This confirmation process has become a national disgrace. The Constitution gives the Senate an important role in the confirmation process, but you have replaced advice and consent with search and destroy. – Brett Kavanaugh 09/27/18
Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!
If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. There may be some sarcasm and pointed commentary so be warned!
Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:
- Montana Debates?
- U.S. House Poll
I watched every minute of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Maybe I deserve a certificate or something for watching.
Here are my observations:
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came across as credible. She was brave to come forward and tell her story. Yes, she was credible, but I think there are still too many holes in her testimony.
Before today, I thought the Brett Kavanaugh nomination would be pulled. I’m not so sure now – at least on what happened from the Ford testimony. There are other allegations.
No matter what, Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh are now tainted for life.
The weak parts from her testimony are that we found out nothing new. There were three people, besides Kavanaugh at the party, but they provided sworn statements that they were not there and have not recollection of the party,
- She does not remember the date.
- She does not remember the location.
- She does not remember how she arrived at the party.
- She does not remember how she got home.
This all started when Ford provided a letter to Sen. Feinstein after initially contacting Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat of California, via letter, about her allegation against Kavanaugh.
That letter was supposed to be confidential – but as we see today it was not. It seems that’s where politics entered. The story is kind of murky here, but somehow her identity was released. Constituents need to know when they contact their elected officials, that it will be kept confidential if it needs to be.
The Republicans need this nomination pushed through before the election. The Democrats want this delayed in the hope they win the majority in the Senate.
It’s all about winning – so they basically say to hell with the roadkill in between.
As for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, he was very strong during his opening statement. In fact, he acted pissed. Someone tweeted that Kavanaugh was “appropriately angry” and that describes him well.
He also shed some tears when talking about his daughter and wife:
I intend no ill will to Dr. Ford and her family. The other night, Ashley and my daughter, Liza, said their prayers. And little Liza — all of 10 years old — said to Ashley, ‘We should pray for the woman.’ It’s a lot of wisdom from a 10-year old. We mean — we mean no ill will.”
Time after time the Democrats on the committee attempted to “get” Kavanaugh and they failed. After a while, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham had enough and went off on the Democrats. I tweeted that it was great to see that Graham had “grew a pair.”
The Democrats wanted Kavanaugh to request an FBI investigation, although he has been investigated several times. He kept his cool and said he would do whatever the Committee wanted. The Democrats want the investigation to delay the vote. Their supporters want the investigation to delay the vote.
Last night and this morning those on the left are still crying about Kavanaugh’s performance and the fact that he will probably be on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The younger hotshots for the Democrats on the Committee, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, attempted to get Kavanaugh and they failed, too.
One member of the Committee, Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), sent a fundraising email out at the start of the hearing. After there was an outcry, her campaign said the proceeds raised would be donated to sexual assault victims.
We did find out that Kavanaugh likes beer. He also played drinking games in high school and college. Yawn.
All in all, it looks like Kavanaugh survived. He received a support tweet from President Trump. The Committee will be holding a vote to forward his nomination to the full Senate today (Friday). Expect some more fireworks. There will be some procedural votes over the weekend, and if all goes well, the cloture vote will probably be Monday.
U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) issued a statement saying that he will vote for Brett Kavanaugh. U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) has not indicated how he will vote (that I have seen). I expect him to vote No.
I do expect one, possibly two, Democrats up for reelection to vote for Kavanaugh. It may be Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia who will cross party lines and votes for Kavanaugh. Republican Bob Corker is a Yes vote. Senators Collins, Murkowski, and Flake are the unknowns.
By the way, this ordeal has been another low spot in the history of our government.
Apparently, there are a couple of debates coming up here in Montana in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House races.
In an article posted on September 27, the Great Falls Tribune reports:
MontanaPBS will host a U.S. Senate candidates debate 7 p.m. Saturday that will be broadcast live.
Democratic incumbent Sen. Jon Tester and Republican state Auditor Matt Rosendale will discuss issues as they face off for a seat in the U.S. Senate. MontanaPBS journalists John Twiggs and Anna Rau will ask questions of the candidates.
This debate will be broadcast statewide on MontanaPBS and will be based in Missoula without a live audience. It will air 6 p.m. Sunday on Montana Public Radio.
In the House race, Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte will debate Democratic challenger Kathleen Williams on Oct. 6 in Bozeman.
I am not sure if those are the only debates or not. Montanans should be disappointed if they are.
U.S. House Poll:
Gravis Marketing conducted a poll of 710 registered (likely) voters in Montana recently and reported that Republican Greg Gianforte leads Democrat Kathleen Williams 51% – 42%.
Back in June, Williams was leading 49% – 43% in a Gravis poll, but fewer people were polled.
Gravis did not ask in either poll about Libertarian candidate Elinor Swanson who is on the ballot.
I’m no poll expert, but I do predict the outcome of Montana’s U.S. House race will be closer than these polls indicate.