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    “if you want to know why Republicans *will* confirm a nominee this year, watch this video”

    “if you want to know why Republicans *will* confirm a nominee this year, watch this video”

    Lindsey Graham: “after the treatment of Justice Kavanaugh I now have a different view of the judicial confirmation process”

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    I don’t think Democrats grasp how Republicans and Trump supporters feel about the mistreatment of Brett Kavanaugh at the hands of Democrats Senators, collaborators, and the media.

    It’s a raging fury that has not subsided. Not. One. Bit.

    They can’t understand because for Democrats trying to personallly destroy Republican nominees is baked into the confirmation cake. It doesn’t happen with every nomininee, but it happens with enough high-profile nominees to create a terror effect.

    So Republicans need to search for nominees without a blemish, and when they found one like Brett Kavanaugh, Democrats savaged him anyway.

    What happened to Kavanaugh can happen to any of us, and it is through the cancel culture that has migrated from campus to culture.

    Fuzzy put together a good roundup of the timeline of the brutalization of Kavanaugh, but for me there’s a moment that stands out among many others. It’s when Lindey Graham let loose as to the travesty his Democrat colleagues had perpetrated.

    This tweet by law professor Andy Grewal highlights Graham’s fury as reflecting why Republicans don’t care about Democrat complaints anymore and will confirm a nominee this year.

    You can analyze history and precedents. Or you can point out blatant Republican hypocrisy. Or you can point to Republicans’ mistreatment of Garland. But if you want to know why Republicans *will* confirm a nominee this year, watch this video.

    (video also here)

    Graham released a letter today focusing on the mistreatment of Kavanaugh as a turning point:

    Dear Senators Feinstein, Leahy, Durbin, Whitehouse, Klobuchar, Coons, Blumenthal, Hirono, Booker, and Harris,

    Like millions of Americans, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Justice Ginsburg’s death. Justice Ginsburg served honorably on the federal bench and was a trailblazer for women in the law. She will be missed.

    When the American people elected a Republican Senate majority in 2014, Americans did so because we committed to checking and balancing the end of President Obama’s lame duck presidency. We did so. We followed the precedent that the Senate has followed for 140 years: since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee during an election year.

    Because our Senate majority committed to confirming President Trump’s excellent judicial nominees-and particularly because we committed to supporting his Supreme Court nominees the American people expanded the Republican majority in 2018. We should honor that mandate.

    Also unlike in 2016, President Trump is currently standing for reelection: the people will have a say in his choices.

    Lastly, after the treatment of Justice Kavanaugh I now have a different view of the judicial confirmation process. Compare the treatment of Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Brett Kavanaugh to that of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan, and it’s clear that there already is one set of rules for a Republican president and one set of rules for a Democrat president.

    I therefore think it is important that we proceed expeditiously to process any nomination made by
    President Trump

    https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Hearing%20Letter%20Response%2009.21.2020.pdf

    Mitch McConnell also spoke of the abuse of Kavanaugh in his speech today promising to push forward:

    Democrats don’t understand it because, to paraphrase a well-known observation, they don’t know anyone who supported Kavanaugh.

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    I’d open the confirmation hearing, spend an hour on the Nominee’s background and credentials and proceed to a vote.
    Only to open interrogation and hearings if the initial vote fails.
    Just pull it with power if possible.

    Wapoop already has an article out claiming Amy backed a rapist in a college case.
    They just can’t help themselves. You can bet should they ever get power again there will be 4 new senators and the SC will have 15 members, voter fraud will be legalized and your money and life will be stolen.
    Welcome to the democrat party agenda of the 21st century.

    John McCain’s demise is very, very underrated. It rival’s Ginsburg’s.

    Imagine the scene if that toad was still in the Senate?

    Shocked, SHOCKED to hear of Ginsburg’s death.

    You know what’s shocking? – That we haven’t heard about hillary clinton and/or pelosi’s deaths.


     
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    BierceAmbrose | September 22, 2020 at 12:19 am

    Every step of this puts The Screaming Ds in an impossible position, where they can only inflame n motivate their opposition, disappoint their supporters, or both. The smartest move for them is just shut up; resist enough to get run over, then use that to show why they need a majority. They just can’t do it.

    They’re Electing Him Again…
    It doesn’t even matter which way the confirmation vote goes. If the Ds “win” TheOrangeCrush says: first thing in my second term, I’ll renominate her. The Senate R’s say: we need a couple more seats (or one less Rommney) to git er done. The House R’s say: supposed to be “can’t nominate if impeached for something else” not “fake impeached so he can’t nominate.” If they “lose” this one their supporters abandon them, light up more streets (creating more support for anybody else) or both.

    That letter wasn’t for the addressees: it was for everybody else. That “we’re gonna vote” wasn’t for the protocol, it was to keep the issue alive. “We’re gonna vote” was genius. Not “We’re gonna confirm.” That gets the swarming hordes demanding positions from everybody involved. And that most likely pick. Wanna motivate on the fence Catholics? Wanna really motivate them, let Kamala Extract or DiFi come at her again.

    Playing identity n election like with a VP…
    If the nominee is Accused of Being Catholic-woman vs. Floridian Cuban-woman it would suggest the campaign sees more value in swinging Catholics n values voters across the board than local Florida, or Hispanic. They think they have Florida, n enough change in Hispanic voting to disrupt the D’s.

    Picking the broader-issue icon expands the map; grabs a another fraction of a point in a whole bunch of races. It broadly spreads enthusiasm, frustration, and disgust from “There … go I.”

    You can buy the segmentation-jockeys’ take that a few key votes in a few key places swung the last one. Another take is TheOrangeCrush only scored by contesting every inch, in every venue.

    I think the Rs are spreading the map. I think that’s what’s moved the odds over the last few months. Now, the Screaming Ds have declared they’ll burn it all down. They just recruited for the other team in every as yet unscorched locale.

    I also think that “approval” n similar measures are nonsense. This time people aren’t voting against a horrible authoritarian grifter. This time they’re voting against a universal, unbounded programmed destruction. Every step of an orderly nomination process lets the whack jobs display what we’d be voting against.


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