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#1 User is offline   Ticked@TinselTown 

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  Posted 07 October 2018 - 08:31 AM

The GOP will rue the Kavanaugh confirmation
The Week - David Faris - link

On Saturday, the Senate voted narrowly to destroy the Supreme Court of the United States by confirming the profoundly compromised and nakedly partisan Judge Brett Kavanaugh with a 50-48 vote. The drama, such as it was, really ended by mid-afternoon Friday as the critical senator announced in an incredibly long and self-aggrandizing floor speech that she would vote yes, proving that the best way to get what you want in the world is lying shamelessly to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) in an hours-long, private conversation. Kavanaugh joins a court whose swing seat was stolen in 2016, whose popular legitimacy is in tatters, whose every 5-4 decision in the coming years will be regarded as corrupted by a majority of Americans, and whose place in the American political system will never be the same.


The combination of bad faith and procedural manipulation by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his allies during this process is unlikely to ever be forgotten by any Democrat currently breathing air as a sentient adult. Kavanaugh was a dreadful nominee from the word go, a lifelong partisan hack whose grubby, enthusiastically beer-crusted fingers were all over nearly every embarrassing national spectacle between the late 1990s and his ascension to the D.C. Court of Appeals in 2006, including The Starr Report, Bush v. Gore, and the widespread and illegal use of torture as part of the war on terror. Senate Republicans were so terrified of this sordid, extremely well-documented history that they refused to release the majority of Kavanaugh's long paper trail to the Senate Judiciary Committee, preferring instead an unprecedentedly opaque and rushed process designed to steward him to this very moment of narrow victory.

That was all before Kavanaugh was accused by three women of sexual assault in high school and college. During a nationally televised hearing on Sept. 27, Kavanaugh responded to the moving testimony of his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, by unleashing a terrifying, puffed-up tirade punctuated with partisan bitterness and loony conspiracy theories, including the idea that the allegations against him were "revenge on behalf of the Clintons." He repeatedly treated Democratic senators with open contempt, and, more importantly, lied over and over again about his past drinking habits, when he learned about his second accuser, and the meaning of entries in his high school yearbook. That performance, and the contempt it showed, all but ensured that Kavanaugh will be hauled before an investigative committee come January if Democrats retake one or both chambers of Congress. It was, in fact, such a disaster that the American Bar Association has now reopened its investigation into Kavanaugh's fitness to be a judge.

Kavanaugh's frothing revenge face was so problematic that it convinced retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) to call for an FBI investigation of the allegations against Kavanaugh. But it quickly became obvious that Flake didn't care about the underlying truth value of those allegations the FBI refused to interview relevant witnesses, including both the accuser and the accused (!), and ignored requests from countless potential witnesses to weigh in. The bureau seemed to be operating under White House-imposed constraints that the White House, in typical Trumpian fashion, denied publicly. McConnell scheduled votes on Kavanaugh while the FBI was still doing its halfhearted work, which Senate Democrats were given just an hour to review privately in shifts. Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) then had the audacity to call Kavanaugh's confirmation process "the most transparent in history."

Let's take a moment to appreciate the full scale of Flake's cowardice over the past two years. He has sucked up 100 times the media oxygen as his fellow moderate Lisa Murkowski, giving speeches on the Senate floor, penning a vanity book, and then not once lifting his finger to actually stop what President Trump and his allies are doing to this country. With his time in the Senate nearing an end, Flake hasn't cast a single significant vote against President Trump's agenda. Instead, he seems content to enjoy the reputation of a maverick without actually being one, a title that Murkowski alone can now genuinely claim among elected national Republicans.

The Alaska senator proved over the past few days that her beliefs were more than just grandstanding. Speaking to reporters after casting her vote against cloture on Friday, Murkowski also seemed concerned about the Court's legitimacy crisis, saying, "I also think that we're at a place where we need to be thinking again about the credibility and the integrity of our institutions." Seemingly alone among elected Republicans, Murkowski both understands and is willing to do something about the damage that McConnell and his allies are perpetrating against American democracy in their quest to conquer the federal court system.

The same cannot be said for Collins, the onetime darling of the resistance after her vote against the GOP's health-care law just last summer. It's hard to make sense of her delusional speech before the Senate on Friday, except as a plea to the 2020 Maine Republican primary electorate not to throw her overboard. Like so many elected Republicans, Collins is likely to find that her alliance with Trump won't be in her long-term self-interest, once the economy enters an inevitable recession or more indisputable evidence of the president's criminality emerges. But her speech was particularly odious given its transparently fake premise that somehow her vote to confirm Kavanaugh would help heal wounds, or as she put it in closing, "to lessen the divisions in the Supreme Court so that we have far fewer 5-4 decisions and so that public confidence in our judiciary and our highest court is restored." The reality, of course, will be quite the opposite, and she may very well be remembered by historians as the pro-choice Republican woman who cast the decisive vote gutting Roe v. Wade. She may also not be a senator for much longer. Furious critics raised over $500,000 to defeat her in 2020 just during the course of her speech, creating a resistance fund that now totals over $3 million.

And as has been clear since the beginning of this squalid episode of American history, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) ultimately voted with whatever the majority was going to be. Had Collins or Flake also been willing to cast a no vote, Manchin might have stood with his Democratic colleagues and brought down the Kavanaugh nomination. But unlike his fellow endangered red-state Democrats Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), and Joe Donnelly (Ind.), he either has no principles or was unwilling to stand on them. His vote is a healthy reminder to Democrats to add one to whatever number they think they need to pass meaningful laws the next time they hold the Senate.

And then there's Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), out there talking about how his party might someday restore supermajority requirements for Supreme Court nominees. He's like FDR waking up the day after Pearl Harbor and announcing that he's going to get to work restoring the 1922 Washington Naval Treaty. What planet is this guy living on that he thinks the shape of American politics is going to be more amenable to compromise in 2021 than it is today? How much longer can Democrats afford to have someone this clueless in charge of their Senate caucus?
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The poisonous bile of an infantile leftard having a meltdown is an astonishing thing and it clearly causes widespread neurological damage based upon the entirely delusional rant of poor Dave...

In the words of your hero, Dave, we won. Get over it.
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Posted 07 October 2018 - 08:56 AM

If these psycho losers try to make good on their threats, then it's time to remove them from the game.

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 09:17 AM

Meh... not going to swim the depths of another sick and twisted leftist mind. Cry me a river Dave.... and then GFY.
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Posted 07 October 2018 - 09:24 AM

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The combination of bad faith and procedural manipulation...


I guess the author is totally unaware of how Obamacare was passed. Procedural manipulation and bad faith indeed.
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Posted 07 October 2018 - 10:15 AM

The meltdown is an enjoyable act to observe!
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Posted 07 October 2018 - 10:30 PM

View PostSeverian, on 07 October 2018 - 09:24 AM, said:

I guess the author is totally unaware of how Obamacare was passed. Procedural manipulation and bad faith indeed.


Doublethink
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Posted 07 October 2018 - 11:08 PM

I doubt if one person on the planet has read read this all the way through.
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Posted 07 October 2018 - 11:13 PM

Denial is a long river in Africa.
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