VIP Live, Tonight!

Featured image Tonight, starting at 7 p.m. Central time, we are doing a VIP Live event. If you are a VIP member, you will get an email with a link to a live YouTube address where you can watch the event and submit your own comments and questions. What will we be talking about? For one thing, we will talk through the latest developments in the Democrats’ attempt to obstruct Judge Kavanaugh’s »

Report: Ford ready to negotiate about testifying next week

Featured imageBrett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, has little choice but to give evidence to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and do so promptly. If she persists in refusing, Judge Kavanaugh almost certainly will be confirmed more or less on schedule. Ford’s objective all along has been to prevent this result. Thus, it has seemed to me that Ford will agree to appear promptly, albeit only after trying to extract as many »

Why We Hate the Media, Kavanaugh Edition

Featured imageIt is hard to single out the most egregious media treatment of the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh because the field is so large and the competition so intense. But The Guardian at least deserves to make the Finals with its story today entitled “‘No accident’ Brett Kavanaugh’s female law clerks ‘looked like models’, Yale professor told students.” It is a transparent attempt to paint Kavanaugh as a sexist »

What is Dianne Feinstein hiding?

Featured imageThat letter Christine Blasey Ford gave to California Democratic lawmakers containing her allegation against Brett Kavanaugh must be a highly flawed document. First, Sen. Feinstein sat on it for months. She didn’t give it to the FBI. She didn’t publicize its contents. She didn’t even use the allegations when she had opportunities to question Kavanaugh. Feinstein could easily have done so without violating Ford’s request for confidentiality. For example, she »

Well played, Chairman Grassley

Featured imageI confess that, in real time, I was unhappy with Sen. Charles Grassley’s handling of the first hour of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing. My live-blogging of the hearing made clear my view that Chairman Grassley should have been much more firm with the Democratic committee members who were trying to throw a monkey wrench into the proceedings. I was wrong. Grassley played it almost perfectly. He let the Democrats »

Lies, and Their Detectors

Featured imageI wish everyone, including those who support Judge Kavanaugh, would stop using the term “lie detector.” There is no such machine. The “polygraph,” as it is properly called, simply measures changes in your autonomic physiology while you answer questions. And while there is some statistical correlation and probabilities associated with certain pattern changes, its overall imprecision and known false positives are why polygraph exams have never been admissible in court. »

Senator Grassley writes

Featured imageSenate Judiciary Committee Democrats are at best disingenuous scoundrels. How does a straightforward and decent man like Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley deal with them? The current outrage featuring the late hit on Judge Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford presents a case study. Senator Grassley is crazy like a fox, leaving them free to reveal their bad faith and dishonesty and misconduct in word and deed so long as he »

Dems sweat declassification

Featured imageOn Monday President Trump ordered the declassification of 20 or 21 previously redacted pages from the Carter Page FISA applications. The declassification order also extends to the redactions made to text messages from senior Justice Department and FBI officials. Kelly Cohen covered the declassification order for the Washington Examiner here. Democrats find this a profoundly alarming development. On Tuesday Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff and Sens. Chuck Schumer and »

A case of mistaken identity?

Featured imageYesterday, word circulated in certain quarters of the D.C. legal/public policy community that the assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh may be a case of mistaken identity. In other words, the incident happened, but the perpetrator wasn’t Kavanaugh. In the version I heard, the assault was committed by a guy who attended the Landon School, not Georgetown Prep where Kavanaugh was a student. Landon and Georgetown Prep are both elite prep »


Featured imageKeith Ellison is leading the race for Attorney General of Minnesota 41-36, according to the Star Tribune poll. But that lead isn’t anywhere near big enough, in my opinion. Revelations about Ellison keep coming out. The latest comes from Karen Monahan, the second of the two women who have accused Ellison of domestic abuse. Monahan has released a medical record from the Park Nicollet Clinic, dated November 2017, that supports »

Breaking: #HimToo at the NYRB

Featured imageBreaking right now—Ian Buruma is out as editor of the New York Review of Books, a post he has only held for about a year, for the sin of publishing an article by Jian Ghomeshi, a Canadian broadcaster who was acquitted of sexual assault charges in 2016. I hadn’t seen the article yet—my print issue is slow to arrive out here on the left coast—but it appeared online a few days »

Senator Grassley writes (2)

Featured imageIn a letter to his Democratic colleagues on the Judiciary Committee, Senator Grassley has set forth the rationale of his prescribed method of proceeding on the late hit of Christine Blasey Ford on Judge Kavanaugh with the hearing proposed for next Monday. Here we can see the Democrats’ refusal to participate in any method of proceeding that fails further to obstruct or protract the committee’s consideration of the Kavanaugh nomination: »

Something didn’t happen to her yesterday

Featured imageIn the old Rolling Stones song, “Something happened to me yesterday” (“something I can’t speak of right away”). In the case of Christine Blasey Ford’s late hit on Judge Kavanaugh, I have the distinct impression that something didn’t happen to her yesterday — the “something” being an assault by Judge Kavanaugh and the “yesterday” being approximately 35 years ago when CBF and Judge Kavanaugh were high school students. Earlier this »

Grassley to Ford: Sh*t or get off the pot

Featured imageNo, Grassley didn’t put it that way. He can’t politically, and is too much of a gentleman to do so in any event. But that’s the essence of the Chairman’s statement to Ford and her counsel that they have until 10:00 Friday morning to decide whether Ford will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to present her allegation that Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her. If Ford doesn’t agree to appear by »

The Dumbest Political Controversy of My Lifetime [Updated]

Featured imageWhen I was 10 years old, I wrote Richard Nixon’s name in chalk up and down the sidewalk on my street. This was during the 1960 campaign. An elderly lady who lived next door asked what I was doing and when I explained, she said: “You can write his name all over my sidewalk!” I have been following politics ever since. I have seen a lot of stupidity, but I »

VIP Live, Thursday Evening

Featured imageTomorrow evening, starting at 7 p.m. Central time, we are doing a VIP Live event. If you are a VIP member, you will get an email with a link to a live YouTube address where you can watch the event and submit your own comments and questions. What will we be talking about? For one thing, we will probably say what we really think about the Democrats’ obstruction of Judge »

Keep Your Eye on Collins & Flake

Featured imageAll of the clips of the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings from 1991 brought back a repressed memory, namely, the role of Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. Specter, who later became a Democrat in a desperate bid for self-preservation (conservatives I know in Pennsylvania used to call him “Arlen Sphincter”), voted against Robert Bork in 1987, and would seem by that fact to have been in play as a possible “No” »