Tag: Dianne Feinstein

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. 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.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. 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.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Who Will Be the American Margaret Thatcher? Who Will Be Our Deborah? [Updated]

 
Deborah portrayed in Gustave Doré’s illustrations for La Grande Bible de Tours (1865)

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!

4 Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time.
5 She used to sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the sons of Israel came up to her for judgment.
6Now she sent and summoned Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh-naphtali *, and said to him, “Behold, the LORD, the God of Israel, has commanded, ‘Go and march to Mount Tabor, and take with you ten thousand men from the sons of Naphtali and from the sons of Zebulun.
7 ‘I will draw out to you Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his many troops to the river Kishon, and I will give him into your hand.’ “
8 Then Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go.”
9 She said, “I will surely go with you; nevertheless *, the honor shall not be yours on the journey that you are about to take, for the LORD will sell Sisera into the hands of a woman.” Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh. 

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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 […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Yes, *And* — “Kavanaugh” from Knife Fight to Cold War?

 

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.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Chairman Grassley Slams Door on Further Delay Tactics in Kavanaugh Brawl

 

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.”

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Chairman’s Letter Breathes Fire Against Democrats’ Delaying Tactics on Kavanaugh

 

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.

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Brett Kavanaugh…on the whole, he’s a pretty unobjectionable, milquetoast character that should be the best-case scenario judge for Progressives who literally have no power over the Supreme Court nomination process at this time. Yet…and hold tight because this sentence is a statement and a half unto itself…Dianne Feinstein has chosen to eleventh-hour grandstand with an […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America analyze the California Democratic Party’s decision to endorse California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s rival in the general election, Democratic state Sen. Kevin de Leon. They also criticize President Donald Trump for his inability to confront Russian president Vladimir Putin about multiple issues, especially election meddling, noting that the president seems more worried about defending his 2016 win than exposing the truth. And they laugh as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, stumbles her way through an explanation about why Israel is an occupying force on “Firing Line.” They also finally resolve the biggest question in film: “Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?”

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. What Makes California Senators So Rude?

 

Yesterday, I watched California Senator Kamala Harris on her high horse interrogate Gina Haspel, the President’s well-qualified nominee to be CIA director. Haspel was professional, deliberate, and courteous. Kamala Harris was arrogantly demanding, rude, and dismissive.

The very senior Senator from California, Dianne Feinstein, was more pleasant but was corrected several times by Haspel because Feinstein’s “facts” were out of date and inaccurate. Feinstein did admit in her preface that the Haspel hearing would be one of the most difficult she ever participated in because she knows Haspel and they’ve had a friendly relationship. It turns out, however, that the hearing was difficult for Feinstein because her “facts” were all wrong. Her big “gotcha” question blew up in her face.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s CNN interview, in which she states that the Senate Judiciary Committee should investigate former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for potentially politicizing the Hillary Clinton investigation. They also react as Feinstein goes on to change the Democratic Party narrative from collusion with Russia to President Trump’s obstruction of justice. And they express little sympathy for Wisconsin Democrats accusing Republicans of partisan redistricting and Jim unloads on liberals who consistently claim an act is unconstitutional if it does not fit with their agenda.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Trump Backs Democrats’ No-Fly List Gun Ban

 

On Twitter Wednesday morning, Donald Trump endorsed the Senate Democrats’ plan to ban people on the “no fly” list from purchasing guns.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Ignorance of the Facts Should Be No Defense of Law

 
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Even among the rogues’ gallery of US senators I’ve had the misfortune to be represented by — Patty Murray, Barbara Boxer, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Elizabeth Warren, and Ed Markey to name a few — Senator Dianne Feinstein stands out. What distinguishes from her colleagues is her peculiar and rather particular passion for championing regulations on matters about which she is wholly ignorant.

Feinstein’s misstatements about, and lack of understanding of, firearms is legendary: She was a driving force behind the assault weapons ban of 1994, which famously banned weapons based more on their aesthetics and ability to use accessories than actual danger. And even if the legislation had been better aimed at banning the manufacture of military-style semiautomatic rifles, the simple fact remains that these weapons are seldom used in crime despite their immense popularity and potential leathality. More recently, Feinstein has turned her attention to data encryption … with the same incompetence.

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