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October 04th 2018 print

A Brett Kavanaugh Reader

Only a lengthy and voluminously footnoted book could paint the full picture the judge's ordeal on his way to the US Supreme Court. Nevertheless, what Roger Kimball, John Hinderaker and others have had to say sheds a grimly unflattering light on the tactics and motivations of his accusers

kavanaughIn Quadrant‘s October issue (subscribe here), Hal G.P. Colebatch contributes the second installment of his two-parter on TDS — Trump Derangement Syndrome — and notes how hatred of this outsider president has drawn forth a venomous insanity wherever  the Left prevails. “The Sydney Morning Herald in October, 2016, claimed that ‘Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler Have More in Common than Slogans‘,” Hal writes, adding that the globe-girdling hysteria on the Left has seen “the institutionalisation and acceptance of violence and lies.” If you scratch from the ledger of ‘progressive’ bullying the attempted massacre by a Bernie Sanders supporter of congressional Republicans training for a charity baseball game, an outrage seldom mentioned since in the mainstream media, the most vile manifestation of the Left’s principle- and decency-free strategy has been the Borking of US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Below, a selection of the slanders and misrepresentations masquerading as commentary, interspersed with rebuttals the mainstream media has found it convenient to omit. In a better world you might have come across the facts on the ABC, rather than the by-rote Democratic Party talking points the national broadcaster serves up as news. And when an agent of accuracy does get a word in edgeways, the get the treatment accorded Judith Sloan on The Drum. Skip to the 40-minute mark of this video when Judith is repeatedly shouted down by the customary stacked panel. That’s the ABC’s idea of debate, just as this off-with-the-fairies polemic from a US contributor proceeds from the premise that Kavanaugh is the beast from Central Casting and must he held responsible for the ills inflicted on women. (…the image of Dr Ford, giving her testimony, now will accompany Mr Kavanaugh for the rest of his career. The image, in fact, is that of American women of her generation and everything that they have tried to become, and what they have had to endure to do so.)

Roger Kimball’s observations are especially worthwhile, but first a couple of cartoons that further the Democrats’ guilty-until-proven-innocent framing of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings:

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Notice the artists’ acceptance of allegation — and unsupported allegation at that — as concrete fact. Notice, too, the obscene enlistment of Kavanaugh’s daughter as a witness against her father’s decency. In the Wall Street Journal, Kimberly Strassel reacts:

…It’s a green light to send coat hangers and rape threats to Sen. Susan Collins and her staff. It is a sanction to the mob that drove Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife out of a restaurant. It is an endorsement of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who kept the charge secret for weeks until she could use it to ambush the nominee with last-minute, unverified claims. It’s approval of the release of confidential committee material (hello, Spartacus), the overthrow of regular Senate order, and Twitter rule. It’s authorisation for a now thoroughly unprofessional press corps to continue crafting stories that rest on anonymous accusers and that twist innuendo into gang rapes. A vote against Brett Kavanaugh is a vote for Michael Avenatti.

Roger Kimball in the  Spectator US:

… in one key respect the behaviour of the Democratic senators and their febrile, power-at-any cost supporters is worse than what old Joe McCarthy did. McCarthy destroyed many careers with his wild-eyed accusations of secret Communists occupying every nook and cranny of the government. In the aftermath of the Red Scare, Leftists held up the McCarthy hearings as a sterling instance of baseless anti-Communist hysteria. But we now know, from the Venona transcripts and other sources, that the State Department and other agencies were in fact harbouring Communists who were loyal to Stalin. The witch hunt conducted against Brett Kavanaugh, by contrast, was a fantastical, utterly baseless fabrication. motivated solely by power-hungry malevolence…

Kimball once more on the Democratic smear machine that continues to conjure from long decades past a parade of women presented as scarred and suffering victims of Kavanaugh’s hunnish depradations:

Hawaii-Five-O Senator Mazie ‘Men Should Just Shut Up’ Hirono pressed autoplay number six and said ‘This is another serious, credible, and disturbing allegation against Brett Kavanaugh. It should be fully investigated.’ Another ‘serious, credible, and disturbing allegation,’ Kemo Sabe? Surely you mean ‘another baseless partisan smear against a man of sterling character whose politics you do not like’? That’s what it is all about, isn’t it? Destroy Brett Kavanaugh because 1) we hate Donald Trump and 2) we are terrified that Brett Kavanaugh would hamper the Democrats’ use of the Supreme Court as an instrument of ‘social justice.’ Chirped another factotum from the Democratic echo-chamber ‘These allegations seem credible, and we’re taking them very seriously. If established, they’re clearly disqualifying.’

Why the maniacal pile-on? As Powerline‘s John Hinderaker observes of Kavanaugh, “he is the most moderate nominee they are likely to see from the Trump administration. If his nomination fails, the president will most likely appoint Amy Barrett, who is secure against #MeToo allegations and is both more conservative and younger than Kavanaugh.” Hinderaker answers his own question:

Judge Kavanaugh’s pristine reputation is one reason why the Democrats have unleashed against him a smear campaign unparalleled in American history. This is the message they are trying to send: If we can do this to the Boy Scout Brett Kavanaugh, we can do it to anyone. Are you thinking of serving in a Republican administration? Or accepting an appointment to the federal judiciary from a Republican president? Think twice, and then think again.

