Kavanaugh Ascendant

Mark Davis writing in Townhall.

In almost forty years of broadcasting and writing, I’ve spent a lot of time tracking the fates of the Republican and Democrat parties. In recent years, the main conservative thirsts have been for a more muscular and unapologetic conservatism and for the bright light of truth to be directed onto the darkest habits of modern leftists.

The election of Donald Trump has propelled us down a road featuring satisfying helpings of both. But on one stunning day, September 27, 2018, there arose Republican resolve like nothing in recent memory. The accompanying reputational suicide of several key Democrats tied a bow around a historic day for clarity.

The occasion was the totally unnecessary session of testimony by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his main accuser of sexual misbehavior, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. The occasion was needless because Dr. Ford’s story in no way rises to the level of credibility to dislodge the nomination. No decent society smears people for life based on high school misbehavior, so even if the wholly unsupported story were true, there would have been a strong argument against its relevancy today.

Nonetheless, there we were, a nation bathed in the glow of TV screens for a day that began with Dr. Ford’s compelling testimony. But the poised delivery of her story in no way increased its credibility. Only evidence can do that, and none arose to bolster her claim of a sexual assault at Kavanaugh’s hands.

For Kavanaugh’s part, he sat down with a bolder countenance than we saw on his understated Fox News interview. Flashing irritation reminiscent of Clarence Thomas’s 1991 excoriation of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he delivered an opening statement that doubled down on his already established denials, expanding to include special disfavor for the discredited tales woven by a New Yorker article and showboat attorney Michael Avenatti.

And then something snapped. Kavanaugh’s opening statement was really good, clear, and forceful. And his recounting of his 10-year-old daughter insisting on praying for Dr. Ford moistened many eyes, including mine. But the real turning point was Sen Lindsey Graham, who many of us have denigrated for many years. Yesterday, he justified his entire career.

Here is Mark Levin on the whole thing, including the salient speeches.

Yes, it is long, but what we are seeing here may be a turning point in the life of the Republic, or at least we may hope so now. Judge Kavanaugh and Senator Graham have made it possible.

I read this morning that the Senate Judiciary Committee has the votes to send the nomination to the floor, and the Senate has the votes to confirm. Good.

Now it is up to us, the voters, to continue the mission, to restore the Republic, to rekindle the beacon in the City on the hill. That is our mission as citizens of the Republic. We dare not fail.

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17 Responses to Kavanaugh Ascendant

  1. the unit says:

    Somethings bound to come up before a final senate floor vote…or maybe before 1:30 eastern today. Someone has his stained underwear from summer ’82. 🙂

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  2. the unit says:

    Other considerations for liking a chevy over a ford. 🙂

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  3. the unit says:

    In over twenty five years (though not 40 🙂 ) of listening, blubbulering, and drawing I’ve spent a lot of spurteous efforts at swiping at and/or wiping up the fairytails of democrats and republicans.
    I can see and hear clearly now, and will keep on seeing and hearing…blubbulering and drawing. 🙂
    https://imgur.com/a/GfwNRZf

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