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Kavanaugh Open Thread: Feinstein Refuses to Give Ford’s Letter to Grassley

Kavanaugh Open Thread: Feinstein Refuses to Give Ford’s Letter to Grassley

Grassley to Feinstein: “Instead, you chose to sit on the allegations until a politically opportune moment. I cannot overstate how disappointed I am in this decision.”

It still looks like Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford will not show up for a hearing set for Monday, which has caused some mayhem at Capitol Hill.

The decision to not show up has caused the teetering Republicans to push for a confirmation vote if nothing happens on Monday.

To make matters worse, Feinstein won’t give the Republicans the letter that contains the accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh. Does this mean that no one else has actually seen the letter? Just Feinstein? How does she expect Ford to get a proper hearing on Monday if everyone else lacks all the tools?

Ford Open to Hearing Next Week If It’s Fair

From The New York Times:

In the email, obtained by The New York Times, the lawyer for Christine Blasey Ford said that testifying Monday — the timetable Republicans have set for a hearing — “is not possible and the Committee’s insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event.” The lawyer reiterated that it is Dr. Blasey’s “strong preference” that “a full investigation” occur before her testimony — wording that stopped short of demanding an F.B.I. probe and suggested she is open to testifying without one.

In the email, addressed to top Republican and Democratic aides on the committee, the lawyer, Debra Katz, wrote that she would like to set up a call later on Thursday to “discuss the conditions” under which Dr. Blasey would be prepared to testify.

“As you are aware, she has been receiving death threats, which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and she and her family have been forced out of their home,” the email said. “She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety.”

Still doubt the hearing will happen on Monday since Ford’s attorney said it “is not possible” for her client to testify on that day.

HuffPost Poll Shows Ford Credibility is Tanking

Yes, you read that correctly. A poll at HuffPost found that Ford’s credibility is polling low.

From HuffPost:

Ford Receiving Threats

For the love of everything holy in this world, DO NOT do this, people. From Mediaite:

Since her name became public, reported the New York Times today, Ford has been inundated with harassment and threats.

Ford has been “inundated with vulgar email and social media messages,” reports the Times, including death threats. Citing “a person close to” Ford who also wishes to remain anonymous, they report that the harassment has been so severe she has had to move herself and her children out of their home, and is arranging for “private security.”

“From what I’ve heard you have 6 months to live, you disgusting slime,” said one of the messages, according to the Times.

Ford’s Former Classmate Walks Claim About Assault

From NPR:

“In my [Facebook] post, I was empowered and I was sure it probably did [happen],” Miranda told NPR. “I had no idea that I would now have to go to the specifics and defend it before 50 cable channels and have my face spread all over MSNBC news and Twitter.”

Miranda on Twitter noted that she did not have “first hand knowledge” of the incident.

Miranda said staff from the Senate Judiciary Committee had reached out to her, something she was not expecting. She said she will not go through with a committee interview if asked.

Miranda says in high school she played soccer with Ford — whom she refers to as Chrissy — and that she continues to support her. Miranda added that despite not knowing specifics of what went on at the party three decades ago, she remembers that there was a “buzz” that went around the weekend of the party in question about an alleged incident involving students from her school and Kavanaugh’s.

Grassley Sets Friday Deadline

Ford has until Friday to decide if she will testify on Monday in front of the committee. From Fox News:

Grassley, in a letter to Ford’s attorneys on Wednesday, set a 10 a.m. Friday deadline to respond to the invitation “if she intends to testify on Monday.”

“You have stated repeatedly that Dr. Ford wants to tell her story,” Grassley wrote in the letter. “I sincerely hope that Dr. Ford will accept my invitation to do so, either privately or publicly, on Monday.”

It’s still not clear if Ford — who claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 35 years ago while in high school — will ultimately accept the invitation to testify on Capitol Hill.

Republicans Still Pushing for Ford to Testify

McCaskill Will Vote Against Kavanaugh

Vulnerable incumbent Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill announced she will vote against Kavanaugh when the vote hits the floor. From The New York Times:

Ms. McCaskill said she was concerned about the accusation against the judge, but based her decision on campaign finance law. “He has revealed his bias against limits on campaign donations, which places him completely out of the mainstream of this nation,” she said in a statement.

