Tag: Brett Kavanaugh

Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the Senate for confirming Brett Kavanaugh and, more importantly, for standing up for defending some of the most fundamental principles of the American system of government. They also sigh as former Attorney General Eric Holder says the legitimacy of the Supreme Court is now in question and only upcoming rulings can answer the question, and Justice Elena Kagan questions whether the high court is legitimate now that there’s no obvious swing justice like Anthony Kennedy or Sandra Day O’Connor. Alexandra sounds off on a New York Times op-ed calling white women gender traitors who benefit from keeping the patriarchy in place. And they roll their eyes as Columbus, Ohio, stops observing Columbus Day.

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Tonight, Taylor Swift, who, up until this point in life had shrewdly stayed clear of politics knowing that it would alienate half her fan base, decided to forgo her Swiss-like neutrality and throw her support behind Senate Candidate Phil Bredesen (D) because he stated two days ago that if – and the if is the […]

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The Left Is Now an Honor/Shame Culture

 

Anecdotal evidence, especially from Twitter, suggests that the American Right and Left reacted to the Ford/Kavanaugh Senate hearings in the following three ways:

  1. Both tribes generally thought that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was believable and sympathetic. Most seemed to feel bad for her, even wishing that she didn’t have to expose herself in this way.
  2. The right essentially had the same response to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony. It made sense that he would be angry, but even more so, if he was innocent he should have been angry.
  3. The left universally seems to have found Kavanaugh’s testimony to not only be unsympathetic but on some level an indictment of him personally.

Basically Dr. Ford was met with near-universal empathy but Kavanaugh was a like a thermometer for partisanship. This outcome wasn’t terribly surprising to most conservatives. But does it have an explanation beyond tribal loyalties?

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Recently I wrote an article for Hollywood in Toto that used a personal anecdote to demonstrate how unreliable memory can be. There I describe in awful detail a false memory I had created from David Fincher’s” Se7en.”  “Fincher did such a good job conveying the disturbing nature of the murders without showing much. This was […]

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Senator Collins: Lioness of the Senate

 

Senator Susan Collins stood forth on the Senate floor; today she was our Deborah. Senator Lamar Alexander, following her, praised her speech as one for the ages, linked to Senator Margaret Smith. Majority Leader McConnell then said he had been a young staffer when Senator Margaret Smith was the first to denounce McCarthyism. Senator Collins’s speech is important, not only for guaranteeing Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation, but also for marking off the bounds of decency — as her state’s first female Senator did over a generation ago.

Two weeks ago, I wrote “Senator Collins has been a true stateswoman in the Kavanaugh hearings.” A week ago, I observed:

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America breathe a sigh of relief as the U.S. Senate narrowly advances the Kavanaugh nomination to a final vote. They also sigh as Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski changes her mind on Kavanaugh on the way to the vote and opposes the nomination. And they shake their heads as Sen. Ben Sasse blames both parties for the chaos surrounding this nomination. Also, don’t miss Jim’s solution for Montana Sen. Steve Daines, who wants to vote for Kavanaugh but also wants to walk his daughter down the aisle tomorrow.

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Please do everyone the favor of letting Joe Donnelly know he’s out of a job if he votes no on confirming Brett Kavanaugh. Here is his homepage’s email link: https://www.donnelly.senate.gov/contact/email-joe And here is his phone number: 202-224-4814.  Preview Open

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America savor four pieces of good news Thursday. First, they are encouraged by a new poll showing the the Kavanaugh fight has Republican voters fired up, erasing a big enthusiasm edge for Democrats just a month before the midterm elections. They also welcome statements from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and other senators that there is nothing in the new FBI report to corroborate the eleventh hour accusations against Judge Kavanaugh and they also get a kick out of Democrats suddenly denouncing the FBI because of it. They applaud Sen. Chris Coons for explaining that Democrats have nothing new on Kavanaugh despite suggesting otherwise on Wednesday. And they applaud the Capitol Police for arresting the person apparently responsible for publicizing the personal information of three Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Certain of our friends on the Left (not just Senator Flake) are disturbed by Judge Kavanaugh’s visible anger at being called a gang-raping alcoholic. I wonder if they’ve talked to their colleagues of the College Radical Left, from whom they might learn that hearing unpleasant words is just like being physically attacked. https://www.dailywire.com/news/21128/watch-berkeley-students-chant-speech-violence-frank-camp Preview Open

