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Notes From an Intergalactic Freakshow

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Sen. John Kennedy (R-Louisiana) referred to the mess the Senate Judiciary Committee on which he sits had become as an “intergalactic freakshow.”

“I’m fairly confident that our Founding Fathers did not intend the process to work this way,” said Kennedy of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. “The only thing missing was the genitalia-shaped headgear” among the multitudes of protesters the Democrat members of the committee invited to the hearings.

“Most Americans… are looking at this and they’re thinking that Congress has hit rock bottom and started to dig.”

That was before Monday’s Duke Lacrosse-style news explosion, in which a cryptic letter alleging high school hijinks involving Kavanaugh was fleshed out and an accuser named. Kennedy may have been overstating the case as an intergalactic freakshow on Sunday morning; 24 hours later his description is insufficient.

Does anyone actually believe Christine Blasey Ford? Your author doubts that prospect very much. It’s clear Dianne Feinstein, the hypercorrupt, decrepit California Senator whose shady dealings with the Chinese government and suspect staff employment practices might well have put government secrets at risk, didn’t really believe her. Feinstein had Ford’s letter almost three months ago and didn’t enter it into the committee’s bloodstream until late last week when the hearings were complete and none of the Democrats’ more substantive attacks on the Supreme Court nominee had borne fruit. Feinstein uncorked the Ford letter as a Hail Mary pass on the eve of his confirmation.

And none of the talking heads in the national media believe Ford’s story either. That’s not to say Ford’s story doesn’t have tellers. Of course it does. The Left wants to kill Kavanaugh’s nomination, because they believe Democrats will retake the Senate in November and thus kill any Supreme Court nominees President Trump — who they believe they will successfully impeach, despite the obvious futility of such an exercise — might send to the Senate.

They don’t believe Ford’s story, because it’s impossible to believe. Ford, a psychology professor at an insignificant school — Palo Alto University, which appears to be mostly an online graduate school for shrinks — is a Hard Left activist who was silent about these allegations for more than 35 years, alleging she had recovered a memory of them in couples therapy in 2012. That just happened to be when Kavanaugh’s name first surfaced as a potential Supreme Court nominee had Mitt Romney won the presidency.

Ford offered no corroboration of her story, and alleged that two boys — Kavanaugh and Mark Judge, who is now a writer living in Washington, D.C. — held her down and groped her at a house party at an indeterminate date apparently some time in 1982. Judge vigorously denied the allegation, as did Kavanaugh. But Ford’s attorney, another leftist activist named Debra Katz who had a history of trashing Bill Clinton’s accusers in the 1990s and who more recently defended Al Franken, but is now an earnest advocate for purported victims of sexual assault, had this to say Monday on CNN

“While we have you, perhaps you can help us fill in the blanks on some of her story. She says that she was at a party in probably 1982 in Montgomery County, Maryland. She says that there were four guys there, these are high school students, as was she. There were four guys there. Were there any girls there that day?” anchor Alisyn Camerota asked.

“Yes, there was another girl at this party, yes,” Katz said.

Camerota asked if Ford has tried to talk to any of the other partygoers to see if they will corroborate her story, but Katz declined to place the burden of proof on her client.

“That’s not her job to do that. If this is going to be investigated, it should be done by investigators,” Katz asserted.

Hilarious, isn’t it? There isn’t even a pro forma effort to make this story believable.

Because it doesn’t matter if it’s believable. The Democrats and the Left don’t care whether anyone believes them. What you believe isn’t important — it’s what THEY believe that counts. And THEY believe they’re going to win this fall’s midterms and claim control of the House and Senate. And when they do what you believe will be of no importance whatsoever.

It’s all about power over one’s fellow man. If one has it, nothing else matters.

The question is whether the American people will tolerate this.

The guess here is the American people won’t. You’ve no doubt seen the full-court press put on by the New York and Washington media indicating all is lost for the Republicans in those midterms, complete with poll after poll oversampling Democrats — on the theory that a 10-12 point oversampling will accurately reflect a midterm electorate, and that Republican voters who personally dislike Trump will stay home and allow themselves to be represented by left-wing Democrats in the House and Senate.