The Kansas City Star had more:

“Going even further, Judge Kavanaugh will give free reign to anonymous donors and foreign governments through their citizens to spend money to interfere and influence our elections with so-called ‘issue ads.’ These ‘issue ads’ are now flooding the airways in this nation to directly influence election outcomes, drowning the concept of individuals having the strongest voice in our democracy.”

Feinstein Holds Onto the Letter

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley blasted ranking member Dianne Feinstein because she will not give him Ford’s letter that sparked this circus. From Fox News:

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Wednesday unloaded a torrent of criticism on Sen. Dianne Feinstein for her handling of the sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, telling the ranking Democrat on the committee, “I cannot overstate how disappointed I am.”

Saying Feinstein “chose to sit on the allegations until a politically opportune moment,” Grassley demanded she immediately turn over an unredacted copy of the letter from Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, that Feinstein received July 30.

Feinstein, D-Calif., shared the letter with federal authorities and other senators only last week, days before a key Judiciary Committee vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, after a leak about the letter was published in The Intercept. Republicans have accused Democrats of orchestrating that leak.

Grassley, R-Iowa, who called the document a “significant piece of evidence in Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation process,” said that despite multiple requests, he still has access only to a redacted copy of the letter included in supplemental background materials provided by the FBI to a select group of senators.

Grassley said he needs the letter in order to have a proper hearing on Monday.

It looks like Feinstein cannot accept responsibility for the mayhem and keeps trying to deflect blame to the Republicans. She said:

Feinstein appeared to wash her hands of the process in a brief interview outside her Senate office with Fox News on Tuesday, saying, “I have no say, I’m the lead Democrat. … I think it’s really too bad that no one called her, or called her lawyer.”

She added: “This is a woman who has been profoundly impacted by this. Now, I can’t say everything’s truthful. I don’t know.”

Except THEY HAVE REACHED OUT TO HER. Numerous times! They are trying to do everything they can to hear from Ford and let her voice be heard whether it’s in the public or private.

Grassley brushed off Feinstein’s statement:

In his letter Wednesday, Grassley unequivocally dismissed Feinstein’s suggestions that her delays were motivated by a desire to protect Ford’s identity, and suggested that her actions had in fact compromised any legitimate desire to preserve her anonymity.

“These allegations could have been raised to me, or to Judge Kavanaugh, while protecting Dr. Ford’s anonymity,” Grassley said. “Had Dr. Ford not made her allegations public via The Washington Post over the weekend, I still would not know her identity.”

He continued: “These allegations could have been raised both within the last seven weeks and in a way that protected Dr. Ford’s anonymity. Instead, you chose to sit on the allegations until a politically opportune moment. I cannot overstate how disappointed I am in this decision.”


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What do you want to bet the letter is turned over to Grassley about 9:00 pm Sunday night? The game is there for all to see. Let the vote go forward Monday and any R that votes ‘no’ let him or her be damned.

      Close The Fed in reply to DonnaG.. | September 20, 2018 at 11:01 am

      The CNN page says someone read to them a REDACTED version of the letter., that they had not seen the letter itself.

        And Fineswine gave the Bureau a redacted copy of the letter. Fineswine, at least one or two of her staffers and perhaps some selected Democrats have seen the unredacted letter.

        Tom Servo in reply to Close The Fed. | September 20, 2018 at 2:25 pm

        Thanks to leaks to the NYT and other reporters, we now all know what those “redacted” words were; the other person in the room at the time of the alleged assault was the writer named Judge, who has strongly denied ever having been part of any such thing, and another boy present was referred to as “PJ”, who has been identified as a classmate named Patrick J. Smyth. He has also strongly denied ever having been present during any incident of this kind.

        I suspect what Grassley is most angry about is that DiFi is refusing to let him read the unredacted letter on grounds of “confidentiality”, and yet she’s shown it to every friendly MSM reporter that she knows.

“I’m so disappointed in you”

How many of y’all out there remember how this goes? Those of you who rotated (like me) through the Head Master’s office every month of every school year?

I’ll translate for those goody two shoes unfamiliar with this waltz:

Father is not taking away the car. We are not getting grounded. And by sunrise tomorrow he will be all smiles – ie. No serious consequences, we are going to get away with this.

