Is Kavanaugh hearing being held in Madison?

About the Brewers’ 4-3 win over the Cubs Monday, Labor Day:
Did you ever think a fielder’s choice could be so exciting?

The opening to the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing this morning was a circus. One friendly viewer asked if the hearing was being held in Madison, so chaotic was the proceeding. Screechers disrupted the hearing but, unlike local government here, they were carried away.

Worse was the Democrat(ic) senators planned disruption. Chairman Chuck Grassley could not even introduce the Supreme Court nominee before Democrats began their interruptions. Sets a tone, doncha think?

Witch Trial

Live from the today’s Senate confirmation hearing

Retired UW-Madison law prof Ann of Althouse writes:

I’m laughing at this WaPo editorial, “Kavanaugh should break the trend of stonewalling the Senate.”

You mean the trend that began after Bork opened his heart and got crushed? Not bloody likely.Notorious RBGHere are the editors, editorializing as indeed they must:

High-court confirmation hearings have become increasingly less illuminating over the years, with nominees finding ever more creative ways to say little. They aim to avoid the fate of Robert H. Bork, whom the Senate rejected in 1987 following a loquacious performance at his hearings. Their model is Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who explained in her 1993 sessions that she could not answer certain questions because she would not want to suggest she had prejudged cases that might come before her.

Yes, exactly. The model is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal’s huge heroine. But don’t be like her now, all of a sudden? Too funny. It’s obvious that her approach works. Why would any nominee deviate from it?

The Notorious RGB!

No Opinions, please

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has decided that boring sells. Some time ago it gave up publishing its institutional editorial opinion. Now it is getting rid of its only two local opinion columnists: struggling young writer Christian Schneider, who wrote from the Right, and Ms. Emily Mills, a dependable foot soldier of the Left. Oddly for a Milwaukee newspaper, both were based in Madison. Ms. Emily explains:

My column — and all opinion columns — are ending to make room for what’s called “solutions-based journalism,” which is reporting that aims to lift up those people and organizations already working on possible answers to problems. There’s more focus on holding community events in conjunction with that reporting, to both humanize and make accessible your local journalists, and to provide forums for connection, discussion and, hopefully, action.

The Journal Sentinel is failing and now it is flailing. Schneider has gone on to greater job security as spokes guy for the Department of Transportation. Oh, and no national opinion columns, either. Or local cartoonist. Sorry, doesn’t work for me.

Give me robust debate any day but your Squire is probably a dinosaur. But he knows one thing: bland does not sell.


They printed my letter!

FoxConn is dead as an issue for the Democrats

David Haynes, who was once the Milwaukee newspaper’s opinion editor, writes:

Could Foxconn’s massive factory in Racine County — coupled with a new $100 million venture capital fund — help jump-start startups in southern Wisconsin? My reporting found reasons to hope that it could.

First, Foxconn’s 8K-5G technology might be a game-changer for a host of industries, from medical care to sports to security. And its partnership with Northwestern Mutual, Advocate Aurora and Johnson Controls on the venture capital fund is significant and could attract even more capital to the state even though the fund will invest out of state as well.

Add to that Foxconn’s matching grant to the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering, and you have the makings, potentially, of something special. Time will tell, of course, and there are still reasons to be skeptical of the massive state investment. But none of these recent developments is a bad thing for entrepreneurship in the state.

That sounds like an opinion, no? One that Scott Walker is sure to repeat in an advertising barrage that will make the rubble bounce.

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25 Responses to Is Kavanaugh hearing being held in Madison?

  1. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    If Republicans are smart, they’ll make sure every one of their candidates in the mid-terms runs ads featuring clips of the Dems’ antics during the Kavanaugh hearings. And if Kavanaugh is smart, he’ll repeat Ginsburg’s responses during her confirmation hearings–verbatim–as often as possible when being questioned by the lunatic lefties. Speaking of RBG, she’s being beatified by the left faster than JP2 was by the Vatican. Luckily, there’s a better than even chance the old crone will croak in time for Trump to replace her with a 40-year-old hardcore orginialist in the Scalia mode. A booming economy, the prospect of re-making the Supreme Court, and the increasing fanaticism of the Democrats should be a winning combination for Republicans come November.


  2. madisonexpat says:

    Senator Baldwin, are you for FoxxCon, against lower taxes and ever in Wisconsin?


