Brett Kavanaugh

Where Do We Go From Here?

Featured image Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court tomorrow, bringing to a close one of the most appalling episodes in American political history. The Democrats’ shameful treatment of Robert Bork in 1987 has distorted our politics–not just the politics of the Supreme Court–for the last 30 years. But the slanders the Democratic Party directed toward Kavanaugh were, if anything, even more disgraceful. We will feel their impact for many »

Are you a man or a Manchin?

Featured image Following the news in the Kavanaugh confirmation battle today, I see that West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has carved a distinguished profile in cowardice. That is hard to do. Manchin nevertheless saw the opportunity and seized it. He would have voted against Judge Kavanaugh if necessary but preferred to vote in favor of confirmation for obvious reasons of political expediency. Manchin squared the circle by withholding his vote until he »

Trump Surges: Is it the Economy or Kavanaugh?

Featured image Or both. Today’s Rasmussen Reports has President Trump at 51% approval, 48% disapproval. Equally significant is his so-called Approval Index, the difference between Strong Approval and Strong Disapproval. That index now stands at -1, with 38% strongly approving of the president. For purposes of comparison, Barack Obama’s Approval Index was -11 at the same point in his presidency. Obama rarely achieved an Approval Index as favorable as -1. I have »

The Keyser case

Featured image The Wall Street Journal has an intriguing story (partly accessible here via Outline) based on information provided by an unnamed source “familiar with the matter” who has seen information provided by the FBI in addition to the supplemental FBI background check on Judge Kavanaugh. The Journal reports: A friend of Christine Blasey Ford told FBI investigators that she felt pressured by Dr. Ford’s allies to revisit her initial statement that »

Waiting for the end

Featured image The Senate is scheduled to take up the key procedural vote on the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court later this morning. I don’t pretend to know what the outcome will be. I observe for the moment, however, that the good name of an outstanding appellate judge of unblemished reputation has been dragged through the mud. His reputation has been trashed. The campaign to which he has been »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll reflects on PARTIES – THEN AND NOW. She writes: I have been either affianced or married to Mr. AG since 1966, so I haven’t really had a “date” for 52 years, give or take. Is it possible some things have changed in the high school and college social scene since then? (Haha – I’m kidding, of course). Neither did I date much in high school until senior year. »

Let Us Now Praise Democratic Party Incompetence [With Comment by John]

Featured image It is said that Republicans are “the stupid party,” and perhaps so, but we should entertain the thesis that Democrats are the incompetent party. Amidst the justified outrage at the Democratic Party’s actions in the Kavanaugh nomination fight, let us step back for a moment and revel for a bit in the sheer political incompetence of Democrats. • Democratic voter intensity for the midterm election next month was already sky-high, »

The Last Angry Man

Featured image The Democrats seem to have given up on arguing that Christine Ford’s ever-changing account is actually true. Instead, they focus on the claim that Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s righteous indignation at being smeared reveals an injudicious temperament. This argument strikes me as too ridiculous to require refutation, but others have undertaken the task. A commenter at Ann Althouse’s site neatly sums up the evolution of the Democrats’ attacks on Kavanaugh: It’s »

The end is nigh

Featured image The FBI has completed its supplemental background investigation on Judge Kavanaugh. Senate Democrats have deployed their final set of talking points intended to protract the proceedings and defeat the nomination. If any Republican has not yet picked up the clues that these talking points have been pursued in transparent bad faith, he should have his mirror and crayons confiscated by the Senate Majority Leader. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley tweeted »

The Left Declares Total War

Featured image If it wasn’t already evident that even if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court in a few days the left will carry on with a full-scale attack (including an impeachment investigation), then the email below from Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect sent out yesterday makes the matter explicit. I’ll intersperse my comments in places: The Back-Up Way of Defeating Kavanaugh. Assume the worst: Let’s posit that within »

Visualize this

Featured image Christine Blasey Ford has been propelled forward into public view with the object of taking down Judge Kavanaugh. James Freeman observes that journalists seem to have lost interest in trying to ascertain whether Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee was accurate. Her story is shot through with holes. One specific she offers in her story is the season and year of the alleged assault. A reader, however, writes to »

Dear Sen. Coons: You’ve got to be kidding

Featured image Senator Chris Coons seems to have founded the virtue subcaucus of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He has recruited Senator Jeff Flake to join. 60 Minutes featured the subcaucus in its lead story this past Sunday evening. Like the rest of the mainstream media, CBS News is excited about the lengthening and obstruction of the long and winding road to the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh. CBS News administered the public relations »

Ramirez on the Supreme Court

Featured image Michael Ramirez is America’s foremost editorial cartoonist. More important, he is a warrior in the fight for freedom. On top of that, he is amazingly prolific. Some of Michael’s most recent cartoons deal with the Democrats’ disgraceful smearing of Judge Kavanaugh. Click to enlarge: This is Michael’s latest, which I love: Memo to Mitch McConnell: let’s make it happen! »

Trump: “One of My Only Good Traits”

Featured image President Trump took some press questions today, and this one-minute answer on the topic of Brett Kavanaugh’s alcohol consumption is simply genius, showing not only his capacity for self-deprecation, but also giving hints that he is a lot more self-aware that people think. (Plus his argument is pretty good, and put in plain language that will likely be very effective among the “deplorables” in flyover country, who surely agree that »

I’ll Drink to Confirmation

Featured image It’s pretty clear that with Blasey-Ford’s already thin story wilting further, Democrats are now going to Plan B—attacking Kavanaugh for supposed perjury over his alcohol consumption as a student and young man. (Once again, Mary Jo Kopechne is unavailable for comment about the alcohol consumption habits of Democratic political figures, or their fondness for sandwiches.) Which brought up a memory from about a decade ago. I’m sitting around my house »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 90: Kavanaughed to Death

Featured image We came close to doing the Power Line equivalent of a Beatles reunion with this episode of the Power Line Show, as Scott, John, and I all managed to synchronize our WalMart watches and link up together like the old days. (Only Paul’s vacation in Greece right now prevented us from having the entire fab four in the house.) And what do you suppose we talked about? What else is »

Dickerson versus Cotton

Featured image The mainstream media have taken up the Democrats’ war on Judge Kavanaugh in a big way. Or, I should say, the Democrats’ media adjunct is performing its assigned role. In this respect we have an aggravated repetition of the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill ordeal of 1991. One can see the media’s work on behalf of the media’s Democratic colleagues vividly on display in John Dickerson’s “interview” of Senator Tom Cotton on »