    Fen in reply to Fen. | September 20, 2018 at 9:25 am

    “I’m REALLY disappointed in you”

    Uh huh. Sorry Dad. Yawn.

    “Really really disappointed”

    I know. It won’t happen again Dad. I’ll strive to be better

    “Well okay then. You make sure of that!”

    Uh huh. Hey, can you spot me $20? We’re getting a motel room after Prom ends.

    “Sure thing sport”

      Valerie in reply to Fen. | September 20, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      “I cannot overstate how disappointed I am in this decision.”

      You picked up on a key quote, but you missed the dialect.

      That’s lawyer for “you will either fix this, or I will make you regret it.”

        MajorWood in reply to Valerie. | September 20, 2018 at 1:24 pm

        I think Grassley should take a long weekend and show up at work at 8:59AM on Monday. I hear the Eastern Shore is nice this time of year. It is time to pull out the old “poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine” response. The other appropriate response to feinswine would be, “if this were the private sector, you would have been fired long ago (leave it vague for those to fill in months to decades as they wish).

        We used to have these psycho relatives that drove between Maine and Texas every summer, and they always made plans to stop by in Ohio and visit for lunch, but every year they would call from Buffalo or Cincinnatti at around 5PM to say that they decided to keep on driving as “they were making good time, the weather was cooperating, etc.” So after a couple of times, we all would make other plans for the day, and then gather and laugh about it when the call would come. They kept this up for 20 years never realizing that we had stopped being played long ago. Fooled once, shame on you. Fooled twice, shame on me.

        DaveGinOly in reply to Valerie. | September 20, 2018 at 5:39 pm

        “You have failed me for the last time.” (Sounds of mechanical breathing.)

    fscarn in reply to Fen. | September 20, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Grassley’s well prepared for this year’s celebration. “At the Festivus dinner, you gather your family around, and tell them all the ways they have disappointed you over the past year!”

    Fen in reply to Fen. | September 20, 2018 at 10:17 am

    Ah. Just realized why this has me so unnecessarily grumpy. I’ve seen this before, not from my youth, but just the other day. Something close to: “Now Rags, we really really mean it this time..”

    I know, I know. But I figure I’m already in the dog house with the women here, so… I’ll just settle into the comfy couch. Can I get a pillow? No? Okay fine. Yawn and snoring now.

One point that may be overlooked is the event described appears to me to be a situation where the guy was trying to get to second base all the while skipping first base. A very plausible event, though very much out of character for what we know about Kavanaugh.

The level of trauma seems very much exaggerated. “thought he would inadvertantly kill me” and “he was trying to rape me”

Was the level of trauma exaggerated for political reasons or was level of trauma imagined because christine was dealing with issues.

There is a note in one of the comment sections of an individual whose family was a member of the same country club as kav’s family and Christine’s family. The scuttlebutt was that christine had the reputation of a trouble teen. That would be consistent with having significantly more trauma from a relatively trivial event. Also consistent with the typical profile of a professional in psychology and psychiarity, those professions tend to be populated by individuals with issues.

Feinstein hasn’t even forwarded the letter? This lends some credence to the Internet rumor that Ford sent the same letter with allegations re Gorsuch.

    Chuckin Houston in reply to Valerie. | September 20, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    The presence of White Out under Kavanaugh’s name looks suspicious. DiFi is waiting for the letter to be retyped.

The Dumb-o-crats first wanted the accuser to be heard. Now, having been offered the opportunity to be heard, in public or in private, in D.C., or, in California, the Dumbs’ narrative is, don’t “bully” the accuser into expeditiously testifying in support of her allegation. The Dumbs seriously contend, with a straight face, that a person should be allowed to sling the most serious allegation against a party — an allegation whose mere utterance inevitably inflicts permanent damage; an allegation that could completely destroy a person’s professional and personal lives, as well as one’s financial security — and not bear the responsibility of testifying in support of the allegation. This is Kafkaesque totalitarian farce, at work.

I think that it’s over — the wicked Dumb-o-crats have overplayed their hand and the tide has mercifully turned in Kavanaugh’s favor. The Dumbs very sneakily played their greasy “Ace” card from the bottom of their well-worn and tattered card deck of dirty tricks. Once the initial shock effect wore off from this 11th-hour, kamikaze, scorched-earth slander tactic, the transparent chicanery, machinations and political motivations undergirding this attack have become readily apparent to all Americans but the most biased, zealous and partisan Leftists and Dumb-o-crats.

