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Kavanaugh Open Thread: Ford Trying to Find Excuse Not to Show Up?

Kavanaugh Open Thread: Ford Trying to Find Excuse Not to Show Up?

Delay, delay, delay.

Christine Blasey Ford’s team sent another letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley with concerns about the hearing that should take place on Thursday with her and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Her lawyer, Michael Bromwich, told Grassley they have a problem with the hiring of an “experience sex crimes prosecutor” since neither of them are on trial. He also doesn’t think she can get a fair hearing due to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling her allegations a “smear campaign.”

GOP Hires Female Attorney to Question Ford

Republicans hired a female attorney to question Ford and have chosen not to name her.

From Politico:

Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told POLITICO on Tuesday as he entered the Capitol for a weekly GOP meeting that “we aren’t announcing the name for her safety.” Asked if Republicans have received any indication of threats to the attorney they’re preparing to use, Grassley said: “I don’t know, but I guess we’re just being cautious.”

Grassley responded Monday to a personal letter he received from Ford over the weekend in which she vowed that “fear will not hold me back from testifying,” Grassley told the 51-year-old California-based professor that he is “committed to fair and respectful treatment of you” during Thursday’s make-or-break hearing on her claim against Kavanaugh.

Although Ford’s attorney wrote to Grassley on Monday night that his staff “still has not responded to a number of outstanding questions” about the hearing, including more details on how the female attorney would be engaged to speak on behalf of Judiciary Republicans’ all-male roster, the Iowan made clear that he views the hearing as locked in.

Heeding Ford’s desire to avoid a “circus-like environment,” Grassley said, he has agreed to limit the press presence in the hearing room and give her security protection through the Capitol Police. “I don’t know what else we can do,” Grassley said, adding that “I don’t know of any problem” remaining.

Trump Speaks About Kavanaugh’s Second Accuser

Ford’s Letter to Grassley

It seems to me that Ford and her team are trying to come up with an excuse not to show up on Thursday.

The Republicans have refused to name the prosecutor and Ford’s team demanded the name and resume of the prosecutor. For some reason, the team objects to having outside counsel ask questions for the Republicans so something tells me even if the majority releases said information it still wouldn’t be good enough for Ford and her team.

The Republicans have bent over backwards trying to accommodate this woman. They want her to tell her story and have her voice heard and yet she and her team are doing everything they can to prevent this.

Look at Branco’s cartoon from yesterday. It wouldn’t shock me if that comes true.

Avenatti Trying to Remain Relevant

Attention-seeking lawyer Michael Avenatti is doing all he can to remain relevant and extend his 15 minutes of fame. He appeared on Maddow last night.


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It looks like they will need Congressional hearings to nominate and then confirm someone to question Ms. Blasey-Ford. If the questioner is not to her liking, the questioner will suddenly be revealed as a lifelong sexual predator, and girls from the questioner’s elementary school will be found who will claim he tried to kiss them on the playground, making them fear for their lives. Keith Ellison will say he believes and stands with the accusers.

I’m guessing she never shows. It’s all about delaying the process and getting as much mud to stick as possible, in the hopes that it energizes the left to vote. This entire ordeal is sickening. The left doesn’t care about free speech for their enemies, why would they give two hoots about due process?

This is war.

The left has advanced its agenda through the courts and their about to lose that advantage for 20-30 years. They’re acting exactly as you would expect cornered rats to act. Desperate. They played this card, it’s inflicted some damage, but it’s time to fold. It doesn’t sound like actually appearing is going to advance this any further, since she’s likely to get roasted when questioned.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to windbag. | September 25, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Wouldn’t you like to see her ratings on this?

    Is someone a “registered” user who can see if this private, non-social media web site has been scrubbed also?

    Never before has that website hidden reviews like this.

    Oh and by the way, if LI staff and Professor don’t already know this they should. If you are forced to use Google Chrome search engine and want to come to LI, the “suggested auto searches” that Google sticks in has right as the first one “Legal Insurrection Fake News.”