Because our smear machine will reach back to middle school if necessary. If we can’t find any dirt on you, we will manufacture some. There is no depth to which we will not stoop, and your honesty, integrity and spotless reputation are no match for our control over the media and our determination to dredge up ridiculous allegations against anyone who stands in our way.

Well worth watching is GOP outside counsel sex-crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell’s questioning of Christine Blasey Ford

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gKa8ZIwE7g&t=1891s

As gentle grilling as you might imagine, it nevertheless produced a damning report. Some nuggets from the document, which can be read in full here:

Dr. Ford’s description of the psychological impact of the event raises questions.

She maintains that she suffers from anxiety, claustrophobia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The date of the hearing was delayed because the Committee was informed that her symptoms prevent her from flying.

But she agreed during her testimony that she flies “fairly frequently for [her] hobbies and … work.”

She flies to the midAtlantic at least once a year to visit her family. She has flown to Hawaii, French Polynesia, and Costa Rica. She also flew to Washington, D.C. for the hearing.

And this:

Dr. Ford’s explanation of why she disclosed her allegations the way she did raises questions.

She claimed originally that she wished for her story to remain confidential, but the person operating the tipline at the Washington Post was the first person other than her therapist or husband to whom she disclosed the identity of her alleged attacker.

She testified that she had a “sense of urgency to relay the information to the Senate and the president.”

She did not contact the Senate, however, because she claims she “did not know how to do that.”

She does not explain why she knew how to contact her Congresswoman but not her Senator.

The full Senate vote on the Kavanaugh confirmation could come as early as Friday (US time), at which point Republicans may well heave a sigh that their candidate is over the line and the debacle is over. They shouldn’t celebrate that assumption too vigorously however — not in this era when facts are trumped by ideology and preconceptions and the need for evidence is b ut another patriarchal oppression of women who, as we are constantly told, must always be believed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments [9]

  1. Jody says:

    Whispered at the lowest voice level possible, “say, wasn’t it that Democrat Ted Kennedy who was responsible for the death of Mary Joe at Chappaquidick and who dodged all personal responsibility”? Still waiting for an answer….tick, tick, tick.

  2. en passant says:

    The Slick Willy Clinton Crime Cartel is the elephant in the room that is apparently just too big to shoot. So let’s slime someone about an unlikely an unprovable event from 36-years ago. It may surprise those that know me that I have disqualified myself from ever nominating …

    Here is my absolutely cast-iron truth on the Ford/Feinstein slimy attack.

    1. The Demonbrats urgently neede a way to attack the character of a man more flawless than Jesus (who consorted with prostitutes and physically attacked bankers) or Mohammad (a paedophile war criminal who murdered or enslaved prisoners).
    2. Ford’s lawyer (recently photographed with Killary Clinton) asks Ford to write a confidential, anonymous letter to Feinstein that she will never be asked to substantiate, smearing Kavanaugh as she did know (of) him – tenuously.
    3. Feinstein uses the letter to ambush the confirmation hearing with the allegations just as it is wrapping up – asserting a totally unprovable ‘sexual assault’ written by an unknown source (Russians anyone?).
    4. As it is just all scurrilous hearsay and surmise that is totally rejected by Kavanaugh, the plot is going nowhere, so …
    5. Unfortunately, someone leaks Ford’s name to the Press and Ford is now trapped.
    6. Ford fabricates a ‘claustrophobic fear of flying’ to Washington (except she has already flown further several times this year) to say she cannot attend. She then makes unreasonable demands to try to have her having to testify rejected. O’ the martyrdom of a wronged nutjob with an agenda, but that was a nice photo of her with the most evil man on Earth, George Soros.
    7. The Judiciary Committee accedes to her agenda and she flies to D.C. to testify (oh, the terror …).
    8. Her story is so pathetic a specialist prosecutor of sex crimes tears her story apart. She knows not where, when, who, etc, of what she claims is indelibly imprinted on her mind, as her story changes daily. To regain ‘credibility’ she fabricates even more lies such as having a second front (escape) door installed in her home. This is soon dis-proven when it is revealed that the room it leads to was rented out to a business.
    9. In desperation the evil Feinstein trots out two more even less credible skanks (one of whom claims to have seen Kavanaugh standing near a punch bowl at one of the ten gang-rape parties she attended …)
    10. The last Feinstein hope is now that haters such as the low-life RINO, Jeff Flake will vote to destroy Kavanaugh just to get at Trump.

    Normally, there are only seven deadly sins, but the DemonBrats in the USA have gone well beyond purgatory to destroy the institutions of their own country and usher in their totalitarian nirvana of Stalinist-Chavism.

