“Public opinion sets bounds to every government, and is the real sovereign in every free one.” —James Madison (1791)
IN TODAY’S EDITION
- Democrats are actually losing public support after attacking Kavanaugh.
- The FBI and DNC colluded on the dossier.
- The #MeToo movement holds due process in contempt.
- Trash the Fifth Amendment over frogs?
- With more divisions, the Army can win.
- Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.
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.
Meanwhile, in the swamp, the whole Trump/Russia collusion fiasco continues to simmer in the background. The latest revelation is that former FBI general counsel James Baker met with Democrat National Committee lawyers to discuss the Russia investigation and the infamous Christopher Steele dossier before the bureau secured a FISA warrant to surveil Donald Trump’s campaign. Yes, that would be the Clinton/DNC-funded dossier that formed the primary basis for the FBI’s warrant request. In fact, Baker met with the same private DNC law firm — Perkins Coie — that served as the passthrough for Clinton cash to get to Fusion GPS for that dossier.
It would seem uncorroborated “evidence” is a theme for Democrats to smear a political enemy.
The Hill’s John Solomon further explains the significance: “It means the FBI had good reason to suspect the dossier was connected to the DNC’s main law firm and was the product of a Democratic opposition-research effort to defeat Trump — yet failed to disclose that information to the FISA court in October 2016, when the bureau applied for a FISA warrant to surveil Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.”
Furthermore, he says, “These revelations illustrate anew how much the FBI and Justice Department have withheld from the public about their collaboration and collusion with clearly partisan elements of the Clinton campaign and the DNC, Fusion and Steele, that were trying to defeat Trump.”
Last month, Trump ordered the Page FISA warrant declassified, only to reverse course a few days later. Many congressional Republicans continue to push for that declassification, if only to shed more light on the FBI’s political abuses of the FISA process. Indeed, so far, the only collusion seems to be between the DNC and the FBI.
Still — tongue firmly planted in cheek — we have no doubt the FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh will clear everything right up and all Americans will join in harmonious agreement on his confirmation.
- Senate Judiciary Committee receives FBI report on sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh; White House finds no support for accuser claims (Fox News)
- McConnell files cloture on Kavanaugh nomination; Senate will vote on Saturday (The Daily Wire)
- Minneapolis police won’t look into domestic-abuse claim against Keith Ellison (Star Tribune)
- Navy vet arrested for allegedly trying to poison Mattis and the Navy’s top officer (Military Times)
- 1-in-3 pass “U.S. Citizenship Test,” which drops to just 19% for Americans 45 and younger (Washington Examiner)
- Seven officers shot, one killed, in Florence, South Carolina (WBTW CBS 13)
- Judge cites evidence that Trump “harbors an animus against non-white, non-European aliens” in ruling (Fox News)
- Amazon eliminates monthly bonuses and stock grants after minimum-wage increase (The Verge)
- U.S. withdrawing from treaty with Iran after International Court of Justice ruling (The Weekly Standard)
- Humor? Kamala Harris: “We would apply the same fair standards to any SCOTUS nominee whose life we were trying to destroy” (The Babylon Bee)
- Policy: A $15 minimum wage is great for Amazon — but not for America (The Week)
- Policy: California quota bill won’t help women (Independent Women’s Forum)
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“Since when do those accusing others of crimes become ‘survivors’ rather than ‘accusers’? … The shift in language is to message that accusers must always be believed.” —columnist Clarice Feldman
Ms. Feldman has succinctly described the antithesis of one of our nation’s most treasured founding principles. Unfortunately, she also described the essence of a rapidly metastasizing #MeToo movement. One where the “presumption of innocence” and “misogyny” have become interchangeable concepts.
A recent incident at the University of Southern California is indicative. Professor James Moore responded to a reply-all email circulated by student Audrey Mechling, who asserted the necessity to “BELIEVE SURVIVORS” (capitals in the original). “If the day comes you are accused of some crime or tort of which you are not guilty, and you find your peers automatically believing your accuser, I expect you find yourself a stronger proponent of due process than you are now,” Moore wrote in a reply-all email of his own.
Not quite. Nearly 100 students staged a demonstration demanding Moore’s termination.
It gets worse. “What [Professor Moore] sent was extremely inappropriate, hurtful, [and] insensitive,” declared school dean Jack Knott. “We are going to try to do everything we can to try to create a better school, to educate the faculty.” Knott further insisted USC would have a faculty meeting to address “implicit bias,” and that what Moore said is “not what our school represents.”
