Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss how Brett Kavanaugh’s passionate defense of his character and record and Sen. Lindsey Graham’s denunciation of Senate Democrats galvanized most Republicans around the Kavanaugh nomination. They also slam the mainstream media for continuing it’s appallingly biased coverage of Kavanaugh, this time horrified that the judge was angry for being accused of being a gang rapist and that his wife and daughters are the recipients of death threats. And they roll their eyes as Democratic Sen. Dick Blumenthal, who lied about being a Vietnam veteran for years, grilled Kavanaugh on questions of credibility.
Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy says Dr. Christine Ford came off as a compelling witness Thursday, but he also says major problems exist with her a account but the Republican-hired counsel failed to ask about them properly.
McCarthy, who is now a contributing editor and columnist at National Review, spoke after Ford’s testimony and before Kavanaugh’s impassioned rebuttal. McCarthy says sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell did not make good use of her time.
“Mitchell seemed to think she was conducting a deposition and gathering a bunch of information that could be used later on. In a proceeding like this, you have to go right to the point,” said McCarthy.
He says there are many holes in Ford’s story understands Republicans deferring to Mitchell since Democrats were ready to pounce with their narrative of eleven white men harassing an alleged sexual assault victim, but he says Mitchell was more focused on being kind than getting the facts.
“She need a ride home somebody. Yet, she can’t remember how she got to the party. She can’t remember how she got back. She doesn’t remember what she said to the first person she saw who would have been the first friendly person there to give her a ride home after she had been through this terrible incident.
“None of those aspects of her story make sense. And the way that a lawyer would normally handle that at a trial or at a hearing would be to ask her pointed, leading questions about that. Instead what Mitchell did was ask these sort of open-ended questions. We got a lot about the topography of Montgomery County and the etiology of PTSD, but we didn’t find out a lot about what went on in that room,” said McCarthy.
McCarthy says the consequences of not challenging Ford’s story are significant.
“If you get to the end, and you haven’t laid a glove on her version of events, then what you’re asking these wobbly senators to do is confirm somebody who there’s good reason to believe attempted to commit a rape,” said McCarthy.
Three women now accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of serious sexual misconduct, but with no corroborating witnesses or evidence for any allegations, prominent conservative columnist and author Kurt Schlichter says Democrats must be defeated in their attempt to defeat Kavanaugh through “a burning garbage fire of lies.”
Schlichter is a senior columnist at townhall.com and author of the forthcoming book “Militant Normals: How Regular Americans are Rebelling Against the Elite to Reclaim Our Democracy.”
The latest allegation against Kavanaugh comes from Michael Avenatti, attorney for Stormy Daniels, whose client claims Kavanaugh spiked the punch at high school parties in the early 1980’s and then helped orchestrate gang rapes of incapacitated women.
Schlicter says the onslaught of eleventh hour allegations against Kavanaugh from more than 35 years ago is blatant smear campaign that must be defeated.
“It’s critical. The Democrats have to lose. They cannot win. This cannot stand,” said Schlichter, predicting that if Kavanaugh were to withdraw the Democrats would bring forth similar tactics against any other nominee.
Instead, he says the GOP must plow through as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to do and let Democrats know they’ll do it again when and if a liberal justice retires while Republicans control the Senate and the White House.
But Schlichter says this is actually about principles far bigger than which party has the majority on Capitol Hill. Schlichter, who is also a trial lawyer, says Democrats are perfectly happy to cast aside the hallmarks of our justice system.
“For cheap political advantage, you have Democrats getting rid of concepts like the right to confront your accuser, the right to cross-examine your accuser, the right to a presumption of innocence. All that out the window for cheap political advantage.
“This isn’t just a judicial seat. This is the most basic foundations of our Anglo-American jurisprudence. This is an attack on what it means to be a free people that embraces liberty,” said Schlichter.
While some on the right wonder if Kavanaugh should withdraw because he would have such a tarnished reputation on the court, Schlichter says it’s more important to defeat the Democrats and allies like Avenatti in their efforts to take down Kavanaugh.
“We must say no. No to these last-minute attacks, no to these manifest lies. No to Stripper Matlock (Avenatti). Does Stripper Matlock sound like the guy you’d go to if you really, really believed you had a meritorious case.
