The Washington Post has disgraced itself again. The liberal rag reported that the Georgetown Preparatory School—where Justice Brett Kavanaugh went to high school—was hiring a new employee to deal with PR fallout after the confirmation circus. But the school is directly contradicting the report. In fact, the job was posted in July, well before the meltdown, a fact that Post reporter Emily Heil was informed of prior to publication. The school demanded a correction, which was added, but the corrected story still carried the suggestion the job was posted in response to the confirmation imbroglio. Still, Heil insisted she just overlooked the, you know, minor matter of the date of the posting.
—QUOTABLE: “This was a completely unintentional error-I read right over the date in haste. Story was corrected and correction is noted. Have a great weekend, all! … I don’t mean to sound blasé about a correction. Believe me, I hate them\have kicked myself plenty over it.” -Heil tweets
Sen. Dianne Feinstein isn’t backing down on her quest to destroy Justice Brett Kavanaugh. In a debate with her challenger, the California Democrat proclaimed she’d be in favor of reopening an investigation into the allegations of sexual impropriety against Kavanaugh made during his confirmation circus. She was apparently trying to out-liberal opponent Kevin de Leon, a fellow Democrat who emerged from a primary on the notion that Feinstein isn’t progressive enough. Feinstein threw the Kavanaugh proceedings into chaos when she leaked a confidential letter from accuser Christine Blasey Ford in the Nth hour of the hearings.
A University of Mississippi professor is in hot water after calling for activists to harass Republican senators in public. The sociology professor, James Thomas, tweeted the day Justice Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in that activist goons shouldn’t just interrupt senators during meals, but “put your whole damn fingers in their salads,” he tweeted, adding that Republicans “don’t deserve your civility.” The chancellor of Ole Miss condemned the tweet in a statement issued Sunday.
—QUOTABLE: “Put your whole damn fingers in their salads…Take their apps and distribute them to the other diners. Bring boxes and take their food home with you on the way out. They don’t deserve your civility.” -Prof. James Thomas
—QUOTABLE: “A recent social media post by a UM faculty member did not reflect the values articulated by the university, such as respect for the dignity of each individual and civility and fairness.” -Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter
Republican Senators have their groove back when it comes to judicial confirmations. With the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court complete, the Senate Judiciary Committee is pivoting to filling the rest of the federal courts. They’re eyeing up more than 40 district and circuit court judges they plan to confirm before the end of the year. Of particular interest to Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley is filling the D.C. Court of Appeals spot left open by the departure of Kavanaugh—the court is regarded as second in influence only to the Supreme Court. And committee members, inspired by the successful Kavanaugh brawl, are willing to burn the midnight oil to get the job done.
—QUOTABLE: “McConnell ought to keep the Senate in session until we get all 41 of those judges done.” -Grassley
—QUOTABLE: “I think we will easily get through them by the end of the year. If not, we will be here Christmas Day.” -Sen. John Kennedy, Republican of Louisiana
Sen. Claire McCaskill is facing, and benefiting from, a renewed onslaught of outside money. Polls haven’t favored the Missouri Dem after she voted against the confirmation of Brett Kavanugh to the Supreme Court—McCaskill and GOP challenger Josh Hawley are now virtually tied. More than $41 million from outside groups has flooded the state in a barrage of TV and radio ads, the most of any Senate race in the country. The ads are mostly negative, portraying the other side as a corrupt self-serving Washington insider—in the case of McCaskill—and a political ladder climber beholden to corporate special interests in the case of Hawley.
Susan Rice’s son was assaulted at a rally in support of Brett Kavanaugh. That’s right—John David Rice-Cameron, the son of failed former president Barack Obama’s national security adviser, is a Republican and a student at Stanford University. He’s pressing charges after being pushed, shoved and hit by anti-Kavanaugh protesters during a rally earlier in the week supporting the Trump Supreme Court nominee. Other students went after the Stanford College Republicans’ “Change My Mind” table and ripped up College Republican and pro-Kavanaugh signs at a display table. Rice-Cameron is the president of the Stanford College Republican group.