The Dumbs tried this trick with Bork, and, they succeeded, in spectacular fashion. They tried it again, with Clarence Thomas, and, they very nearly succeeded. They are trying it again, but, thankfully, I don’t think they will succeed, this time.

We should all pause and take a moment to ponder the implications of what has transpired, here. If anything positive can be said to have come out of this entire farce, it is that the jackbooted Dumb-o-crats’ worst, utterly unrestrained totalitarian instincts and sociopath behavior in seeking a judge’s personal destruction have now been laid bare for all Americans of rational mind, moral decency and fairness, to see, in all of their unmitigated ugliness.

If this type of vindictive thuggery and underhanded deceit is how the Dumbs behave when denied political power, then their vicious antics have provided the most compelling and eloquent argument for why they should be denied the reins of political power — permanently.

    “… the jackbooted Dumb-o-crats’ worst, utterly unrestrained totalitarian instincts and sociopath behavior in seeking a judge’s personal destruction have now been laid bare for all Americans of rational mind, moral decency and fairness, to see, …”

    Yeah, but what about the other 300 million citizens?

Wow there is already a wiki page on her.

“Republicans Still Pushing for Ford to Testify”

Nah. Ford is not the intended audience for their remarks.

But I’m going to go ahead and predict that, despite how Republicans went out of their way to give Ford a fair hearing, they will still be branded as male chauvinist pigs shielding their frat bro from accusations of rape.

Same way Epstein didn’t give them any credit for the civil and fair treatment they gave Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan.

The high road is littered with the graves of those too eager to die nobly. Oh here’s Mitt’s statue – he lost so gracefully. Small comfort to all the proles who had to endure what he failed to prevent. (Spit)

(Geez, sorry all, I’m just really cynical today)

    Morning Sunshine in reply to Fen. | September 20, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Hey, but good ol’ Mitt will be back in Washington come January. Just is time to help prevent for Trump wins

    Joe-dallas in reply to DonnaG.. | September 20, 2018 at 10:54 am

    unfortunately – CNN’s copy of the letter is redacted – same version that Grassely has

      Tom Servo in reply to Joe-dallas. | September 20, 2018 at 2:28 pm

      see above – now we all know what was in those redacted sections. Which makes it incredibly disrespectful and puerile of DiFi to continue to refuse to officially give Grassley the unredacted version.

“I had no idea that I would now have to go to the specifics and defend it before 50 cable channels”

Poor thing. Because destroying a man’s life should be easy. That damn patriarchy and their “right” to face your accusor.

Oh wait, I forgot my place. Subhuman white male. Not only am I not allowed to defend myself, I’m required to sit down and shut up. My bad.

But before I sit down – when did sexual assault become more heinous than the Holocaust? A woman may have been improperly touched without consent. Release the murderers to make room for this fiend!

    Fen in reply to Fen. | September 20, 2018 at 10:01 am

    I know I’ll catch hell for this, but am I the only one who sees it? Ladies? Some jackass sticks his finger up your butt and your life is destroyed? Obviously it’s wrong (and the fact that I even need to include such a qualifier to offset the expected emotional backlash just underscores my point)…

    Oh nevermind. No dear, that dress does not make you look fat. And no, I’m not just saying that to ward off another emotional meltdown followed by the usual 2 days of sulking. No really. Can we go now? You look lovely…

    Edward in reply to Fen. | September 20, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    But, but – she clearly remembers he was trying to rape her, but was too damned drunk to accomplish the mission. That failure has stayed with her all these years and impacts her self image to this day. How could he? And he was so drunk he doesn’t remember his failure, that really hurts.

So far I think the Repubs have played it almost perfectly. The people like Flake that supported him before, were not going to go against him unless there was a smoking gun, but they want him to be careful.

The Democrats only hope would be to get Kavanaugh to say something dumb he had never been at a party with CBF present, then present a witness that said he had been at one, never mind that it was in a one floor building, so that he could not have accosted her on the second floor.

