Are Democrat Attacks on Kavanaugh Backfiring?
New poll numbers show a surge in Republican voter enthusiasm, surpassing that of Democrats.
Early Thursday morning, the White House announced that it had received the Senate’s requested supplemental FBI background investigation into accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The White House has since reviewed the FBI’s findings and, according to Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah, was “fully confident” that Kavanaugh will be confirmed. Shah also noted that the FBI’s supplemental investigation had been “transmitted to the Senate.” As everyone on both sides already knew, this investigation provided no new information to corroborate the sexual-assault allegations against Kavanaugh brought by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, to say nothing of the even more ridiculous and salacious claims of other women.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) noted, “There’s nothing in it that we didn’t already know.” He added, “These uncorroborated allegations have been unequivocally and repeatedly rejected by Judge Kavanaugh and neither the Judiciary Committee nor the FBI can find any third parties who can attest to any of the allegations.”
It seems that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) agrees, since she called for the FBI’s findings to be kept under wraps. “It would seem to me that if people are going to be identified this ought to be held very close and not [made public],” she said, reiterating, “I think the [FBI] investigation ought to be closely held.” Feinstein is an expert in closely holding material until it can be used for maximum political damage, so if there’s any remotely useful information in the FBI’s report, expect Democrats to leak it.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that he will not break the normal privacy protocols by publicizing the FBI’s findings.
Meanwhile, McConnell filed for cloture to end debate on Kavanaugh, setting up a procedural vote for Friday, with the possible confirmation vote coming as early as Saturday. McConnell’s actions indicate that he is confident he has the Republican votes needed to confirm Kavanaugh, finally bringing this Democrat-created confirmation circus to an end.
In the end, it may be the Democrats who find that not only has their scorched-earth “search and destroy” delay gambit failed to prevent Kavanaugh’s confirmation, but it may prove to cost them dearly in the midterms. A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll now suggests that Republican voter enthusiasm has surpassed that of Democrats. As late as July, polls showed Democrat voter enthusiasm up 10 points over that of Republicans, but it now appears that the Senate Democrats’ grotesque attack on Kavanaugh has inadvertently lit a fire under Republicans. Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, explained, “The result of hearings, at least in the short run, is the Republican base was awakened.”
Furthermore, a Harvard Center for American Political Studies poll was just released, and according to that survey, 60% of Americans support Kavanaugh’s confirmation if the FBI finds no other evidence to corroborate Ford’s accusations. Additionally, 69% believe this confirmation process was a “national disgrace,” and 75% of respondents believe that Feinstein should have provided Ford’s letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee when she received it in July, rather than waiting until Kavanaugh’s hearing had concluded.
With the midterm elections just over a month away, things have really tightened up, and all the mainstream media’s hype about a coming “blue wave” has suddenly receded.