Dear Senator Feinstein

Featured image The Senate Judiciary Committee called on Judge Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford to disclose before Thursday’s hearing evidence related to Dr. Ford’s allegations dating back to their high school days more than 35 years ago. Senator Grassley has posted the committee’s letters requesting evidence here. Senator Grassley also released the original letter that Ford first sent to Senator Feinstein back in July. This is the letter that Feinstein kept »

I Told You So

Featured imageI’ve been saying all week that you could expect another late hit on Brett Kavanaugh over the weekend, and right on schedule, we have the New Yorker story, which, as Paul and Scott have already noted, is pretty thin gruel. But it was absolutely necessary for the left to come up with a story like this, for several reasons. First, one thing that is true in virtually all cases of »

Another Kananaugh accuser comes after Dem lawyer persuades her she’s a victim

Featured imageRonan Farrow and Jane Mayer, writing in New Yorker, report that Senate Democrats are investigating a new allegation of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh. Few who have been around the block will be surprised that another such claim has emerged just as the clock is about to strike midnight. If anything, the surprise is how weak this one seems to be. The claim comes from Deborah Ramirez who attended Yale »

The farce next time

Featured imageIn the matter of Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Kavanaugh it may have become apparent that one is not enough, as Jacqueline Susann might have put it. The New Yorker has just posted a painfully long article by Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow titled “Senate Democrats Investigate a New Allegation of Sexual Misconduct, from Brett Kavanaugh’s College Years.” In response to the story the New Yorker is promoting here, Judge »

The FBI in nominee ambush cases, then and now

Featured imageOne of the Democrats’ main talking points regarding Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Brett Kavanaugh is that the FBI should investigate before the Senate Judiciary Committee hears from Ford and Kavanaugh. In support of this talking point, Democrats and their friends in the media note that the FBI investigated Anita Hill’s sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas prior to Hill and Thomas testifying before the Committee. Hill herself says the »

Kavanaugh has calendars

Featured imagePeter Baker reports in the New York Times that Judge Kavanaugh has detailed calendars covering the months of June through August 1982 that he will hand over to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Though they note family getaways, basketball games, football practice, a college interview and parties, the calendars “do not show a party consistent with the description of his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, according to someone working for his confirmation.” »

The farce this time

Featured imageThe Washington Post has played a key role in promoting the farce this time. Kim Strassel looks back at two wrinkles in the Post’s reporting in this Twitter thread. I have taken a screenshot of the end of the Twitter thread and embedded it below. Drudge links to this accessible version of the long Washington Post story on “the GOP’s effort to save Kavanaugh[,]” as the San Antonio Express headline »

Howard Root revisited

Featured imageI’ve been writing about my friend Howard Root in the series “Fear & loathing at the DoJ.” I ended the series with this post on Friday with the Department of Justice letter responding to issues raised by Senators Grassley and Lee on Howard’s case. Last year John hosted Howard at a packed Center of the American Experiment lunch forum in downtown Minneapolis. Howard told the story of his experience as »

A deadly attack on an Iranian military parade

Featured imageRecently, an acquaintance of my wife returned from a trip to Iran, her country of origin. In addition to noting the runaway inflation and stark increase in poverty, she was surprised by the heightened level of separatist sentiment in various regions. That sentiment took a violent turn in southwestern city of Ahvaz today. Separatists attacked an Iranian military parade, killing at 29 people and wounding 70 more. The attackers disguised »

Keith Ellison’s “Minnesota Values”

Featured imageKeith Ellison has released his campaign’s first internet video. It claims that Ellison embodies “Minnesota values,” and studiously avoids any reference to the many controversies swirling around him: his long-time advocacy for cop-killers, his multiple documented instances of domestic violence, his participation in the Nation of Islam and his anti-Semitism, along with more minor issues like his failure to pay taxes. Here is the video: Ellison says we need him »

The farce continues

Featured imageThe accuser of Judge Kavanaugh and her attorneys continue to protract the farce in their response to the terms offered for her testimony by Senator Grassley. Accuser Christine Blasey Ford accepts the invitation to speak, though at a time of her choosing with conditions left open. The attorneys add a few insults to the Judiciary Committee for good measure. What a crew. Here is the response sent to committee staffers »

NY Times Wants to Know About Your High School Sex Life

Featured imageChristine Ford’s allegation against Brett Kavanaugh has put high school sex into the public conversation. That’s what the New York Times thinks, anyway: “Men, Tell Us About Your High School Experience.” This is actually an online form that you can fill out. The first question is, “Did you ever, as a teenager or younger man, behave toward women in ways you may now regret? If so, how? And how has »

The story so far

Featured imageNow that we have heard from Leland Keyser — what, no Keyser Söze? — NR’s Charles Cooke has provided this handy summary of the story so far: Well, we seem to have hit a brick wall. All four of the people named by Kavanaugh’s accuser have now given their accounts to the Senate. And all four of them have said either that Kavanaugh is innocent of all charges, or that »

Report: Yet another “witness” fails to back Ford’s story

Featured imageCNN reports that Senate Judiciary Committee staff has spoken with a high school friend of Christine Blasey who, supposedly, was at the party where Brett Kavanaugh supposedly assaulted Blasey. The woman is Leland Ingham Keyser. Reportedly, she is a lifelong friend of Blasey (now, Blasey Ford). According to CNN, Ms. Keyser’s lawyer stated: Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being »

The First Time Was Farce, Too

Featured imageThe Democrats’ current attack on Judge Brett Kavanaugh obviously recalls their failed assault on Clarence Thomas, who has gone on to a distinguished career as an intellectual leader of the Supreme Court. Memories fade, and I had forgotten some of what Hans Bader details at Liberty Unyielding. I remember this much: the Thomas hearing was televised and gripped the nation. At the time, most Americans concluded that Anita Hill, who »

Dartmouth welcomes Secretary Mattis

Featured imageIn an unannounced visit yesterday sponsored by the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, Secretary Mattis spoke to Professor Michael Mastanduno’s Government 54 class (US Foreign and Military Policy), as well as Dartmouth veterans from the college and graduate schools, members of ROTC and the War & Peace Fellows of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. In his remarks Secretary Mattis paid tribute to »

Booker on Kavanaugh: Delay and destroy

Featured imageThe Circus is the Showtime series that touts a look inside Washington politics via hosts John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon. The current episode (season 3, episode 7) aired on September 16. The episode can be accessed online here if you jump through a few hoops. At around 23:00 it briefly takes up the Democrats’ efforts to delay and obstruct the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in the »