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Yes, many seem to think that Brett Kanvanaugh is not eligible to serve on Supreme Court because he gets testy when you accuse him of gang rape and the screen grabs of his face are repugnant. But for the “serious” opposition, there are two reasons he isn’t qualified. He doesn’t respect women, and has treated […]

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The Unbridgeable Kavanaugh Gap

 

Author and cartoonist Scott Adams colorfully describes one of the lamentable features of our current society as “two movies, one screen.”

The concept is that our reality has, for practical purposes, split into two. Everyone has access to the same information, but we divide into two groups, each coming to believe in a version of reality that is mutually exclusive of the other.

This isn’t “glass half-full / glass half-empty.” There, the essential truth remains the same: Both sides agree that 50% of the glass contains water. The significance of what that means is a matter of perspective, but the fundamental premise is not in dispute.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America retract their original weak reviews for Rachel Mitchell’s questioning of Dr. Christine Ford last week and marvel at the pile of inconsistencies in Ford’s story past and present. They also hammer Jeff Flake for believing there was any element of good faith behind Democrats wanting a brief FBI investigation, when it’s now painfully obvious they were only looking for a reason to delay Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. And they rip President Trump for saying he and Kim Jong-Un “fell in love,” when reports show North Korea is still pursuing its nuclear and missile programs and supposedly will only scrap them if the U.S. does the same.

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On Thursday, September 27, Senator Jeff Flake listened to a man defend his honor and good name against the most slanderous defamation directed toward a public official I’ve seen or heard in my lifetime. Each word was a blade of truth slashing through a web of lies woven to “seek and destroy” a judicial nominee […]

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Flake and the Great Big Ugly Man

 

As I was standing in the street,
As quiet as could be,
A great big ugly man came up,
And tied his horse to me.

As I watched Sen. Flake over the past two weeks, this bit of children’s nonsense verse kept coming to mind. Sen. Flake is the poor innocent fellow who was standing in the road back in 2016, when a Great Big Ugly Man came up and tied his horse to him. Since then, Flake just hasn’t been himself, or at least not his best self, or at least not the best self he would have us see.

Having declined to defend his seat, submitting himself to the judgment of his party’s voters, in his state, Sen. Flake needed a new purpose. His mentor, the man whose political career he had hoped to emulate, left public view in a blaze of hate-fueled spite. We all remember the gleeful thumbs up as Sen. McCain broke his own word and his party’s decade-old pledge to repeal Obamacare.

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… nothing sends me into a teeth-grinding, eye-bulging fury like listening to one of the GOP’s useless, decrepit, gaga senators address his Democrat colleagues in terms of the utmost reverence and respect. Here’s Orrin Hatch today speaking to Diane Feinstein, the devious geriatric schemer who’s laying waste to a man’s life and who undoubtedly regards […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America growl in frustration as the questioning of Dr. Christine Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh is chopped up into five minute chunks for each party, preventing any sort of flow to the GOP’s line of questioning. While some on the right want it to be true, Jim and Greg are skeptical of reports that two men have come forward to the Senate Judiciary Committee suspecting Dr. Ford might be remembering something they did to her. And they fume as California Sen. Kamala Harris forwards an anonymous accusation against Brett Kavanaugh containing virtually no details to the FBI for further scrutiny, leading Jim to suggest the FBI give lawmakers some clues about what they need to conduct an investigation.

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Guy Benson wrote a well sourced piece today in TownHall reporting on the Democrat multi-prong agenda to save the SCOTUS from Trump, starting with derailing Kavanaugh’s confirmation, that explains in large part the farce playing out in public square right now. We’ve had many Kavanaugh posts, but monitoring events on Twitter today (I’ve learned the art […]

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