Posted by Curt on 21 March, 2022 at 4:27 pm. 63 comments already!


By Bonchie

The confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson began on Capitol Hill on Monday. The prior reactions in the mainstream media were what you’d expect. Namely, endless, slobbering profiles and claims that any questioning of the judge’s record would be racist and out of bounds.

When the time came, Sen. Dick Durbin opened the hearing by pleading with Republicans for “civility.”
Of course, Republicans owe Durbin and his party nothing of the sort. After all, it’s been less than four years since one of the most disturbing, disgusting congressional and media spectacles in US history: The Brett Kavanaugh hearings.

We all remember the eleventh-hour letter brought forth by Sen. Dianne Feinstein that blew up Kavanaugh’s nomination process. We remember the fact that Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh’s chief accuser, couldn’t provide any corroborating details, including not being able to even say where the supposed rape occurred all those decades ago. We remember the Julie Swetnick travesty where mainstream news outlets ran with wild tails of gang rape brought by a client of now-felon Michael Avenatti. We remember the tortured performance of Sheldon Whitehouse talking about “boofing” and quizzing Kavanaugh on his high-school yearbook. We even remember when Democrat protesters broke into and occupied the Senate office building, something that would have been labeled an insurrection had it been accomplished by Republicans.

Then there was Amy Coney Barret, who had to suffer attacks on her adopted children and claims she was part of a religious cult. Never mind the false allegations about her record.
For Durbin and his cohorts to demand civility from the GOP after their past behavior is not only laughable, but it’s insulting. Their protestations then become even more ludicrous when you consider Republicans have actually stuck to Brown Jackson’s legal record instead of making up sexual assault accusations against her. In reality, the GOP has been “civil,” but civility to a Democrat is doing whatever they want.
Luckily, Republicans weren’t down to play that game, and during Brown Jackson’s hearing, the Democrats learned what consequences are.
Again, Republicans didn’t invent wild tails of drunken high-school rape parties to hit Brown Jackson with, but they did come with tough questions. I can respect that because what good would it do to lower themselves to the level of the Democrats? Believe me, almost every fiber of my being wanted to see the GOP go scorched earth, but in the end, that would only be giving up the high ground. There is a reason the American public prefers Republicans when it comes to choosing Supreme Court nominees. That is a highly valuable political advantage worth holding onto, and it would not be smart to burn it down in a misguided attempt to “Kavanaugh” Brown Jackson.

Still, the questions that are being asked, specifically regarding Brown Jackson’s penchant for giving sexual predators of children lenient sentences, are effective. Democrats hoped they could just shout “racist” enough times to make the GOP fully disengage, and to their credit, they didn’t. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz did especially good work during their questioning.
Republicans didn’t ask for this level of contention. It wasn’t them who blew the process up.

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