Hey, maybe they’re right. We’ll find out in seven weeks.

But here’s a theory — which is that Feinstein’s gambit could be a death knell for her party’s dreams of retaking the Senate.

Why? Well, if you’re Joe Manchin, Jon Tester, Heidi Heitkamp or Claire McCaskill what you needed was a quiet Kavanaugh confirmation vote in which the outcome was a foregone conclusion. You represent a red state your re-election in depends on your ability to call yourself a swing vote not bound by ideologies, and therefore you’d ideally like to vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation in the knowledge that he was going to be confirmed anyway. You can sell that to Democrat voters back home on the basis that your vote did no harm and established a negotiating position to deliver roads and bridges and other goodies from the federal treasury.

But thanks to Feinstein, the Kavanaugh vote now becomes a take-no-prisoners affair, and Democrat voters back home won’t excuse a “yes” vote. But worse than that, the majority-Republican electorates in Missouri, West Virginia, and similar states will demand that “yes” vote and be ready to deliver severe punishment if that confirmation fails due to Manchin’s or Heitkamp’s “no.”

It’s a disaster in the making, particularly if Ford comes off as an unhinged loon when she testifies in front of the Judiciary Committee on Monday — which is perfectly likely.

One other matter which could end up impacting the Kavanaugh confirmation is Trump’s announcement Monday that he was declassifying some key documents involving the investigation of his supposed Russian collusion.

This has the air of a political nuclear warhead exploding in Washington, as these are the documents which reputedly prove Trump guilty of collusion. Except now that Trump is declassifying them and ordering them disseminated to the public free of redaction, the Democrats who have touted them as damning are screaming their objections.

Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who has served as drum major for the Trump Collusion marching band, called the declassification order a “clear abuse of power.”

“[Trump] has decided to intervene in a pending law enforcement investigation by ordering the selective release of materials he believes are helpful to his defense team and thinks will advance a false narrative,” said Schiff. “With respect to some of these materials, I have been previously informed by the FBI and Justice Department that they would consider their release a red line that must not be crossed as they may compromise sources and methods.

“This is evidently of no consequence to a President who cares nothing about the country and everything about his narrow self-interest,” he concluded.

Not to be outdone, Schiff’s colleagues Elijah Cummings and Jerrold Nadler declared that Trump’s “reckless and irresponsible decision” was “a desperate attempt to distract from… the mounting evidence of multiple criminal enterprises among his closest advisors.

“For the past year, Republicans in Congress have been running interference for President Trump, promoting baseless conspiracy theories, mischaracterizing numerous documents, and attacking our law enforcement and intelligence officials,” they howled. “This effort has been devoid of facts, but it has been incredibly destructive to our democracy.”

If you want to interpret that sky-screaming, it’s easy. It means “uh-oh.”

Those documents include the FISA applications involving the surveillance of Carter Page, which are likely to include an admission that the Steele dossier was the sole item of evidence producing surveillance on an innocent man. They also include reams of text messages between Bruce Ohr, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe which could very well contain convincing evidence of a fixed investigation. We already know that to be true, but more proof in advance of the midterms, no?

How could this relate to the Kavanaugh confirmation? If Trump is in the mood to make a deal, perhaps he can offer to rescind his declassification order, in return for a guaranteed Kavanaugh confirmation next week.

That would actually be a good deal for the Democrats. Ford’s story isn’t likely to do them much good, and it’s only a matter of time before the wheels of justice grind Ohr, Strzok, Page, Comey and McCabe to dust in any event.

But it’s doubtful they’d take it anyway. They’re clearly drunk on the power they believe they’ll have by January.

Scott McKay
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Scott McKay is a contributing editor at The American Spectator  and publisher of the Hayride, which offers news and commentary on Louisiana and national politics, and, a national political news aggregation and opinion site. Additionally, he's the author of the new book The Revivalist Manifesto: How Patriots Can Win The Next American Era, available at He’s also a writer of fiction — check out his three Tales of Ardenia novels Animus, Perdition and Retribution at Amazon. Scott's other project is The Speakeasy, a free-speech social and news app with benefits - check it out here.
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