Diary

Three Priorities for Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, right, arrive to speak to reporters following a closed-door strategy session that included Vice President Mike Pence, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks to his office on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The recent circus surrounding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has proven that the Democratic Party will resort to the most underhanded, disgusting and vile attempts to achieve their goals.  Right now, this writer thanks God Trump is the President of the United States and the man who made the decision to nominate Kavanaugh.  I firmly believe most others would have wilted under the concerted efforts fueled by innuendo, unsubstantiated, uncorroborated or refuted allegations against Kavanaugh by now.  And I believe that is what is most pissing off the Left and the Democrats, who seem to be living in an alternate reality: the fact Trump is digging in and not backing down.

Regardless of how Kavanaugh rules on this or that controversial issue that may come before the Court, that is not the issue.  The Democrats drew their proverbial line in the sand a mere three minutes after the nomination was named and Trump dared cross that line.  When Schumer said he would do anything to stop this confirmation, one never expected he would stoop this low.  If they were to get away with this, who’s to say what they will attempt next time.  Perhaps, tales of group sex involving farm animals, and dissection of neighborhood cats in a nominee’s backyard as a child.  The discussion has grown so ridiculous, people are debating the significance of throwing ice cubes in a bar.

Mitch McConnell has three priorities facing him in my view.  The first is to get Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court, commissioned, sworn in and seated.  He has filed a cloture motion and that vote is expected tomorrow followed by a confirmation vote on either Saturday or Monday.  Since the supplemental background check has been completed by the FBI and turned over to the Senate, the only excuse the Democrats have now is the alleged lack of thoroughness of the report.  In other words, give it more time.

McConnell may be a squish at times, but hopefully he sees through the Democratic shenanigans.  This is simply a delaying tactic until after the midterm elections in order to shield potentially vulnerable Democratic incumbents up for reelection who represent red states that Trump won handily in 2016.  We already see signs that these Democrats are facing voter headwinds.  Schumer does not want “nay” votes from Donnelly, Manchin, Heitkamp, and potentially Tester and McCaskill thwarting their chances of reelection.  The fact that Christine Ford and Brett Kavanaugh have become pawns in this political game is besides the fact.  To the Democrats in the Senate, Ford is a necessary tool and easily disposable while Kavanaugh’s scalp would be a notch in their belt.

Hence, McConnell has to stick to his word and hold a vote this week.  If, God forbid, people like Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Jeff Flake vote against his confirmation, he needs to call down the full wrath of his power as Senate Majority Leader upon their heads.  He may not have much leverage over Flake who is thankfully retiring, but he should make the life of Collins and Murkowski a living hell.  So far, both Flake and Collins have said the thoroughness of the supplemental report is adequate, although they did not say they would vote for Kavanaugh.

His second priority is to unleash money and support for every Republican running against a vulnerable Democratic incumbent up for reelection.  That means supporting Martha McSally in Arizona, Dean Heller in Nevada, Rick Scott in Florida as well as the Republican candidates running against vulnerable Democrats in Montana, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Missouri and North Dakota.  If I were McConnell, I would even go up against Democratic incumbents in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and even New York.  It should be a scorched earth policy with no prisoners taken!

Third, should the GOP retain control of the Senate- a likely possibility- then McConnell, as Majority Leader, should demand ethical violation investigations in this whole sordid affair.  Diane Feinstein has publicly stated neither she nor anyone on her staff leaked the Ford allegations to the press.  A full investigation of who did should be a priority of the next Congress in order to maintain the dignity of the confirmation process- something the Democrats threw out the window with Kavanaugh.

As far as anyone knows, this Ford letter was in the possession of Feinstein for some six weeks.  Who else had knowledge of its existence?  She claims she acted out of respect for Ford’s wishes for confidentiality.  Perhaps, it was someone in Anna Eshoo’s office, or Eshoo herself.  I would love to see the battle over a sitting Congresswoman testifying before a Senate Ethics Committee hearing, or seeing Feinstein stutter her way through a denial.  And while they are grilling Feinstein and her China-spy infiltrated staff, their next target should be Corey Booker.  Although his Spartacus moment was revealed to be a dud, the fact he was willing, on alleged principle, to release confidential Committee documents is grounds for an investigation whether the documents actually were “confidential” at the time or not.  It is the intent that counts.

This whole affair is disgusting.  When the word of people like a creepy porn lawyer (Michael Avenatti) are taken as gospel, the Democrats have reached a new low.  This is Robert Bork plus Clarence Thomas times one hundred.

As for all the NeverTrumpers out there, welcome to the real world.  All those principles you lecture everyone about mean little if you have a President unwilling to fight for those principles.  Perhaps now you see what conservatism is up against and it isn’t pretty.  Do you seriously believe anyone other Trump would not have cut his losses by now, put his tail between his legs and nominated someone else?