    She may not, and that may work to Kavanaugh’s favor given the number of extensions and reasonable accommodations already. Thursday is the day and after that: Call The Vote

      A reasonable person would look at this and see that, after all the bending over backwards, it was just a game for her (or whoever is calling the shots). Of course, the left will scream that it was a rigged process and so she chose not to participate. Patriarchy, you know.

        mailman in reply to windbag. | September 25, 2018 at 10:16 am

        Well its not even AFTER Thursday to call the vote. Call for vote FOR Thursday!

        Joe-dallas in reply to windbag. | September 25, 2018 at 12:08 pm

        To a reasonable person – the repetitive delays add additional skepticism to the claim.

        However, go to the huff post or dailyKos. Those posting there believe 100% the he is guilty while at the same time believe ellison is innocent. Delusional grasp.

        I for one think it is possible/probable that someone did rough house with Ford for 30-60 seconds and possibly pretend to hump her, but her “recovered memory” inflated well beyond reality to “attempted rape and nearly killed me”.

        Ramirez is not close to being credible – as I stated yesterday – Far too many people in the dorm who supposedly witnessed the event, yet no report to the RA’s, no disciplinary action,

          Well, given that according to the left Trump=Hitler, the Trump/Putin summit=Pearl Harbor, Trump’s election=9/11, voter ID=Selma, and all the other hysterics they spew, I have no doubt that Huff and Slate et al. honestly believe that this is the door back to the Dark Ages.

        oldgoat36 in reply to windbag. | September 25, 2018 at 12:55 pm

        The left will always do that regardless, so at this point the Republicans need to say enough.

        She and the other one have no witnesses to back up their claims. Ford is being given a chance to slander Kavanaugh which she never would have gotten through a court. This is a kangaroo court, all meant to besmirch Kavanaugh and at the very least delay his appointment, with the hope that they can get the RINOs of lesser intelligence to vote against him.

        She should be put through the ringer, right along with Kavanaugh, though he has been through it already. If she balks I hope the Republicans have the backbone to call her out for it, and hold the vote right away.

        The left will go nuts… well, what else is new. Right?

This is a Social Justice lynching. The communists have already delayed long enough to win several cases up on appeal. Republican Senators are running for the hills as cowards that they are. Whos next for the lynching?

Grassley already set a supposedly “hard” deadline and then moved it. So why wouldn’t Ford & Co. assume he’ll move it again?

Public opinion may be moving against her, but, at this point it’s hard to see the upside in further delay for at some point Grassley will have to say, “The burden of proof must always be on the accuser, and as the accuser has refused to testify, we are moving forward.”

Perhaps the votes are just not there, but at some point Grassley will have to shut shut the door to further input and report the matter out for a vote, and, by now, why would anyone expect further delays and attempts at accommodation will buy anything?

That is a different University not even close in region.
Now she may have worked there in 2014, but given that her CV has been removed from Palo Alto.

Still it’s only a remote possibility.

While I don’t like Maddow I would have thought she had more brains than to believe creepy porn lawyer. Kavanaugh Derangement Syndrome is running deep.

    Evan3457 in reply to RodFC. | September 25, 2018 at 11:21 am

    I already threw a donation there. I hope other will join me, if they can afford to.
    If it turns out Judge Kavanaugh doesn’t need the money, I’m sure it’ll be donated to charity, because that’s who he is.

    Gremlin1974 in reply to RodFC. | September 25, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    I would not recommend anyone donate to this fund, this is more than likely a scam for someone to get money that they never intend to go to Kavanaugh, possibly even a part of some other accusation that the left will level against him. I would bed it’s more likely that the money will go to some crazy left wing cause and lets be honest Kavanaugh doesn’t need the money.

Bucky Barkingham | September 25, 2018 at 9:42 am

So far in this psychodrama Dr. ford has not been exposed to criminal liability for her claims. However if she appears before the Senate Committee and repeats her accusations she would then face possible criminal charges if any one of them is proven to be false. IMHO her newest lawyer has advised her not to appear and so they are searching for a fig leaf to cover that action.