The whole thing is actually working out well for the GOP with things like Hirono saying stupid things. If McCaskill actually votes against BK I think that’s one seat we won’t have to worry about.

    Josh Hawley(R) may not be the optimal candidate to challange McCaskill, but the contempt for her so palpable on the West side of Missouri, voters are looking for anyone willing to weather this sh!t storm of an election.

the harassment has been so severe she has had to move herself and her children out of their home, and is arranging for “private security.”

BS, they are huddled in a location to make sure she gets her story straight.

I’ve said for awhile that my long-ago former employer, the K.C. Star, is a former newspaper. It’s currently little more than a blog posting radical leftist propaganda for click bait. It’s never met a tax increase, government expansion, or leftist politician it didn’t endorse.

The fact it gives cover to a mendacious, hyper-partisan pol, like McCaskill and her prejudiced pronouncement against Kavanaugh, is no surprise.

McCaskill then goes on to burp up a strange brew about “Kavanaugh will give free reign to anonymous donors and foreign governments through their citizens to spend money to interfere and influence our elections…”

Wow. Who knew one black robe contained all those super powers?

The Star continues: “Independent political groups have spent more than $32 million on the race, a total nearly double the amount spent by the candidates themselves, according to an analysis of FEC records by ProPublica.”

That’s a LOT of $$$ for one seat. This simply bolsters my contention that 17th amendment senators are little more than hyper-partisan ‘super legislators’ whose only job is to rubber stamp or block judicial & cabinet nominees.

And speaking of $$$, there’s Claire McCaskill’s hubby and his lucrative, multi-million dollar government contracts which Claire has absolutely no influence or control, whatsoever.

    Repeal the 17th Amendment.

    It’s the only reason we occasionally hear the term “states’ rights.” With original intent, states take care of their own rights in the Senate, no need to appeal to the courts. The original form and purpose of the check and balance between the Senate and the House is one most of us, I’ll bet, weren’t taught about in school. (I know I wasn’t.)

“”Since her name became public, reported the New York Times today, Ford has been inundated with harassment and threats.””

So….. she’s being treated like a conservative? Frankly, I don’t believe a word of it, unless she’s being harassed by her fellow leftist agitators for not jumping at the chance to perjure herself.

    Yup. I called it at 3-1. All those death threats they won’t make public or turn over to the FBI. Why gosh, it’s almost as if I had their playbook in my hands.

    RodFC in reply to txvet2. | September 20, 2018 at 11:00 am

    I don’t think death threats impress Susan Collins much.
    CBF lives in the People’s Republic of Palo Alto. Hard for a killer to get to her.

Since she received medical treatment for the assault there should be a record of it , unless she can’t remember the name and address of her doctor

    guyjones in reply to MarkS. | September 20, 2018 at 11:05 am

    From what I’ve read, the “medical treatment” that the accuser claims that she sought consists of her 2011 or 2012 therapy sessions — almost thirty years after the incident that is alleged to have taken place. Thus, conveniently, she cannot proffer any medical record that is contemporaneous with the date of the alleged incident.

      Marco100 in reply to guyjones. | September 20, 2018 at 11:32 am

      Is her marital therapist a medical doctor? I.e. a psychiatrist? Highly doubtful. Normally a couples therapist might have a master’s in counseling or psychology. Even a Ph.d but still wouldn’t be a “medical” doctor.

      Blase Ford is a LIAR.

Stop this bullshit charade now.

Ford is not getting death threats. Wanna know how I know?

The New York Times (and their anonymous sources) is saying she’s getting death threats …

“In my [Facebook] post, I was empowered and I was sure it probably did [happen]”

Oh, so that’s what “empowered” means. A license to fantasize.

I didn’t realize that. I thought the word was plain English, but it’s actually NewSpeak. Good to know, even if belatedly.

It seems to me that DiFi probably has multiple versions of this letter, each differing slightly in levels of outrageous and unfounded claims. She can later release one or the other, depending on the details of circumstances, and claim that it’s “the” letter.

This would certainly explain her otherwise weird behavior.

Morning Sunshine | September 20, 2018 at 11:06 am

“Miranda added that despite not knowing specifics of what went on at the party three decades ago, she remembers that there was a “buzz” that went around the weekend of the party in question about an alleged incident involving students from her school and Kavanaugh’s.”

