one ponders if there are no limits to the stupidity, cupidity, of the senate republicans in this matter of the nomination of brett kavanaugh to the u.s. supreme court: apparently, the answer is that there are no limits.
(and, i begin with this observation, which also serves to end the essay.-- power is wasted on those too stupid to use it.)
consider the facts.-- "blabs" feinstein has a letter which she sits on for months accusing kavanaugh of youthful perfidy. she produces it when the kavanaugh appointment seems secure, and at a time calculated to put the matter over after the mid-term elections, when she hopes and prays that the dems will have the senate handed back to them.
she has her scandal, she has a witness.
the witness refuses to appear before the senate committee, unless upon terms she dictates, which include the demand that the fbi investigate, insuring a series of leaks from the fbi deep state besmirching kavanaugh.
the republicans apparently have no inkling that they are being played like a child's tin drum, like a cheap fiddle, by an old sack of wrinkles who desperately is trying to show her bona fides as a fire breathing radical to turn back a younger challenger, who operates in the mode of the modern leftist democrat. the republicans seem oblivious, several of them thinking that ford's lawyer's request for a meeting with the committee chair and the ranking democrat minority member (that being, of course, good old "blabs.)
the republicans are either guileless, stupid, gutless buffoons, or stupid to the core, or both.
this is what they should do, right now. they should vote to put the nomination to the floor for vote, and they should accept the results, and move along to the next nomination to be put forward by president trump as soon as possible. there is plenty of time, if they will but exercise the power they have been conferred by the people.
the republicans haven't the cajones to do this, and instead mouth platitudes about women's rights, etc., which is just exactly what feinstein wants them to do. now, perhaps there is a chance that the repubs are thinking about the long game, and think that it is of more benefit to woe the ladies than to secure a supreme court seat.
if this is the case, then they simply demonstrate prodigious stupidity again, only in spades. nothing, and i mean nothing, is more important than securing a majority on the supreme court against the ravages of leftist nonsense sure to come. let me repeat it. nothing is as important as the supreme court.
now, to the stupidity of the republican women in the u.s. senate, of whom it is said that they are thinking of voting against kavanaugh to secure their seats. if that is the reason, then they are simply cowards, (but what have we come to expect from politicians: in the old days, people liked to vote for generals who had seen battle for political office, and there was a great deal of wisdom of voting for someone who was not a demonstrated coward.)
and, as regard the repub women politicians in the senate, if they are inclined not to vote for kavanaugh, it demonstrates an incredible stupidity for the long game. if the repubs have congress through 2022, it will mean that president trump may have upwards of another 2 nominations to the supreme court, in which he and the repubs can push through good conservative jurists, perhaps among them several women. trump should have a chance to appoint to the vacated ginsburg seat (she cannot live forever), and a chance to appoint another conservative woman, several good jurists waiting already in the wings.
a vote against kavanaugh, for any reason, jeopardizes the chances of this occurring.
so, push the matter to the senate floor. have ford and kavanaugh testify before the committee. see how it all flushes out. if kavanaugh emerges a dead duck, get another nomination up, and up quickly.
power is wasted on those too stupid to use it.
john jay @ 09.19.2018