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KATZ: Kavanaugh Delay Is The Democrat's Desire
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The confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been delayed one week after allegations were made by Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford of sexual impropriety when she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17. This delay is exactly what hyper-partisan Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have wanted from the beginning. So why would America think they'll stop now?
The allegation is a serious one; Ford contends that at a house party Kavanaugh and a friend (identified as Mark Judge,) were in a bedroom with Ford. Kavanaugh allegedly pinned Ford to the bed and tried to take off her clothes. When she went to yell, she alleges, Kavanaugh tried to cover her mouth with his hand while Judge turned up the music in the room. Judge then jumped on the two of them, which caused them all to fall off the bed. She then was able to leave.
It is a stunning allegation, which she made mention of to a couples therapist in 2012, though she did not use Kavanaugh's name. She also admits to not remembering when it happened, just knowing it was the summer of 1982. She does not remember whose house it was, nor how she got there. She noted in the Washington Post that no other girls were there. However, her lawyer, Debra Katz (no relation,) said another girl was there.
The problems with her story are also serious. Perhaps more serious is the gamesmanship of Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA) knew about the allegations; she had been holding on to a letter from Ford for over three months. Why did she not ask about it from the beginning? In the era of #MeToo, this would seem a very important and topical conversation. Why did she not ask about it during the hearing, or in her private meeting with Kavanaugh?
But Feinstein has placed her egregious failings aside; she is now claiming that Republicans are not doing enough to find out what happened, including demanding an FBI investigation.
BREAKING: @JudiciaryDems are urging Chairman Grassley to postpone Thursday’s vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, allow the FBI to investigate Dr. Ford’s allegations and follow up on Kavanaugh’s false and misleading committee testimony. https://t.co/ffx33zTe0k— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) September 17, 2018
(Again, she had the letter FOR THREE MONTHS AND DID NOTHING WITH IT!!) She's also asking that the hearing be postponed. Because, as the song goes, "That's what it's all about!"
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) have all called for a delay to the vote. Then again, they did from the beginning. Harris began the hearings by not even waiting for Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to finish welcoming Judge Kavanaugh, interrupting Grassley from his first words to ask for a delay in the hearings. When it was clear that Grassley was going to continue, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) joined in to back up Harris. Sen. Richard Bluenthal (D-CT) asked that the hearings be adjourned.
Now, they all want delay. Even so-called moderates like Indiana Democrat Sen. Joe Donnelly:
The allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh are serious and merit further review. Given the nature of these allegations, and the number of outstanding questions, I believe the Judiciary Committee should hold off on Thursday’s scheduled vote. - Joe— Senator Joe Donnelly (@SenDonnelly) September 17, 2018
The allegations are serious, but that is not why Sen. Donnelly and his comrades want a delay. They wanted the delay not just from day one of the confirmation hearings, but day one of the Trump presidency.
It is obvious to America that Democrats do not accept President Trump as legitimate, and they are focused (hell bent!) on using any and every tool to disparage and discredit him, and his administration. (Don't take my word for it. Ask Maxine Waters!)
Democrats could have asked about this allegation from the start. Instead, they created a three-ring circus filled with clowns and protesters and Linda Sarsour to try and delay the proceedings. Then, when it was clear to all that Judge Kavanaugh was qualified to be a Supreme Court justice, the allegations from Dr. Ford were "leaked." And, once leaked, they could be used as a weapon not against Brett Kavanaugh, but President Donald Trump.
Judge Kavanaugh denies any such attack, and he even denies being at the party. Both Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford have been asked to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to tell their stories. America should be interested in the truth, and in hearing from both of them. But regardless of their words, the response from the Democrats will be the same as it ever was: Delay. Delay. Delay.
Or, as the kids say, #resist #resist #resist