To put it in perspective: a recent Pew study found that fewer than 4% of adults consider Twitter to be an important news source.  And you can bet that the Twitter feeds they consider news sources aren’t the mom’s basement-dwellers who fill their empty hours railing against Taylor Swift and Winston Churchill for not being “woke” enough. 

My advice to both Scott and Taylor would be to stop taking either career advice or history lessons from people who know nothing about history and who spend most of what should be their productive work hours tapping out stupid leftist political comments on social media. Being on Twitter doesn’t make your comments any more respectable, important or well-informed than standing on a soap box in the park while yelling them at annoyed passersby, birds and squirrels.  It’s just a bigger soapbox with a keyboard on it.  And more squirrels.


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 Legal consequences

When I wrote about reintroducing the concept of legal consequences for people who think it’s okay to use threats and violent intimidation tactics against people with whom they disagree politically, I hadn’t yet seen this perfect example.  I’ve had a hard time running down any information on this story because either Twitter, to its credit, yanked her account or she did, and as of now, it’s only being discussed on social media, so there’s no reliable verification, so caveat emptor.  I saw a claim that this person, who is reportedly an elementary school teacher in the St. Paul, Minnesota, area, has been put on paid leave. 

If this does all check out, then there need to be consequences beyond a suspended Twitter account for someone in charge of educating children to publicly solicit the murder of a Supreme Court Justice. And if nothing else, then nobody should be allowed to teach children who doesn’t know the difference between “whose” and “who’s.”   

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/309765/

Incidentally, in case you think this is merely the unhinged rantings of a fanatical nobody, try this tweet:

“Time to get ruthless. ALL Republicans must go; every one; none should be allowed to appear in polite society again; must be shunned; relegated to the dustbin of history. White-nationalism dying a hard, mean, mean-hearted death of resentment & rage, trying to kill the country.”

That was tweeted by Jerry Saltz, senior art critic of New York Magazine and someone whom I presume is actually paid to write English for a living.  But then, he’s also an “art critic,” and I can’t link directly to the tweet because he illustrated it with a deliberately obscene sculpture. 

This is why I say that next November, Republicans had better go to the polls and vote as if their lives depended on it, because they just might.

 Responses to reader comments

While waiting on Saturday afternoon for the full Senate to vote on the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh –- suffering through Sen. Chuck Schumer asserting, incredibly, that it will be impossible for Kavanaugh to rule impartially after this nomination process (!!!)  –- I thought it might be a good time to mute the TV before I kicked it in and reply to a few readers, including a couple who have minor bones to pick.  I got quite a few letters after writing about “leftists showing us what they really are.”

First, from reader Sam J.:

“(You say):  ‘It’s clear now: NOTHING matters to these people other than getting their way.’  That's true of the Democrats, but it's also true of the Republicans.  It seems that all Republicans care about is getting Kavanaugh confirmed.

“The truth is, Kavanaugh was a poor pick by Trump for the Supreme Court.  A pro-life nominee like Amy Coney Barrett would have been so much better.  Kavanaugh is a stickler for precedent and has called Roe v. Wade "the law of the land."  Anyone who thinks he'll help overturn that decision is extremely naive. I don't really think he's that pro-life.  If he's confirmed, I suspect he will be a huge disappointment to conservatives, just like Roberts, Souter, etc., have been in the past.  Haven't we been fooled so many times before?  As the saying goes, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

“I am praying for God's will to be done, whatever that is, and I encourage others to do the same.”

A:  I’m definitely with you on the praying part, but I’m not sure any of us can predict how Kavanaugh will rule on any given case, and that’s not supposed to be the rationale behind judicial appointments, anyway.  Roberts’ ruling was a disappointment not simply because it failed to strike down a law we didn’t want or agree with, but because it showed that in order to reach that decision, he was willing to depart from clear Constitutional principles in a way that stunned us.

At this point, I’d hate to second-guess the President’s pick, certainly before he’s even taken his seat.  But we know that nominating someone who’s been labeled a religious-right, pro-life ideologue, as Amy Coney Barrett has been, would have sent the left off its collective nut.  To those who think the confirmation process couldn’t get any worse than it did with Kavanaugh, let me assure that it could.  Think the left wouldn’t go after a woman with as much hatred and desperation as it has directed towards a man?  Ha, the battle against a pro-life woman would have been even MORE fierce.  And in the end, Judge Barrett, as fine a choice as she would be, surely would not have received the key vote of moderate Sen. Susan Collins.

