Kavanaugh – An Independent View

On Friday the Senate Democrats won a small battle over the Senate Republicans when they convinced Republican Jeff Flake to announce that he wanted a week delay and to further investigate Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. I also heard that Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins went along with Flake’s demand. The Republicans need their votes.

Anyone who watches politics knew the fight over Trump’s nomination was coming.

Over the years we’ve had the Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas nomination process that turned nasty. Recently the Merrick Garland nomination was shut off by the majority Republicans, which was called a cheap tactic on one side and a great move on the other side. Others being nominated to the highest court could have turned nasty, too, if maybe they kept a calendar and drank some beer in high school. (I did one of those)

What goes around comes around. If the sides were flipped you can be sure the Republicans would try to win at all costs.

This “winning” turns my stomach and it should turn yours. It does give me something to write about.

Today we are concentrating on a prep school guy who may have assaulted a high school girl at some place she can’t remember, on a date she can’t remember, and she does not remember how she arrived at the unknown location of the alleged assault or how she left that unknown location.

We don’t have to believe her, but many do.

We don’t have to believe him, but many do.

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Tuesday’s Quick Hits: Ford vs Kavanaugh

When President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, was derailed the Democrats cried foul and said how unfair it was. Now that President Donald Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is possibly being derailed, the Republicans are crying foul and saying it is unfair.

Welcome to politics in 2017-18. It’s a dirty business. I must admit the only thing better than watching a bunch of rich people beat each other up in Congress, is watching a bunch of rich people beat each other up on the football field on Sundays.

Surely the Republicans must have thought that the Democrats would use whatever they could to stop a Trump nominee. The Trump nominee had to be super clean. I know, don’t call you Shirley.

The Democrats found something on Brett Kavanaugh – from his high school days a mere 36 years ago – that could bring down the nomination. The Democrats waited until the 11th hour to spring it – those dirty rascals.

Full disclosure – I don’t remember my high school days, and I am around the same age as Kavanaugh. It was all kind of a fog. I still believe the movie “Dazed and Confused” was about my life.

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Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Welcome to Wednesday – also known as “Hump Day” or “Wine Wednesday” or whatever works to help you make it to the weekend!

Today is another one of those days in which there are several stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Odds & Ends” day!

Today’s topics include:

  • Gianforte & Public Access
  • Tester & #DoYourJob
  • Trump & Cockroaches
  • The Car Salesperson

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Politics 2016: The President’s Supreme Court Nominee

Here are some of my thoughts on President Barack Obama nominating Federal Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court.

President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court should get an up or down vote. The Republican-controlled Senate should allow this. It is also up to the President to nominate someone who can get the required votes in that Republican-controlled Senate to be confirmed.

Whether Republicans like it or not their argument that Americans need a say in this process is hogwash. Americans did speak – they elected Barack Obama (twice).

As of today, there are 310 days left in the President’s term. By nominating Merrick Garland, the President has done his constitutional duties. Garland was confirmed before (1997) to the Federal Court (76-23) with 32 Republicans voting for him.

The Republicans in the Senate should do their constitutional duty.

For a Republican U.S. Senator (or a Democrat Senator if the tables were turned) to come out and say they will oppose any hearing or votes for the President’s nominee to the Supreme Court is one of the reasons people are mad as hell at the Federal government. It’s also one of the reasons the job approval rating for Congress is around 13%.

There are very few statesmen and stateswomen left in Washington, let alone adults.

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