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Too many Republican “men” of the Senate are passively complicit in the Kavanaugh smear (Clarence Thomas smear, part II), or cowering in vision-distorting fear. Senator Collins was praiseworthy early last week, as was Senator Grassley. Time, however, has exposed the danger of their failure to stand strongly for justice, and for protecting the seriousness of real cases of sexual violence. Senator Collins has it right, that women must lead in this matter. So let one or a group of the Republican Senators who are women, or a great, aspiring stateswoman, like Congresswoman Martha McSally, take inspiration from Deborah, and stand forth!
The good folks at New Liturgical Movement and Fr. Z, both have posts up today on Blessed Herman of Reichenau, “the Cripple”, honored in the Benedictine Tradition. Blessed Herman was a man who “could barely move and hardly speak, stricken with many maladies”. As Fr. Z’s interlocutor writes:
He was a genius of math, geometry, music and natural sciences.His story is simply amazing. Spina bifida, cleft palate, all sorts of illnesses. He needed a monk to help him for everything. But he had a wicked sense of humor and was admired universally. But in today’s Europe his birth would have been considered a disgrace and aborted or euthanized. Or called an ossified unreconstructed manualist and neopelagian self-absorbed judgmentalist.
I’m putting “Accusations” in quotes in the title, because they’re so ridiculous they don’t even deserve to be called accusations. But the fact that they are so outrageous brings up a question. Do you think the latest “accusations” that Brett Kavanaugh was part of a organized gang-rape group in high school: Preview Open
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for his Senate floor speech blasting Senate Democrats for their conduct during the Kavanaugh confirmation process. They also unload on Antifa and the other menacing groups who berated Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife and forced them to leave a Washington restaurant. And they react to cable news fixture Michael Avenatti promising an air-tight case of misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh only to walk back his bravado and go silent on Twitter.
Is it just me, or is NPR getting more brazen? Preview Open
When Roy Moore was in the process of being brought down in the Alabama Senate race last December, the standard response from the establishment side of the GOP was, “Look, Moore is a nutcase. This is not a court of law. There is no due process or presumption of innocence. He’s not the hill you want to die on.”
When Alex Jones was purged off of social media the response was, “This is not a government action, but the actions of private individuals. Besides, he’s a nutcase and this is not the hill you want to die on.”
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are enjoying Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono getting so much television time. One week after telling all men to “shut up” and admitting she was fine keeping the Supreme Court seat vacant, she admits to CNN that she doesn’t believe Kavanaugh’s denials on sexual misconduct allegations because she doesn’t like the way he rules on cases and fears he would overturn Roe v. Wade. They also blast the “New Yorker” for actually publishing a story from a second “accuser,” despite the fact the accuser could not definitively name Kavanaugh for the misconduct, all named witnesses had no knowledge of the incident in question, and the accuser actually told former classmates in the past week that she wasn’t sure she was targeted by Kavanaugh. And they get dizzy from all the reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is on the verge of resigning or being fired.
Hatchet-woman Jane Mayer, using Ronan Farrow as her beard, has published the long-anticipated NEXT accusation of sexual impropriety against Judge Kavanaugh in The New Yorker. It is one woman’s recollection. It includes exhibitionism and a dildo. Preview Open
Sadly, Senator Grassley is going all wobbly in public, tweeting half-apologies to Judge Kavanaugh, while pathetically tweeting that (by his own actions) he was being made to look “second trombone” to the Senate Minority Leader. It strikes me that this is all due to his and “Leader” McConnell’s, self-created, weak hand with the two abortion […]
Politico has the following piece of data about the Kavanaugh accuser: “The GOP has been told that Ford does not want to fly from her California home to Washington, according to the Republican senator, which means she may need to drive across the country to make the hearing. Ford has reportedly told friends she is […]
Much has been written about the Kavanaugh brawl, some of it quite good. Reading these pieces, I keep coming to yes, and. It has been asserted that this has nothing to do with Kavanaugh. Dr. Bastiat writes:
My point is that this really is not about Mr. Kavanaugh – he’s just collateral damage. It’s a shame somebody had to be destroyed, but as long as he’s conservative, it’s not too much of a shame.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America dissect three crazy stories related to the confirmation battle over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. First, they’re baffled by the normally measured legal expert Ed Whelan laying out a possible case of mistaken identity in the alleged assault of Christine Blasey Ford and even offering another name based on where he lived and the floor plan of his house. They also roll their eyes as Ford’s legal team makes a series of demands before testifying, including the absurd conditions of making Kavanaugh testify first and not allowing committee lawyers question their client. And they shake their heads as President Trump, after a week of remaining remarkably silent on the issue, suggests on Twitter that Ford would have immediately told police if the attack on her was as bad as she says it was.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer Tennessee Democratic Senate hopeful Phil Bredesen for bucking the talking points from Washington Democrats and saying the Senate should move forward on the Kavanaugh nomination if Christine Ford refuses to testify. They also roll their eyes as California Rep. Anna Eshoo claims Ford does not have a political bone in her body, which is patently false, and another California congressman mocks the threats liberals are making against Maine Sen. Susan Collins over this issue. And they have fun with the news that many college students request and fill out absentee ballots but never mail them in because they have no idea where to get a stamp.
