Archive for the ‘Judicial Nominees’ Category

Anyone that thinks that Brett Kavanaugh’s family went through a living hell are right. It’s indisputable that the Kavanaugh family went through hell and then some. What’s frightening is that it’s likely that what they went through is nothing compared to what will happen if President Trump or President Pence picks someone like Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ginsberg, especially if that Republican has a Republican Senate.

What Republicans need to understand is that this isn’t a confirmation process. To Democrats, confirming a Supreme Court justice that would tip the balance of the Court to a pro-Constitution majority is political bloodsport. It isn’t hyperbole to say that this is an existential threat to the Democratic Party. The biggest victories in the Democrats’ history weren’t won in the political branches, aka the legislative and executive branches. They were won through the judicial branch.

A judicial branch that isn’t heavily tilted in the Democrats’ direction is a frightening thought to Democrat demagogues. A solid originalist majority on the Supreme Court is the Democrats’ worst nightmare.

The lengths that hardline progressives will go to undermine originalist justices is disturbing. This weekend, the NYTimes ran an article that attempted to take another shot at Justice Kavanaugh that was, putting it charitably, thinly sourced. The ensuing firestorm has been telling:

Democrats couldn’t stop Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation but that isn’t stopping them from attempting to take a second bite at the proverbial apple. A story that was peddled last year that the NYTimes and the Washington Post rejected at the time is being peddled this year as a new story. The thing about this new story is that it’s being pushed by a Clinton operative who’s refused to be interviewed and whose alleged victim can’t recall the incident. Nonetheless, everyone is hyping the article. That includes the NYTimes, CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post and various other propagandist websites and networks.

Ancient hatemongers like Nan Aron will be out in force when the next nominee is named. Youthful hatemongers like Pete Buttigieg will criticize Republicans by preaching the liberal theology of taking the Bible out of context. Fictional stories, otherwise known as filthy lies, will be published claiming that the nominee is a combination of being meaner than Hitler, more bloodthirsty than Stalin and more ruthless than Ebenezer Scrooge.

Don’t think that these Democrat activists won’t attempt to subtly intimidate the nominees’ families. Remember that, to these Democrats, this is an existential threat. They won’t stop at throwing the kitchen sink at this nominee. If you think that I’m overreacting, remember what Democrats did to state legislative candidates last fall:

A candidate for Minnesota House in District 15B, Shane Mekeland, said he suffered a concussion when he was attacked while campaigning Friday at a restaurant in St. George Township. Benton County Sheriff Troy Heck said his office is investigating the alleged assault.

In another case, Rep. Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth, says a man punched her in the arm after she confronted him about kicking some of her yard signs Sunday.

If people think that Democrats won’t come after the next Supreme Court nominee that a Republican makes, they haven’t learned from recent history. If Democrats won’t hesitate in attacking state legislators, why wouldn’t they attack a potential Supreme Court justice?

Republicans better prepare for the next confirmation battle. It won’t be pretty. It won’t be a test of wills. It’ll be a preview of Armageddon.

This weekend’s hit piece on Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the NYTimes is a new low for the former Paper of Record. The NYTimes isn’t anything except the Democrats’ version of Pravda. Still, it’s worth noting that a pattern is emerging from this article. It’s apparent that Democrats will do anything to stop the Republicans’ Supreme Court nominees unless they’re named Merrick Garland.

Smearing an innocent man and his family has become the Democrats’ new normal. Protecting Roe v. Wade has become an ends-justify-the-means fight in the Democrats’ minds. First, Democrats vilified Justice Kavanaugh with one smear after another, starting with Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford, then with Julie Swetnick (she’s the one that said Justice Kavanaugh was at a series of house parties where young women were gang-raped.) That’s why it isn’t surprising that they’d attempt to smear Justice Kavanaugh with allegations of sexual misconduct involving Deborah Ramirez and an unnamed co-ed at Yale.

It’s frightening to think that Democrats would sink so low that they’d ruin an entire family’s life just to protect their political agenda. Still, that’s what’s happening. I’m old enough to remember Ted Kennedy’s attack of Judge Robert Bork, where Sen. Kennedy said of Judge Bork “Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is — and is often the only — protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy.”

At the time of Kennedy’s full frontal assault on Judge Bork, this was unheard of. Kennedy’s vicious, unsubstantiated attack would be considered mild by today’s standards. That isn’t the frightening part. Today’s attacks on Justice Kavanaugh will be considered temperate compared to what Democrats will do if there’s a healthy-sized GOP majority in the Senate and President Trump gets to nominate the person who replaces Justice Ginsburg.

