It seems that a republican political operative Ed Whelan had some forewarning about the possibility that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford could come forward about her allegation of an attempted rape against the current Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge during her high school years before her name was made public. In addition, if any coordination with Judge Kavanaugh occurred, via the right-wing PR outfit CRC, who hyped Ed Whelan’s ‘fake news’ story of a case of mistaken identity, this could end up being separate grounds for denying him confirmation.
The news outlets have been reporting that Mark Judge wrote in his 1997 book “Wasted: Tales of a GenX Drunk,” vivid details about his drunken, debauchery parties that he attended which included the character Bart O’Kavanaugh. This is nothing less than a confessional book. If every republican US senator were to read a copy of this book, they could no longer get away with saying that Judge Kavanaugh is telling the absolute truth about his non-participation in the party scene as described by Dr. Ford.
Here’s the pro-Kavanaugh thinking by GOP senators, as per a 9/23/18 @tribelaw tweet, “Beneath the chatter, what I hear is: “He probably DID do it, but I CAN’T ADMIT I REALLY DON’T CARE as long as he didn’t score — so I’ll say ‘A good man shouldn’t be brought down by a late-breaking uncorroborated charge of teen misconduct,’ and that’ll justify my ‘yes’ vote.”
See: PR firm helped Whelan stoke half-baked Kavanaugh alibi – POLITICO
Here is the rest of the story…
On September 22, 2018, Jennifer Rubin penned her Washington Post opinion piece, “Ford runs circles around hapless Republicans, who now have a second scandal”
“Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, said Saturday that she has accepted the Senate Judiciary Committee’s request to testify about her allegation next week while signaling that a final deal on her testimony has not been reached.”
“In an email sent to the committee at 2:17 p.m. Saturday, attorneys Debra Katz and Lisa Banks asked Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley’s (R-Iowa) staff to set up a phone conversation later Saturday to work out specifics.”
“Christine Blasey Ford’s attorney did not actually agree to any specific terms, but she and her client got the headlines they wanted: Ford is coming to tell her story. Ford attorney Debra Katz repeatedly has stared down Republican Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), swatting away one artificial deadline after another. Grassley told her he needed an answer by Friday at 10 a.m. That got pushed to 10 p.m., and then to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Katz rightly called these deadlines arbitrary and more importantly knew she had leverage. With Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Jeff Flake of Arizona saying they wanted to hear from Ford before voting, Grassley couldn’t very well cut off discussion. He didn’t have the votes to confirm the nominee. If Republicans were hoping to intimidate Ford it didn’t work. Rather it revealed that there is a slim chance, more than zero, that Republicans might not have the votes after this next week.”
“In the past 48 hours or so Republicans have made repeated, stupid mistakes that have not helped their position. President Trump attacked Ford, asserting she would have gone to the police as a 15-year-old if the attempted rape was “that bad.” Collins pronounced herself “appalled.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) repeatedly vowed he would confirm Kavanaugh. They’d “plow through” he declared, a remarkable confession that they’ll bulldoze Ford and vote to confirm no matter what. The public can conclude Republicans have no problem sitting Kavanaugh even if Ford’s claim is true.”
“Republicans compounded their errors by their own misconduct. The Post reported Friday night:”
A conservative legal commentator on Friday denied communicating with the White House or Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh about his theory that the woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault was mistaking him for someone else.
“I have not communicated at all with [White House counsel] Donald McGahn or anyone at the White House, or Judge Kavanaugh, about the topic of the Twitter thread,” Ed Whelan said in a brief interview with The Washington Post.
“Nevertheless, it appears someone communicated her name to Whelan before it was made public. (Last Sunday, “Ford alerted an associate via email that Whelan had looked at her LinkedIn page, according to the email, which was reviewed by The Post. LinkedIn allows some subscribers to see who views their pages. Ford sent the email about 90 minutes after The Post shared her name with a White House spokesman and hours before her identity was revealed in a story posted on its website.”)”
“The question now is whether anyone at the White House, Kavanaugh or at the Senate Judiciary Committee was involved in the harebrained scheme to accuse a classmate of Kavanaugh’s under the bonkers theory Ford got the identity of her attacker “confused.” Well, someone told Whelan what was up, and any coordination with Kavanaugh (for example, via the right-wing PR outfit CRC, who hyped Whelan’s revelation), would be separate grounds for denying him confirmation and would also ensnare the judge in the host of civil and ethical problems Whelan created.”