Chairman Grassley followed up his scorching letter to the Democrats, with a letter to Ranking Member Senator Feinstein, setting 10 AM, September 21, as the deadline for Dr. Ford to agree to be interviewed or testify on Monday. He was very flexible in how and where the appearance would take place. He was completely firm on not letting the process drag on any longer.
The letter setting the witness response deadline was published with another scathing press release, denouncing Feinstein’s continued concealment of the original, unredacted, letter that made the sexual assault allegations: “Ranking Member Refuses to Disclose Secret Allegations Even After Dr. Ford Goes Public.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, wrote a scorching letter Wednesday to committee Democrats concerning their handling of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.
Since many of the impartial firefighters in the DC press corps are only providing a few quotes in their effort to oppose Kavanaugh, I have reprinted the entire text below. In addition, I bolded several stand-out passages in which Grassley clarifies the misperceptions on the issue.
September 19, 2018
I used to be a youth pastor. I was serving at a church in Minneapolis back in 1988; it was small, dying actually. It was a downtown church that started a hundred years earlier when the congregants lived downtown. Now the congregants lived in a variety of suburbs and only attended the church because their parents did. The students went to many different schools, and there was a challenge to establish community. I felt I needed to reach out to every student and build a relationship with each and every one.
One day I heard one of the students was home sick. Cindy (not her real name) was a high school senior, an attractive young woman who attended church regularly with her parents and youth activities sporadically. I thought it would be a nice thing to drop off a care package for her. I got a basket, filled it with oranges, cold medicine, and a fashion magazine. I drove it to her house. She came to the door, we chatted briefly and I left.
Senator Susan Collins is my hero for the day. I am always wary of Senators Murkowski (R-AK) and Collins (R-ME) when any check on abortion-on-demand is at issue. However, Senator Collins has been a true stateswoman in the Kavanaugh hearings. She has sent a letter to Chairman Grassley, published on her Senate webpage, which will make the absolute best out of the mess intentionally created by Senator Feinstein.
Senator Collins proposed the Judiciary Committee hearing open with the attorneys for the accuser and the accused questioning the two of them. This would let the strongest questions be asked before Senators start grandstanding or pulling punches. Senator Grassley knows he has a problem: he has no female Senator on his side of the room, so the optics will be bad if they don’t roll over. The two attorneys are both women.
Steven Hayward of Power Line believes that Senator Collins’ recommendation, if wisely adopted, will be decisive in this political contest:
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America surprisingly find three good martinis for conservatives on Wednesday. First, they find it interesting that Judge Kavanaugh’s accuser is suddenly refusing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee until an FBI investigation on her accusation is completed. They also appreciate Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono admitting what a big part of the agenda is for Democrats in this fight, keeping the Supreme Court seat vacant until 2021. And they get a kick out a Wisconsin man cutting an ad for the opponent of his own brother in a Wisconsin congressional race, leaving Jim and Greg to consider how much more fun it would it would be to conduct sibling fights through 30-second attack ads.
I’m going to begin with a confession. I’m an abuser of women.
In the Spring of 1979, my law enforcement fraternity went to a national conference in Sacramento. At the pool party after, one of my fraternity Brothers picked up one of my fraternity Sisters and threw her in the pool. (Yes, there were women in my chapter. It was an academic fraternity.) While he was carrying her, I tickled her feet, even though, or maybe because, I knew she didn’t like to have her feet touched.