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There’s No Reason to Delay the Kavanaugh Vote Any Further

“Guess who’s perpetuating all of these kinds of actions?” Sen. Mazie Hirono explained, boiling down the Senate Democrats’ position on Brett Kavanaugh. “It’s the men in this country. I just want to say to the men in this country, just shut up. And step up. Do the right thing for a change.”

Demanding an entire gender “just shut up” because it shares in a collective guilt borne of the actions perpetrated by a few people who share their biological features is a pretty ugly notion for anyone to be voicing, much less someone charged with defending the Constitution. Then again, arguing that the “right thing” for all men to do is surrender their right to due process or any kind of genuine defense isn’t much better.

Welcome to 2018.

The truth is, Hirono gave away much of the game when she followed up her authoritarian outburst by wish-casting a scenario in which this Supreme Court seat stays vacant for two years—or, more precisely, until after the 2020 election, when presumably a Democrat can fill it. Which is, of course, the point of everything that’s occurred in this premeditated rollout meant to sink Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Democrats want to push the vote past the midterms.

First, Democrats sat on the letter from Christine Blasey Ford until after the hearings to ensure maximum media impact, a circumvention of process and Senate norms, and a delay of a vote. So Republicans called the Democrats’ bluff, and conceded to hearings—either private or public—to allow Ford to air her claims. Earlier this week on NBC, Debra Katz, Ford’s lawyer, was asked if her client is “willing to testify before the Judiciary Committee publicly and tell this story?” Katz answered: “She is. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to get her story forth, yes.”

As it turns out, “whatever it takes” has a number of caveats. Ford, in a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, now demands an investigation take place before any hearing commences. This reflects the Democrats’ tactic of slowing everything down because, as they claim, the Kavanaugh hearings have been rushed—a charge that doesn’t mesh with the facts.

In reality, Democrats know that the FBI has nothing to investigate. This fact alone doesn’t mean Ford is lying, of course, but it does mean that Democrats are using it as a delaying tactic.

The liberal pushback on this contention has been to argue that FBI has the purview to include these allegations in a broader background check, and that no one is asking for a “criminal probe.” Well, the Ford letter specifically demands “a full investigation by law enforcement officials” into “the incident”—not a background check. Democrats also know that the FBI has already reviewed the accusation, said there is nothing to investigate, and handed it over to the Senate. They know that Kavanaugh already holds a lifetime position and has undergone six background checks by the FBI that turned up nothing.

Read the full story from The Daily Signal

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