1. Oh! You’re bigots and fools, then! Got it. I was watching a mob of—I don’t know, feminists? The “resistance”? chanting yesterday at the Senate: “I believe Anita Hill! I believe Blasey Ford!” I believe that the only reasonable translation of this particular chant—all chants make protesters sound dumb, some chants more than others; at least this one doesn’t start with “Ho ho, hey hey!”—is “I believe whatever story supports my political agenda, and I believe people according to what they are, rather than based on any objective criteria!”
I guess it’s not sufficiently catchy.
2. In case you aren’t nauseous enough...Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be one of the eight honorees of Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture, the university announced yesterday.
Kaepernick, distinguished for his incoherent on field protest during the national anthem, instantly setting off the NFL’s version of #MeToo, as in “I want make my own pointless, annoying protest that I can’t adequately explain!,” thus costing the NFL fans and billions of dollars, will receive the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. The deliberately divisive honor to Kaepernick, who favors socks with cartoons of pigs in police uniforms, is apparently the work of Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the Hutchins Center and Barack Obama pal. You may remember Professor Gates as the race-baiting catalyst for Obama’s “beer summit,” after Gates impugned the character of a Cambridge police officer. No personal agendas here!
The award supposedly honors individuals who “Emerging from a variety of backgrounds and professions…represent the quest for knowledge, freedom of expression, and pursuit of truth that are foundational to black history and culture, and that were foundational to Du Bois as a thinker and activist.”
Yup, that sure sounds like Colin Kaepernick!
3. Ed Whelan, call your ethicist! Ed Whelan, an attorney and president of the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center, upped the craziness quotient in the Kavanaugh confirmation process and took a First Class seat on the Brett Kavanaugh Nomination Ethics Train Wreck by announcing that Ford’s accusation from three decades ago was based on mistaken identity, and that another student, whom Whelan named and thoroughly doxxed, along with publishing his yearbook photo, was the real alleged assailant.
Well, you can’t just accuse a random private citizen of sexual assault, or even alleged, unsubstantiated sexual assault while a drunken high schooler. I know Ed went to Harvard College and Harvard Law School, but even then, he’s no idiot. I have to believe that this isn’t just an unfounded accusation, because Ed knows that he’s asking for a lawsuit if it is. He wrote:
“By one week from today, I expect that Judge Kavanaugh will have been clearly vindicated on this matter. Specifically, I expect that compelling evidence will show his categorical denial to be truthful. There will be no cloud over him.”
Whelan has to deliver on a statement like that, or have his own reputation permanently scarred. The only explanation I can come up with is that Kavanaugh’s twin has already agreed to admit to being at the infamous party and having some kind of episode involving Ford. Of course, there will be no reason to believe him, either.
Still, I may go to the Senate and chant, “I believe Brett Kavanaugh, I believe his secret twin!”
Just for fun.
4. Integrity test alert! Maybe an intelligence test too, for the U.S. public. How cynical and transparently political can Christine Blasey Ford’s demands be before even Democrats admit that she has little credibility and is, like Anita Hill before her, the agent of a desperate partisan hit job? The smoking gun is her lawyers’ recent demand that Kavanaugh testify at the special hearing regarding her claims before she does. That defies all traditions of fairness and due process. The prosecution always goes first in a trial, because the accused has a right to respond to specific facts and allegations. Ford is demanding unfair conditions for Kavanaugh and a rigged process. She should not be able to demand any conditions at all. As Professor Turley wrote,
“Ford can testify or not testify but, if she wants her allegations to be considered, she cannot set conditions on the Senate for such testimony….The only condition for either witness that will be recognized by the Senate is that their testimony will be truthful. If Ford will not testify, the Senate committee would have grounds to move toward to a final vote. That may avoid the “interrogation,” only to clear the path to confirmation.“
My guess is that Ford will not testify, and will see how long she can delay the vote before finally refusing. If the American public isn’t smart enough to deeply resent this unethical marring of Constitutional process by the Democratic Party, then they deserve to see their Constitutional rights minced in the years ahead, as the radicalized Democratic Party has signaled as its intent. NeverTrumper and former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson tweeted,
“If the FBI were to find strong evidence implicating Kavanaugh in a crime, Democrats would oppose him. If there were a muddled mix of accusations and memories, Democrats would oppose him. If Kavanaugh were completely vindicated, Democrats would oppose him.”
He could add that if it were definitively shown that Ford made up the story to sink his nomination, or if she openly apologized to Kavanaugh for getting him mixed up with someone else, or if that mob at the Capitol started chanting, “Ho Ho Hey Hey, I guess we don’t believe Ford today!”, the Democrats would still oppose him.
I have to believe such dishonest grandstanding risks turning off fair voters. It certainly should. Writes Donald Henniger in the Wall Street Journal:
“Incidentally, the standard trope that Donald Trump has degraded our politics? We don’t need to hear that anymore.”
No, we do need to hear it, just not from those who are denigrating it too.
5. Troll Of The Year: Juanita Broaddrick. Speaking of grandstanding, here is Chuck Schumer’s vomit-inducing tweet:
“If you are a survivor of sexual assault, you are not alone. We stand with you. We believe you. And if you need to talk, you can call 800-656-HOPE to reach a national, confidential helpline 24/7.”
The woman who credibly claims that she was raped by Bill Clinton tweeted back, “Should I call?”
Someone else who shouldn’t bother calling is U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison’s former girlfriend Karen Monahan, who posted a medical document on social media indicating that she told a doctor in 2017 that Ellison had abused her. Ellison is the co-chair of the Democratic National Committee, and this is a lot more evidence than Blasey Ford has.