Democrats will launch the longest-lasting, nastiest smear campaigns in the history of this nation. They’ll accuse that nominee of being the worst human since the Romans paid Judas Iscariot thirty pieces of silver to betray Jesus.

I take issue with the speech that Sen. McConnell gave on the Senate floor Monday. First, here’s the video of Sen. McConnell’s speech:

It isn’t that I disagree with what Sen. McConnell said. Sen. McConnell’s information is more accurate than the NYTimes’ article that started this high-voltage firestorm. To repeat a phrase coined by the late, great Charles Krauthammer, “Sen. McConnell, you aren’t cynical enough.” The Democrats’ intentions are apparent and two-fold. First, Democrats intend to destroy the families of Republican Supreme Court nominees. If they have to make things up, that’s what they’ll do without hesitation. If they need to start a smear campaign based totally on unsubstantiated allegations from 25 years in the past, that’s what Democrats will do without hesitation.

Republicans need to understand that, to Democrats, the fight for the Supreme Court is an existential threat. Without the Supreme Court, Democrats lose too many fights for the Democrats’ liking. Democrats are hyperventilating at the thought of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals not being heavily tilted in their direction. The thought of the Ninth being balanced equally between Republican and Democrat appointees frightens Democrats greatly. This should frighten the American people:

“Six of the Democrat presidential candidates, plus one who has now quit to run for the Senate, have publicly flirted with packing the Supreme Court. Court-packing. Today’s bold new Democrat idea is a failed power grab from the 1930s. Just a few weeks ago, some Senate Democrats nakedly threatened the Supreme Court justices in writing. Our colleagues sent the Court an outlandish brief, gravely intoning that ‘the Supreme Court is not well.’ Here was the punchline: Either issue rulings we like or we’ll pack the court. This is not normal political behavior. These are the actions of a political party whose agenda is so alien to the Constitution that they feel threatened by fair and faithful judges.

The best way to win these confirmation fights is to re-elect President Trump and strengthen Mitch McConnell’s Senate majority.

That’s the best way to thwart the Democrats’ attempt to impose a new normal on the courts.

If people needed additional proof that today’s Democrats are hate-filled and fact-deprived, they need only check out E.J. Dionne’s latest fact-deprived column. Included in Dionne’s scribbling is this BS, which says “The costs of this approach were underscored this weekend by a New York Times report that offers new corroboration for charges by Deborah Ramirez that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when both were undergraduates at Yale. In denying the charge, Kavanaugh told the Senate that had it been true, the incident would have been ‘the talk of the campus.’ Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly — drawing on their new book, ‘The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation’, write tellingly: ‘Our reporting suggests that it was.'”

I’d love hearing Dionne’s explanation for this column after this information came to light:

In a major revision late Sunday, a Times editor’s note added a significant detail — that several friends of the alleged victim said she did not recall the purported sexual assault in question at all. The Times also stated for the first time that the alleged victim had refused to be interviewed and has made no comment about the episode.

“Significant detail”, my arse. That’s a bombshell that just dropped in the middle of the NYTimes’ building. That begs the question of where these ‘authors’ got this information from. Did they make it up? Did a third party spoon-feed them this allegation? Wherever it came from, it certainly isn’t truth-based.

Check this out:

Here is the institutionally devastating part of their story: Ramirez’s legal team gave the FBI a list of “at least 25 individuals who may have had corroborating evidence” of her story. The bureau, the authors report, “interviewed none of them.” Nor did the FBI look into Stier’s account.

It’s worth noting that “Stier” is a Clinton lawyer:

The Times did not mention Stier’s work as a Clinton defense attorney, or Stier’s legal battles with Kavanaugh during the Whitewater investigation, and simply called him a “respected thought leader.”

Keep that in mind when reading this from E.J. Dionne’s column:

Stier is president of the thoroughly bipartisan and widely respected Partnership for Public Service. From my experience, he is the last person who would want to get into the middle of an ideological fight — unless his conscience required him to.

Let’s speculate a little. It’s possible that Mr. Dionne’s perspective on Stier is shaded by what I’d call Washingtonitis, sometimes known as DCitis. Remember how often the DC media told us that Robert Mueller was a straight shooter and how Jim Comey was a “boy scout”? How many people still think that?

