For those who like me are distressed over the possibility of Judge Brett Kavanaugh becoming the next US Supreme Court justice, please do not despair.
This is the reality that the GOP lawmakers are facing: As per a recent tweet by Jennifer Rubin, columnist of the Washington Post, “Kavanaugh cover up is the dumbest ever. Next yr. Jud Chair Jerry Nadler calls all the witnesses, calls FBI officials who were restricted in investig. In no time they have impeachment articles.” He will be subject to impeachment proceedings.
I am convinced that the GOP lawmakers sitting on the US Senate Judiciary Committee had already been informed about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s compromised past drinking/ sexual activities but they still wanted this conservative partisan as the 5th conservative jurist on the US Supreme Court. That is how they had that complimentary letter ready to be delivered to the press which was signed by 65 women who knew Judge Kavanaugh during his high school years. This letter went to press within hours from when Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s story became public knowledge, alleging that she had been sexually assaulted by Judge Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge during their high school years.
As per a 10/3/18 CNN report by Kate Sullivan, “Eight Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to GOP Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa suggesting there could have been something in previous FBI background checks on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh related to inappropriate sexual behavior or alcohol abuse.”
That these GOP lawmakers were politically forced to hold a US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the 27th of September 2018 where Dr. Ford bravely shared her story with the world, and then the FBI minimal probe was perfunctorily executed which had been demanded by two GOP senators into Judge Kavanaugh’s youthful history were only hiccups/ obstacles to be overcome. The fix was established well in advance, that he would become the next US Supreme Court justice and damn the incoming torpedoes.
Many GOP US senators have been giving lip service to having any doubts/ reservations which may even be real in certain instances, about the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. But the pressure by the GOP leadership is so intense for all the GOP senators to fall in line with the serious negative consequences spelled out, that they will buckle without some intervening divine event.
Whether you’re a believer or not, it’s time to start praying.
The FBI investigation was not a “search for the truth” endeavor but a minimal probe to give cover to those GOP lawmakers suffering from doubts because they are blessed/ cursed with having a conscience.
For numerous reasons, the US Senate Majority Leader wants this conservative partisan judge to sit on the US Supreme Court to where he, the White House Counsel Don McGahn and other GOP leaders are not to be denied this short lived victory.
See: Republicans, We’re Aware That You’re Placing An Avowed Partisan/ Gronda Morin
It’s my opinion that unless GOP US senators like Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska intend to vote no on the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to become a US Supreme Court justice, their words carry little value. But his words do indicate a tell that that at least some GOP lawmakers sitting on the US Senate Judiciary Committee may have been privy to data before Dr. Ford’s story went public about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s misbehaving youthful excessive drinking binges and sexual misadventures.
Here’s the rest of the story…
On October 3, 2018, Bryan Logan of Business Insider penned the following report, “Republican Sen. Ben Sasse drops a bombshell on the debate over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court”
- Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska gave an impassioned speech on sexual assault and the #MeToo movement on the Senate floor Wednesday night.
- Sasse also dropped a bombshell about where he stands on Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s second nominee to the Supreme Court.
- “I urged the president to nominate a different individual. I urged the president to nominate a woman,” Sasse said.
- He recounted the experiences of two personal friends he said were raped, adding that the #MeToo movement has been “complicated,” but also a “very good thing.”
- Then Sasse turned back to Trump: “We all know that the president cannot lead us through this time.”
Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska gave an impassioned speech on sexual assault and the #MeToo movement on the Senate floor Wednesday night.
Sasse also dropped a bombshell about where he stands on Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s second nominee to the Supreme Court.
“I urged the president to nominate a different individual. I urged the president to nominate a woman,” Sasse said.
He recounted the experiences of two personal friends he said were raped, adding that the #MeToo movement has been “complicated,” but also a “very good thing.”
And then Sasse turned back to Trump: “We all know that the president cannot lead us through this time.”
“Kavanaugh, once seen as having a clear path to the nation’s high court, has become the subject of multiple sexual misconduct allegations, leveled against him by former high school and college classmates.”
“The most notable of those accusations come from Christine Blasey Ford, a California university professor who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while the two were high school students in the 1980s.”
“New questions about Kavanaugh’s drinking habits have also emerged in recent days, and with that, more of Kavanaugh’s former classmates came forward, publicly casting doubt on his own characterizations about his relationship with alcohol.”
“These developments have emerged amid a renewed FBI investigation of Kavanaugh’s background, which was expected to wrap up imminently.”
“Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. Most Republican leaders, including Sen. Mitch McConnell, have accused Democrats of trying to railroad him.”
“McConnell on Wednesday night (10/3/18) set up a key procedural vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.”
I wish I had yours and Jennifer’s confidence about Kavanaugh’s future impeachment, but my best guess is that unless he acts inappropriately while on the bench, it ain’t gonna happen. I hope I’m wrong, but the better bet would be for at least a couple of those republican senators to find their consciences between now and tomorrow. Sigh.
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If decent folks are to take back our country from Trumpism, and based on a competent FBI check, if it is proven that he is guilty of what Dr. Ford has been alleging, we owe her the attempt to impeach Judge Kavanaugh. This is especially true if it is shown that GOP lawmakers had this information prior to Dr. Ford going public. We cannot condone a cover-up.
If the Democrats don’t take this on, they will pay. The GOP may not want to face the wrath of women but sooner or later, they will figure out that they should have paid attention to those darn pesky female protesters. I heard of one GOP lawmaker running into the men’s restroom to escape them.
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He certainly deserves to be impeached (and he isn’t even confirmed yet!), but the reality is that even if the democrats take every possible seat in the senate next month, they still won’t have the 2/3 majority required to remove him from the bench. Sure, the House could impeach, but the Senate won’t be able to convict. Remember Samuel Chase, the only SCOTUS justice to ever be impeached? They impeached him, but the Senate couldn’t convict, and he remained on the Court until he died at age 70.
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This is how I look at this case. It will take time to order a FBI investigation into the background of Judge Kavanaugh and to subpoena what the GOP lawmakers knew regarding his youthful history prior to Dr. Ford going public.
If the investigation paints a picture proving Judge Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting Dr. Ford and possibly others, then impeachment orders could get started. By that time, we’re close to 2020 where the Dems go after the US Senate. The GOP cannot be rewarded for placing their fox in what was supposed to be the chicken house. There were ample qualified, decent conservative judges that they could have backed but they chose this partisan judge for a reason.
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It’s gonna be a looonnnngg two years, isn’t it? Sigh. First things first … these mid-terms simply have to change the demographics in Congress. It won’t be enough for impeachment, but it will for certain put some brakes on Trump and his ignominious, harebrained schemes! You know my biggest fear right now, don’t you. That Ginsburg or Breyer fall ill and have to leave the Court. If that happens, we might as well re-name it the Kangaroo Court.
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Great cartoon by the way. Thanks for sharing.
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Dear Lindi Roze,
You are so welcome.
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