They hope we’re stupid, or at least too blinded by our emotional responses to realize how inappropriately they’re handling the entire Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process. Now, Democrats are doubling down on their ill-advised play by supporting an impossible FBI investigation.
As I noted yesterday, Christine Blasey Ford has already tossed credibility out the window by calling for the FBI to investigate a he-said-she-said claim from 36 or 37 years ago before she’s willing to testify.
Nothing adds up anymore for several reasons. First, nobody would be so naive to think an incident at a party 36 or 37 years ago (she isn’t quite sure about the YEAR it allegedly occurred, let alone the date) in an unknown venue (she doesn’t recall where it took place) is something the FBI is capable of investigating. Before she’ll testify, she’s demanding the impossible.
Second, the Justice Department has already indicated it’s not their jurisdiction or responsibility to investigate this type of alleged crime. Twice. This isn’t a political refusal. It’s simply not what the FBI does. Again, before she’ll testify, she’s demanding the impossible.
It should have ended with that. The Democrats should have pulled her aside and said, “Oh honey, what you’re asking is impossible. Just testify and we’ll sort this out in the Senate.” That’s what they should have done because it’s up to the Senate, not the FBI or anyone else in the executive branch, to ultimately determine the fitness of Brett Kavanaugh to be a Supreme Court justice.
The problem they have is that they’ve already made a mockery of the process. In their attempts to stall until after the midterm elections, they’ve thrown every proper and improper procedural maneuver against the wall in hopes that something will stick. Now, the accusation is their last hope so they’re doing what they feel is necessary based upon hopes that voters won’t notice, won’t understand, or won’t care.
Let’s look at those three hopes and see if they’ll stick.
Democrats hope voters won’t notice
Of the three, this is the one that is certain regardless of how much attention is given to it by the press. Our society has devolved into a quick-hit, instant response media consumption machine. We have immediate access to so much news. Any major event is put in front of us moments after it happens.
The average American sees on their phones via Facebook or Twitter or Google News or wherever that the floodwaters are still rising in North Carolina, Democrats back calls for the FBI to investigate Kavanaugh, a mass shooting happened in Maryland, and LeBron James is going to be in Space Jam 2.
It’s a lot to take in and the attention span of the average human only allows them to really notice a tiny portion of the news put in front of them. It registers on a slight level, just enough for a quick judgment. In this case, the news of an untenable call by Democrats to investigate Kavanaugh’s alleged attack registers for Democrats as “yes, do it,” and Republicans as, “no, that’s silly.” That’s as far as news like this normally goes.
Democrats hope voters won’t understand
If they were being intellectually honest, the Democrats would acknowledge that their entire handling of the Kavanaugh confirmation has been an exercise in activism from the Capitol. They haven’t treated these hearings with anything other than contempt and they’ve put Kavanaugh through the harshest process they could muster.
Based solely on his adherence to the Constitution, his pro-life stance, and the math that’s coming together in the Supreme Court under President Trump, they’ve done things that would make past Senates cringe. Here’s just one example:
Take, for example, the questions they sent to Kavanaugh. To say the sheer number of them is unprecedented is a gigantic understatement. The previous 163 Supreme Court nominees have had 1247 total questions submitted to them over the centuries by the Senate. Kavanaugh has had 1278.
Democrats are acting like wounded dogs backed into a corner. They aren’t; if they played their cards right they could take the House and Senate this year. However, they either don’t recognize the position of potential strength they’re in or they lack the strategic intellect to handle the situation properly.
This truly has been the most extraordinary attempt to confirm a Supreme Court justice in the history of the nation. To say it’s unprecedented would be a gross understatement, but Democrats are hopeful that the average American voter will not realize their actions are unhinged. They hope this will play out as politics as usual with the Democrats doing their duty as Senators instead of the reality that they’re acting like petulant children trying to take someone else’s ball at the park so they can run away with it.
Democrats hope voters won’t care
In a sane world, the Democrats’ actions would be viewed as dangerous to their future prospects. From Senator Cory “Spartacus” Booker’s obvious calls for attention to Senator Dianne Feinstein’s last minute hail mary to slow or block the confirmation, they’re taking chances with actions that should haunt them on election day.
But they won’t. By the time this is over it will be spun along partisan lines as always. The details will no longer register in voters’ minds. The spectacle this has become will be removed from memory and the apathy of party politics will once again take hold.
How the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are handling this confirmation should be the last straw that gets them all voted out at the earliest possible moment. That’s the scenario if voters cared about what’s happening. The Democrats are latching their futures onto the hopes that voters really won’t care and they’re almost certainly right.
It’s our responsibility as politically aware conservatives to make our friends and family understand the debacle the Democrats have caused in the Senate. Whether Kavanaugh is confirmed or not, we can’t let the Democrats involved get out of this politically unscathed.