Every week, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What Are Your Feelings On The Kavanaugh Hearings?
Don Surber:The Kavanaugh Debacle was the best thing to happen to Republicans since passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. With the exception of Joe Manchin, Democratic senators in red states are toast, maybe even in the purple ones.
Kamala Harris and Spartacus Booker are not ready for prime time, or even SNL.
Chuck Grassley, Mitch McConnell, and Susan Collins shine. And what can I say about Lindsey Graham? Freed from McCain, he soars like an eagle.
OK, maybe just an osprey.
Fausta Rodríguez Wertz: I am actually ashamed of the whole sorry spectacle.
I am ashamed that Judge Kavanaugh cannot go to church on Sundays because protesters block the entry. I am ashamed that his daughters need bodyguards to go to school, that his wife receives death threats, that his mother and father have to endure idiot comedians calling for their son’s castration.
I am ashamed that, as Judge Kavanaugh himself said yesterday, “This conformation process has become a national disgrace.”
I am ashamed to know that the left is not going to give up on Kavanaugh. Not now, not ever.
I am ashamed that this circus revolves around the fear that Justice Kavanaugh would overturn Roe v. Wade. There have been sixty million abortions since Roe v. Wade. People who celebrate the killing of sixty million lives will stop at nothing.
And that is the greatest shame of all.
Then there’s the question of what happens next. I am very pessimistic. I expect that the next nominee will be subjected to even more pressure. The Left won’t stop.
Rob Miller: The vote turned out as I expected, although there were some surprises. As I predicted, Susan Collins was not to be bullied or threatened into submission. Jeff Flake and Ben Sasse pleasantly surprised me. Lisa Murkowski didn’t.
I think it was absolutely wonderful that only Joe Manchin had the smarts to be the only Democrat in a Red State up for re-election to vote to confirm Kavanaugh. Joe Donnelly, Heidi Hightkamp, Claire McKaskill, Jon Tester and Bill Nelson didn’t, and they will pay a price come November.
The actual Kavanaugh hearings were one of the best things to happen for the GOP for some time. First it showed America the true face of the hysterical left, and creatures like Kamala Harris and Cory Booker were revealed as the cadres and ideologues they really are. So were a number of other Democrats as well as their trained seals in the media. The American people now truly see the commie behind the curtain, and many of them who were sitting on the fence now know why it’s so important that these people never gain control of government again. Even career never trumpers like Erick Erickson now see this and are admitting they had Trump wrong all along. Women looked at their sons, husbands, fathers and brothers and realized how easy their lives could be ruined simply for expediency by any woman for any reason. The hypocrisy of the Left in ignoring sexual predators in their own ranks like Keith Ellison while ignoring the rule of law and manufacturing these kind of allegations with zero proof just for po0litical purposes horrified quite a few Americans. Some like the brilliant Camile Paglia even took it farther, understanding that false accusations like this would directly harm real victims of sexual assault and prevent them from being believed.
Meanwhile, Trump’s courage in not abandoning Judge Kavanaugh, Mitch McConnell’s steadfastness during the Kavanaugh hearings and the courage of Lindsay Graham, Ted Cruz, and Susan Collins are showing Republicans disgusted with the previous lack of spine and commitment that things have changed and are giving them the fire to get out and vote.
As a side note, while I liked most of Susan Collins’ speech, it annoyed me that she still referred to Dr. Ford as a ‘survivor.’ There’s absolutely no proof that she survived anything except being charged for slander like the pathological, Trump-hating politically partisan liar she is.
In the words of one of Steven Colbert’s writers, Ariel Dumas ““Whatever happens, I’m just glad we ruined Brett Kavanaugh’s life.”
Until there is a real cost for doing something this despicable, they’ll keep at it. IMO, that needs to change if this sort of thing is ever going to end.
Doug Hagin: That the Republicans finally found some spine, and did not slink away will do things. Give their base some real hope for a stronger party, and it will make the Left become even more unhinged. The Trump presidency has absolutely ripped the “moderate” mask off of the Democratic party. And now their far left faces are showing.
Scott Kirwin: I waited for the final vote to respond. I’ve been so disgusted with the GOP recently that I didn’t trust them.
Now that it’s over I feel I can breathe again. And more importantly be proud of my party affiliation.
From Lindsay Graham channeling Boston lawyer Joseph Welch’s “Have you no sense of decency sir? Moment against Joe McCarthy, to Flake – of all Republicans Flake – standing up to the leftist bullies, ending with Maine Sen. Susan Collin’s impassioned speech defending Kavanaugh I don’t think I have ever been prouder to be a Republican.
There is really nothing more important for conservatives than the Supreme Court. All the issues that matter to us are decided by that court and the only way to get a fair hearing is to have people on the bench who agree with our view of the Constitution. The Gorsuch appointment made Trump’s victory in 2016 worthwhile. Kavanaugh’s appointment cements his legacy.
We conservatives owe Graham and Collins for this victory. They both had plenty of reasons to fold and could have, but when it mattered they showed guts and dare I say it, spine. In the coming years we must remember their actions over the past two weeks and stand by them when they need us.
Jeffrey Avalon Friedberg:Politics have been broken since way before even Bill Clinton and can never be repaired because they are outdated and just don’t work—if they ever did. Hubert Humphrey and his oldtime ilk are all dead and gone.
Greece invented democracy. Is Greece a paragon of democracy now today? No.
By the same token, the whole Brett-Nancy-Streisand -Graham thing is just more bullshit. It’s all about personal power and self-aggrandizement. What did Susan Collins get in return for her vote?
The supreme court will now be “resisted” and never obeyed again. Gang-Mobs will assault public spaces. Screaming 20 year olds in black masks will spit and hit.
