Yesterday, if you were working, you were probably the only one. I can’t think of too many people that were busy at work doing what they should be doing to earn a living. Most people, kind of like on the first day of the NCAA Tournament, were glued to a TV set somewhere, trying to see whether or not Christine Blasey-Ford or Brett Kavanaugh was going to say anything to tip the scales their way.
As far as that verdict goes, I don’t think there was a clear winner either way. In fact, if you went into the whole proceeding thinking the Ford was abused and it was Kavanaugh that did it, you probably came out of the proceedings thinking just that way. If you thought Brett Kavanaugh was getting railroaded and it was nothing more than a Democrat smear attempt to get this thing pushed past the election, so the Dem’s could say (if they re-take the Senate) that you can’t have a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination now… you should wait until the new Senate is seated. And you probably came away thinking just the same thing as you went into the day with.
I don’t think either Kavanaugh or Ford did themselves any harm. Both sounded credible. Both were effective at communicating what they felt the whole thing was about. But there were winners and losers.
I think the GOP came out of the whole affair a winner. And that wasn’t the case early on. Having the woman from Arizona ask the questions of Ford was good, though she was obviously not used to the attention, nor the process. But by the time Kavanaugh was taking his turn, she was pretty useless. When the GOP Senators started asking the questions…or basically apologizing to Kavanaugh for all he and his family had been put through, things turned up for them. I thought that Lindsay Graham had the brightest spot of all, calling out the Democrats for the sham that the hearing was. And I thought my own Senator, Jeff Flake was a mealy-mouth loser. He comes out saying “there will always be doubt”. Thank God I don’t have to hold my nose and vote for him this year!
As far the losers, yeah, the Dem’s pretty much reeked when it came to questioning Kavanaugh. They constantly interrupted him…tried to ask “gotcha” questions, and when he wouldn’t fall for it, they would give the excuse that “My time is almost up so let’s move on”. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and several others did that. The left tried hard to make the tie that because Kavanaugh got drunk in high school and college, he probably could have possibly maybe blacked out and didn’t remember accosting Ford. That really didn’t work, and came across very weak. They also tried to get him to “ask the White House for an FBI investigation.” He didn’t fall for that, and several times, Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) slammed them for that.
The big loser on the Democrat’s side was Diane Feinstein. She was called out several times for sitting on the Ford letter from July and not bringing it up in a timely manner. She tried to defend herself, and all but blamed her staff. In the end, she look old, ineffective, and just plain partisan as hell.
Today, with any luck, the Judiciary Committee will be voting on this (the meeting was scheduled to start at 9:30am EDT, which means by the time you read this, they’ll already be meeting. The only fly in the ointment is Jeff Flake. If he “flakes out” again, as he is wont to do these days, the nomination will be voted down in committee, but will still go to the Senate floor next week. With any luck, Flake pulls on his big boy pants, and realizes that what he will always be remembered for in his time in the Senate will be this vote. And if he pulls a John McCain and wimps out like McCain did on healthcare, it will forever be his legacy. Only time will tell.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!