By Dave Andrusko
As the last story of the week, a few comments about the truly ugly, last-ditch (or is it the last-ditch?) campaign to derail the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
We talked briefly about it yesterday. Pro-abortion Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca.) receives a “secret letter” with allegations that go back to when Judge Kavanaugh was in high school, and which for whatever reasons, doesn’t get leaked until Wednesday. Thursday we’re told the matter has been referred to the FBI.
A post written yesterday by Aaron Blake of the Washington Post captured the desperation of this attempt to smear Judge Kavanaugh and the Senate Democrat’s willingness to abandon all “decorum.”
Under the headline, “The mysterious, last-ditch effort to halt Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination,” Blake begins
Democrats lost the presidency to Donald Trump. They have no congressional majority. They have been getting drubbed in state governments for years. And now they are staring straight down the barrel of a 5-to-4 conservative majority on the Supreme Court, unless something huge changes in the next couple of weeks.
That is the backdrop against which we get the Feinstein letter.
Once the letter was leaked to another publication, Blake writes,
[T]that, in turn, meant it could not be totally ignored.
At this point, it’s also pretty pure innuendo — from a party that is otherwise running out of options.
Blake observes that the Democratic base is “eager for a fight”
And hoped that a Democratic senator (perhaps one with 2020 aspirations) might lead the charge
But we have also seen Democrats step up to that fight and come up well short. Before the hearings, Democrats briefly made a bogus claim that Republicans said there should be no Supreme Court confirmations in election years (it was only in presidential election years). During the hearings and afterward, Democrats’ main attack on Kavanaugh was taking a quote about “abortion-inducing drugs” out of context. Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-N.J.) self-proclaimed “I am Spartacus” moment felt as forced as you’d expect from someone declaring his own “I am Spartacus” moment.
It looks a lot like a last-ditch Hail Mary from a Democratic Party that has lost just about all hope of stopping Kavanaugh’s nomination, Through it all, Democrats have been grasping at straws to stop Kavanaugh — or at least to convince their base (and 2020 voters) that they are doing everything to try.
In a word, Democrats have tried just about dirty trick you can think of—and Blake’s account doesn’t mention the 1,278,questions Democratic senators insist Kavanaugh answer.
Yesterday morning pro-life Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said the committee will meet Thursday, Sept. 20, with the vote on reporting the Kavanaugh nomination set for that afternoon.