Another high-tech lynching
[ This UPDATE from National Review: “Every Supreme Court nomination brings some antics and political stunts, but the Democrats have really turned it up to eleven with Kavanaugh. The constant interrupting protesters throughout the confirmation hearing, Cory Booker’s “I am Spartacus” routine, Kamala Harris’s blatant dishonesty about Kavanaugh’s positions and writing, the implausible “Kavanaugh refused to shake my hand” stunt from the father of a Parkland-shooting victim, and now this last-minute evidence-free vague accusation. Even by the standards of shameless political stunts and grandstanding, this feels . . . disproportionate.” ]
The cloistered inhabitants of Stately Blaska Manor are waiting for the usual shrill voices to be heard to defend Democrats’ conduct in the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. So far, all they are hearing are Simon and Garfunkel.
“Hello Darkness my old friend …”
Bad enough the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee couldn’t even introduce the nominee before the interruptions began. That signaled the crazies in the audience to begin staging their own outbursts.
Getting three times the documents of the last three Supreme Court nominees, combined, wasn’t enough. Democrats on the committee demanded documents belonging to President George W. Bush, as well.
But does it get any lower than Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-California?
“I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” Ms. Feinstein said in a statement. “That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities.”
Sen. Feinstein had this letter since well before the hearings began. Did not ask Judge Kavanaugh about it in 40 hours of grilling. Made no mention in her opening remarks. Discussed it not with chairman Grassley.
The Wall Street Journal reasonably asks, “If the ‘information’ is worrying enough to send to the FBI, why did Sen. Feinstein wait so long? … The charitable explanation is that she didn’t think the information was credible enough to warrant investigation, but that now under pressure from her colleagues she felt obliged to surface it.”
Never mind the colleagues. Feinstein is fighting for her job. The 85-year-old couldn’t get the endorsement of her own California Democratic party in a race against a much younger Democrat facing her in the November election (thanks to the state’s jungle primary). Therefore, the incumbent feels pressed to extreme measures.
News outlets, fed from well placed leaks, report the letter alleges sexual hijinks in high school some 35 years ago.
“Are you now or have you ever …”
The Blaska Policy Werkes suspected that demagogues would weaponize the #MeToo frenzy for partisan political purposes. Joe McCarthy did the same thing with the legitimate concerns over communist subversion. Secret information, innuendo, speculation. Those were his tools; Feinstein only borrows them.
Like Diane Feinstein, old Tailgunner Joe disgraced himself and his cause. Then again, Democrats “Borked” one nominee and conducted a high-tech lynching of another, Clarence Thomas. It’s what they do.
Platinum subscriber bonus residue: Brad Schimel requires staff to sign non-disclosure agreements? Jim Doyle did likewise before being sworn as governor in late 2002. The news media made no big whup then.