I think the President deserves some credit for looking at all these factors at a time when the Senate is divided almost right down the middle.  (It might help to imagine the kind of justice Hillary would have nominated.)  If the Senate becomes more conservative after the midterms, it might be within the realm of possibility to win confirmation of someone like Judge Barrett.

 

From reader Mike S.:

“Your statement, ‘As for Kavanaugh’s fitness for the job, that’s the Senate’s call, not the FBI’s,’ is, I believe, incorrect.  The Senate can only offer advice and agreement or disagreement with the choice made by the President.  It's not their responsibility nor within their authority to determine fitness of a nominee.

“When they give the results of their vote to the President, they can also include what they believe is justification for their decision, but I also believe that decision is only secondary to the President's authority to appoint.”

A:  So...the Senate confirmation vote is really more like a suggestion?  Actually, Mike, unless it’s a recess appointment that expires at the end of the next Senate session (this is always less than two years), Senate confirmation is required.  In order to continue serving past that time, and to receive pay, this person must go through Senate confirmation.  In other words, the President does not have the unilateral authority to just appoint whoever he wants for a life term.  It’s the process itself that has been changing (for the worse) in recent years –- in fact, the Judiciary Committee didn’t even start interviewing nominees until 1925 –- but  “consent of the Senate” has always meant exactly that.  As I often remind my readers, I’m not a lawyer, but this is certainly my understanding of the Constitution.

There’s some good historical background at Wikipedia:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appointment_and_confirmation_to_the_Supreme_Court_of_the_United_States

 

 

From reader Steve Y.:

“There about 325 million people in the USA who can NOT corroborate Dr. Ford’s testimony.  I don’t believe the Democrats will believe Judge Kavanaugh’s denial until all of them have been interviewed.”

A:  Right --- under oath, at least twice.  And been given polygraphs.  And even THEN, the Democrats won’t believe him!

(more from Steve)  “There was an excellent column in today's Wall Street Journal by Libby Locke, a Virginia attorney, entitled ‘How it feels to be falsely accused.’  Perhaps you could arrange to include it in your blog.”

A:  Thanks for this; her column is very good, explaining why someone in Brett Kavanaugh’s position might react with the anger and raw pain he showed.  It also leaves us, in effect, with the question, ‘Where does one go to get one’s reputation back?’  I’ll include it right now…

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-it-feels-to-be-falsely-accused-1538695989

 

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  • Joanne Catherine Schmidt

    10/09/2018 01:48 PM

    I agree 100% with your comments to "Sam." Amy Barrett would definitely have been defeated without Sen. Collins' vote, and President Trump knew it! As usual, the president outmaneuvered his opponents on this nomination, bringing in unlikely allies such as former Pres. George Bush to lobby for Kavanaugh's confirmation. He also galvanized the entire GOP to get out and vote in the midterm elections.

    The Dems have made it clear they are going to persist in "investigating" Kavanaugh after the election, so we need to vote for representatives who make the good of the country their priority, not petty vengeance.

    We need to increase the GOP majority in the Senate in the midterms so a Barrett can make it through. Wouldn't that be the perfect answer to the Dems: their worst nightmare is waiting on deck.

  • Timothy Hedrick

    10/09/2018 01:03 PM

    Mike... quick question... who's the boss on the executive side ???
    I thought it was Trump.... then why is the FBI stonewalling ??? Order them to release the documents to Congress... if they refuse, there's a contingent of Marines close by who are also at the President's Disposal...

  • Arlene Hoffman

    10/09/2018 12:11 PM

    Justice Kavanaugh doesn't have to go anywhere to get his reputation back. He never lost it. Those loudmouth, small-brained Dems, on the other hand, will never be respected again.

  • Gene Brown

    10/09/2018 10:05 AM

    Is there no way to get George Soros and his son out of american politics? Since he is not an american citizen why can we not nationalize everything he has in america? Please comment.

  • Scott Thompson

    10/09/2018 09:56 AM

    Keep up the good work I enjoy your letters, especially your comment and temperament. I wish you had been elected President, you had a ready made press secretary, she is awesome by the way. I pray you have the energy to keep this up. Good Bless you and yours.

