Just to round out this rainy Thursday afternoon (for me), let’s have the latest look at the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings relative to the conclusion of the FBI investigation. First off, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has gone on record, even before reading the FBI investigative report, stating that the report’s conclusion, or Kavanaugh’s innocence or guilt doesn’t matter. He’s also using his official twitter account to send out the phone number of Congress with hashtags such as #StopKavanaugh and #BelieveSurvivors.
Generally, I’ve read that Republican Senators feel the FBI report was comprehensive and Democrats feel it is full of holes (hardly a surprise), and have gone so far as to accuse the GOP of giving the FBI a list of witnesses which excluded Dr. Ford and, according to Ford’s attorneys, a number of other witnesses who could have corroborated her allegations.
Conservative news websites such as The Daily Wire, believe Kavanaugh is being tried in the court of innuendo, public opinion, and temperament, which they feel is insufficient to stop the confirmation. Unlike Senator Booker, they, and specifically their editor-in-chief, Ben Shapiro, who is also an attorney, believe that Kavanaugh should be judged by the evidence and to a legal standard.
This only goes one of two ways. Either the Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh as the newest Justice to the Supreme Court or they don’t.
If they do, it will be a bloodbath, in some cases literally. To Trump’s and Kavanaugh’s opponents, it would feel like Trump being elected all over again, except Trump winning the election came as a total shock to everyone including me. No one imagined that Trump could win, and when I saw the news headlines the day after the election, I had to check several sources just to make sure it wasn’t some sort of gag.
If Kavanaugh is confirmed there won’t be any shock because it won’t be a surprise, so instead of people being stunned, they will be instantly outraged. The protests will be over the top, as if Trump and Kavanaugh were merged at the hip or became a composite being. The hate for both of them will be tangible, and I suspect the death threats toward the GOP Senators, Kavanaugh, and their respective staffs and families will continue (a credible death threat against the President is a felony). For all I know, someone may feel justified in actually committing assault or worse.
If Kavanaugh is not confirmed, the GOP will cry “foul,” but there won’t be anything they can do about it. The Dems, women’s groups, progressives, and so forth, will claim moral victory and the whole “right side of history” thing. Plus, all they have to do is stall further nominees until November when they hope to win a majority in the Senate. Then no conservative nominee to the high court will stand a snowball’s chance in a blast furnace of being confirmed, no matter how squeaky clean they may be (Trump should have vetted Kavanaugh a little more aggressively).
However, regardless of the results, American politics has already turned a corner. It’s no longer a matter of two differing political parties having control of the nation (there are a lot of other political parties, but the Republicans and the Democrats have the fix in, so the minority parties don’t have a shot at getting anyone elected, at least not on the national level, and certainly not to Congress and the Presidency).
Now, it’s a matter of each party claiming righteousness to the point where each one of them, that is, on both sides of the aisle, desire to reduce America to a one party system (my opinion, but it sure looks that way) where only one voice “represents” (Congress has stopped representing the people a long time ago in my opinion) the “will of the people.” It doesn’t matter if it’s the GOP or the Dems (even though you may think it does) because when only one party has total control, a totalitarian government is the inevitable conclusion.
If the GOP comes out as the winner, liberals will feel like abortion and same-sex marriage rights will go out the window. If the Dems win, then conservatives will feel like their First and Second Amendment rights will perish.
In other words, no matter who wins, everyone loses. Let’s see what happens in the next twenty-four hours.