    • richard lesiak says:

      Right now she is in DC dealing with this scam the gop is pulling to get Kavanaugh appointed as well as pushing a bill to keep trump from turning your health ins. in a pile of useless crap.


      • Patrick M O'Loughlin says:

        Yes, that old scam called advice and consent.


      • coolkevs says:

        Scam? I thought the procedure as laid out in the Constitution is you WIN the election, then the President gets to appoint who he/she wants and then it is approved/disapproved by the Senate. It looks to me that the procedure is proceeding as expected, just slow. Kavanaugh has waited 60+ days to get confirmed which is far longer than anybody in the recent past to be confirmed. Then what will you say when the Red State Dems vote for Kavanaugh – they’ve been taking in by the scam? Ridiculous!


  3. old baldy says:

    Well at least Kavanaugh gets a hearing. That’s more than McConnell allowed. Sooo many hypocrites, sooo little time.


    • richard lesiak says:

      There you go; stating facts again. I can see a 5000 word post coming soon that makes less sense than a trump 4 am tweet. Am I right?


    • Patrick M O'Loughlin says:

      Hearings are not required, nor are they even mentioned in the Constitution. The Senate is required to give their advice and consent, and in Garland’s case, they did exactly that: “Our advice is to not send that nomination up here, because we will not give our consent.”

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      • old baldy says:

        And McConnell took the cowards way out. No surprise.


        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @hankdog/old baldy;

          Allow me to preface this with I thought they should have given him a hearing…anywho:

          “And McConnell took the cowards way out.”

          Do tell!

          At the Federal level, a simple Senate majority determines whether a President’s SCOTUS gets confirmed or not. The 114th Congressional Senate: 54 Republicans, 44 Lefties, & 2 Independents.

          To paraphrase the self-anointed ‘4th Greatest President EVAH!!!!, I’d hazard a guess this is because elections have consequences.

          Showing the ubiquitous hyper-partisanship of the career Lefty, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has come down on both sides of the unwritten “Thurmond Rule.”

          “Senator Leahy rejected the rule in the closing months of the Democratic Clinton administration, but later invoked the rule in the last months of the Republican Bush administration”

          Kinda like he was against it before he was for it, am I right?

          It gets worse.

          IL junior Senator and Lefty demi-god Barack Obama “(i)n January 2006 joined 24 colleagues in a futile effort led by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of now-Justice Samuel Alito.”

          And worse yet.

          “In the last year of George W. Bush’s second term Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) suggested that PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEES THAT ARE NOT CONFIRMED BY JUNE of that year would not be confirmed at all.” (bolds mine)

          June 2016?? Wasn’t the Garland thing, like, you know, months AFTER that?

          Think Lefties are going to try to pull the ol’ MA Side Step? There they changed the Senate Special Election rules not just once, not just twice, but three times to benefit the democrat Party.

          Ah Lefty; so MUCH hypocrisy, so little time!

          The Gotch


  4. madisonexpat says:

    Many thanks Dems for the Biden rule and no more nuclear option.
    Clocks ticking until the next hearing.

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  5. purpleslog says:

    Re “… institutional editorial opinion…” the MJS embedds those in its news articles and headlines.

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  6. richard lesiak says:

    ROJO where are you? Glad to hear that you had a great taxpayer funded trip to Russia with your other 7 buddies. Please call the plastic factory, they can’t find the key to the break-room vending machine.


    • madisonexpat says:

      Wherever RoJo is I imagine he’s enjoying being a senator. I think WI senior senator is worried as demonstrated by her frantic fund raising among her base in Martha’s Vineyard, the Hamptons and SF. Watch your step in SF senator. Its like Calcutta with infected needles strewn about. But safely Democrat.


    • coolkevs says:

      Let’s document all the taxpayer-funded trips, shall we. Quite ridiculous, but it happens on both sides. I’m quite happy to limit these trips – what are you going to do about them?


      • richard lesiak says:

        Vote them out. Even us Dem’s are sick of some of the fat-cat douches in our party. Ayanna Pressley in Mass. just got rid of one of them for us and it was about time. I pay taxes to keep my state and country taken care of, not so these fools can travel the world.


  7. madisonexpat says:

    We did. That’s the point of the Tea Party.
    Adios Paul Ryan et al.


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