(National Sentinel) Strategery: Late Friday Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley took to Twitter to announce he’d granted Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, another delay after she said, through her lawyer, she would not be ready to testify before his committee by early next week.
The delay was hugely disappointing to supporters of Judge Kavanaugh because they a) don’t buy Ford’s 36-year-old allegations given the suspicion and controversies surrounding them; and b) believe that he will make a fine Supreme Court justice for decades to come.
It’s not clear why Grassley, R-Iowa, caved again. It’s also not clear why he would complain that he believes Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is running the Senate rather than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., especially since McConnell told a gathering in D.C. on Friday — in no uncertain terms — that Kavanaugh would “soon” be seated at the high court.
With all the extensions we give Dr Ford to decide if she still wants to testify to the Senate I feel like I’m playing 2nd trombone in the judiciary orchestra and Schumer is the conductor
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 22, 2018
What is crystal clear, however, is that the Democrats are using Ford to permanently kill Kavanaugh’s nomination — and any subsequent nomination that POTUS Donald Trump would make.
As Fox News host Tucker Carlson explained on his program Friday night, there are only days left before Kavanaugh’s nomination expires per Senate rules — and that’s what Democrats are playing for.
Here are the basic facts about it. According to the original schedule most of us assumed was real two weeks ago the Senate should have already voted on the nomination by now and Kavanaugh almost certainly would have been confirmed. He had the numbers. And then the wrinkle.
Democrats leaked the name of Christine Ford to the press. Ford alleges that sometime back in high school, about 36 years ago, Kavanaugh jumped on her at a party and groped her over her clothes. She’s provided very few details including when and where it allegedly happened. Kavanaugh has denied the story entirely and so has the other person Ford said was present, a man named Mark Judge. That’s pretty much what we know.
In order to know more, we’re going to need to hear from Christine Ford. But both sides once agreed on that because it’s obvious she should have a chance to speak. Everyone thought that was a good idea. It was a consensus view. Republicans in the Senate asked for her to testify this week, she refused.
They offered to send a staff to her house in California to take her testimony privately and she refused that too. Finally, they asked her to testify this coming Monday, she said she won’t but she won’t explain why she won’t. Ford’s attorneys now say she’s willing to explain herself in the Senate next Thursday.
Thursday is a significant date in this story.
Because of Senate rules which are complex, if Ford testifies next Thursday the vote on Kavanaugh will be pushed back at least another week. In this environment that very well means – forever. His nomination will be over.
And so will any Trump nomination to the court.
There is no time before the midterms for the White House to introduce and vet a new candidate. Democrats will have prevented the president from filling this vacancy. We’ll have just eight justices for the foreseeable future. And probably until there is another Democratic president.
You may have voted for Trump in hope that he would put reasonable people on the Supreme Court. But TOUGH!
Now, no doubt that McConnell, Grassley, and the entire Republican caucus in the Senate is also aware of this.
The problem is, too many Republicans in power seem far too willing to believe the BS polling they’re being given regarding the mood of the country when it comes to Kavanaugh’s nomination and Ford’s allegations.
Beyond that, a Supreme Court nominee should not be based on internal or external polling. It is the prerogative of the President to nominate whomever he chooses. It is then the prerogative of the Senate to consent or not.
In this case, non-consent would be based not on substantial evidence that the nominee is tainted legally, but on the mere allegations of wrongdoing — and on Democrats’ oft-stated strategy to do whatever they can to kill off Kavanaugh’s nomination.
This entire ordeal with Ford seems like that strategy is being played out.
The question is, why are Republicans playing along?