    Give us time and the continued brainwashing of our own children in school and Oz will proudly join in this ritual destruction of all that is good and sensible in Oz. Our pollie-wafflers continue to believe (“I believe! I believe!”) that we are heating catastrophically, which makes it hard to explain why I have had my home heater on every day so far in October. Just weather, I suppose, though the sooner global-warming arrives the better for all of us …

  3. Peter OBrien says:

    The cartoon featuring Kavanaugh’s daughter, which I think appeared in the Illinois Times or some such, must be about the most appalling example of politicization of the family of someone in the public arena that I have ever seen. It is disgusting on every level.

    • LBLoveday says:

      In the words of the publisher of the Illinois Times:

      “Clarification regarding the Judge Kavanaugh cartoon by Chris Britt:
      “While Chris Britt is a regular contributor to Illinois Times, he is not an employee and also engages in work for other publications across the country. The recent cartoon involving Kavanaugh’s daughter was posted on Chris’ own Facebook page; it did not appear in our publication or on our website. The Illinois Times name should not have appeared on the cartoon in question and we have asked Chris Britt to remove it”.

      It has been spread not by the Illinios Times, and to a limited extent by Britt and his followers, but more so by being published on-line by Quadrant Online, Fox News, American Independent, the Daily Wire, the Christian Broadcasting Network, Brietbart, Life News….. Why? What has been achieved by people who seemingly recognise (I)t is disgusting on every level” disseminating it far wider than Britt ever could have?

      • Doubting Thomas says:

        The point of publication in conservative outlets was simply to demonstrate by proving beyond all reasonable doubt that there is absolutely nothing that the left will not stoop to in their efforts to destroy their political enemies. Use by Quadrant on Line and other similar publications was to illustrate that point, not to attack Kavanaugh. There’s a vast difference in intent.

  4. gardner.peter.d says:

    I watched that clip of ‘The Drum’. The presenter, Julia Baird, tried to trap Judith Sloane with the ‘payback’ clip. JS explained that the ABC had generally been let off lightly so the loss of indexation was payback to some degree. Not related to coverage. The presenter passes the question of payback linked to coverage to another panelist, again asserting cuts are linked to coverage and that JS had just said it was. That other panellist was Donald McDonald, former Chairman who supported what JS had actually said: cuts not linked to coverage in his experience. Truth just bounces off people like Julia Baird.

  5. Alice Thermopolis says:

    “Demon-Rats” Judge Jeanine here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjDD1IeeFWI

  6. Alice Thermopolis says:

    “I have had my home heater on every day so far in October. Just weather, I suppose, though the sooner global-warming arrives the better for all of us”

    A propos UN DAGW/DACC scaremongering,some interesting FACTS on temperature variation on planet Earth:

    What is the greatest temperature range for a single location and what is that location?

    The Australian record is 53.1°C (127.6°F) recorded at Cloncurry (QLD) on 16 January 1889. Bourke (NSW) with 52.8°C and Mildura (VIC) 50.8°C are not far behind. The worlds greatest temperature range at a single location is 105°C, from minus 68°C to 37°C recorded at Verkhoyansk, Siberia.

    What is the biggest temperature change in ONE day?

    The largest recorded temperature change in one place over a 24-hour period occurred on January 15, 1972 in Loma, Montana, when the temperature rose from −54 to 49 °F (−47.8 to 9.4 °C). The most dramatic temperature changes occur in North American climates susceptible to Chinook winds.

    Given such variation, could a mere “anthropogenc” +2C – if detectable – really make a difference?

    Anyway, the real action’s in the oceans, as William Kininmonth pointed out in a letter to OZ editor yesterday:

    Climate mayhem ahead
    Every year there is a meeting of the conference of the parties to the UN climate change convention. Every year, leading up to the COP meeting, we are softened up by media releases from so-called experts warning us of the ever-increasing danger from uncontrolled burning of fossil fuels as we supposedly are turning our planet into a living hell.

    This year is no exception. Self-styled climate scientists and politicians are meeting in South Korea to finalise a report, to be released on Saturday that talks of “climate mayhem” and “a swift and complete transformation not just of the global economy, but of society, too” (“Less meat, coal key to cooler planet”, 2/10). And the solution proffered to avert this claimed human-caused catastrophe: the global economy must become “carbon neutral” by 2050.

    Real climatologists become aware early in their careers that the oceans are the thermal and inertial flywheels of the climate system. The heat of the atmosphere is equivalent to that in the top 4m of the oceans and the mass of the atmosphere is equivalent to that of the top 10m. It is changes in ocean circulation, a factor not represented in climate models, that lead to changes in our climate.

    Why am I reminded of the fabled King Canute, who is reputed to have taken his chair down to the shore and proclaimed, “Even I cannot stop the tide coming in”? Why can’t the UN and its acolytes take a leaf from Canute’s book and accept that no matter the extent of social engineering the climate will continue to change, as it has done in the past and will continue to do into the future?
    William Kininmonth, Docklands, Vic

  7. Les Kovari says:

    And the swamp in Washington DC just keeps on bubbling away. When Trump wowed to drain it, he was not aware just how difficult a task it was going to be.