  • Marie Dahl

    10/09/2018 12:44 AM

    Well, I see You Removed my comment. I would like to know why.

  • Carl Smith

    10/09/2018 12:26 AM

    I think you meant to say THIS November unless you are doing what I am --encouraging ALL Progressives to be sure and vote on Dec. 7th in remembrance of Pearl Harbor. Special Election just for Dim Wits.

  • Dr Clay Skinner

    10/08/2018 11:50 PM

    Please stop referring to the Democrat Party as the Democratic Party. They are anything but Democratic!

  • Marie Dahl

    10/08/2018 11:03 PM

    I don't believe a word Ford said. She gained peoples sympathy by speaking in a little girls voice. What a bunch of hooey. I watched all of the hearings and apparently no one that she provided names of could corroborate her story. As for the other two who accused Kavanaugh probably just wanted to get their hands in Soros money pot. I think that the FBI should investigate Ford and she should not be able to refer to her previous notes. I'm sure they will find that she committed perjury. She should not have been allowed to correct her past statements like she did during the hearings. I think there should be an investigation into this scheme by the Democrats to destroy this good man's life and family. These people have no decency or shame. I pray every day that God will see to it that they are punished. As for Soros, he should
    be tried for treason, all his money confiscated (and put n the Social Security Trust Fund) his citizenship should be revoked and he should be hung in the public square. So, now you know how I feel about all this.

  • Mary Richings

    10/08/2018 10:30 PM

    Hello, Mike, in a column (back to Fri.) Jerry Falwell jr was called "shameless" by Mona Charen (who until now I often read in Townhall) --along with pastor Jeffress and another, this for backing Donald Trump, By now you may know and I think you should. So I guess Mona thinks their backing Hillary would have been -the- moral thing?! And so many women seem to be caught up in the over-the-edge accusing all men --like one 'ordinary' , if you will, woman (makes me think of the Christian song " 'Ordinary' People") who called in to C-Span Sat. morning and spoke rather well, then mentioned one time when her "boy friend" would not leave her alone when she wasn't feeling well --meaning intimately -- telling the whole world -that- (is hardly on par with Weinstein!) I'm thankful and pray for honest journalists, pundits like yourself, thanking the Lord. Thank you! God bless.

  • Carolyn Davis

    10/08/2018 10:16 PM

    The women pictured in the photo wearing the black and white wall outfits, what are their professions? Where do they get the time and the finances to prepare for a production such as the one they displayed?

  • Gary Stilwell

    10/08/2018 09:55 PM

    Don't know about others, but ginsberg in the evening swearing in of kav seemed to be on drugs or something--wasn't able to even hold her head up. Maybe she has a medical condition? Sorry for that for sure if true.
    When the inevitable happens--Barrett would be the judge of choice

  • Elaine Kuebler

    10/08/2018 09:51 PM

    If Judge Barret had been the nominee the Demoloons would have found some way to accuse her of being a child molester based on some babysitting job she had in high school where she tried to comfort a crying child by holding them until they stopped... 'inappropriate touching' the crazies would call! There no winning against insanity!

  • Elaine Romanias

    10/08/2018 08:48 PM

    I was shocked to see Elizabeth McDonald's program on FOX BUSINESS this afternoon. There a former WSJ reporter was interviewed. She said there are now 80 liberal groups who are paid big salaries to protest and hijack our civil society. Some of them are making $150,000!!!!

  • Carla Isselmann

    10/08/2018 08:41 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee, thank you for giving us a link to read the WSJ-article of Libby Locke. Only problem is with that newspaper which used to be excellent is now that they donot give you the article,unless you subscribe...well, we did for ten years and then they came out anti-Trump and we canceled our subscription. Sometimes an article is worth reading, but they will not let you see more than five sentences..
    Kind regards,
    Carla

  • Linda Furlong

    10/08/2018 08:37 PM

    Taylor Swift is talented but I've lost a lot of respect for her with her bashing of Marsha Blackburn.
    Scott Kelly apologizing over Winston Churchill. I thought he was a man and not a wimp. Guess I was wrong.

  • Patricia Hayslip

    10/08/2018 08:07 PM

    Mike,
    The people advocating getting rid of white that are white need to be careful. They will also be deplorable & outcasts when their usefulness for elections are over. They will get what is coming to them. “For all who draw the sword will die by the sword” Matthew 26:52. But...if you don’t believe the Bible, it won’t touch their heart.
    Thanks for your hard work. Love your family, especially Sarah.