“I’m a trial lawyer in Los Angeles. I know about guys like this. I deal with guys like this. You don’t go to guys like this if you are serious. You go to guys like this if you’re trying to get on MSNBC. You go to guys like this if you have a bogus claim that you know he’ll scream and yell about,” said Schlichter.
In our conversation, Schlichter also dismissed the accuser for supposedly knowing about regular drugging and gang rape and yet continuing to attend such parties.
As for this week, Schlichter says it’s a 50-50 proposition that the initial accuser, Dr. Christine Ford appears at all for Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. He says the Democrats and media will laud Ford as compelling and brilliant regardless of her performance.
He says getting Kavanaugh confirmed is imperative, but if Democrats peel off two Republicans to defeat the nomination, he hopes Trump and the Republicans make this fight the central message of the midterm election season.
“You, the American people, will decide. If you vote Republican, you are going to take the side of justice and truth and if you vote Democrat, you’re going to take the side of lies,” said Schlichter.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are thoroughly disgusted as Senate Democrats unveil their talking points, simultaneously demanding an FBI investigation to the get to the truth of the allegation against Brett Kavanaugh and stating they believe the accuser. They also shudder as Trump allies and the Republican National Committee are terrified that many Trump voters are thoroughly convinced the Democrats have no chance to win the midterm elections and suggest GOP turnout may suffer as a result. And they unload on former George W. Bush strategist and current Never Trump ABC News figure Matthew Dowd for suggesting that we should always believe the female in “he said, she said” situations.
Two days into confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Judicial Crisis Network Chief Counsel Carrie Severino believes Kavanaugh is proving himself to be a brilliant, thoughtful jurist while Democrats look ridiculous by trying to throw up roadblocks and encourage protesters.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding three days of hearings this week. Before the proceedings began, more than forty Senate Democrats announced their opposition to the Kavanaugh nomination. Severino agrees with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C, about how that makes Democrats look.
“If this were 20 years earlier, he would have gotten 90-plus votes. Judge Kavanaugh is someone who has a dozen years on the bench, 300-plus opinions to his name. He’s so smart that he’s recognized as being one of the leading federal judges by litigators across the spectrum,” said Severino.
On Tuesday, Democrats on the committee interrupted Republicans dozens of times to protest the late release of more than 40,000 pages of documents. Severino says Americans need to realize the documents have nothing to do with why Democrats are trying to stall.
“Don’t be confused. This is not the reason they want to postpone it. They had a conference call earlier in the day that Sen. (Richard) Durbin admitted to, talking about what they were going to do. ‘Are we going to walk out of the hearings?’ Ultimately, they decided to disrupt the hearings.
“It’s actually been really shameful. There were 70 people arrested yesterday for disrupting the hearings, not just the senators interrupting 44 times. These are people standing up, shouting, being dragged out of the room. You even had some of the senators encouraging them and rooting them on. This is so disrespectful to the process,” said Severino.
She says the Democrats are making a spectacle about ancillary issues because they have no good reason to oppose Kavanaugh and some are trying to boost their own political ambitions.
“They’re going for ratings. They’re going for get out the vote efforts. Three of the people on the committee are running for president in 2020. They’re interested in cutting campaign video, not in finding out about the nominee,” said Severino.
Even when Democrats got down to asking questions Wednesday, Severino says it was clear that many were looking to grandstand than listen to Kavanaugh’s responses.
“Especially Democrat senators, they just want to ask the question and then go, ‘Mic drop’ and walk away. You can’t just do that. [Kavanaugh] was saying, ‘No, there’s an answer to that question. You might think that was quite witty, but there really is an answer,'” said Severino.
In fact, Severino was most impressed by Kavanaugh’s thoughtful and thorough explanations about the various cases he has considered.
“I think he really shines when he’s explaining his logic. He doesn’t try to hide and tell them what he thinks they want to hear. He’s happy to explain carefully,” said Severino.
Listen to the full podcast to hear Carrie Severino’s analysis of how Kavanaugh handled Democrats trying to pin him down on various issues and what she thinks the vote on Kavanaugh is likely to be at this point.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America savor three good martinis for conservatives. First, they applaud Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse for reminding his fellow senators of the constitutional purpose of the judicial branch, how Brett Kavanaugh out to be evaluated, and why the political “charades” needs to stop. They also cheer Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey for naming former Sen. Jon Kyl to replace John McCain in the U.S. Senate until the 2020 election. And they welcome Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision not to seek another term and reflect on his disastrous record in both Washington and the Windy City.