LINKS
2018-10-10 / Editorial

Democrats sound ‘false’ alarm over Supreme Court seat

About politics and other things
By Elaine Kolodziej

Our rule of law and the Senate’s power of “advice and consent” for the president’s Supreme Court nominee was put to the test last month with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

When it appeared that there was nothing in the hearings to prevent Kavanaugh from being confirmed, the Democrats began what Trump called a “shameless campaign of political and personal destruction.”

The day before Kavanaugh was to be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein made public the accusations by Christine Blasey Ford of an incident that supposedly happened back when she and Kavanaugh were both in their teens.

From there the hearings quickly devolved into investigations of a high school yearbook instead of the U.S. Constitution and Kavanaugh’s 25 years of impeccable public service.

Finally, after a week’s delay, Kavanaugh was confirmed by the full Senate. The Dems sounded the alarm over a “profoundly heartbreaking day for women.”

“We will remember in November,” they promise Republicans!

Yes.

We will remember. We will remember the shrill, in-your-face nastiness from protestors who continue to smear his good name and harass his family. This, despite the fact that six FBI background investigations found no evidence against him. A seventh investigation did not find any evidence that would support Ford’s accusation. There was only the unproven and unverifiable accusation — which would have made it “guilt by accusation.” Clearly, the Constitution supports innocent until proven guilty.

The rallying cry of the left is to believe women at all costs, even if they want revenge against an innocent man. To that extent, it may be difficult to take some women seriously when they wear pink hats and shout obscenities at people dining out with their families.

This is a dangerous turn of events. These were not just accusations against (now Justice) Kavanaugh. It was a fight against the Trump agenda. They were ready to protest even before they knew who Brett Kavanaugh was.

The one good thing to come from this attempted political lynching of Kavanaugh is that it united the Republican Party like nothing else could have.

RINOs (Republicans In Name Only), the Never Trumpsters, and those career members of the Washington establishment have fought this administration at every turn. Call them the John McCain wing of the party. Although he is gone, there are still plenty who, like McCain, are willing to let the president fight alone.

However, things began to turn favorable toward the president during the hearing, when Sen. Lindsey Graham took the microphone and clearly enunciated what so many were thinking: The left was willing to destroy this man’s life in order to keep vacant the seat on the Supreme Court, hoping they would win in November, and could appoint their own justice.

Graham, who has not had a record of standing with the president, gave a new focus to the hearing. He took the momentum from Ford, whose testimony in the morning had been passionate and compelling. In the end, however, it was not believable.

Susan Collins, also not one of Trump’s staunch supporters, sealed the deal with her own thoughtful assessment. Clearly sympathetic to Ford’s testimony, in the end, she realized there was no evidence to support the accusations. Collins made the difference with her analysis of the unsubstantiated allegations as she weighed them against the evidence, which clearly supported Kavanaugh.

“That such an allegation can find its way into the Supreme Court confirmation process [shows] why the presumption of innocence is so ingrained in our American consciousness,” Collins said.

The deal was sealed for Kavanaugh’s 50-48 Senate vote for confirmation.

This also could seal the deal for Republicans in the midterm election, as we “Remember in November.”

Return to top

Click here for digital edition
2018-10-10 digital edition