Wait, I am confused – I thought there was no date established – not even a year! Maybe there was often “buzz” about parties that happened between the two schools? Lots of parties, lots of boys… maybe not Kavanaugh though?

    Well, this Cristina King Miranda is not helping, is she? She says she didn’t know “Chrissy” Blasey Ford personally but there was a buzz going on around the school with few specific details.

    As already pointed out Prof. Ford said she told no one about it until 2012. But one of the details she did provide was the party was during the summer.

    They went to school during the summer?

It’s abundantly clear that Dr. Crazy’s original letter to Feinstein, if provided in unredacted form, would prove that’s she’s crazy or a liar or both.

The timing suggests the letter to Feinstein was sent in July but prior to when the good Dr. “lawyered up.”

No doubt when Feinstein herself questioned the truth of Dr. Crazy’s story, even in passing, that was a thoughtless “Freudian slip” as she mistakenly was a bit truthful.

I suspect that “Miranda” like so many other fools, is so accustomed to making baseless accusations on Social Media that she forgot that making them outside those cesspits actually has some real consequences.

Miranda is a classic leftist. The “truth” is whatever makes her feel good (“it empowered me”, she said).

She’s also not responsible for her actions or their consequences: “Gee I never thought I would have to deal with all this”.

Just a younger version of Dr. Ford, who it now must be concluded, is a liar, or completely insane. That’s the ONLY reason not to testify on Monday–so as not to commit perjury.

And since when to the witnesses or their attorneys get to set the terms of their testimony, and the tribunal’s hearing schedule?


It’s all nonsense.

Well we will know within 24 hours whether the woman is going to turn up or not. I suspect she won’t..but I also suspect she will HAHAHAHA 🙂

The one part of this sorry debacle which makes me feel good is the knowledge that Kavanaugh now understands the slimy tactics of the left and has a personal appreciation for due process seared, SEARED into his memory.

I hope that serves him well on the high court.

    MarkSmith in reply to MAB. | September 20, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Wow, they were sure out there. We had some pretty good parties but we would have never put anything like that in a year book like they did.

“For the love of everything holy in this world, DO NOT do this, people.”

Do not do what? I’m not sure anything is actually happening. Death threats are a pretty standard, baseless claim to make. It’s predictable. As a matter fact, somebody commenting here did predict it. Not me, but I could have.

Second, given all the hate crime hoaxes, how do you know it isn’t a hoax?

That’s pretty much my default position when I hear about somebody filing a police complaint about how somebody found the “N” word or KKK painted on their car or door or some Muslima says somebody tried to rip her hijab off or whatever.

Why jump to the conclusion it’s true when it’s generally not.

    MajorWood in reply to Arminius. | September 20, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    The death threats that peta used to make against me stopped after the public records section of the Chapel Hill newspaper reported that I had been issued a pistol purchase permit by the Sheriff. This was not long after Bernie Goetz had established new rules of engagement.

Too bad you are unlikely to find anyone to engage in a wager about what will be said about Kavanaugh for the rest of his life, for you are correct that the stink is on him forever – as it still is on Clarence Thomas. Just Monday ABC’s chief legal analyst stated that Justice Thomas is a sexual predator (words to that effect). Given that is the Left’s position, I’m happy to say that with the retirement of Kennedy Justice Thomas is the longest serving Justice on the Court (37 years this year).

    In light of this current circus and a chapter right out of the Democrats’ playbook — accuse without proof – they should wear that stink like a badge of honor. They were both considered enough of a threat that decency and fairness went out the door during a no holds barred assault.

    Truejim in reply to Edward. | September 20, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    27 years, not 37 years.

Bucky Barkingham | September 20, 2018 at 12:19 pm

The self-styled “greatest deliberative body in the world” is looking neither great nor deliberative during this circus.

smalltownoklahoman | September 20, 2018 at 12:38 pm

The proper response Republicans should make should the Dems try anymore BS delaying tactics once this business with Ford is taken care of.

1. A raucous round of laughter.

2. The flipping of the bird combined with a firm NO! by Grassley.

3. Immediately proceed to the vote.

There is a reason for the Best Evidence Rule. And this is an example. Obviously the letter contains a clue that would exonerate Kavanaugh or discredit Ford. A name.