Like the NYTimes, I’m betting that E.J. Dionne is wiping egg off his face. This is pretty much the only thing in Dionne’s article that I agree with:

But it was such a sharply constrained investigation that neither Kavanaugh nor Ford was questioned, and the other allegations against Kavanaugh were ignored. “The process was a sham,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), a member of the Judiciary Committee who is seeking her party’s presidential nomination, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” She was not being hyperbolic. In the wake of the new revelations, three other Democratic contenders quickly called for Kavanaugh’s impeachment.

There’s no question that the process was a sham. At the last minute, Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats brought forth one unsubstantiated allegation after another. What’s most disgusting is that they’re still bringing forth unsubstantiated hate-filled allegations after Justice Kavanaugh has been confirmed.

Initially, Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats wanted to disqualify then-Judge Kavanaugh the ‘normal way’. When it became apparent that wouldn’t work, Democrats chose the unsubstantiated allegations path. This is a slimy path only used by hate-filled ideologues. Thank God for Lindsey Graham’s speech:

Lindsey Graham laid out the crap that Justice Kavanaugh and his family went through. That’s the real sham. Democrats should be obliterated for their vicious conduct. May E.J. Dionne and Senate Judiciary Democrats rot in hell together.

This weekend, the NYTimes ‘reported’ that “a freshman named Brett Kavanaugh pulled down his pants and thrust his penis at [Deborah Ramirez], prompting her to swat it away and inadvertently touch it.” Here’s how the NYTimes article opens:

Deborah Ramirez had the grades to go to Yale in 1983. But she wasn’t prepared for what she’d find there. A top student in southwestern Connecticut, she studied hard but socialized little. She was raised Catholic and had a sheltered upbringing. In the summers, she worked at Carvel dishing ice cream, commuting in the $500 car she’d bought with babysitting earnings.

At Yale, she encountered students from more worldly backgrounds. Many were affluent and had attended elite private high schools. They also had experience with drinking and sexual behavior that Ms. Ramirez, who had not intended to be intimate with a man until her wedding night, lacked.

During the winter of her freshman year, a drunken dormitory party unsettled her deeply. She and some classmates had been drinking heavily when, she says, a freshman named Brett Kavanaugh pulled down his pants and thrust his penis at her, prompting her to swat it away and inadvertently touch it. Some of the onlookers, who had been passing around a fake penis earlier in the evening, laughed.

After that article ran this weekend, virtually all of the Democrats’ presidential candidates called for Justice Kavanaugh’s impeachment. Sen. Hirono, one of the Democrats who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, insisted that the Senate Judiciary Committee start an impeachment investigation into the matter. This was a big story this weekend.

This morning, “The New York Times suddenly made a major revision to a supposed bombshell piece late Sunday concerning a resurfaced allegation of sexual assault by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh — hours after virtually all 2020 Democratic presidential candidates had cited the original article as a reason to impeach Kavanaugh.” According to this article, “The update included the significant detail that several friends of the alleged victim said she did not recall the supposed sexual assault in question at all. The Times also stated for the first time that the alleged victim refused to be interviewed, and has made no comment about the episode.”

Suffice it to say that the NYTimes and the Democrat presidential candidates have egg on their face this morning. Ditto with Sen. Hirono. They were so willing to pounce on this story because they saw it as the perfect opportunity to take down Justice Kavanaugh and President Trump with a single story. Now the NYTimes is apologizing:


It said “Also, a tweet that went out from the @NYTOpinion account yesterday was clearly inappropriate and offensive. We apologize for it and are reviewing the decision-making with those involved.”

Here’s Elizabeth Warren’s tweet:


The nomination wasn’t rammed through by any stretch of the imagination. What happened was that Democrats brought forth tons of unsubstantiated allegations once they knew Justice Kavanaugh would be confirmed. These allegations weren’t substantiated. Democrats panicked because they were certain that Kavanaugh would be part of the 5-4 ‘Republican majority’ that would overturn Roe v. Wade.

Amy Klobuchar stopped short of calling for impeachment, and instead posted a picture of Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford with the words, “Let us never forget what courage looks like.”

Let’s never forget what dishonesty looks like:

Last night, I watched President Trump’s re-election kickoff speech. Saying it was President Trump’s finest speech is understatement in my estimation. He connected with the forever-adoring audience. He tied his accomplishments together to tell a compelling story for why he needs to be re-elected. He took shots at congressional Democrats and Democrat presidential candidates.

From a technical standpoint, the speech felt like it was half SOTU Address, half campaign speech. From the standpoint of rallying the faithful, it couldn’t have gone better.

