Developments in L'affaire Kavanaugh

Developments in L'affaire Kavanaugh

This was supposed to be a slam dunk. Republicans were supposed to jam through Brett Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court before they possibly lost their majority in November. They wold have done the bidding not only of Donald Trump, but of their real master, the evangelical right, on whom they depend for their sinecures.

Instead it’s all going to pot by the hour.

Bloomberg is reporting that Christine Blasey Ford, Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, is speaking with the FBI about the death threats she’s received for going public with her accusations. This opens a whole new can of worms. Once the FBI gets involved, the investigative trails can lead anywhere. While no one is saying that Kavanaugh himself is orchestrating these threats, he is, indeed, the source of them. This could be a back door way for the FBI to investigate Dr. Ford’s accusation. This is just what the Republicans in the Senate didn’t want.

That same Bloomberg report addresses Donald Trump. The Thorazine wore off, as he accused Dr. Ford of making up the rape attempt out of whole cloth. He has reverted to form, after being relatively quiescent in the face of Manafort, Cohen ratting him out, and his Supreme Court nominee facing going down in flames.

However, this is an interesting tidbit in the article:

Moderate GOP Senator Susan Collins of Maine, whose vote is critical to Kavanaugh’s confirmation, said Friday she was “appalled” by Trump’s tweet, the Portland Press Herald reported.

”We know allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist,” Collins said at an event in Portland, the newspaper said. She also said she would be willing to let Ford testify later next week than the Judiciary Committee originally planned.

Now, we all know about Susan Collins and her serious concerns. But, on the face of it, these look like more than her usual boilerplate. Trump needed to be quiet and let the Senate GOP perform its dark arts. Instead, as usual, he had to interject himself into the narrative, in the most noisome, vulgar, and shocking manner. With his tweets, he may have done more damage to his nominee than Dr. Ford. He can’t help but make a bad situation an extinction level event.

So, where are we? Far from where the GOP expected to be. Kavanaugh was supposed to have been confirmed by now. Instead, it’s looking increasingly likely that no matter what Chuck Grassley and Mitch McConnell do, they’ve lost. If they manage to squeak him onto the Court, he will be under a cloud like no other justice has ever been, and will give Democrats ammunition to stack the court in response. If they fail to get him confirmed, the evangelical right will revolt, and possibly stay home in November, turning a difficult situation into a veritable massacre.

This is a long war we’re fighting. Every victory counts.



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