As the Kavanaugh Affair roiunds the last curve and the finish line looms, it appears there will be sufficient votes–finally–to confirm Brett Kavanaugh. Susan Collins (r-Maine) as squishy a Republican as one can conjure, and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va), as simpering a politician as one might imagine, have indicated their intention to vote for confirmation. One suspects a few additional Democrats in states that voted for President Trump, seeing their blue wave collapsing in a red tide of Democrat blood, will add their votes, hopefully in a vain attempt to hold on to their seats. The vote is scheduled for late Saturday. We shall see how long Republican backbones can remain stiff, particularly if Democrats produce a very credible, must-be-believed woman who is prepared to testify Kavanaugh smeared an entire troupe of Girl Scouts with chocolate and ate them as ‘smores, or perhaps a female poodle willing to testify to an illicit affair with Kavanaugh.
As we wait for the sort-of conclusion to what has arguably been the most sordid spectacle in American political history–apart from Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy, of course–let us, gentle readers, review a few of the most recent developments that may have had a part in getting us to this potentially less than disastrous ending. There is no happy ending to this story.
Greatest deliberative body? Not with Democrats involved.
The Senate published an executive summary of the FBI report. Fox news reports:
Senate Judiciary Committee concluded after its investigation: there is no corroboration of the allegations made by Dr. Ford or Ms. Ramirez,” the Judiciary Committee Republicans wrote.
According to the summary of the report, FBI agents interviewed 10 people and reached out to 11. They focused exclusively on witnesses with potential first-hand knowledge of alleged sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh.
‘The FBI provided to the Senate 12 detailed FD-302 reports summarizing their interviews with the witnesses as well as supporting materials cited by the witnesses during their interviews,’ the summary reads.
The entire text of the document is available here.
Leland Keyser, the “best Friend” of Christine Blasey Ford until she failed to do her progressive duty and fully support Ford’s fantasies, has been the victim–a genuine victim–of witness tampering. Fox reports:
Keyser originally said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 23 she ‘does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present.’ After Kavanaugh and Ford testified in front of the committee last week, Keyser wrote a letter to the committee dated Sept. 29 that said she did not refute Ford’s claims, but ‘is unable to corroborate it because she has no recollection of the incident in question,’ according to CNN.
Keyser told the investigators that she was — as the Journal notes — urged to clarify her statement by Monica McLean, a former FBI agent and friend of Ford’s, the paper reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
McLean’s lawyer denied his client tried to influence Keyser to change her account, telling the Journal in a statement it is ‘absolutely false.
Oh, I’m sure that’s right. No woman could possibly lie about a thing like that. Democrats have established that.
A person close to the former classmates told the Journal she believed mutual friends of both Ford and Keyser – including McLean – simply reached out to Keyser to warn her that her statement was being used by Republicans as vindication for Kavanagh and if she felt she needed to clarify what she meant, she should. The person said the mutual friends did not ‘pressure’ Keyser.
Uh-huh. That’s Keyser, the person Ford threw under the bus, all but calling her insane. Even their apologetic statements reveal they tried to get her to change her story to support Ford. That’s witness tampering. One would think a former FBI agent would have some inkling of such things. It seems there are things to investigate and prosecute in this case after all. Any bets, gentle readers, whether that will happen?
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) was chased down and harassed at Reagan National Airport:
Protesters against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh chased down Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., at Reagan National Airport just outside Washington, D.C.
As Paul was exiting the airport Monday, the group of several women began shouting at Paul, asking him if he would call for an investigation into Kavanaugh. Paul did not respond and continued walking, to which one of the women said, ‘Women deserve better than silence, Mr. Paul.’
The protesters also screamed ‘shame’ at Paul as he walked out. This comes the same day a group of protesters chased down Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue and his wife at the same airport.
This Democrat inspired, encouraged and supported violence is going to result in yet more blood. One only hopes it’s the blood of the stupid leftist thugs involved. Self-defense, at least for now, remains legal, and is always moral.
Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent yet another request for evidence to Ford’s lawyers. That’s what Democrats have been demanding, is it not? Legal Insurrection reports:
Late Thursday night, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley sent yet another request for evidence (the third in writing that’s been made public) to Ford’s attorneys requesting Ford’s therapy notes (the ones she shared with The Washington Post but has refused to share with the committee in confidence) as well as her communications with the WaPo.
Sen. Grassley also cited ‘recently uncovered information,’ which led him to request communication with Sen. Feinstein and her staff, and Sen. Hirono and her staff. Further, Grassley requested communication with ‘witnesses identified by Dr. Ford’, Leland Keyser, Mark Judge, Patrick ‘PJ’ Smyth, Debbie Ramirez, Julie Swetnick, and their representatives be provided to the committee.
That information has not,and will not, be forthcoming, which indicates Democrat demands for a “complete” investigation referred only to information that might be harmful to Kavanaugh, leaving observers shocked, shocked! This qualifies for the 2018 Louis Renault Award.
Finally for now, Kavanaugh has published an opinion piece:
As I explained that night, a good judge must be an umpire—a neutral and impartial arbiter who favors no political party, litigant or policy. As Justice Kennedy has stated, judges do not make decisions to reach a preferred result. Judges make decisions because the law and the Constitution compel the result. Over the past 12 years, I have ruled sometimes for the prosecution and sometimes for criminal defendants, sometimes for workers and sometimes for businesses, sometimes for environmentalists and sometimes for coal miners. In each case, I have followed the law. I do not decide cases based on personal or policy preferences. I am not a pro-plaintiff or pro-defendant judge. I am not a pro-prosecution or pro-defense judge. I am a pro-law judge. [skip]
The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution. The justices do not sit on opposite sides of an aisle.
Heresy! What a madman! Clearly he is unfit to sit on a progressive Supreme Court!
I revere the Constitution. I believe that an independent and impartial judiciary is essential to our constitutional republic. If confirmed by the Senate to serve on the Supreme Court, I will keep an open mind in every case and always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law.
And that, gentle readers, is precisely why Democrats have waged a scorched earth campaign against him. They oppose the Constitution and the rule of law. Kavanaugh and Trump–all of us–are merely in the way. Should President Trump have the opportunity to nominate another justice, their abominable behavior in the Kavanaugh Affair will seem a Sunday church picnic by comparison.
Wouldn’t that be poetic justice?