    Trouble is it is doubtful they would ever charge her. They never charged Anita Hill. In a case like this, even though it sure seems like they both are liars, it is difficult to prove they are liars unless they break down and confess.

    I think that is the ploy at play here. It is to smear Kavanaugh and give possible grounds to try to impeach him at a future date if they aren’t successful at defeating him by pealing away a couple of RINOs. There is likely no down side to Ford. The left will make her a hero, just like Hill. And Kavanaugh will forever be thought of as a Clinton type, as he will never clear his name regardless of the truth.

. . . they have a problem with the hiring of an “experience sex crimes prosecutor” since neither of them are on trial. He also doesn’t think she can get a fair hearing due to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling her allegations a “smear campaign.”

Since Ford et al aren’t on trial, a “fair hearing” is of no consequence.

. . . hiring of “experienced sex crimes prosecutor” (whose identity they don’t know)

Hmmm. So they know a prosecutor type has been hired, but don’t know his identity. There’s no reason for them to even know he’s been hired. Ergo, someone wanted them to know. Why? So that they’ll be spooked by fear of the unknown, and flail about for increasingly transparent excuses to delay the proceedings. Eventually, the Gang of Four will tire of being played for fools, and will concede that they’re ready to vote, testimony or no. And this ridiculous charade will be over. In other words . . . it’s just possible that Grassely knows exactly what he’s doing.

    Occasional Thinker in reply to tom_swift. | September 25, 2018 at 9:58 am

    They don’t know who is being considered but that want “her” resume. They don’t want a woman doing the questioning on the republican side and all the R committee members are men. They know a woman can ask questions a man will not.

      I seem to remember that there was a note somewhere that the Republican either speaking or in writing had referred to “a female experienced sex crimes prosecutor” when making the statement.

      But you are not wrong about the gender making a difference in questioning.

      Yes, a female interrogator couldn’t be so readily castigated by the D’rats or the press for “bullying” or “violating” the . . . well, “witness” seems the wrong word.

It appears that Collins now wants to hear from #2. Also, the Gateway Pundit has a list of 10 GOP senators who have not yet stated how they will vote. Isn’t that lovely! They will only cover their backs and to hell with everyone else. I would love to see reps and senators serve on a volunteer basis with no pay as it used to be! Yeah I know, won’t happen.

    She directed accuser #2 (and probably anyone else who pops up) to meet with Senate investigators. She could have instead recommended to the committee to hear her out. I think Collins is sending a signal that she doesn’t believe them and understands that this is all about delay, delay, delay.

    I expect to hear from McConnell on Wednesday or sooner to prepare everyone to vote for confirmation on the Senate floor on Thursday when Ford doesn’t show up. Grassley’s kabuki circus is about to end.

I don’t know if Ford will show up or not. If she is going to, and is driving, she has to be on the road by now. I am amazed that news organizations are not tracking her progress. I’m much more worried by Susan Collins’ comments yesterday that she wants Ramirez to testify under oath, too. This will never get done, particularly since the Times rewrote their article, which supported Kavanaugh.

    They won’t track her progress, for the simple reason that SOMEBODY somewhere would leak it, and if something bad happens on the road to perdition the Press won’t get their circus for ratings.

    The Press is willing to help out the Socialists in the Congress only so far as it doesn’t cost them anything. Creating the potential for something to go wrong on the road for Dr. Ford would potentially cost them ratings.

    Observer in reply to Wing. | September 25, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Collins is an idiot. This Ramirez woman has already admitted that she wasn’t sure, until a few days ago (after being persuaded by Dim activist/lawyers) that the alleged penis-in-the-face guy was even Kavanaugh. Since Ramirez admits she was falling-down drunk at this party and wasn’t sure of her own memories, how could any rational person trust Ramirez’ memories of the event now?

    Also, if you read Ramirez’ own account, she admits that at the party, she thought that the “penis” in her face was the fake plastic “gag” penis that her drinking-party friends had been using as a pointer during the party.

