As Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tweeted, “just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it just did. The lawyer to porn stars has just taken this debacle to an even lower level.” Right when it seemed that the latest allegation against Brett Kavanaugh fell flat, along came notorious Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti with yet another accuser.
Avenatti revealed the accusations of his latest client — Julie Swetnick — in hopes of delaying the confirmation process further. However, despite the heinous nature of Kavanaugh’s alleged behavior all those years ago, the Senate Judiciary Committee has not taken Friday’s vote off their schedule. Could it be that the left has finally cried wolf too many times, rendering their tactics impotent?
Distract and Delay
Only the most rabid of the anti-Trumpers still think this is about justice or whether Kavanaugh might be a rapist. As unlikely as it is to come to fruition, the goal of the staggered release of accusations is clearly to delay the confirmation long enough for Democrats to retake the Senate so that they can block Kavanaugh and guarantee that no more Trump nominees are confirmed. One of the top leaders of the Kavanaugh resistance said as much to The New York Times.
“Saving the Supreme Court from Trump’s clutches has always involved a very complicated two-step: first, block Kavanagh, then fight like hell to win back the Senate,” said Brian Fallon, a former advisor to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and one of the founders of Demand Justice, a group dedicated to fighting conservative judicial nominations. “If Kavanaugh drops out, we’re halfway there. If Democrats are able to win back the Senate, we’d have a path to blocking Trump from picking any of the archconservatives on his shortlist.”
To those of us not in the throws of Trump Derangement Syndrome, that’s a clear admission of the left’s true intentions – and a solid confirmation of what we’ve suspected from the start.
The Party Who Cried Wolf
Unfortunately for the Kavanaugh resistance, however, they’ve ignored Saul Alinsky’s seventh rule for radicals: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) tweeted that, while the Kavanaugh vote was scheduled for Friday, it’s not written in stone:
Judic Cmte noticed POTENTIAL exec mtg for Friday. Still taking this 1 step at a time. After hrg Dr Ford & Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony- if we‘re ready to vote, we will vote. If we aren’t ready, we won’t. Cmte rules normally require 3 days notice so we‘re following regular order
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 25, 2018
Despite the fact that the committee will only proceed if enough Senators are ready for it, they still haven’t changed the schedule. That tells us that there’s still a good chance that they’ll vote on Kavanaugh Friday, in spite of Swetnick’s allegations.
Senator Graham wasn’t quite so reserved, however, as he fired off four tweets on the subject.
“From my view, just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it just did.
The lawyer to porn stars has just taken this debacle to an even lower level.
I hope people will be highly suspicious of this allegation presented by Michael Avenatti.
I have a difficult time believing any person would continue to go to – according to the affidavit – ten parties over a two-year period where women were routinely gang raped and not report it.
Why would any reasonable person continue to hang around people like this?
Why would any person continue to put their friends and themselves in danger?
Isn’t there some duty to warn others?
I very much believe in allowing people to be heard.
But I am not going to be played, and I’m not going to have my intelligence insulted by the Michael Avenattis of the world.
I will not be a participant in wholesale character assassination that defies credibility.”
Bemoan “victim blaming” as they might, it looks like the Democrats and their lackeys have finally cried wolf too many times and shot their claim to anything resembling credibility.
What does the future bring? Only time will tell. It’s still possible that the Judicial Committee will decide not to vote Friday. However, as more vague accusations seem to be discredited, it appears far more likely that a vote will be had in committee Friday, followed by the full Senate – quite possibly early next week.