One of the best applause lines came when President Trump talked about how Democrats attempted to demolish Justice Kavanaugh:

“[Democrats] tried to ruin the family of now-Justice Kavanaugh,” Trump says. “They tried to ruin his career. They tried to ruin his life … all in the pursuit of political domination and control.”

I’ll just add that Democrats tried destroying Justice Kavanaugh’s daughters, too. Remember this?

I do. It brought me to tears. I wish Democrats had the grace that Justice Kavanaugh’s daughter has. Unfortunately, Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats don’t have that much grace. But I digress. Later in the speech, President Trump said this:

“Since the very first day I walked through the doors of the White House, I have never forgotten who sent me there,” Trump says. “You did.”

President Trump also added that the people of this nation are the only special interest group he cares about. It’s especially believable in light of the fact that he isn’t listening to the lobbyists as they try changing his mind on the major issues of the day.

For instance, President Trump has ignored the Chamber of Commerce while negotiating trade deals with China, South Korea, Canada and Mexico. He certainly hasn’t catered to the pro-EU lobby. The proof is in his support for Brexit.

This was President Trump’s best zinger of the Democrats:

“Since my inauguration, we’ve added 16,000 manufacturing jobs a month,” Trump says. “… Remember the statement from the previous administration? You’d need a magic wand to bring back manufacturing. Well, tell Sleepy Joe that we found the magic wand.

That’s definitely a zinger. Obama-Biden deserve it, too, for putting the country through 7+ years of economic torture. The best substantive flourish came on immigration:

The Democrat agenda of open borders is morally reprehensible. It’s the greatest betrayal of the American middle class and, frankly, American life. Our immigration laws are a disgrace and the Democrats can get together with the Republicans and solve the problem quickly.

Democrats will howl over being called pro-open borders but it’s a fact. That’s who they are. If they cared about fixing immigration, they could sign onto Sen. Lindsey Graham’s bill tomorrow and have it signed into law before the 4th of July recess.

This was another great line:

“Republicans believe welfare, schools, hospitals and public resources should be protected for all Americans … We believe our country should be a sanctuary for law-abiding citizens, not for criminal aliens.”

The opening part of the speech was more thematic, I thought, while the last half of the speech delivered one clump of red meat for the partisans after another. All of the speech was well-delivered. The crowd ate it all up.

While #ImpeachTrump rallies held nationwide drew ‘crowds’ by the dozens, President Trump’s re-election kickoff rally attracted 150,000 RSVPs. The story that the MSM isn’t telling you is that the RNC/Trump GOTV operation is built to the max and the activists are chomping at the bit to throw Democrats out of office in 2020. If tonight is an indicator of who’s most fired up, Democrats better start worrying. Check this out:

Let’s be clear about something. The question as to whether Sen. Schumer or Sen. McConnell will be the majority leader is over. Sen. McConnell will be the Senate Majority Leader this January. The only question is how big his majority will be. At this point, I’m betting that he’ll have at least 54 Republicans in his majority.

Each day, I check the RealClearPolitics scorecard in the upper right hand corner of the page. A month ago, Josh Hawley, (R-MO), was the only Republican leading Claire McCaskill, his Democrat opponent. Last week, Republicans leading their Democrat opponents numbered 6: Ted Cruz leading Comrade O’Rourke in Texas, Martha McSally leading Kirsten Sinema in Arizona, Dean Heller leading Jackie Rosen in Nevada, Marsha Blackburn leading Phil Bredesen in Tennessee and Kevin Cramer leading Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota. Yesterday, Bill Nelson, (D-FL), led Rick Scott. Then he made the asinine mistake of accusing Gov. Scott of using Hurricane Michael for his political advantage. Today, that race is tied. I expect Gov. Scott to win that race. People don’t vote for whiners.

The Beto O’Rourke myth is essentially over, thanks in large part to their last debate:

Sen. Cruz stung O’Rourke when he said that O’Rourke wouldn’t have voted for either Neil Gorsuch or Brett Kavanaugh, then saying that he “led the fight” to confirm those judges to the Supreme Court.

Don’t be surprised if the Senate map gets better for Republicans in the final days. (Think Montana and Minnesota.)

According to this article, he DFL’s fever swamp extends well into the schools. According to the article, “A Rosemount school district employee has resigned over a social media post in which she appeared to suggest that someone should kill new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.”

The article continues, saying “Zuzek said the district began receiving complaints about the tweet on Sunday. It read: ‘So whose [sic] gonna take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh?’ By Monday, a spokesman for the FBI office in Minneapolis said the agency was aware of the posting, and the school district was conducting its own review.”