    So we have a woman who attended a drunken dorm party 35 years ago, got stinking drunk, thinks she had something put in her face, but she wasn’t sure at the time if the thing in her face was a real penis or a plastic one, and she wasn’t sure until a few days ago that it was a real penis, and that the penis belonged to Brett Kavanaugh.

    Oh, and nobody else who Ramirez said was at the party has any memory of this alleged event.

    But Ramirez is so “credible,” we must hear more from her!

      Collins directed her to a non-circus option (rather than the committee circus option). Since this is about the circus and not about “being heard”, Ramirez will soon disappear.

      amatuerwrangler in reply to Observer. | September 25, 2018 at 5:01 pm

      Speaking of Collins. I wonder if Mitch has spoken to her regarding that threat of a $1mil funding bundle going to whoever runs against her in 2020. Regardless of what her real reason for voting against confirmation it will be assumed that the “no” vote came from a fear of facing a well funded opponent in 2020. Should she scuttle the Kavanaugh appointment it is doubtful the RNC will be doing much to help her make up the financial disadvantage.

      Does she really think that the Dems will honor the agreement and not fund her opponent? Since it is already known that this amount of $$ is available, there is little doubt that the Dem who opposes her will get it. She should consider this and just “man-up”, explain the funding situation and declare she will vote to confirm and decide whether to seek another term during the summer recess of 2019. And note that if she does stand for election the voters will know that her vote is not for sale.

      You’re right…I know none of this will happen.

IIRC, Duh Donald also say he’d like to hear from Ramirez.

    Again, interesting what you choose to focus on.

    Google search “Trump wants to hear Ramirez” returns nothing.

    Is your source something other than a bottle of scotch this time around?

    C. Lashown in reply to Ragspierre. | September 25, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Rags, it appears there are a few crows flying over your head, dropping bird poop on your vanity.

I see the down voting troll has been busy again.

    Fen in reply to MAB. | September 25, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Its Raga.

    I’ve been studying the anomaly for a while now, and their are just too many convenient coincidences for it to be anyone but Rags.

    For example, a new commenter went for almost a month without incurring any downvotes, but then criticized Rags. Next day, everything he posted had that single downvote.

      Fen in reply to Fen. | September 25, 2018 at 11:38 am

      And when the anomaly paused, for whatever reasons, his downvotes paused on tandam with everyone else that Rags had targeted.

      Create a test account and you’ll see it to.

        Fen in reply to Fen. | September 25, 2018 at 11:40 am

        There not their.

        Autocorrect and no edit, yay…

        Fen in reply to Fen. | September 25, 2018 at 11:41 am

        Paused in tandem. Geez.

          dmi60ex in reply to Fen. | September 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm

          I don’t count my down votes , I was married twice and a restaurant manager for 30 years . I am used to never , ever being right about anything. The last time I was right about something, the year had a 7 in it , it was the third digit.

        Fen in reply to Fen. | September 25, 2018 at 11:48 am

        Too not to. Lol.

        Soon as I type “not” the auto changes “too” to “to” behind me. 3 times in a row before it finally took.

        I know, we’re supposed to let it go, so as to not muck up the flow of the site. But for the same reason, I’d like to be able to edit my comments the way mods can edit their own. So until we get a software upgrade, I’ll be tedious about it.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Fen. | September 25, 2018 at 3:50 pm

      Everything is rags actions points to suffering from the Little Person Syndrome, aka small minded.

      tom_swift in reply to Fen. | September 25, 2018 at 4:29 pm

      and their are just too many convenient coincidences for it to be anyone but Rags.

      Color me skeptical. Anyone so obsessive and compulsive would make sure to never miss any. And since I, for one, occasionally post something which remains “down”-free, I conclude that it’s likely not him.

IIRC if they can postpone the vote until after a certain date then the Senate won’t be able to vote on him until after the midterms. So the delay is a part of the strategy to keep him from getting appointed until they can find more “witnesses”.

    … or until they can, as they are hoping, retake the House and possibly the Senate. This is why it is imperative that we all vote.

    oldgoat36 in reply to harleycowboy. | September 25, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    There isn’t a hard rule for the vote being held after a certain date, what I see this being is a means of stopping him from possibly being confirmed early enough to start hearing cases, SCOTUS starts October 1, that is why Ford didn’t agree to Wednesday.