—QUOTABLE: “She got in my face and proceeded to hit me in the chest area and push me back forcefully…Nobody should be assaulted on campus, under any circumstances.” -John David Rice-Cameron
The flogging will continue until Dems regain power, says Hillary Clinton. In an interview with Clinton News Network’s Christiane Amanpour, the twice-failed presidential candidate rejected the idea that the country should return to civility after the Kavanaugh confirmation circus. Civility can only return when Democrats take control of Congress, she argued. The Clintons on Monday announced a 13-stop comedy tour—speaking tour—called “an evening with the Clintons.” Tickets start at $250,000 or three tons of uranium ore.
—QUOTABLE: “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about…That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.” -HRC
Clinton indicated she’s still harboring a 25 year old vendetta against the GOP: “I remember what they did to me for 25 years — the falsehoods, the lies, which unfortunately people believe because the Republicans have put a lot of time, money, and effort in promoting them.”
Christine Blasey Ford’s assertion that she had a second front door installed on her house because she was haunted by an early 80s attempted rape is being questioned. Real Clear Investigations discovered that the door appears to actually have been an access to a spare room and office that the Fords rented out, not as an emergency exit. Ford testified before the Senate that installing the door triggered an argument with her husband and supposedly led to a couple’s therapy session where she first talked about the sexual assault she pinned on a young Brett Kavanaugh. The wheels have also come off her assertion that that same claustrophobia made her terrified of planes, but it was discovered that she was actually a frequent flyer.
—QUOTABLE: “The door was not an escape route but an entrance route…It appears the real plan for the second front door was to rent out a separate room.” -Attorney familiar with the ongoing congressional investigation (RCI)
A Minnesota special ed teacher has resigned over a “Kill Kavanaugh” tweet. “So whose gonna take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh,” reads the tweet, posted Saturday, Oct. 6 from a now-suspended account, obviously referring to the teacher’s anger over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, Mark Zuzek, superintendent of the Independent School District 917, said the teacher voluntarily resigned after being placed on paid administrative leave.
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh started his new job on Monday, and heard his first case on the nation’s highest court Tuesday. And he hit the ground running. Hearing arguments over what should be considered a “violent felony” under the Armed Career Criminal Act, Kavanaugh asked nearly as many questions as Chief Justice John Roberts. Speculation was that he might lay low at first, but Kavanaugh—who has 12 years of experience as a judge on the D.C. Court of Appeals—did the opposite. No protesters managed to crash the proceeding.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp claims she was a yes on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh at first. But she says his body language when he was giving impassioned testimony after being accused of attempted rape back in the 80s changed her mind. The North Dakota Democrat said she “saw rage” in Kavanaugh’s demeanor while he was speaking to the Senate Judiciary Committee, calling the confirmation “a circus” and “a national disgrace.” Heitkamp, who announced her opposition after a supplemental FBI report on Kavanaugh was given to senators, is down by about 12 points in her re-election battle.
—QUOTABLE: “We communicate not only with words, but we communicate with body language, we communicate with demeanor,” Heitkamp continued. “I saw somebody who was very angry, very nervous and I saw rage.” -Heitkamp
Dems are divided on whether to impeach Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Despite absolutely zero evidence to justify so much as a wag of the finger, some lefties are insisting that should they retake congress next month, Kavanaugh should be brought up on charges. Hair on fire leftist, some elected, think that would be a great way to win over a battle-weary American middle. But others, like Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, say not so fast—it’s the wrong message to send a month before an election. And Sen. Lindsey Graham echoed him, saying every Democrat running in a swing district should have to answer whether they’d support impeachment.
