Writing for the National Review, contributing editor Andrew McCarthy yesterday published a diplomatically scathing essay on how Senate Democrats are trying to scuttle the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, exercising a vicious double standard that allows them to claim some moral high ground while standing chest deep in swamp muck.
It swirls around the allegation by a woman now active in Democrat politics that in his youth, Kavanaugh allegedly attempted to take liberties with her at a drunken high school party. This only surfaced after the raucous Senate Judiciary hearings, from which Kavanaugh emerged essentially unscathed and appeared a sure confirmation to the high court.
Kavanaugh has denied the incident occurred, and the sides are lining up with no middle ground visible.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein had apparently been aware of the allegation for some weeks, but didn’t bring it up during an interview with Kavanaugh nor during the hearings.
“This has all the hallmarks of a set-up,” McCarthy writes. “If the Democrats had raised the allegation in a timely manner, its weakness would have been palpable, it would have been used for what little it’s worth in examining Kavanagh during his days of testimony, it would be put to rest as unverifiable, and we’d be on to a confirmation vote. Instead, we’re on to a delay — precisely the Democrats’ objective. They want to slow-walk Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote until after the midterms, in the hopes that they swing the Senate in their favor and have the numbers to defeat the nomination.”
Liberals do not want Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court bench for fear he will be a vote toward restoring the Second Amendment and against other social issues popular with the Left.
With the allegation against Kavanaugh, Democrats have been swift to move in for the kill, similar to a pack of wolves smelling blood and sensing vulnerability. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) seems to blame “the men in this country,” according to Fox News, while the same network is reporting that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is under fire for allegedly editing a Kavanaugh video to “fuel the fire over the sexual misconduct allegations against the judge.”
All of these theatrics lend new credence to a remark by the late H.L. Mencken, a rather blunt-talking journalist of the early 20th Century: “Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.”
McCarthy cautions Republicans to essentially grow some backbone and put a stop to this by not allowing Democrats to run the show. According to Reuters, it’s already having the effect Democrats seem to want.
“Republicans should not be rewarding this mendacious gambit by giving the perpetrators the start of what they calculate will be the delay they need,” he writes. “If Democrats get away with what they are trying to do to Kavanaugh, the only decent people in politics will be decent progressives; people who reflect the broader range of opinion and civility in the country will not participate in or pay much mind to our politics because it is too savage. The cut-throat operators who do not believe in the Constitution, pluralism, and civility will be running the country, until they inevitably push too far and provoke ugly pushback.”