    Of course the National Socialist Democrat Party will go nuts if they schedule a vote too close to the Mid-terms, but they are nuts anyway, and the Republicans have to see by now that there is no real working with the leftists on anything.

    McConnell can keep the senate in session until the election, if he likes.

2nd Ammendment Mother | September 25, 2018 at 10:19 am

She doesn’t want an attorney to question her, except 15 of the 22 committee members are attorneys:
Hatch, Graham, Cornyn, Lee, Cruz, Crapo, Kennedy, Leahy, Durbin, Whitehouse, Klobuchar, Coons, Blumenthal, Harris
2 are former State Attorney Generals and 1 represented Texas @ SCOTUS on 9 different cases

    She doesnt want a former prosecutor with experience with sexual assault since that person could more easily poke holes in the testimony

    She doesnt want a female on the other side since that would create bad optics

      oldgoat36 in reply to Joe-dallas. | September 25, 2018 at 1:15 pm

      Team Ford doesn’t want the female lawyer, it’s bad optics for them, though I am leaning heavily toward her not showing up because her demands aren’t being met. It just seems like she is setting the stage for a grievance rather than looking for her day of justice.

    This was as close as she could get to demanding that only white males be allowed to question her from the Republican side. This was her lawyer thinking she’s being sneaky.

Michael Avenatti has changed his twitter feed to “This account’s Tweets are protected.”

He must have finally gotten tired of people calling him out on his Bull Crap. Also, probably got tired of people reminding him of the State Bar Complaint in California that threatens to have him Disbarred.

What she wants is not to be under oath and to be questioned by white men who she will claim are being mean and insensitive to her. That is what she wants and when she is denied it, she will not show. She never intended to because the Democrats promised he they would “take him out” with their new revelations that has since fallen on it’s face because it too is a fraud.

    Correct. This is also about political optics. The Democrats are looking to try to get sound bites to be able to try to depress Republican turnout by showing the Republicans are all “old white men” who are in favor of “rape culture” and willing to do anything to “install one of their own” on the Supreme Court in order to “destroy women’s rights.”

    Democrats think that will depress the suburban female soft-republican voter population (and they’re partially right).

    Too afraid to talk to a white male or terrified of having to substantiate her claims? All this kinda shoots holes in the “strong powerful woman” thing!

Creepy porn lawyer is timing his new client’s allegation so that it will not be possible to complete the nomination vote before the Senate absolutely has to recess for the mid term elections.

My advice, although no one will ask it, is for President Trump to make an “offhand” comment in the next day or so that says something like this:

Well, the Democrat Socialists on the Judiciary Committee are so set in their obstructive ways, that we may have to make a recess appointment. Maybe Judge Roy Moore would make a good interim Supreme Court Justice. I’ll have to talk to Senator McConnell about that.

THEN see how fast the Democrats get out of the way of Kavanaugh and scream for an immediate vote.

The two years worth of Conservative decisions on key constitutional issues would be worth the Socialist-Progressive violence.

There was never any way that Ford could reliably testify before the Senate, or in any other official venue. Her handlers are attempting to drag this out for as long as possible and paint the Republicans as being obstructionists, while never allowing her to testify.

If it wasn’t McConnell’s statement, or the introduction of an outside questioner, then it would be the brand of bottled water served at the hearing, which would cause them to cancel.

If McConnell’s “smear” comment has already indicated that Ford won’t get a fair hearing, what’s to negotiate? They’ve already stated that this comment demonstrates the hearing will be unfair.

And what is all this about Ford getting a fair hearing? Isn’t it the accused who is due a fair hearing?

    guyjones in reply to DaveGinOly. | September 25, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    We are living in an “Alice in Wonderland” reality. The new standard of objective truth and due process — as dutifully reported in so much of the media — is that Kavanaugh’s uncertain Senate vote now hinges upon him “proving” his innocence at Thursday’s hearing, with some sort of amazing, Oscar-worthy “performance.”

