Well, it’s official. Judge Brett Kavanaugh is now the newest Supreme Court Justice. After a grueling battle between the Republicans and the Democrats, the GOP managed to eke out another victory. Progressive politicians threw everything they had at the nominee, uncorroborated allegations of sexual assault from multiple women, intimations that Kavanaugh is a belligerent drunk, and claims that he committed perjury.
Every single smear tactic failed.
But the question is: Why? How did the GOP manage to defeat the left’s attempts to derail Kavanaugh’s appointment? We have all seen how powerful the progressive smear machine is, haven’t we? You would have thought they would be able to at least delay the confirmation until after the midterms. But they didn’t.
The Republicans won this victory for multiple reasons, but the main contributors were the fact that the GOP finally started fighting back in the face of unfair smear attempts and the left’s tendency to shoot themselves in the foot.
The Finally GOP Grew A Pair
There can be no doubt that over the past couple weeks, GOP lawmakers stepped up to the plate to combat the underhanded attacks that progressives threw at them. We saw aggression from Republican Senators that we have not seen in recent memory.
Historically, Republicans have played defense, allowing the Democrats to hurl all kinds of insults, smears, and accusations without so much as pushing back. It appears that things might be different now.
In their own ways, Senators Lindsey Graham, Orrin Hatch, and Chuck Grassley all took the fight to the progressives and their allies in the legacy media. During his testimony, even Judge Kavanaugh took the time to draw attention to the left’s repugnant behavior and their handling of Dr. Christine Ford, who first accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school.
When it was his turn to speak during the Kavanaugh hearing, Senator Lindsey Graham gave a heated rebuke of the Democratic Party. With visible outrage, he said: “What you want to do is destroy this guy’s life, hold this seat open and hope you win in 2020. You’ve said that, not me.”
“Boy, you all want power. God, I hope you never get it. I hope the American people can see through this sham. That you knew about it and you held it. You had no intention of protecting Dr. Ford; none.”
He then stated that if Republican Senators voted “no” on Kavanaugh, they are “legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics.”
Then, we have Senator Orrin Hatch, who pushed back against protesters who were harassing him on his way to Hart building. One of the demonstrators asked Hatch why he wasn’t “brave enough” to speak with her group. After he waved her off, she shouted, “Don’t you wave your hand at me!”
“When you grow up, I’ll be glad to talk to you,” Hatch shot back as he entered the elevator.
Senator Chuck Grassley took the opportunity to slam the establishment media at a press conference in which he excoriated them for their blatant bias against Judge Kavanaugh. “I’ve had demonstrators in my office for two weeks now, both for Kavanaugh and against Kavanaugh,” he raged. “One time, the people that were for Kavanaugh wanted to be interviewed, and they said ‘We’re only interested in interviewing people against Kavanaugh.’ Now that’s a bias that none of you should be proud of.”
The rancor that these lawmakers showed seemed to come out of nowhere. It’s as if the left’s behavior finally pushed these men over the edge and motivated them to take the gloves off and replace them with brass knuckles covered in rusty nails; they were no longer willing to take the abuse against Kavanaugh. There is little doubt that their newfound belligerence was a key component in persuading their colleagues, and many in the American public to back Kavanaugh.
Of course, the Democrats didn’t do themselves any favors.
Democrats Overplayed Their Hand
Let’s be honest. The left completely botched their approach to the battle over Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Their plans were doomed from the start. Their objective was to either force the judge to withdraw from the nomination, or delay the hearings until after the midterm elections. If they had succeeded in winning the Senate, they would have blocked every single one of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominees until 2020.
But, as usual, the Democrats overplayed their hand. First, they claimed that Kavanaugh was going to repeal Roe v Wade, even though he had publicly stated that the decision was “settled law.” Then, they claimed that he would protect Trump if he was brought up on charges for the fictional Russiagate narrative.
At the confirmation hearings, leftist protesters heckled speakers at the proceedings and some were even arrested for disrupting the gathering. Some even dressed up as characters from “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a television show that depicts a dystopian America in which women are forced to be chattel and baby-making machines.
But when those strategies didn’t work, they brought out the big guns: False accusations of sexual assault. Dr. Christine Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school. Deborah Ramirez claimed he exposed himself to her at a party. Julie Swetnick stated that the judge was involved in gang rape. There were also a few other accusations that never made it to the mainstream because they were clearly fake.
While Ramirez’s and Swetnick’s claims were mostly debunked, Ford appeared to be the most credible accuser. The problem is that there were more holes in her story than a slice of swiss cheese. Moreover, she claimed she couldn’t remember key details — details that could prove or disprove her claims.
Moreover, her fibbing about being too afraid to fly to the hearing cast more doubt on her truthfulness. Lastly, the fact that Senator Dianne Feinstein and her colleagues sat on the letter Ford originally sent her, and then waited until the day before Kavanaugh was to be confirmed revealed the fact that the Democrats were simply using Ford for their political purposes.
After the testimonies of both Ford and Kavanaugh, it became clear that Ford’s accusations were crumbling under scrutiny. Then Democrats were left with only two lines of attack: Kavanaugh’s temperament during his testimony and his drinking in high school. Neither of these arguments were very persuasive.
GOP Victory Could Have Other Consequences
Now that the battle over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has concluded, it is time to look ahead to the midterm elections. It appears that the Democrats’ behavior during the confirmation process may have galvanized Republicans. After all, it gave them a preview of what they can expect if Democrats manage to take control of Congress.
Before Kavanaugh’s testimony, a Gallup poll showed that voter enthusiasm among Republicans has skyrocketed. Previously, the level of enthusiasm among Democrats was about ten points higher than the GOP. The poll, which was conducted right before the testimonies, revealed that both parties are essentially tied. It will be interesting to see how the numbers match up now that the hearings are over.
Will the fight over Brett Kavanaugh excite Republican voters enough to ensure that the GOP retains both houses of Congress? I suppose we will find out in November.