Kavanaugh facing “kitchen sink” attacks prior to confirmation

Sen. Diane Feinstein at Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS confirmation hearings

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh has withstood 30 hours of questions, misquotes, innuendo, and alleged violations of Senate rules on his path to likely confirmation on September 20, 2018. In fact, before his name was ever mentioned, Democrats in the Senate alleged he would invalidate several Supreme Court decisions Democrats hold dear – with an emphasis on Roe v. Wade. Throughout the highly political process, a process many believe is meant as a rebuke of President Trump more than any indication of the qualifications of Justice Kavanaugh, the only thing clearly defined as an issue were the of dozens of Far Left protesters who brought the procedure to all-time lows.

Protesters, much like those motivated by Rep. Maxine Waters orders to incite discord to anyone connected to the Trump Administration, uttered vulgarities and disrupted proceedings in an effort to gain 15 seconds of fame on C-SPAN before being removed from the Senate hearings and arrested. Senator Kamella Harris and Sen. Corey Booker misquoted and took out of context answers from Justice Kavanaugh in an effort apparently meant to spur the base of voters they are counting on for gaining control of the Congress in the 2018 mid-term elections.

But all these efforts have failed to make an impact beyond slowing the confirmation process. Nothing has deterred the well expected confirmation, so Democrats has launched the “kitchen sink” at the nominee. A claim of sexual assault, from 35 years prior. To be exact, this is a last minute claim from an unnamed accuser, that is a constituent of Sen. Diane Feinstein, that no onther Democrat or Republican has seen, that has been sent to the FBI. Credibility is highly in question – but as the #MeToo movement has proven, credibility and proof are not required to enact punishment whether deserved or not.

This latest smear is so specious as to draw a response from the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board. They stated,

“News reports also say that Ms. Feinstein has had the letter since the summer, and that it was first sent to the office of Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat from Silicon Valley. But if the “information” is worrying enough to send to the FBI, why did Sen. Feinstein wait so long? She didn’t bring it up during the summer in the run-up to the hearings, didn’t mention it when she met with Judge Kavanaugh, and didn’t think it was important enough to tell her colleagues…

The episode says more about the desperation of Democrats than it does about Mr. Kavanaugh, and the real disgrace would be if Republicans did anything other than move promptly to a confirmation vote.”

But it’s not just news organizations that have become fed up with the shennanigans in the Senate. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburgh has also spoken about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. At George Washington University Law School, she addressed her confirmation, and that of Justice Antonin Scalia, saying in part,
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg

“The way it was, was right. The way it is, is wrong…

That’s the way it should be, instead of what it’s become, which is a highly partisan show. The Republicans move in lockstep, and so do the Democrats. I wish I could wave a magic wand and have it go back to the way it was.”

Given the understanding of many news media that have reviewed and covered every step of this confirmation process, and the words of a sitting SCOTUS Justice, and the desperation of this last ditch effort by Sen. Feinstein, one has to wonder why this is happening. Even if, somehow, Democrats are able to derail the Kavanaugh confirmation and win the 2018 mid-term elections – both highly speculative conclusions – Democrats will still not get the Progressive appointment to the Supreme Court they obviously desire. In fact, were all dominoes to fall exactly as Democrats wish, the most likely outcome would be a less widely recognized and qualified nominee. That’s the worst case scenario. In the best case, Kavanaugh will still be confirmed, just after the next Supreme Court session start.

But the most realistic outcome is that Democrats have hurt themselves. Maybe not in super Progressive strongholds of California and New York. Still the majority of America does not reflect or share the hyper-partisan views of those 2 States. Thus mid-term elections and the 2020 Presidential election are marred by the display of anarchy and an ambition to win at all costs that has been this confirmation process.

Ultimately the question boils down to a simple question for voters. Is a Party, and their candidates, that is willing to throw anything and everything – including the kitchen sink that they have no confidence in – just to win really a Party that shares the values and interests of the public? No matter the outcome of the Kavanaugh confirmation (which is incredibly likely) this question will remain like clouds over every Democrat and election for years to come.

About the Author

Michael Vass
Born in 1968, a political commentator for over a decade. Has traveled the U.S. and lived in Moscow and Tsblisi, A former stockbroker and 2014 Congressional candidate. Passionate about politics with emphasis on 1st and 2nd Amendments.

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