“As if that weren’t enough, an employee of CRC on loan to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Garrett Ventry, resigned for falsifying his résumé and for alleged sexual harassment. (Don’t confuse him with another staffer Mike Davis, who spent time tweeting during the week, disparaging Ford and asserting this was in essence a done deal. “Unfazed and determined. We will confirm Judge Kavanaugh,” he asserted.)”
“Even if they had tried, Republicans could have not done a better job demonstrating their bias, ineptitude, unseriousness, meanness, unfairness and general lack of empathy. They have become a walking advertisement for Democratic Senate candidates (“Can you believe these clowns?” would be an apt bumper sticker) and an embarrassment to their own operatives who see the Kavanaugh confirmation hanging by a thread.”
“There are now at least two related scandals : 1.) Whether Kavanaugh attacked Ford and now is lying, and 2.) the identities of those involved in a reprehensible scheme to pin a crime on someone for which there is zero evidence of wrongdoing. Between Trump’s ridiculous assertion that a 15-year-old’s failure to report a sex crime (which launched the #WhyIDidntReport social media phenomenon) and the nutty mistaken identity plot (which seems to concede Ford wasattacked).”
Link to entire article: Ford runs circles around hapless Republicans
Dear Mz. Gronda,
In many ways this whole fiasco reminds me of the old western movies where the people of the town were heard to say, “Let’s give the man a fair trial then take him out and hang him”! I know the Christian community wants to have control of the legal system in this nation, but it still amazes me the lengths that they will go to achieve that goal, they have told untruths, supported people with no moral character, and are willing to ignore the teachings of the scripture that they claim to follow.. They want to force this thru prior to the elections, but how many people realize that regardless of the outcome of the elections that trump could still get this man or another thru and onto the court prior to the newly elected congress taking office… If the GOP loses power then they would have nothing to lose by doing so…
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I love your western trial reference. It is appropriate.
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In this case, it is the conservative Catholic faction of President Trump’s base that is trying to take over the US Supreme Court. The justices John Roberts Jr., Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and now Judge Brett Kavanaugh were all raised in the Catholic Church. Both Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh attended the same Georgetown Prep Catholic High School. All are practicing Catholics as adults with the exception of Neil Gorsuch who attends a protestant denomination church.
The Federalist Society’s executive VP Leonard Leo, a devout conservative Catholic has taken time off of his normal work duties in order to make sure Judge Kavanaugh becomes the next Supreme Court justice who will work against Roe V. Wade/ end women’s access to legal abortions in the US as well as same sex marriage, etc. Mr. Leo did likewise for the Justices Roberts, Alito, and Gorsuch.
This is why our forefathers wanted there to be a separation between the Church/ religion and the US government. I do not want our government to be ruled by the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church doesn’t care about the moral character of Judge Kavanaugh or President Trump as long as they do want these conservative Catholics want.
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Gronda, I expect to be offended by the offensive President. The fact he sat on his hands for four days, was surprising by itself. What disappoints me most is Mitch McConnell’s remarks. Ford’s story must be heard. And, I think that if Kavanaugh is under oath, he can be asked to clarify previous testimony that looks like he lied. As for Ford, why would anyone do this unless they were telling the truth? Keith
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No sane older woman who has a decent life would put herself out there, to get death treats, to be hounded by media, thrashed by a sizable number of peoples, etc. unless she felt forced, obligated to step up to the plate to do her duty. And for this, her life will be altered forever more.
Senators Graham and McConnell’s rhetoric related to the treatment of women like Dr. Ford explains why the GOP party will be the minority party in November 2018.
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I’m sorry I’ve been MIA the last several days Gronda. I just wanted to say that not only should Kavanaugh withdraw his nomination, but also now, with Deborah Ramirez’s accusation and the fact that the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee tried to speed his nomination through knowing this was out there, their actions should be investigated as well.
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We all have lives and so you never have to apologize. I have been in Minnesota, staying with family. I’ll be back in Florida soon, but then I will be volunteering a lot to help with Democratic candidates.
I’ll be blogging on the Ms. Ramirez story sometime today.
It is always good to hear from you.
I live in another country and I find it weird that Kavanaugh isn’t being questioned by the police, as would happen here.
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Dear Joanne the Geek,
The way you are thinking is why I’m believing Dr. Ford’s version of events. She and her attorneys are the ones asking that her story be investigated by an independent body like the US premier law enforcement agency, the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) which is set up to do extensive background checks.
But it is Judge Kavanaugh and his republican backers who are resisting this step.
With these set of facts alone, who would you believe?
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