Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos tackle the latest accusations of Christine Blasey Ford against Brett Kavanaugh, leaving Republicans with the unpleasant choice of ditching a Supreme Court nominee over an eleventh hour allegation missing many specifics or confirming a nominee who many Americans now believe to be a sex offender just one month before the midterms.  They also get a kick out Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez flailing and failing to explain how she would pay for $40 trillion in new government programs over ten years.  And they sigh as evidence mounts that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un hasn’t stopped his nuclear or missile programs but just isn’t boasting about it anymore.

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  1. Arahant Member
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    Even the “Good” martini was pessimistic. Youse guyz need some happy pills.

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  2. Taras Coolidge
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     What worries me is that we may sacrifice improved relations with North Korea — including a nuclear slowdown — in favor of the mirage of denuclearization. 

      Given what happened to Ukraine, any small country with powerful neighbors would be crazy to give up its nukes.  Getting North Korea to throw away its atomic weapons is simply not a realistic goal.  Thus, it’s unfair to mark down Donald Trump for not achieving something that was impossible anyway. 

      An achievable goal, on the other hand, is to convince North Korea that it doesn’t need to build ICBMs to reach the United States, that the regional delivery capabilities it has now are all needs to deter attack. 

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  3. Taras Coolidge
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     I think of the Kavanaugh accusation as “son of Roy Moore“.  

    At the time, I had warned that the Democratic-media complex had come up with a formula for defeating any Republican.   And why we shouldn’t have allowed it to work that time. 

    1. If you have a damaging story, sit on it during the nomination process.  

    2. If possible, promote the nomination of the particular candidate that you have dirt on, as the media promoted Donald Trump.

     3. When it’s too late for the Republicans to change nominees, whip out the accusation at the most damaging time.

     The irony here is, the fact that the formula worked before — to reduce the Republican margin in the Senate — will help it work again to derail Judge Kavanaugh. 

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  4. Yankee Coolidge
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    35 years ago  — can’t remember when or where.  First comes out in 2012 when she is in therapy with her husband.  Let us get real — how are males to survive when any female,  at anytime based on recollections that are decades old can ruin ones life with one accusation.   This is a Democrat character assassination job of the first magnitude.  This is not about just Kavanaugh (and his wife and daughters).  This is about what is the basis to evaluate any sexual claim against any male (are they always true).  Hey Jim and Greg –  25 years ago when you playing spin the bottle are you sure no one will make an accusation against one of you.

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  5. Henry Racette Contributor
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    If I heard you right, you took exception with young Miss Ocasio-Cortez’s use of the word “externalities.” Not only is it a word, but it’s an economics term and — wonder of wonders — Miss Ocasio-Cortez used it correctly. Nothing she said made sense, but she got that part of the patter right.

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  6. Arahant Member
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    Yankee (View Comment):
    Hey Jim and Greg – 25 years ago when you playing spin the bottle are you sure no one will make an accusation against one of you.

    Amen!

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  7. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    There are many fine judges around who dont have this kind of accusation against them…

    I totally agree! At least until they get nominated.

    @taras :

    I think of the Kavanaugh accusation as “son of Roy Moore“.

    I disagree, Roy Moore had many accusers and more evidence against him. Kavanaugh has an incomplete accusation – there is no way to collaborate the accusation, no dates, no address, no witness. How could such an allegation be refuted? This is the son of Mitt Romney. Scurrilous unsubstantiated accusations meant to be damaging in the accusation – not in the investigation or litigation of the accusation(s).

     

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  8. Taras Coolidge
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    @Taras

    @occupantcdn — My point is, if Republicans had not permitted the last-minute accusations against Moore to derail his candidacy — “elect, investigate, replace” was my preferred course — it’s likely Democrats wouldn’t have bothered to try it again this time.  And the next time, and the next …

    And if the Republicans had had one more vote in the Senate, so they could afford to lose both of the “weak sisters“, would they have nominated that more conservative, woman judge instead?

    Incidentally, as I recall, the “many accusations“ against Roy Moore were that he liked to date teenage girls.  (He grew up in a culture in which 14-year-old girls routinely got married.)  There were only one or two “serious” accusations, I think.   But this has already faded in my memory:  once the accusations had done their job, the media no longer talked about them.

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  9. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    Taras (View Comment):

    @occupantcdn — My point is, if Republicans had not permitted the last-minute accusations against Moore to derail his candidacy — “elect, investigate, replace” was my preferred course — it’s likely Democrats wouldn’t have bothered to try it again this time. And the next time, and the next …

    And if the Republicans had had one more vote in the Senate, so they could afford to lose both of the “weak sisters“, would they have nominated that more conservative, woman judge instead?

    Incidentally, as I recall, the “many accusations“ against Roy Moore were that he liked to date teenage girls. (He grew up in a culture in which 14-year-old girls routinely got married.) There were only one or two “serious” accusations, I think. But this has already faded in my memory: once the accusations had done their job, the media no longer talked about them.

    Fair enough, I dont know how they could have saved Roy Moore. Other than to have had Luther Strange from the get-go, the entire episode could reasonably be blamed on Bannon, who didnt properly vet the candidate before he threw his decisive support to him.

     

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