That advocating for due process would be considered “implicit bias” is utterly Orwellian. Yet like so many other citadels of progressive indoctrination, USC has co-opted the #MeToo movement in its effort to impose a “superior” standard of social justice upon an “irredeemably flawed” nation. Victor Davis Hanson illuminates the Left’s ultimate agenda — in no uncertain terms:
The idea of a statute of limitations is ossified; hearsay is legitimate testimony; inexact and contradictory recall is proof of trauma, and therefore of validity; the burden of proof is on the accused, not the accuser; detail and evidence are subordinated to assumed sincerity; proof that one later relates an allegation to another is considered proof that the assault actually occurred in the manner alleged; motive is largely irrelevant; the accuser establishes the guidelines of the state’s investigation of the allegations; and the individual allegation gains credence by cosmic resonance with all other such similar allegations.
For the useful-idiot foot soldiers of the #MeToo revolution, cosmic resonance has supplanted the Constitution.
Moreover, like every totalitarian-based movement, some victims are “more equal” than others. “The needs of those women living in trailer parks, trapped in crime-ridden and drug-infested urban neighborhoods, or languishing in our foster care or prison systems will continue to be ignored by #MeToo,” insists columnist Robert L. Woodson Sr. “These women reside in the #NotYou isolated areas of this country … out of sight and out of mind.”
Woodson has a valid point, but it’s only half of the equation. Does anyone still remember that Hillary Clinton — who insisted her loss to Donald Trump “accelerated” the #MeToo movement — routinely dismissed credible allegations against her husband as “bimbo eruptions”? Or the parade of Brett Kavanaugh accusers plopped in front of cameras, utterly irrespective of credibility, that stand in stark contrast to NBC sitting on its interview with Bill Clinton rape accuser Juanita Broaddrick for 35 days — until after the Senate voted on perjury and obstruction of justice charges against him? How about current “gender equity” champion and Newsweek National Politics Correspondent Nina Burleigh once insisting she’d be happy to give Bill Clinton oral sex “just to thank him for keeping abortion legal?”
A publicized Twitter exchange reveals the contemptible dynamic that allows the Jenny-Come-Lately types, who countenanced sexual harassment for decades, to seamlessly transition from accomplices to paragons of virtue. After watching Sen. Lindsay Graham vociferously berate his fellow senators for eviscerating the nomination process (possibly permanently), feminist champion Maria Shriver couldn’t contain herself. “Oh my god. This is every woman’s nightmare,” she tweeted.
Commentator Ben Shapiro offered some much needed perspective. “Every woman’s nightmare is being trapped in the back of a sinking car, gasping for air, I’d imagine,” he tweeted. “Did you ever ask your uncle about it?" That would be uncle Ted Kennedy, who still maintains "Lion of the Senate” status among the very same Democrats who speak in reverent tones about the victimization of women.
At the circus masquerading as a hearing, Sen. Cory “Spartacus” Booker — who now insists Kavanaugh shouldn’t be appointed irrespective of his innocence or guilt — inadvertently provided great insight into the progressive worldview, praising Christine Blasey Ford for coming “to tell your truth.”
Subjective truth is an oxymoron. It’s also the bedrock of totalitarian governance. Yet Democrats and the #MeToo movement remain dedicated to an incrementalist strategy, chipping away small bits of objective truth, along with morality, history, and tradition. And they will do so until the entire edifice of American jurisprudence collapses, and reality itself becomes “negotiable.”
Such determinations are evident in a column entitled, “Make My Sexual Assault Count,” by New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay, who offers up a rather curious definition of “rape” while recounting her experience in college. Gay didn’t tell her story until now because it was “so unremarkable, so common.”
How common? “I dated him afterward,” she writes. “Part of the encounter was consensual. We had both been drinking, him far more than me.”
No doubt many women harbor strong feelings of retrospective remorse with regard to some of their sexual encounters. But can a civilized society survive when any encounter can be defined as rape, even when there is an admitted lack of personal responsibility? (Gay never says whether or not she resisted the attempt.) Moreover, in what rational universe should alleged crimes committed by other people at other times “count” against anyone else?