    Note that, under this new paradigm established by the Left and the Dumb-o-crats, the accuser bears no burden of establishing her credibility and of bolstering her transparently suspect allegation, devoid of a scintilla of evidentiary supports — the onus is on Kavanaugh to establish his innocence, beyond a reasonable doubt.

Confirm him. Then get an investigation going into Ford and her enablers. There need to be consequences.

    Milhouse in reply to Same Same. | September 26, 2018 at 2:16 am

    If the votes were there to confirm him it would already have been done. If there were 54 or 55 R senators it would already have been done. This is all about appeasing the tiny handful of R senators so they can make it to 51.

Here is Ford’s high school yearbook that they scrubbed.
One of their favorite games was “Pass out”! Ford had played it many times and it appears that what happened to her the night of the infamous party.

    The infamous party never happened. It was made up for the sole purpose of thwarting/derailing/delaying Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Kavanaugh is not even allowed an alibi which is why no date or location is provided.

New request proffered by the accuser’s attorney, as a prerequisite to providing testimony — no person in the U.S., including, House Representatives or U.S. Senators, may express an opinion about the accuser, her accusation, or, the veracity thereof, until after she testifies.

The next request will be that Kavanaugh castrate himself with a dull butter knife and personally deliver his testicles on a golden platter, to the victim’s front door. Actually, I’m a little surprised that this wasn’t request #1.

You know what convinces me each and every day that Ford is a scumbag? Now her “new” attorney is claiming that McConnell said Fords allegations were a “smear campaign”. Of course, a reading of McConnells statement, he never said any such thing. In fact, McConnell’s statement clearly portrays Ford as a victim of Democrats who violated her request for confidentiality. McCOnnell CLEARLY said the Democrats are USING (for little Ms FOrd, my words BTW) in THEIR smear campaign.

Scumbag attorneys (I know that is a redundant phrase) are obvious when they twist the words of others and set up straw men.

She wont’ show up. She will claim she was bullied andt he mean old GOP attorneys hired to talk with her are meanies.

    alaskabob in reply to Sky2u. | September 25, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    The legal profession as I sometimes lament….The medical equivalent would be a cancer patient in icu with two doctors in the room…one to save the patient and one to save the cancer. It’s simplistic and misses the absolute need for the rule of law and the legal profession …but here it fits.

Well Trump just said the Democrats are playing a con game on this.

Regarding her need to drive cross country as grounds for delaying the hearing, it would be a hoot if she ends up flying.

Oh, and by the way, Murkowski now says that an FBI background investigation on Kavanaugh sure would answer all the questions. She and Collins are going to cave.

    guyjones in reply to Wing. | September 25, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Sure — Collins and Murkowski want the FBI to test out that new “time machine” contraption that they’ve been working on in their secret lab.

    Agents Marty McFly and Emmitt “Doc” Brown will then travel back in time, to 1982 Maryland (or, was it 1981? Or, 1983?) attempt to find the house that hosted the alleged party in question and dig up any other evidence, and, then come back to the present and proffer their findings to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    Vancomycin in reply to Wing. | September 25, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    You mean like the *6* background investigations they ALREADY did on him? One of those?

    alaskabob in reply to Wing. | September 25, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    “I am the last President of the United States”. So stated Buchannan leading up to the election of 1860. Trump may well be the last “Republican” President and maybe last of a constitutional republic as we gauge where the Left wants to go.

    Murkowski, Collins and Flake can live comfortably in the era of decline and capitulation.

I wonder what the Vegas odds on her attending are.

    Look, I’m for Kavanaugh, and I think this is an assassination. I am simply more convinced than ever that Flake, at best, will vote Present, and when it comes to floor, Murkowski and Collins will vote no. There is simply too much pressure on them from the other side.

      alaskabob in reply to Wing. | September 25, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      We can vote for candidates that won’t honor their promises and constitutional obligations or let those win that will fulfill their nightmarish ones. Some choice.

      Lincoln wrote of not living a lie in a country ignoring slavery issues… better to live in a country with acknowledged pure slavery such as the serfdom of Russia.

