Flake successfully called both heads and tails again
If intellectual dishonesty were a sport, everyone in Washington D.C. would finish in a tie for first place.
The Republicans got the votes they needed on the Senate Judiciary Committee to send the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the full Senate for a vote.
However, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) successfully called both heads and tails again when he tossed the coin to decide how he should vote. Sen. Flake voted “yes, but.” He gave the committee its 11th vote to send the Kavanaugh nomination out of committee, but he will only vote in favor on the full Senate vote to confirm if the FBI comes in and does a week of investigation into the current allegations against Kavanaugh.
Sen. Flake as well as Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) love to star in political theater pretending to stand against President Donald Trump on issues before voting in lock step with him on every issue. All three have played hard to moderates in the party with their words, but their votes look just like those of the Senators who wear red Make America Great Again caps when they play golf with President Trump.
Let’s be honest, Flake will get a lot of credit from the center and left for at least insuring that an investigation is done — assuming it actually happens — but if Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for the vote on Monday, all three would furrow their brows and vote yes to confirm Kavanaugh. I don’t care if you love the dogs or ponies more, you have to admit this is a horrible show.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, and a few other women after her, leveled some heinous charges against Kavanaugh before he could be confirmed. Do you realize how terrible it would be if he is confirmed even though he really did this to her? How awful would it be if Kavanaugh weren’t confirmed and he really didn’t do anything wrong? It is really unsettling that we will never really know anything beyond partisan wrangling.
I don’t believe for a second that any of these senators really wants to get to the bottom of this issue. Nothing has happened to demonstrate anything other than political motivations in their speeches and actions.
Some of the same old folks who were in the Senate to attack, belittle and disbelieve Anita Hill during Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings are still there now to attack, belittle and disbelieve Dr. Ford.
They learned a big lesson over the past several decades. They don’t treat women who make sexual allegations better, they just hired “a female assistant” to come in and do the dirty work for them.
It’s a good thing women who are alleged victims of sexual assault have the Democrats to protect them. That is, of course, unless the person sexually assaulting you is Bill Clinton, Keith Ellison or Al Franken. At that point, your Democrat protectors will become enablers that would make the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee yesterday proud.
Dr. Ford could have been sexually assaulted by this man who is hoping to be given a seat on the Supreme Court. But the fact that every Democrat is supporting her is as much about the timing of the nomination and political gamesmanship as it is sexual assault.
The fact that Republicans seem not to care about whether or not this man sexually assaulted a woman in the past is motivated by politics, not evidence or temperament.
Kavanuagh raged, cried, talked about beer and blamed Hillary Clinton. How is that acceptable for a rational, non-partisan Supreme Court justice? People believe what they want to believe.
No evidence can overcome preconceived notions. Kavanaugh’s crocodile tears and fake tough guy act were seen as defiant from fans and disqualifying by opponents. Can you imagine if Hillary Clinton had vacillated from crying to angry outbursts during her Benghazi testimony? I doubt Republicans would have cheered for her as they did Kavanaugh. It is the perfect definition of politics in 2018 that two sets of people watch the same show and have two completely different ideas about what happened. It isn’t about how facts sway opinions anymore. Now opinions determine which facts are seen.
That’s unfortunate. It isn’t new. Ask the representatives who voted in favor of Bill Clinton when he was impeached after he obviously had sexual relations with a young intern and ducked, dodged and lied when questioned about it.
Is Kavanaugh guilty or innocent? I don’t know. I guess it depends on what the meaning of “is” is.
Kent Bush is publisher of Shawnee (Oklahoma) News-Star and can be reached at email@example.com