Thursday, September 20, 2018

Supreme Chaos---Will She, or Won't She?

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Christine Blasey Ford, the accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, is having a difficult time deciding whether to show up to testify on Monday---or not.

The hearing that has been called to give her an opportunity to tell her story, is scheduled for Monday. The Republicans say they will hold the hearing regardless, and they plan to vote by the following week on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Now, NBC is reporting that a schoolmate of Kavanaugh's says she remembers girls talking about it back in high school.

Be informed.

Supreme chaos over the past few days.

Early this past summer, Christine Blasey Ford, now a university professor in California, wrote a letter accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were both teenagers in high school.

California Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein secretly held the letter until the Senate Judiciary Committee was ready to vote last week---then made the letter public, claiming Ms. Ford wanted to remain anonymous.

Before the hands on the clock made a complete circle, Ms. Ford was giving an interview to the Washington Post---clearly deciding she didn't want to be anonymous anymore.

Kavanaugh strongly denies her story.

The Senate Judiciary Committee then called for a hearing for this coming Monday, requesting both Kavanaugh and Ford testify. Kavanaugh immediately said yes. Ford's attorney told CNN she was willing, but neither she nor her lawyer contacted committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley---until yesterday.

Grassley received a letter from Ford's lawyer that said she would testify, but only after an FBI investigation.

The letter said in part:
"A full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the committee's fully informed before any hearing or making any decisions."

Grassley responded:
"Dr. Ford's testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of the events. Nothing the FBI or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay."

Senator Lindsey Graham, one of the committee's Republicans, says the committee will vote on the nomination next week whether or not Ford testifies.

He said, "If she does not want to come Monday, publicly or privately, we're going to move on and vote Wednesday."

President Trump is standing by his nominee. He said,
"Hopefully the woman will come forward, state her case. He will state his case before the representatives of the United States Senate. And they will vote.

President Trump also said,
"The Supreme Court is one of the main reasons I got elected president. I hope Republican voters and others, are watching, and studying the Democrat's playbook."

Supreme chaos chapter 2.

NBC is now reporting that "a former schoolmate of Brett Kavanaugh's accuser wrote a Facebook post saying she recalls hearing about the alleged assault involving Kavanaugh, though she says she has no firsthand information to corroborate the accuser's claims."

The schoolmate, Christine Miranda King, who currently lives and works in Mexico City, has now taken down the Facebook post and told the media she will not be doing any more interviews.

One member of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Mazie Hirono, is instructing“the men in this country” to “just shut up and step up.”

Reuters and other news organizations are trying to make the case that this hearing has echoes of current Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' contentious confirmation hearings in 1991.

The Heritage Foundation has written an excellent article noting the differences between the Thomas chaos and the Kavanaugh chaos.

Considering all sources from Left to right, it seems that most Americans feel this is really about something other than whether Kavanaugh is qualified to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States--- Or even an alleged personal moral failure as a teenager.

It looks and feels more like an expression of resistance against a duly elected President of the United States, and an all-out effort to preserve abortion as a "women's health care constitutional right."

NBC reporter Jonathan Allen, appearing on the Bill Press Show in what was probably an unguarded moment, said, "To President Trump's point, I mean, there's a deep state feel to this, right?"

Even FBI sources told Fox News John Roberts, "There is nothing for the FBI to investigate, regarding Kavanaugh---it's a political issue, not a law enforcement one."

Matt Vespa, writing for Town Hall sums it all up like this:

"Let’s recap here, Democrats were willing to use this woman, potentially dragging her through hell to stop Kavanaugh. You leak the story, force her out of the shadows, which she intended on doing anyway, only to push nonsensical talking points, disregard the statute of limitations, and hope that enough pressure comes to bear to stop this nominee. Well, they failed. The Left didn’t take into account that almost everyone thinks the timing of this disclosure is suspect, coupled with the fact that this allegation cannot be adequately vetted to discern what is truth. And frankly, that's the point. Maybe there's a reason why Feinstein’s office sat on this letter. It wouldn't have gone anywhere."
"It created a lot of noise, but after the decibels return to normal levels, the chess pieces are the same: the GOP isn’t buckling—at least not on this weak sauce allegation–and they'll have the votes to confirm."
"This isn't the first trip up; the Left blew it when they demanded more time for document disclosures after they had signaled they would never support Kavanaugh in any way. So, why would Grassley entertain your motions during the hearing?"
"The same transparent nonsense is here: the Democrats want to delay with this appallingly shoddy allegation, the GOP sees it, and even the most anti-Trump of Republicans aren’t going to break ranks. It seems another bomb has exploded in the Democrats’ faces. We’ll know on Monday."

Be Informed. Be Prayerful. Be Vigilant. Be Faithful.