      Barry in reply to Wing. | September 25, 2018 at 11:15 pm

      You also said Trump would withdraw the Kavanaugh nomination…

Supposedly it is a DOJ lawyer with ties to RR. What next?

Michael Avenatti is a Chanel suit and a pair of Michael Kors pumps away from being Gloria Allred.

So, suppose the Senate Republicans screw this up and Kavanaugh’s confirmation is held up until the next session of Congress. (Given the idiot senator Lisa Murkowski’s recent comments, I think that scenario is becoming increasingly likely). Why wouldn’t Trump make a recess appointment of Kavanaugh?

    Sen. McConnell hasn’t allowed ten or even five minutes of recess during which to make such an appointment since Jan 2017. What makes you think he’s going to suddenly begin now? He wants Trump to have to go through him to get anything. It is his (Mitch’s) grip on power. So that’s why.

    McConnell has talked really tough in the last couple of days. He’s free to try and convince us that Schumer isn’t running the Senate without even having a majority. I’ll try and politely wait for the results. But if he fails, the only reason Trump can’t make a recess appointment will then be Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, nothing more.

      Wisewerds in reply to JBourque. | September 25, 2018 at 2:36 pm

      Isn’t that why McConnell promised an up or down full senate vote, regardless? If he can’t deliver on that promise, wouldn’t he feel obliged to put the Senate into a brief (3 day) recess to permit a recess appointment?

      I believe there is a technical recess between the last session of this Congress and the time the next one is sworn in.

        There’s a reason Garland isn’t a Supreme Court justice from such an inter-session appointment, like Teddy did back in 1903:

        From Justice Breyer’s opinion:

        we conclude that the phrase “the recess” applies to both intra-session and inter-session recesses. If a Senate recess is so short [i.e., less than 3 days] that it does not require the consent of the House, it is too short to trigger the Recess Appointments Clause. See Art. I, § 5, cl. 4. And a recess lasting less than 10 days is presumptively too short as well.

      Milhouse in reply to JBourque. | September 26, 2018 at 2:33 am

      Whether to recess is not up to McConnell.

    Colonel Travis in reply to Wisewerds. | September 25, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    There would be plenty of massive hurdles with such a recess appointment, but ultimately he’d be off the court this December, when the Senate’s sine die adjournment is scheduled.

    Courtesy our Constitution:

    The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

      The end of the next session would be in 2019 or 2020

        Colonel Travis in reply to Wisewerds. | September 25, 2018 at 3:45 pm

        Actually, yes, I’m wrong about December, which is when the Senate is scheduled to end its work for this year, but if were made a SCOTUS judge by a recess appointment in 2018, his term would expire Jan. 3, 2019.

          An appointment made during a recess in this session, i.e. any time before Jan 3, 2019, would expire the end of the next session, i.e. Jan 3 2020.

          The problem is that it’s not entirely up to McConnell whether to call a recess. He doesn’t have the power to do it on his own. First, he needs the House’s permission. Assuming that’s not a problem, he’d need to get a motion to recess through the senate, and if he hasn’t got the 51 votes to confirm Kavanaugh he certainly wouldn’t have them for a recess.

      The hurdle is McConnell. A recess would give Trump an opening to fire and replace Sessions. Besides, it would ensure Kavanaugh can only serve a few years rather than a lifetime appointment. If you really want him on the court, why settle for that?

        Colonel Travis in reply to JBourque. | September 25, 2018 at 3:50 pm

        It wouldn’t be years, it would be a couple months at most.
        Yes, even if it were the maximum of two years, I think the idea is ludicrous.

One thing that is more common, if you get contact by the RNC for a donation, tell them that you only donate to individual candidates that actually represent your views. If more people did this things would change quickly.

    alaskabob in reply to RodFC. | September 25, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Billionaires run the shows these days…

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to RodFC. | September 25, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Early in 2016 after Trumps win, I received an email mimicking President Trumps emails……

    It asked for the 3 web sites I used the most for news.