Rosemount isn’t the only place where the Left’s fever swamp exists. Predictably, it exists in Hollywood, too:

Summarizing, a Minnesota leftie wants Justice Kavanaugh murdered. A Hollywood leftie is thrilled that they ruined Justice Kavanaugh’s life. Democrats don’t regret these things. They just regret that they didn’t prevent Judge Kavanaugh from becoming Justice Kavanaugh.

Democrats didn’t just want to prevent Brett M. Kavanaugh from becoming Justice Kavanaugh. Democrats didn’t hesitate in throwing out principles like the presumption of innocence. It isn’t just that Democrats will do anything to achieve their goals. It’s that Democrats didn’t care what they had to do to demolish a good man.

Bryan Dean Wright’s op-ed highlights the pickle Democrats find themselves in after their failed attempt to stop Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Particularly scathing is when Wright says “Progressives have no one to blame but themselves, of course. For the past two months, the Democratic machinery has launched blistering attacks on Kavanaugh that have utterly backfired. The media led the way with astonishing speed and inaccuracy, with USA Today going so far as to suggest Kavanaugh was a pedophile. Meanwhile, activist groups organized pop-up protests in elevators and hallways, with cult-like followers chanting back to their leaders how they’d target their next victim. And, of course, hundreds of Democratic officials in the Senate and House pumped out talking points that defied both logic and decency.”

This wasn’t just a defeat for Democrats. It was a defeat of epic proportions. This is what they were reduced to:

Stuff like teenage farting, ice cubes, and devilish drinking games.

When Sen. Whitehouse questioned then-Judge Kavanaugh about these things, he looked downright foolish:

That’s the quality of the questioning from the Democrats? No wonder people think they’re idiots. It isn’t surprising that, after that stupidity, the Democrats’ chances are collapsing.

This is what ultimately sunk the Democrats:

When America finally heard testimony regarding Professor Ford’s serious allegations, the outcome was clear. Not one of the people she identified as attendees of the infamous 1982 party could corroborate that a sexual assault occurred or a party ever happened.

Sen. Hirono might think that men are presumed guilty until proven innocent but the rest of America disagrees. Fighting that fight is an uphill fight all the way.

Tonight, President Trump apologized to Justice Kavanaugh and his family for the grief that Senate Democrats put them through. Saying that it was unusual is understatement. Then again, it isn’t everyday that a political party tries destroying a public figure without corroboration. That’s what the Democrats tried doing.

Trump began by saying “On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure. Those who step forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation, not a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception. What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency, and due process. In our country, a man or a woman must always be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”

Sunday, Sen. Mazie Hirono disagreed:

Sen. Hirono said that Dr. Ford should be believed because Dr. Ford said she was 100% certain it was Judge Kavanaugh. That belief plus a dollar is worth a dollar. Belief without corroboration is worthless. So is Dr. Ford’s word.

The lesson isn’t that guys don’t trust women. It’s that guys don’t trust women whose stories don’t add up. Why should I trust a woman whose testimony has as many holes in it as Swiss cheese?

I don’t doubt that President Trump’s apology made liberal heads explode. That’s what they get for playing the win-at-all-costs game. They haven’t learned that if they’re gonna take a shot at the king, they’d better take him down with the first shot.

Here’s the video of the ceremony:

Personally, it was especially moving when President Trump addressed Justice Kavanaugh’s daughters. That was particularly special.

Last week, Democrats insisted that then-Judge Kavanaugh’s emotional defense of his family and his professional reputation proved that he didn’t have the right temperament to be a Supreme Court justice. This past weekend, Jerrold Nadler told the NYTimes that the Senate Judiciary Committee and the FBI didn’t perform a proper investigation of Justice Kavanaugh so the House Judiciary Committee would perform one if Democrats retake the majority in the House.

Now Juan Williams insists in his latest column that Republicans can’t govern, asking “Can anyone unite the bitter, dysfunctional GOP House conference, which remains at the heart of the federal government dysfunction and has the lowest public approval rating of any branch of government?”

For a reporter, Williams certainly hasn’t noticed that the government got funded on time, they passed a bill to deal with the opioid crisis and that the economy is humming along thanks to the bills that they’ve passed. Other than that, they haven’t gotten anything done.

This is proof that the Democrats’ excuses keep getting more ridiculous each day. What a sad bunch. Here’s Juan Williams telling the FBI how to do its job:

Perhaps, he should work harder at his craft and trust the FBI more.