Profile picture
Peter Daou @peterdaou
, 10 tweets, 4 min read Read on Twitter

I'm seeing a lot of blame going around so I want to provide some clarity on what I believe Dems did wrong. First and foremost, they failed to realize that the GOP would use their majority to seat Kavanaugh AT ALL COSTS.

Understanding that the GOP would not settle for anything less than Justice Kavanaugh, Democrats should have walked out of what they called a "charade" and a "sham." When you call something a sham and then participate in it, you're legitimizing it.

Democrats had ample reason to refuse to participate: Kavanaugh was nominated by a president who may have committed federal crimes. His records were being withheld. And so on. Simply applying the #MerrickGarland standard, Kavanaugh didn't merit a hearing.

For anyone whose response is "well if Dems walked out, Republicans would have immediately confirmed him," HE WAS ALWAYS GOING TO BE CONFIRMED. The real strategic question was not how to change GOP minds, but how to delegitimize Kavanaugh altogether.

Now let's talk about the sexual assault allegations. Feinstein knew about them BEFORE the hearings began. Without violating #DrFord's confidentiality, Democrats could have simply said, "We are aware of allegations that disqualify Kavanaugh." Period.

If the GOP called foul, Dems could have stuck to the #MerrickGarland standard, refusing to participate in hearings until the investigation of Trump was concluded. They could have called for a confidential FBI investigation of Ford's accusation in July.

Democrats should never have played along with the sham hearings, but once they did, they made a crucial strategic error focusing on calling for an FBI investigation of sexual assault accusations. #JeffFlake saw the easy opening and walked right through it.

Instead, Dems should have zeroed in on #Kavanaugh's lies under oath, which even Trump and Republicans conceded were deal-breakers. The Dem line should have been: "We believe the women, but even if you don't, his lies disqualify him." FOCUS ON THE LYING.

Dems had it within their power to focus attention on Kavanaugh's lies and to lay down the gauntlet: Will the GOP confirm a perjurer to the highest court? That would have done more of a service to survivors by sparing them the GOP's hideous attacks.

Again, Republicans planned to seat #Kavanaugh NO MATTER WHAT. Democrats would have been wiser to walk out, call for a lawful and peaceful #generalstrike and avoid the monstrosity we witnessed the past two weeks.
Missing some Tweet in this thread?
You can try to force a refresh.

Like this thread? Get email updates or save it to PDF!

Subscribe to Peter Daou
Profile picture

Get real-time email alerts when new unrolls are available from this author!

This content may be removed anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just three indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member and get exclusive features!

Premium member ($30.00/year)

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!