This whole sordid affair with Christine Blasey Ford has been a lesson in power politics. First, Feinstein sat on it until the last possible minute, in the hopes that it would torpedo the nomination. Then, the GOP (brilliantly IMO) reacted by saying let’s hear what she has to say.
That threw the Dems (and I include the media here, because they’re monolithic, for the most part) for a loop. They were obviously unprepared for that reaction. So, since the goal was to torpedo, they dropped back to delay. The FBI must investigate (which would take months.)
But Grassley was having none of it. The charges are public. The hearing should be public. Suddenly, the “offense” was playing defense. Meanwhile a bunch of women (65) came out in support of Kavanaugh saying he was a perfect gentlemen, even when dating them.
That one move, more than any other, really threw a monkey wrench in the works. Then Mark Judge and Patrick Smyth both came out and said they had no recollection of such an incident AND the Kavanaugh they knew would never do something like that. That blew a huge hold in the story.
Then Blasey Ford’s friend posted on Facebook “it happened and I know it did”, then retracted the story and finally admitted she had no knowledge. That put Ford’s story on much shakier ground. Not only were the eyewitnesses denying it but her supporters were making up stuff.
Meanwhile, Blasey Ford’s lawyer tried to strong arm Grassley (a really bad idea). First, she said the FBI MUST investigate before she will testify. Then she backed off to she will testify but not before Thursday. (This was a cynical ploy to push the vote back a week.)
Grassley stood firm. It’s Monday or nothing. So, then Katz said, Ok, Ok, she’ll testify, but it can’t be Monday. It has to be later in the week. Grassley again stood firm. We are not dragging this thing out. Finally, almost whining, she claimed Ford couldn’t make it by Monday.
She can’t fly, so she has to drive all the way across the country. Grassley was unmoved. It’s Monday or nothing. Make up your mind. And just to make his point a little firmer, when the deadline for response passed, he scheduled the vote - for Monday.
Remember, originally the vote was scheduled for Thursday. So Grassley still has that for a fallback, should Ford suddenly collapse and say, I’ll be there Monday. My voice must be heard.
Compare this to the treatment of Judge Roy Moore. When one accuser wasn’t enough, they kept piling on more and more witnesses until he collapsed under the pressure. Why have there been no other accusers of Kavanaugh? Because they’ve observed how Ford was handled.
They know better than to make something up now. The GOP is no longer jello. And they are determined to get Kavanaugh appointed to the bench. They could never find a better candidate than Kavanaugh. A stellar legal mind in the body of a pure gentleman.
Perhaps even a throwback to a previous era when men still opened doors for women, and said, Yes sir and No ma’am. IOW, Trump picked the perfect candidate to withstand all the mud the dems could, and would, throw.
It is my devout wish that Kavanaugh would sue Ford for defamation, but Kavanaugh is too much the gentleman to do that, even though it’s more than well-deserved.
The drama hasn’t played out completely yet. There’s still a crack through which Ford could insinuate herself. But all that will do is delay the inevitable. Kavanaugh is going to be confirmed. Grassley and McConnell have seen to that.
And the wrath of the American people will ensure that a handful of Democrats will vote aye as well. Because politicians are now, finally, fearing the voters. Every on-the-fence Democrat and GOP should be getting a deluge of patriot phone calls.
It should be made very clear that a vote against Kavanaugh will result in electoral devastation. Nothing but a yes answer will do. Our politicians have done their job. Now it’s our turn. Turn up the heat. Melt Washington’s phone lines. #ConfirmBrettKavanaugh
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