The further to the left or the right you move, the more your lens on life distorts.

Monday, September 16, 2019


With all of the problems facing our world and our country—the opioid crisis, gun violence and the way in which we try to control it, on-going racial tensions, bankruptcy facing major U.S. cities, a climate crisis that we are told will lead to the destruction of the planet, a roiled Middle East in which the hegemon Iran is conducting a shadow war via proxies against its neighbors, North Korea as a growing nuclear power, the India-Pakistan conflict, the Russians' mischief as they try to regain a power position that has long since faded, the economic upheaval in the EU, and on and on—you'd think the Democrats and their progressive allies would have plenty to worry about and policy positions to propose.

Instead, they appear to want to reprise one of the most despicable episodes in American political history and take yet another swipe at Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh. The New York Post reports:
New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly spent months reaching out to Yale alumni for more dirt on Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s undergraduate years more than three decades ago, and came up empty.

That’s the actual bottom line of their Times article that dropped online Saturday, though they suggest otherwise — since they clearly want to not just boost sales of the book, but also do whatever they can to further smear the justice.

How dishonest was the piece? Well, its biggest “shocker” is noting the existence of yet another alleged Kavanaugh incident — but the article leaves out the fact that the supposed victim doesn’t remember a thing.

Mollie Hemingway, one of the authors of Justice on Trial, a book that honestly looks at the Kavanague hearings, reinforces the Post's position:
“The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation” is neither a look at the education of Brett Kavanaugh nor an investigation. They admit they found no evidence to support the claims made by Christine Blasey Ford or Debbie Ramirez, although they say their “gut reaction” to the allegations is that they are true. They generously concede that their “gut” tells them that Michael Avennati client Julie Swetnick’s claims are not true, citing the lack of corroboration.

The “lack of corroboration” standard was unevenly held to by the authors. Blasey Ford’s four witnesses all denied knowledge of the party at which her alleged assault took place. Ramirez went from telling Ronan Farrow “I don’t have any stories about Brett Kavanaugh and sexual misconduct,” to telling friends of an incident for which she “couldn’t be sure” Kavanaugh was involved, to now being the centerpiece of the Pogebrin and Kelly book. Ramirez also had no eyewitness support for her story that allegedly took place at a well-attended party, even after friendly media outlets contacted some 75 classmates trying to find corroboration. Both women had the support of many friends and activists, however.
This lack of journalistic integrity would be surprising if it wasn't so common at the NYT. In fact, it appears that the NYT will publish any lie as long as it serves to bolster the progressive cause du jour.

At the time of his confirmation hearing, I commented at length about the Democrats depraved treatment of Kavanagh—here, here, here, here, and here. And now, some Democratic candidates for president* have decided to double down on their truly disgusting behavior and suggest that Kavanaugh be impeached.

And this crew tells us we should allow them to lead? Incredible.


* Left leaning New York magazine proudly reports:
At least six Democratic presidential candidates have released statements calling for the impeachment or removal of Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh after new details supporting and adding to the sexual misconduct allegations against him were revealed over the weekend.
They go on to suggest that Kavanaugh's impeachment will become a 2020 election issue, demonstrating just how out-of-touch the majority of leftists actually are. It's heartening to note that a substantial number of Democrats and virtually all Independents were appalled by Kavanagh's treatment by the Democrats in the Senate. If the Dems think that dredging up this unseemly debacle yet again (with more wholly unsubstantiated allegations) will help them, they truly are deranged.


Willian A. Jacobson comments on the manner in which Democrats can't accept reality or for that matter, political defeat:
It’s never over.

It wasn’t and isn’t over for Clarence Thomas, who continues to be maligned some 27 years later. The permanent investigation and torment of Brett Kavanaugh follows a well-worn Democrat path.

That’s why Kavanaugh has been and continues to be such a clarifying event.

Trump supporters are going to support Trump. The continued attacks on Kavanaugh serve as a motivator, as Rita Panahi expressed:
Nothing has galvanised conservatives more than watching an innocent man being smeared by false accusations. Astonishing that the Left still hasn’t worked out that Kavanaugh in the news cycle is hugely beneficial to Trump.
There are many others who may not be Trump supporters, but are willing to support Trump. John Ekdahl, who isn’t a Trump supporter and voted for Gary Johnson in 2016, expressed a sentiment I suspect is widely shared:
The Kavanaugh railroad is the most politically clarifying event in my life, and it is why, as the New York Times seems intent on reminding us, I will crawl over broken glass to vote for a guy I don’t particularly like next year.
This latest smear attempt against Kavanaugh tells us a lot more about the Dems that it does about Justice Kavanaugh. It's vicious, dishonest, and reprehensible, but that's the game plan. I truly do hope it becomes a "clarifying event" for those who might be on the fence for next year's election.

UPDATE-2 (9-17-2019):

Hopefully the last word on the ugliness associated with the Democrat's to use lies, omissions, and outright viciousness in an attempt to "put an asterisk" next to Brett Kavanaugh's name:

William Mcgurn provides us with insight into the reasons and strategy behind the Dem's repugnant behavior in the Kavanaugh situation:
This is what Democrats do when they believe there could be a fifth vote to overturn Roe, the 1973 decision that upended the laws of all 50 states to legalize abortion. It’s why Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1987 slandered Judge Robert Bork as a man working for an America where “women would be forced into back-alley abortions” and “blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters.” It’s why Judge Clarence Thomas was savaged in 1991, when he faced his own last-minute inquisition over alleged sexual harassment. And it’s why the assassination of Justice Kavanaugh’s character continues.
Personally, I'm pro choice. But that doesn't mean I would countenance vicious attempts to destroy a good person's life and reputation because of the CHANCE (!!) that he MIGHT (!!) vote in a way that would jeopardize Roe v. Wade. If there are solid reasons why current precedent should be maintianed (and I believe there are), the Dems should work hard to convince a majority of the country that they are valid. Rather than the on-going ugly smear that they have initiated, might it not be better to push for solid law that would protect the right to choose, replacing Roe v. Wade with something that is unassailable. But that requires work and compromise—ad hominem attacks against a sitting justice on SCOTUS are so much easier.