    Well later (in about a week’s time) of of the news web site’s owners dropped out off the web (earth?) and postings to their web site stopped. No one knows what happened to them.

    Later I discovered that email was not President Trump but supposedly from the GOPe……..

Aaaaand now there’s a rumor running through Twitter that Avenatti was trolled by 4chan.

MAJOR disgusting language warning:

    Wishful but skeptical.

    As one of the 4chan commenters noted, this kind of payback would have immortalized the troll who performed it. No way they did this without getting video/audio as proof. And since the OP hasn’t provided that proof, it’s unlikely they did it.

    But damn that would be awesome. Note to GOP, when you pretend nothing can be done…

    A failure of imagination.

Billionaires run the shows? Or Mary, do Spartan women.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | September 25, 2018 at 3:45 pm

Is this for real? Has someone verified this?

Christine Ford’s legal counsel Katz with Hillary Clinton…..

See pic.

Stormy’s lawyer PWN3D

Couldn’t happen to nicer guy.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Neo. | September 25, 2018 at 4:10 pm


    September 25, 2018
    Michael Avenatti Locks Twitter Account After Admitting His “Gang Bang Network” Accuser Might Not Come Forward;
    Anonymous Poster Claims He Catfished Avenatti With Scam Claim

    Is the latter true? I don’t know. But apparently we’re all believing anonymous accusations now so I would say he has been Credibly Accused.

    First, that which we know: Avenatti has locked his twitter account and admitted his Mystery Gang Rape Accuser might not come forward.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | September 25, 2018 at 4:16 pm

Verrrrrrrrrrry Interesting…….

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey works for Big Pharma abortion pill maker

THe solutionj is simple — (1) McConnell should be barred from the hearing room (and jailed, if possible) on Thursday, (2) No Rs or their sham prosecutor should be allowed to ask questions, and (3) Ms. Ford should be given a ticker tape parade immediately after he testimony to the D only panel. Problem solved.

How about Repubs reverse the language of the vote. Voting “yes” is a vote to block, “voting” no is a vote to not impede president Trump’s nominee. Any abstentions or “present” votes are considered a “no”. To put another way, Senators would have to go on positive record to block the nominee, forces them to give substantial reason for their “yes” vote to block. It puts the assumption of qualification in the president’s hand and needs positive votes in favor of blocking

    Milhouse in reply to stl. | September 26, 2018 at 2:45 am

    Not possible. The appointment requires the senate’s consent. Unless the senate passes a resolution consenting to the appointment Trump cannot make it.

On Drudge. The vote has been scheduled for Friday morning at 9:30 a.m.

I have received two calls in the last two days about KAvanaugh, both from outside Alaska.
The first one, she was picking my brain, trying to get me to to divulge my opinion.
( I charge for that service, so she hung up when it got to terms of payment )
The other, today was urging I call Murkowski to persuade her to oppose Kavanaugh.

So, I called Lisa’s office. tried to leave a message.
Voice-mail full-up.
So, I sent an e-mail, endorsing Kavanaugh, and advising that she get her finger out of the wind, and her head out of her wazoo.
She is playing the popularity contest.

    Contacting her was fine but just one thing.
    When contacting your congresscritter, please be respectful.
    On every issue.

    I know that if you think they will vote opposite of what you want it feels good to say something nasty, but think strategically.

    1. They could be really be voting the way you think. Fine. Maybe if
    they get enough calls/emails saying that they should vote the
    other way, they might change their mind. But if you insult them,
    it just hardens their stance.
    2. If they are neutral, it will piss them off and they might vote the
    other way just to spite you.
    3. They may be voting the way you want but the press is misreporting
    it. Then you risk opissing them off.

    If you want to insult them do it after they vote.

At 6:01 p.m. my time on Tuesday, reviewing stuff from the day, my gut tells me this has exploded in the (D)’s face and Kavanaugh will be confirmed.

Today I learned that, according to the local NPR station (KPFK or KPBS) that the Federalist Society is the intellectual branch of the KKK.

I do not want my tax dollars supporting those foolish old prigs.