Politics are now handmaiden to the communist party and its agents in government, media, kitchens, and bedrooms everywhere.
Trump knows this. It’s why he does not seek to “Presidentially” govern. Rather, he seeks to
Puma By Design: The shock of the first series of allegations levied against Brett Kavanaugh lasted for a moment. Before I could wrap my head around what was going on, the second set of allegations followed and it was at this point that I became concerned at the revelations of what was at stake hit.
I have friends who were victims of sexual assault and couldn’t help but feel resentful of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony which had too many blanks and didn’t add up.
The very idea that sexual assault would be used as a tool to stop the advancement of a Supreme Court nominee or anyone else for that matter is shameful.
My heart broke as Judge Brett Kavanaugh before the world was forced to vigorously defend himself, his honor, his family before a tribunal of Marxist bureaucrats’ hell bent on destroying an innocent man for the sake of dismantling the patriarchy and satisfying their lust for power.
I have a 39 year old son, brother, uncles, great nephews, nephews, grandson, male cousins and friends and as I listened to Judge Kavanaugh respond to stupid questions about his yearbook, not only was I pissed off, I became angry and concerned that the Republican Party would fold like a suitcase full of cheap suits so as not to offend women and in so doing permit these rabid Marxists to crush Kavanaugh, his family, the President and the liberties of every American born man and boy.
But then Senator Lindsey Graham took a stand and as my nieces and nephews say, “it was on from there.”
My first thought as I observed Senator Graham, “Lindsey, what took you so long?” My second thought was something on the line of, “Damn, I’m sure glad that John McCain’s not here,” after which I asked God’s forgiveness for thinking such a thing.
I thought about the effect of McCain’s absence more than once this past week as the Republican Party from Graham to Senator Chuck Grassley to Senator Susan Collins, seemed to have found their will to fight, not their constituency but the hard-left.
Just as Progressives did not see Kavanaugh coming and handled it badly, it never occurred to them (or me) that Republicans were up for the fight. Progressives leaned hard expecting Republicans to buckle under and got the reverse.
Republicans gave back as good as they got. It appeared that with each new wave of false allegations, Americans became angrier and Republicans fought back harder.
It is unfortunate that we had to go there but, in the end, Kavanaugh, the President, the GOP and liberty came out on top.
As for the hard left, they showed Americans just how bad they are for our country.
We’re not done yet.
Laura Rambeau Lee:The Kavanaugh hearings were a mockery of our process for appointing Supreme Court justices. With Kavanaugh’s distinguished career as a judge and volumes of decisions there was no question of his qualifications. There wasn’t even much discussion regarding it because everyone knew he was eminently qualified. The Senate interviews and hearing were concluded and this last minute accusation of an uncorroborated sexual assault over 35 years ago was nothing more than a ploy to delay, delay, and further delay. Senator Diane Feinstein sat on this information since July and did not bring it up until it was pretty certain he would be confirmed. The Republicans allowed themselves to be manipulated by the Democrats and the media to re-open the FBI investigation, which found not a single individual who would corroborate Ford’s assault allegations. We are nothing if we allow such an erosion of one of the basic tenets of our founding and legal system; that an individual is innocent until proven guilty. Personally I believe the Democrats did not want Kavanaugh to be confirmed because of his record in support of the Second Amendment.
When President Trump has the opportunity to nominate the next Supreme Court justice, and he will, I hope Republicans remember this debacle and not permit Democrats to grandstand and go to such extremes to challenge his candidate. Remember, elections have consequences, and one of the consequences is that the president gets to nominate Supreme Court justices. Republicans accepted, albeit grudgingly, President Obama’s appointments of Justices Sotomayor and Kagan as they agreed they were both highly qualified. The understanding is the president is elected by the people and through the president the people get to choose who sits on the Supreme Court. Many of us voted for President Trump for this very reason.
Some on the left are now speaking of impeaching Justice Kavanaugh if they win the majority in Congress in November. This alone should energize the conservative base, and even some independents and Democrats, to vote Republican to prevent these anti-American ideologues from obtaining power ever again.
We must continue to be vigilant and never rest, for as President Ronald Reagan said “freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” The vote, 50 to 48, was the closest vote for a Supreme Court justice since 1881. Once again it appears Providence is looking favorably on our nation and giving us another chance to right our course.
Bookworm: Gosh, you guys are so thoughtful and intelligent. Truly, I have nothing to add that all of you haven’t said better. Instead, I’ll just quote part of the short speech Churchill gave after the victory at El Alamein (a battle in which my father took part). I’ve merely made a few interlineations, indicated by square brackets, so that the speech better applies to America, in 2018, rather than to England in November 1942. You can find Churchill’s original speech here.
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. Henceforth [the Democrats’ foot soldiers, including organizations such as Antifa] will meet equally well armed, and perhaps better armed troops. Hence forth they will have to face in many theatres of war that superiority [on college campuses] which they have so often used without mercy against other, of which they boasted all round the world, and which they intended to use as an instrument for convincing all other peoples that all resistance to them was hopeless….
We mean to hold our own. [We normals are not prepared] to preside over the liquidation of [a constitutional America]. For that task, if ever it were prescribed, someone else would have to be found, and, under democracy, I suppose the nation would have to be consulted. I am proud to be a member of that vast [collection of sane, normal people, committed to individual liberty, strong national security, and the free market] without which the good cause might well have perished from the face of the earth. Here we are, and here we stand, a veritable rock of salvation in this drifting world….
I recall to you some lines of Byron, which seem to me to fit the event, the hour, and the theme:
Millions of tongues record thee, and anew
Their children’s lips shall echo them, and say —
“Here, where the sword united nations drew,
Our countrymen were warring on that day!”
And this is much, and all which will not pass away.
Well, there it is!
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