—QUOTABLE: “I think that’s premature…I think frankly we are just less than a month away from an election. Folks who feel very strongly one way or the other about the issues in front of us should get out and vote and participate.” -Coons on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
—QUOTABLE: “I hope everyone running for the House in these purple districts will be asked the question, ‘Do you support impeaching Judge Kavanaugh based on five allegations, none of which could be corroborated?’”
Mitch McConnell is calling for an investigation of whoever leaked the Ford letter. The Senate majority leader said on Saturday that the Judiciary Committee “out to take a look at” how the letter from Christine Blasey Ford accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the 80s was leaked to the press. Ford had asked to remain confidential. That didn’t happen, the letter created a weeks-long circus, and Senate Republicans apparently want to get to the bottom of it.
—QUOTABLE: “I think it clearly was, honestly, a despicable thing to do to Dr. Ford…And it kind of underscored the tactics that have been used: It started in committee and then went straight out into the public.” -McConnell
If you’re a liberal, you probably believe Brett Kavanaugh is a racist and a sexist. But the newly minted Supreme Court Justice is already proving haters wrong. He got to work on Monday with an all-female team of law clerks. Kavanaugh is the first justice to have an exclusively female team of clerks—all of them have clerked for Republican appointees in the past, and one worked for him as an appeals court judge. And since we’re on identity politics, he also immediately hired an African American clerk, too—so he’s already had as many black clerks on staff as liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has been on the court for 451 years.
In a dramatic vote on the floor of the U.S. Senate, judge Brett Kavanaugh won just enough votes to be confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday afternoon. The vote, was on an almost perfect party line 48-50 split, with West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin voting yes. Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski was opposed, but voted “present” as a courtesy to colleague Sen. Steve Daines, who was not there but was instead walking his daughter down the aisle back in Montana.
The swearing in of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was interrupted by protesters wailing outside. They also scratched and clawed at the door. The protesters broke through a police line outside, where they were mostly being held at bay, and barged into the Court’s chamber, outside the door to the room where Chief Justice John Roberts was administering the oath of office late Saturday. In a video posted online, the protesters—angry about the confirmation vote earlier in the day—screamed and tried to pry to obviously very heavy, and very locked, doors open.
Sen. Cory Gardner’s wife got a nasty surprise—someone texted her a video of a beheading. Jamie Gardner, whose husband is a Republican from Colorado, got the anonymous video in the heat of the contentious Kavanaugh confirmation battle after the personal contact information for Republican senators and their families was posted online. Sen. Gardner announced he would support Kavanaugh in July.
Robert DeNiro received an award for the Children’s Diabetes Foundation on Saturday night, and used his speech to take a less-than-veiled swipe at Brett Kavanaugh.
Here’s the joke: “Now, one reminder. The drinks, wine and beer are flowing. But, be careful — if you have too much, you may end up on the Supreme Court.”
The crowd chuckled nervously or boo’d, but there was no huge applause. Know your audience, man.
Brett Kavanaugh acknowledged he “might have been too emotional” in Senate testimony he gave one week ago. In the testimony he was defending himself from allegations he’s an abusive, alcoholic, perverted, sexual assaulting gang rape ringleader in high school and college—all without a shred of evidence. But in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Thursday, he said he can be trusted to be an “even-keeled” Supreme Court justice and admitted he might’ve been a little too pointed in his criticism. The op-ed was published a day before a key Senate procedural vote that would move his nomination to the final stage—a floor vote. Kavanaugh wrote that he always treats others with “utmost respect.” The rhetorical question is, will Senate Dems apologize for how they treated him?
—QUOTABLE: “I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been. I might have been too emotional at times. I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said. I hope everyone can understand that I was there as a son, husband and dad. I testified with five people foremost in my mind: my mom, my dad, my wife, and most of all my daughters.” -Kavanaugh in WSJ
Fence-sitting Republican senators Susan Collins and Jeff Flake appear satisfied with the newly released FBI report probing Brett Kavanaugh’s background. The probe was ordered by the White House after the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full senate amid allegations of sexual impropriety.
