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The Kavanaugh Affair Winds On and On by The Elephant's Child

Last night I was left expecting that the committee would vote today and the matter would be voted on tomorrow by the full senate.  Stayed up too late and got up too late. We have worried Republican senators, so Jeff Flake  has decided that we need another FBI investigation. What has astounded me over this whole disgusting process is the extent to which Senators serving in the Senate of the United States are missing basic information. How about “innocent until proven guilty”— the basis of all our entire legal system.

Christine Blasey Ford, the accuser, first attempted delay after delay. She had a real fear of flying, it was going to be hard for her. Grassley offered to come out to California to interview her. He gave her a deadline. She flew. It was learned that she has flown all over the world, frequently to Hawaii. The object was apparently not to avoid flying, but to delay. Democrats are desperately trying to delay beyond the possibility of confirmation. Senator Feinstein has a lot to answer for. She had the letter accusing Kavanaugh since July, and held it until it was leaked that she had it, something like 60 days later. Senator Feinstein connected Ford with a good Democrat lawyer.

When Ford appeared for the hearing, with her new lawyer, she was treated with deference, called Dr. Ford.  People said she was convincing. I’m not so sure. She spoke in a little-girl voice, trembling and said she was “terrified.” Then asked for a cup of coffee. The sexual attack seems to be entirely some groping, and a hand over her mouth. She was sure, she said, that she was going to be killed. She told no one until she told a therapist when she went for counseling with her husband years later. She did not tell the therapist that it was Judge Kavanaugh who attacked her. The four people who were supposedly at the same party, had no memory of such an event. She did not know where the party was, nor whose house it was, nor how she got home—some 8 miles away. She seems to have decided, only when Judge Kavanaugh was nominated, that he was the attacker. She never told anyone about being attacked until she spoke to the therapist, at which point she didn’t know it was Kavanaugh. But, we are told, she was very credible.

Brett Kavanaugh has been thoroughly investigated by the FBI 6 times. Christine Blasey Ford has never been investigated at all, as far as we know. Nothing whatsoever about  any of her claims has confirmation from any of the people who were supposed to confirm it. The experienced Arizona sex crimes prosecutor, Rachel Mitchell, told Republican senators in a conference meeting that she would not charge Kavanaugh based on evidence from both parties and would not pursue a search warrant for the judge, which would require the standard of probable cause to be met. Ford recounted her “100 percent ” certainty that President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. Brett Kavanaugh testified he was “100 percent certain” that he did no such thing.

Two men have contacted the Judicial Committee to say that they did it, not Kavanaugh. One of the men described the event in the summer of 1982 in some detail. Have you heard more about that? Me neither.

The FBI investigates, but they do not reach conclusions. Conclusions are to be reached by those for whom they have looked for evidence. Polygraphs, which Ford announced that she had, are meaningless. They measure things like sweating or trembling from extreme stress, and are essentially junk science.

Democrats are pulling out all the stops, urging their activists to protest, disrupt, attack. Even the Sierra Club is rounding up their activists to protest. Tee shirts have been printed, signs have been printed. From the talk in the media, the FBI investigation is to be once again of Judge Kavanaugh. Is no one investigating Christine Ford?

Michelle Obama is out around the country urging everyone to get registered to vote. The suggestion that the deranged Democrats are pushing for a civil war to return them to power suddenly seems  somewhat more possible. The Hollywood “celebrities” are out offering us all their wise and well-considered opinions vulgar inanities. Cannot someone shut these media hogs up? I’ve given up on movies. I’m tired of spectacular car crashes, and even more tired of the “celebrities.”

The activists who are out demonstrating, the ones who break into the Senate Chamber, are reportedly paid to do so. Being a little short of things to scream about, they of course make it a racist event, with Kavanaugh as a rich young  white man. That Ford was a rich young white woman is not mentioned.

This has gone far beyond what we consider normality. Where it is going, I don’t know, but I’m worried. You probably are as well.


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Feinstein sat on a letter for six weeks, releasing it at the very last minute, forcing a woman who claimed to want anonymity out into the open. Then Feinstein had the gall to complain about Blasey Ford’s problems being suddenly thrust into the public eye, and that the Republicans were “rushing things”.

Sheldon Whitehouse parsed writings in a 35 year old high school yearbook as if these were the deranged writings of a madman.

Richard Blumenthal, who lied about his service during the Vietnam era, dared to lecture Kavanaugh about lying and integrity

The Democrats as a whole have behaved shamefully through this whole episode, smearing the name and reputation of a good man and exceptional jurist. All for a temporary partisan political gain.

I used to simply state that I couldn’t support Democrats because I disagreed with their ideas. Now I have no problem telling people that I can’t support Democrats because their behavior is disgusting.

I feel there is an incredible backlash against Democrats brewing. I hope what little they feel they have gained from this episode was worth it, because they are likely to pay a very heavy price, sooner than they expect.

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Comment by Lon Mead

Oh yes. Republicans aren’t given much to protesting and such, Democrats depend on that characteristic, which is why they were so frightened by the Tea Party. A lot of their protesters have been paid. They are demonstrating their ignorance about the law, the reason for restraint. And they are very happy with Flake’s attackers, which proves to them that attacks work and so are urging more of it. Oh yes, I think a backlash is brewing. How’s your island house?

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Comment by The Elephant's Child

Thanks for asking. Looks like an errant wakeboard or kayak hit my dock (easily fixed), a couple branches blown down, and an Adirondack chair belonging to a neighbor wound up in my driveway. Our community got off okay; Buxton and Ocracoke got hit harder, but they’re drying out.

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