Democrats Lob a Hail Mary Shot at Kavanaugh With Laundry List of Questions
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has expressed disappointment with the circus surrounding Kavanaugh.
When it comes to Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court, Democrats have not finished making fools of themselves. In a final attempt to derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation, they have submitted record-setting list of questions for him.
Alex Swoyer reports at the Washington Times:
Dems send 1,278 additional questions to Kavanaugh, more than all other SCOTUS nominees combined
Senate Democrats submitted a record number of written questions to President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, in a move Republicans said was the latest attempt to delay confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
The 1,278 questions are four times more than the number asked of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, Mr. Trump’s first high court pick, last year. Indeed, it’s more than the combined total for every justice in U.S. history, said Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the committee, asked 241 questions herself — more than the total the Senate as a whole asked of Justice Elena Kagan and Justice Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s court picks.
“Submitting this many written questions appears to be just one more effort to gum up the process. It’s unnecessary and dilatory, especially when many have already decided to vote against Judge Kavanaugh. What more do they need to know to vote ‘no’?” Mr. Grassley said.
Of course, it’s not about the questions or the answers. It’s about Democrats showing their outraged supporters that they are trying to “do something” to stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
There is growing evidence that their efforts are not working as planned.
Jordain Carney writes at The Hill:
Left risks backlash in Kavanaugh fight
Hardball tactics are threatening to backfire on the left in the final weeks of the high-stakes fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.
GOP senators blasted Democrats and their liberal supporters on Wednesday over what Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called a “harassment campaign” against Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who a day earlier revealed a staffer in her office had been threatened with rape by people calling to oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Separately, Democrats opposed to Kavanaugh’s nomination have come under criticism for taking remarks made by the nominee out of context. Republicans ripped former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, arguing she was guilty of the same misinformation related to the judge that had earned Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) “four Pinocchios” from The Washington Post fact checker.
Even Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is disappointed. Amy Wang of the Washington Post:
Justice Ginsburg (visiting @gwlaw) contrasts her confirmation process to Kavanaugh’s, says it was “truly bipartisan” back then. “The way it was was right. The way it is is wrong… I wish I could wave a magic wand and have it go back to the way it was.” #RBG
— Amy B Wang (@amybwang) September 12, 2018
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The best thing the nominee could do with that list of questions is to put it unread into a box and not respond to any of them until after the vote, and perhaps not even then.
Not a single person who had their staffs write those questions has any interest in voting for him at all, even if he were to answer them perfectly.
Put it in the (rotating file) (file 13) (perpetual “Hold” box) Pick one.
can Senators who are not on the Judiciary committee ask their own questions or do they have to ask them through a committee member? If so not answering risks angering Senators who might vote for him and asked through a Judiciary committee member.
In the, “give ’em an inch, they’ll take a mile dept.,” just provide one answer: Sorry, love ya, fresh out of inches. Well, maybe not the love ya part.
He should just reply “What difference, at this point, does it make?”
And the best thing we all can do is remember these dirty tricks when we go into the voting booth.
Do we want an America run by Schumer and Feinstein, NY and CA elitists? Or an America led by McConnell and Grassley, KY and Iowa gentlemen?
Revenge is a dish best served cold.
Where can I send a “No Comment” stamp for Kavanaugh’s use?
Oh, come on. These guys are lawyers. It has to be longer.
It would be inappropriate at this time to comment on this issue.
About right? (So much more polite than a simple F-off 🙂
But not as succinct.
How about a compromise, say he isn’t going to respond in Latin, which is succinct and polite …
“You might very well think that, but I couldn’t possibly comment.” Francis Urquhart, the original FU.
Get a tv camera and a shredder, print out the pages, and pointedly feed them in one at a time after reading aloud the most ridiculous question on the page.
How many times did the Supreme court overrule Kavanaugh?
How many times did the Supreme court over rule Sotomayer?
How many times did the supreme court adopt kavanaugh’s position?
100% of the time
How many times did the Supreme court adopt Sotomayer’s position
2 maybe three times
The funniest part is that some Democrats are saying the vote has to be delayed, because they need time to read the answers. I say if he has the time to write the answers they have the time to read the answers.
It was the rage on twitter a day ago. Apparently there is a letter from an Anita Hill type woman out there that Feinstein is sitting on.
Of course if Feinstein is sitting on it, then probably it will do Kavanaugh more good then harm to release it.
Ha – I read through that story. Looks like it comes from some women in California who claims that Kavanaugh made some inappropriate advances towards her when he was in high school, 40 years ago – but then she forgot about it and never said anything to anyone about it for 40 years. LOL.
I’ll bet next they find someone who will swear that he cut into the line at the drinking fountain when he was in 5th grade.
It worked against Moore, so expect it to be part of their normal playbook now.
It is about creating enough problems just for the vote, after that the woman will drop the issue, not remember, or be proven to be liar. It doesn’t matter. What matters is changing a couple of votes because of PoundMeToo. Remove due process. Remove a career. It only matters that the “right” people have it done to them.
I was wondering when the bimbos would start coming out of the woodwork. Oh by the way, the statute of limitations on this particular bimbo ran out 40 years ago.
“The 1,278 questions are four times more than the number asked of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, Mr. Trump’s first high court pick”
Gorsuch and Kavanaugh are undercard fights (because of who they are replacing). The main event, the top billing fight, will happen when one of the true lefties leaves the Supreme Court building.
I was impressed by RBG’s advice to students in the twitter link.
No. Screw that. RBG is PART OF THE PROBLEM.
Remember 2016 when she broke literally centuries-long precedent and publicly criticized a Presidential candidate?
She led the way with the politicization of the Supreme Court and now she’s whining that the Court is politicized.
I hope at the very least, Grassley’s staff (or whomever), does some analysis on the list of questions to show patterns of redundancy to those questions already asked and answered, and those questions of a speculative nature to which Kavanaugh already established a policy of not answering. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the list turned out to be 98% redundant and could be returned to the democrats under cover letter saying “asked and answered”.
how about this for a rubber stamp answer?
“LOL Wut?” with some emoticons afterward…
One of the few times I’ve ever been in agreement with RBG – but then, it’s always “bipartisan” when they’re debating the confirmation of an leftist.
Now Feinstein has a document she will not release but has passed on to law enforcement about the nominee. If it is so hush-hush why mention it unless it is to raise more suspicion? From Red October… “What’s the plan son? The Left doesn’t take a dump without a plan”… I substituted Left for Russians, (Soviets) but still interchangeable.
I read somewhere that the FBI has already passed the Letter on to the White House as part of their “background check”. In other words is was less than nothing.
My guess is they are trying to set up a perjury trap.
They already did; Hirono asked him if he had any awareness, etc. of #MeToo incidents.
They’ve lost Ruth. UH OH.