Collins said: “It appears to be a very thorough investigation but I’m going back later to personally read the interviews.”
And Flake said: “We’ve seen no additional corroborating information.”
Both are moderate Republicans thought to be the critical swing votes that will determine whether the Senate will vote to confirm Kavanaugh in an expected Saturday floor vote.
Meanwhile, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley urged the senate to end this and just take the vote: “I trust that career agents of the FBI have done their work independent of political or partisan considerations. That’s exactly what senators from both sides asked for. Now it’s up to senators to fulfill their Constitutional duty and make a judgement.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham has suddenly earned a reputation as a street fighter. And on Thursday he brawled, rhetorically, with a protester. After giving the media comments about Brett Kavanaugh’s upcoming confirmation vote, the South Carolina Senator was interrupted by a protester demanding Kavanaugh take a polygraph. “We’ve humiliated this guy enough, and there seems to be no bottom for some of you,” Graham said, turning directly to the protester, adding sarcastically maybe we could throw him in water to see if he floats.
—QUOTABLE: “It will never be enough. If you don’t believe he is a gang rapist, if you don’t believe he is a stumbling, bumbling drunk, serial sexual predator, maybe you will believe he lied about how much he drank in high school. Threw ice at a party. Or he doesn’t have the temperament. Lets vote. I’m more confident than ever.” -Graham
There’s more evidence of the “Kavanaugh Effect”—that is, surging Republican enthusiasm to vote in the midterms because of the Dem smear campaign against Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Smaller dollar donations to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s over the past week are up 175 percent compared with the previous month. The gap in enthusiasm to vote has also closed According to a new NPR-Marist poll, July’s ten point enthusiasm gap in favor of Democrats has evaporated. That now stands at just two percent, well within the margin of error. All is evidence the left’s strategy to stop Kavanaugh might backfire in an epic way.
—QUOTABLE: “The Supreme Court fight has energized conservatives in an undeniable way,…The Republican Party does three things: cut taxes, kill terrorists and confirm judges. When we do those things, we energize our base and are also appealing to independent voters.” -NRCC communications director Matt Gorman
Protesters led by celebrities took over a senate office building on Thursday. Actresses Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski led an enraged mob opposed to Brett Kavanaugh as they shouted “We believe Christine Ford!” The throng was addressed by New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren before some 300 protesters were arrested by U.S. Capitol police. The protesters in part were furious about the newly released FBI background investigation, which Democrats insist is shoddy and incomplete.
“Devil’s Triangle” doesn’t mean what liberals think it means. The phrase was referenced in young Brett Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook, and immediately the dirty old pervs on the left assumed it meant three way sex between teenagers. But in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, a group of four of Kavanaugh’s high school classmates said it was actually a drinking game very similar to quarters, but with three glasses of beer. If it was also a reference back in the early ‘80s to three way sex, they say they were unaware. Bolstering that, two other men who attended Boston College with one of Kavanaugh’s high school classmates, Matthew Quinn, have also come forward attesting that Quinn went on to introduce them to this “Devil’s Triangle” game and that it definitely did not involve sex.
Sarah Sanders struck back at CNN correspondent Jim Acosta on Wednesday. The grandstanding Acosta asked Sanders if Brett Kavanaugh was the “victim” in the whole episode over allegations of sexual impropriety lodged against him. Acosta was apparently indignant that President Trump would mock accuser Christine Blasey Ford at a rally the night before. Both Kavanaugh and Ford are victims of the Democrats’ smear machine, to paraphrase an emotional Sanders. The campaign has been “disgraceful,” and the Dems are “exploiting” the women who have come forward.
—QUOTABLE: “I think Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh are victims at the hands of the Democrats. I think it’s absolutely disgraceful what they’ve done and exploited this process … They are exploiting all the women that have come out to make any type of accusation. This isn’t the process that should have been done and certainly everybody deserves to be heard but that includes Judge Kavanaugh and that should be part of this process.” -Sanders