Satellite dishes here at the Policy Werkes are aimed at Washington D.C. for the (almost) gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Trump cabinet confirmation hearings, particularly Jeff Sessions for attorney general. Did the cable networks provide saturation coverage four years ago? Don’t remember it.
Recalls the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings when a struggling new network, ABC, resorted to the same saturation coverage for cheap programming. The affair helped undo old Tailgunner Joe, who damaged the anti-Communist cause for his excesses.
This week’s hearings will further unravel the liberal-progressive-socialist reliance on identity politics and victimhood, which it furthers through a campaign of race baiting.
Speaking of McCarthyism, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-N.J., beclowned himself when he tried to impugn Sessions for accepting an award from former radical Leftist-turned-Conservative gadfly David Horowitz. The technique, of course, is to blindside your adversary with an contentious quote from a fleeting acquaintance, however obscure. Then demand you recant. Sessions parried that he had never heard the statement and that, in any event, Blumenthal’s predecessor, Joe Lieberman (and Democratic vice presidential nominee), accepted the same award.
Blumenthal, you’ve been served.
Racism hasn’t disappeared, folks. It has only changed colors.
The most tawdry business at the Sessions hearing, however, was the testimony of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, against Sessions.
Ann of Althouse captured my thoughts on the content:
I was waiting for Booker to get into the record and start persuading us that the record really justifies this conclusion. That never happened. And as I read the text this morning, I can see that Booker’s beef is that Sessions is too much of a humble servant, taking the law seriously and doing what it requires. Booker is demanding something most of us don’t want: an Attorney General who takes sides.
If you pay attention … it works — for most people — as an endorsement of Sessions.
Booker wasn’t testifying, he was rehearsing his 2020 presidential campaign speech, complete with the hortatory tone and the attempt at call and response (demanded, apparently, of all black speakers).
Not a single for-instance on how Jeff Sessions is supposed to be racist. U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, gave moving testimony about his first hand experience with Jim Crow and the struggle on the March from Selma to Montgomery. But that was then, what about Jeff Sessions now? Again, nothing. The chair of the Black Congressional Congress complained that he didn’t get on in prime time. He actually used the term “back of the bus.” This is how a once noble cause gets trivialized.
The Left keeps digging deeper
Fortunately, each of these partisan panderers was offset by black men who actually prosecuted civil rights cases for Jeff Sessions, whose newborn child was celebrated by Jeff Sessions (he teared up in relating this), and whose very livelihoods were rescued by Jeff Sessions. How petty and partisan those three made the three Democrats appear.
Joe Biden, Ted Kennedy, and Patrick Leahy borked Jeff Sessions in 1986 with spurious charges in perfecting the technique they used on Robert Bork the next year. (The late Arlen Specter, after switching parties to Democrat, apologized for his no vote.)
The Sessions hearings began with protestors dressed in Klan robes (uh, guys, that would be Democrats, not Republicans). Every half hour, a crazy man or woman erupts with some racial epithet and is removed. Who this convinces is known only to the crazy people. It is why Comrade John Nichols, socialist provocateur, constantly references the attorney general nominee as “Jefferson Beauregard Sessions.” Get it? That’s liberal dog whistle.
Now the Women’s March on Washington during the Presidential Inauguration January 21 is coming apart for the same reason. White women are being ordered to the back of the bus (if you’ll pardon the expression).
The race card is so promiscuously employed these days that it has become worthless scrip. Racism hasn’t disappeared, folks. It has only changed colors.
For extra credit: If you said grandstanding, Cory Booker said it all.