  • Nancy Hockley

    10/08/2018 08:05 PM

    What happened to the days that we could "agree to disagree"? I am sickened by the way people are behaving. If you believe things are so wrong and evil then you should do what God has instructed and "overcome evil by doing good". There are a lot of things in this world that are not fair and weather you are a republican,democrat or independent or...(fill in the blank).We all should still have the right to think for ourselves and not be pushed into a mold that fits a particular group. Isn't that what living in the United States is suppose to be? The freedom to voice your opinion without being bullied by the opposition. I am beginning to understand what the word reprobate means. If you describe someone as a reprobate, you mean that they behave in a way that is not respectable or morally correct....sound familiar? I want the world to get back to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you". I also think often what I was taught as a child."If you don't have something good to say about some one don't say it at all". So thank you Mike for some sanity in this out of control world. God Bless You !

  • Darlene F. Donston

    10/08/2018 07:41 PM

    Well, "poor" Taylor Swift she probably should have kept her mouth shut about Politics. Why these celebrities think they know so much more than us "We the People" is beyond me. Personally I don't care for her and have never heard her sing. lol But from what I read she writes songs about all of her ex boyfriends and who on Earth would want to hear something like that. But I just wonder how her career will go now as I read on FB this morning people were not very happy about what she said about Marsha Blackburn, I know I didn't and she has our votes for Senator in November. But I guess she has plenty of money from these young kids that she is set for life!
    Very nice ceremony tonight for our new Justice, so glad he was confirmed! I felt so bad for him and his family to have to go through something so terrible. But it sounds like the Dimms are not through yet! Such lowlife people we have here and who would have thought we could ever sink so low.

  • Pauline Lange

    10/08/2018 07:35 PM

    As I read about the violence, threats and vulgar words coming from leftist women protesters, I can not help but ask why are they allowed near the Capitol of the United States of America. Elected officials and public servants deserve and have the right to be safe in their work environment. The Police need to keep these people out. If they want an appointment to speak civilly to their government officials then they can do so. If they want to protest on the side walk calmly and sanely as the Mother's did, then fine. We really need to stop this unacceptable and shameful behavior. I am not a Democrat, but if I were, I would definitely change parties. Women who behave like this are doing a disservice to all women of character and integrity. I am so glad that Judge Kavanaugh has women of caliber and intelligence as his law clerks. Thank you for your fine articles. Pauline Lange

  • Gretchen Smith

    10/08/2018 07:21 PM

    As I sit and watch justice kavanagh being sworn in with tears running down my face, he is so deserving of this honor. They tried to destroy him, but truth won.

  • Richard Lingenfelter

    10/08/2018 07:09 PM

    PS.. Congratulations on the start of you second year on TV.
    My wife and I have watched all 52 episodes and the first ones this start of your second year.
    Thank you
    We love your show.
    Richard Lingenfelter/ Debbie Lingenfelter

  • Steve Sega

    10/08/2018 07:08 PM

    Breitbart reported about Christine Blasey Ford's perjury saying she put in another "front door" after her 2012 repressed memory of the "Kavanaugh assault" .. except her building permits show it was put in back in 2008 a mere 4 years prior. Ford needs to be charged for perjury!!

    https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/10/03/nolte-new-evidence-eliminates-christine-blasey-fords-residual-credibility/

  • Richard Lingenfelter

    10/08/2018 07:04 PM

    Please ask our great President to stop allowing the media to bring up agenda they want instead of him staying with his agenda. They continue to bring up their agenda items and force him to act on those instead of his. He should start to give one answer at his news conference and if asked a hundred different ways just answer " next question "I just answered that one"
    End those stupid questions by the hateful media trying to get on National TV every evening. They actually have hate in their eyes and faces. Completely controlled by billionaires..what a shame. President Trump should also start bringing to the attention of Blacks that he has never been a racist. The progresive socialist Democratic party have been pushing this message to all blacks through various backdoor means. Our President needs to address this before midterm elections.
    Thank you.

  • Stephen Russell

    10/08/2018 06:18 PM

    Judge K just selected anall women legal staff for his office a 1st for USSC History, Watch the Dems squirm BIG Time, Vision, Future & Busting the Glass ceiling.