Nonetheless, if the #MeToo movement insists on embracing score-keeping, let’s look at the entire scorecard. Does anyone still remember which side of the ideological divide celebrated the sexual revolution of the ‘60s and the unrestrained hedonism immortalized by the adage “if it feels good do it”? How about the “liberated” woman, part of whose liberation consisted of her being as sexually promiscuous as her male counterparts — and part insisting she was every bit as strong and capable as any man?
How times have “evolved.” “Democrats believe that we women are weak, mewling, helpless creatures who are defined by our interactions with men,” writes Bonnie Ramthun. “If we are touched, insulted, groped, or otherwise not treated as delicate flowers, we’re supposed to react by making our entire lives revolve about that horrible moment that ruined us forever.”
Democrats and the #MeToo movement are far more interested in ruining forever anyone who opposes their agenda. The orchestrated attack against Kavanaugh is above all else about Roe v. Wade. Thus, while the #MeToo movement is about preserving the dignity of women, it simultaneously and vociferously champions abortion that allows those same dignified women to engage in irresponsible sex with no consequences, “give or take” more than 60 million abortions in 45 years — as in 1.3 million abortions per year, 3,653 per day, and 152 per hour.
Not a single one of those victims was a “survivor.”
MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST
- Trash the Fifth Amendment Over Frogs? — The Supreme Court hears a case involving a ridiculous Obama-era power grab.
- With More Divisions, the Army Can Win — This is an armed service that has been asked to do a lot, yet this service is often stretched thin.
- Video: Now an FBI Probe Isn’t Good Enough — Top Democrats repeatedly called for an investigation of Kavanaugh, but once they got one…
OPINION IN BRIEF
Victor Davis Hanson: “The polarizing atmosphere of the university has now spread to Congress. … Americans may disagree about the relative credibility of either Kavanaugh or his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. But they all witnessed how the asymmetry of the campus governed the hearings. … One belief of the university is the postmodern idea of relativist truth. On campus, all can present equally valid narratives. What privileges one story over another is not necessarily any semblance to reality, at least as established by evidence and facts. Instead, powerful victimizers supposedly 'construct’ truths based on their own self-interests. As a result, self-described victims of historical biases are under no obligation to play by what they consider to be rigged rules of facts, evidence or testimony. This dynamic explains why Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J) insisted that Dr. Ford told ‘her truth.’ … Also on the campus, the race and gender of people now increasingly determine who we are. Republican senators were repeatedly written off by critics as ‘old white men,’ not unique individuals who might be disinterested or biased, fair or prejudicial. Kavanaugh was largely assumed guilty, in part for once being a privileged white kid of 17 who had gone to a prep school. … Campuses are no longer out-of-touch ivory towers. Their creed is now beginning to run the country, which is frightening.”
Insight: “The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office. Every man but one a subordinate clerk in a bureau. What an alluring utopia! What a noble cause to fight!” —Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973)
Braying Jenny: “The stakes of the vote on Kavanaugh? Deciding whether we’re a country that listens to and believes women. Each of my colleagues in the Senate needs to determine if women’s voices, traumas and stories matter to them. I’ve made my decision.” —Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who isn’t going to let facts get in the way of her agenda
Belly laugh of the week: “Admittedly my opposition [to Kavanaugh] is kind of rooted in policy, but I now am even more intense in my feelings because of how political he’s become.” —Chelsea Clinton
Speaking of being tone-deaf and political: “After 9/11, [if] George W. Bush said, ‘Well, I don’t have time to meet. I don’t have time to worry about this. It was terrible. We feel sorry about it. We’ll rebuild New York and the Pentagon, but we’re not going to worry about it.’ Well at a certain point, that’s what [Trump’s approach to Russian meddling] is turning into.” —Hillary Clinton
Inconvenient outing: “Ana Maria Archila is from our district, is from Queens. In fact, she is an immigration activist, which just goes to show intersectionality and how interwoven all of these fights are. Because she is putting everything on the line and risking deportation … not even for a direct immigration action but for the action of all survivors.” —Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the woman who accosted Sen. Jeff Flake in the halls of Congress over the accusations against Brett Kavanaugh
Non Compos Mentis: “A few minutes ago, Trump gave us a preview of the state of emergency he is creating to justify the end of democracy as we know it. RESIST!” —Michael Moore on yesterday’s FEMA emergency alert test
And last… “CNN’s ratings would be in the toilet without Donald Trump.” —ABC’s Ted Koppel
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