A Dress Rehearsal for Impeachment

By Patrick J. Buchanan

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was approved on an 11-to-10 party line vote on Friday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Yet his confirmation is not assured.

Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, has demanded and gotten as the price of his vote on the floor a weeklong delay. And the GOP Senate has agreed to Democratic demands for a new FBI investigation of all credible charges of sexual abuse against the judge.

Astonishing. With a quarter century in public service, Kavanaugh has undergone six FBI field investigations. They turned up nothing like the charges of sexual misconduct leveled against him these last two weeks.

In his 30 hours of public testimony before the Judiciary Committee prior to Thursday, no senator raised an issue of a sexual misconduct.

But if Brett Kavanaugh is elevated to the Supreme Court, it will be because, in his final appearance, he tore up the script assigned to him. He set aside his judicial demeanor to fight for his good name with the passion and righteous rage of the innocent and good man he believes himself to be.

He turned an inquisition into his character and conduct as a teenager into a blazing indictment of the Democratic minority for what they were doing to his reputation and his family.

Rather than play the role of penitent, Kavanaugh did what Clarence Thomas did 30 years before. He attacked the character, conduct, and motives of his Democratic accusers.

And did the judge not speak the truth? With few exceptions, all four dozen Senate Democrats are determined to defeat him, even if that means destroying him.

They rejected Brett Kavanaugh the day he was nominated.

Why? Because the judge is a conservative and a Catholic, and hence an unreliable vote to sustain Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that discovered hidden in the Constitution a woman’s right to abort her unborn child.

The verdict on the judge came down in the hearts and minds of his enemies the moment that he was named. They had him convicted before they’d met him. And once his fate was decided, the only remaining issues were where to find the dirt to bury him with and how to make it look like they’d given him a fair hearing.

Contrast how Kavanaugh, who has served his country with distinction for decades, was treated on Thursday with how Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was treated.

Ford was greeted with courtly courtesy by Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley. No Republican senator asked her a question. Rachel Mitchell, a prosecutor of sex crimes brought in from Arizona, quizzed her as though she were a 15-year-old girl who had just been attacked, not a 51-year-old woman whose uncorroborated accusations were set to not only to defeat a Supreme Court nomination but to destroy the career, family, and future of a federal judge.

After each five-minute session of polite questioning by Mitchell, Democratic senators took turns lauding Ford’s courage, bravery, and heroism in agreeing to appear.

Ford’s testimony as to what she says happened in 1982 did seem credible and compelling. Yet …read more

Via:: American Conservative

      

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