The Wednesday Read: Ford vs Kavanaugh, Rosendale, & Poll

Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud. – Sophocles

Today’s commentary deals with these issues:

  • Maybe She Will; Maybe She Won’t
  • Rosendale’s Little Things
  • Cascade County Sheriff/Coroner Poll

Maybe She Will; Maybe She Won’t:

Yesterday I thought that Christine Blasey Ford would be testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. I had kind of planned my Monday around it.

Today I’m not so sure. Bummer.

The lawyers for Ford sent a letter to Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley saying they (their client) wanted the FBI to investigate the alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before their client testifies. The alleged assault happened 36 years ago when they were both in high school:

“A full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions.”

The Hill reports:

Republicans warned earlier Tuesday that they expected to move forward with the Monday hearing, and potentially a committee vote as soon as next week, even if Ford refused to publicly testify.

They should.

If Ford does not testify, then the Republicans should move on and hold the hearing and have a vote on Kavanaugh. She is being given an opportunity. It appears that she may have been trapped into coming forward after her letter was released and her name was disclosed.

Independent-minded people (like me) understand that Democrats want to delay to process in hopes they win the majority in the Senate. We also realize Democrats are still bitter about the Merrick Garland nomination not moving forward.

There are still several days until Monday – this story will probably change a few times before then.

Rosendale’s Little Things:

Early Friday morning (September 14) I was one of the first to write about a new campaign ad from U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale in which he says, “Montana needs a senator who stands with President Trump on the big stuff and doesn’t brag about the little stuff.”

I said that he had stuck his foot in his mouth because there were a lot of bills dealing with veterans that Tester had sponsored that Trump signed and that I thought Rosendale’s “little stuff” remark was a direct slap in the face of veterans who benefit from these pieces of legislation.

It took a few days, but Team Tester managed to gather a few veterans together to come out against the remarks from Rosendale. They even received some attention from the media about it.

When the 2018 Senate races are in the books, Matt Rosendale will probably look back at two ads that he and his people screwed up and understand why he lost to Tester. Those ads are the “little stuff” ad and the “Article II” ad in which he does not seem to understand that “Article II” and the “Second Amendment” are two different things.

Cascade County Sheriff/Coroner Poll:

So far the poll asking who people want as the next sheriff of Cascade County is close, so don’t forget to vote HERE.

The results will be released Thursday (unless I forget) or on Friday.

 

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2 Comments

  1. The main issue that I want to know about Judge Kavanaugh concerns his use of alcohol. The incident involving his high school classmates speaks directly to “judgment.” If alcohol affects his judgment, we need to know about his alcohol use today. Does he not drink at all? Does he use alcohol to relax in the evening? If so, how much does he drink? Does he ever drink and drive?

    This is not an investigation of something that happened 30 years ago. This investigation would look at driving infractions, social interactions with co-workers and friends where alcohol was consumed, and attendance at AA meetings or other sources of support to control a drinking problem.

    Senators should not let their own foibles with alcohol, inhibit their investigation. It is all about “judgment” – both Judge Kavanaugh’s and the Senators.

    • Carole – good points. Thanks, -JmB


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