So I’m guessing Feinstein will use the unreacted letter as the Dem’s next bargaining chip:

“Conduct a thorough (and lengthy) investigation into Ms. Ford’s accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, and maybe in a few months I will turn over the letter.”

Perhaps Mr Kavanaughs first written opinion as an SC Justice should focus on the admissability of redacted documents in a public hearing. 😉

this appears to be CBF’s senior year HS yearbook… not a good look for her.

(link found at TGP)

OMG how can this abuse charge be overlooked ??????????

Kavanaugh is an assaulter !

WE KNOW he kicked his mother –

while she was pregnant with him !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ford should show up. That’s the Dems only chance. She needs to be sympathetic since there is law to be had on her side. By not showing up she loses the touchy feely vote and the hard facts don’t do her much good since they don’t reach the definition of “facts”.

To that point, this is not a “He said. She said.” It’s simply a “She said.” A true he said/she said is when two parties admit that something happened but they have different stories about what transpired. For example: They both admit when and where they hooked up for a, shall we say, tryst. She says he forced himself on her sexually and he says it was completely consensual.

In this case it’s more like the Lena Dunham and the Campus Republican scenario – Dunham said he violently raped her and it was proven that he was never even there.

The redacted content will be damaging. I’m thinking she may have discussed how the letter could be used to best effect.

Her lawyers have just said that she is open to testifying, but not on Monday… on Drudge

They are going to keep jerking everyone around at whim

Dr. Ford passed a lie detector test and asked for an FBI investigation. Will Judge Kavanaugh do the same?

I just want to join Rep Elijah Cummings and on behalf of Judge Kavanaugh, call for a FBI investigation of Dr Ford.

I would still like to know why she was at a party with four boys. Girls who did this type of thing when I was in high school were the ones with a “reputation.” There were probably parties of this nature, but she has absolutely no evidence that Kavanaugh was anywhere near her whenever this took place. Clearly, she attended parties that were her and a group of boys, so what was she expecting to happen when they were all drinking? She’s admitting to stupidity, but she sure isn’t providing any evidence of anything else.

And McCaskill is voting “no.” Can someone please just shoot the Republican party and put them out of their misery?

Meanwhile, as Feinstein, Gillibrand, Schumer and company remain silent about the two women who have accused Keith Ellison of domestic violence, his opponent for AG, Keith Wardlow, has a new ad that talks about the accusations.

Takeaway message for all woke teens? If the star football player brushes your 15 year old, A-cup breast at an underaged drinking party, don’t wait 40 years to report the attempted rape and murder. After all, he may grow up and mature into a Conservative.

sic_semper_tyrannis? Yes poor Qatar is the victim of the Zionists. Hizb’allah are the good guys.

Didn’t he fail to register as failed a paid foreign agent of the Turkish government in violation of FARA? His comment threads were filled with antisemites he often encouraged who promote the Jewish Conspiracy. But he shut that down in 2006.

Lang actually defends some of the Middle East’s worst players. If they oppose Israel they can’t be THAT bad. He declares Trump breaks international law as he defends Assad and Putin Does Mattis disagree with Lang?

He claims Assad’s chlorine attacks for years are really staged. He writes for Global Research. Just scan their absurdities.

He’s mentioned by Iran to support their attack on Reagan: “Reagan wrote, “An Iranian victory is unacceptable.” To that end, the U.S. not only supplied Iraq with intelligence, weaponry and strategic technical advice, but also 14 separate biological warfare agents and cyanide, as well as sarin and tabun nerve agents, whose use, according to senior defense intelligence officer Colonel W. Patrick Lang, “was not a matter of deep strategic concern” to Reagan and his staff.”

Of course Lang doesn’t like unregistered paid foreign agents even if he can;t prove it. I know a major reason Lang doesn’t like Trump. I argued with him personally at a blog sponsored by Michael Totten years ago who he dismissed as just Neocon.

His endorsement of Kavanaugh is the first disconcerting thing I have read today.

As the dust settles I am realizing this hurts women most of all They already have a hard time getting people to believe they were sexually assaulted, and the Democrats just traded that vital “benefit of doubf” for a failed attempt to delay the hearing until after midterms.

Believe all women? Fool me once…