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Of Course the Kavanaugh Protestors Were a Mob

There’s now a debate raging about whether the protestors racing around Capitol Hill and confronting senators during the debate over Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination constituted a mob.

Here’s my definition of a mob. When groups of people are chasing individuals down and threatening them and interfering with their ability to go about their business, it’s a mob.

So that was a mob.

Threats against Republican senators grew sharply during the Kavanaugh debate. Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife were chased our of a restaurant by protestors. Sen. Jeff Flake was physically prevented from using the elevator.

Republicans met behind closed doors last Tuesday to figure out ways to deal with the threats.

According to the Daily Wire:

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and other members of the GOP’s Senate coalition reportedly met behind closed doors Tuesday to discuss how to handle threats to their families, staffs, and offices.

“There’s a lot of unprecedented activity taking place,” Corker told senators at the meeting . . .

While threats against senators have become a routine occurrence in the Trump administration, some members of Congress say the behavior has become shocking and even dangerous over the last several weeks . . .

Here’s an exchange last night in which CNN host Don Lemon got into it with conservative Matt Lewis over what’s a mob and what’s not. While conservatives are mocking Lemon, I have to admit that, while I like Matt Lewis a lot, he was a little rude here. But he was also right.

Conservatives don’t act like a mob. And I’m sorry, but Nazis and white supremacists are not conservatives. They’re Nazis and white supremacists.

Emblematic of the physicial mob was the abandonment by Democrats of the principle that you are innocent until proven guilty. Talk about a mob mentality.

These people who were on Capitol Hill were the equivalent of the Tea Party, which didn’t harass people in this manner. We’re at the point where you’ve gotta think Susan Collins had some of her larger male staffers – or even professional security – with her after she announced she would support Kavanaugh.

These were professional, highly trained agitators who were willing to use physical intimidation to get their way. Mob tactics.

It’s not like they were just some gang of old ladies.

Woman Who Caught Jeff Flake in Elevator Makes a $178K Salary

One of the women who harangued Republican Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake as they refused to let his elevator door close is a top professional agitator whose salary is nearly $178,000, not the random outraged citizen many no doubt assumed her to be.

Ana Maria Archila, a Colombia-born sexual-assault victim, is co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy. Her salary, according to a recent Internal Revenue Service 990 form, included $156,333 in regular pay and a bonus of $21,378, according to a piece in the Wall Street Journal.

Archila’s group receives significatn funding from leftist financier George Soros, according to reports.

In the video below, Archila is the woman with dark hair on the right side of the screen standing directly in the way of the elevator door.

It would appear she earned her salary that day. Flake soon after caved to the left and said his final vote to support the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would be contingent on an FBI investigation of the assault allegations against Kavanaugh.

Republicans relented, but the investigation turned up nothing new and Flake helped vote Kavanaugh onto the Court.

Collins Says She Will Vote for Kavanaugh, Ensuring Nomination Will Pass

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, indicated on the Senate floor Friday that she would vote in favor of the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, ensuring that the Kavanaugh will be confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice when a final vote is taken this week.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., also indicated he would back the nominee, meaning Kavanaugh has the support of at least the 50 senators he needs.

Collins said could not allow the allegations of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford to derail the nomination. She said the charges had to at least be proven more likely to have occurred than not. She outlined the lack of proof and doubts about the story, “These allegations fail to meet the more likely than not standard,” she said. “I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court.”

Collins also indicated that she was not persuaded by efforts to attack Kavanaugh’s character, citing his sterling reputation as both a jurist and a family man.

After Collins said she would support Kavanaugh, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said he too would back the judge, giving him what is likely to be a final total of 51 votes.

And BTW, this went down approximately like I said it would yesterday in this piece: Kavanaugh is on a Path Toward Confirmation


Senate Votes 51-49 to Move Kavanaugh Nomination to Final Vote

The Senate Friday voted 51-49 in a procedural matter to allow a final vote on the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination this weekend, but while his prospects look good, confirmation is not yet guaranteed.

The most significant development was that Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, voted not to move to a final vote. That signals that she will oppose the nomination.

Also significant was that Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., voted “yes.” This is a good sign for Kavanaugh, but it does not necessarily mean that Manchin has made up his mind.

Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Jeff Flake R-Ariz., also voted “yes.” I think they will be “yes” on the final vote, which is all Kavanaugh will need to be approved. Then Manchin can vote “no” if he wants and get himself on both sides of the issue.

Friend of Blasey Ford Felt Pressured to “Clarify” Her Statement

Christine Blasey Ford enlisted a former FBI agent to pressure Leland Keyser, who Ford said was at the party the day of the alleged assault but who couldn’t’ remember it, to update her statement denying knowledge of the party or tha attack.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

A friend of Christine Blasey Ford told FBI investigators that she felt pressured by Dr. Ford’s allies to revisit her initial statement that she knew nothing about an alleged sexual assault by a teenage Brett Kavanaugh, which she later updated to say that she believed but couldn’t corroborate Dr. Ford’s account, according to people familiar with the matter.

Leland Keyser, who Dr. Ford has said was present at the gathering where she was allegedly assaulted in the 1980s, told investigators that Monica McLean, a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and a friend of Dr. Ford’s, had urged her to clarify her statement, the people said . . .

A person close to the former classmates said it was her understanding that mutual friends of Dr. Ford and Ms. Keyser, including Ms. McLean, had contacted Ms. Keyser after her initial statement to warn her that her statement was being used by Republicans to rebut the allegation against Judge Kavanaugh. The friends told Ms. Keyser that if she had intended to say she didn’t remember the party—not that it had never happened—that she should clarify her statement, the person said, adding that the friends hadn’t “pressured” Ms. Keyser.

Ford also reportedly did Keyser the disservice of not giving her a heads up that her name was about to be drawn into a national scandal. What’s more, though it was little noted at the time, she revealed to a national audience during her testimony that Keyser was experiencing health problems. Ford appeared to be doing this to suggest – falsely according to Keyser’s family – that the health issues might be responsible for Keyser not recalling the evening, or at least not being willing to come forth and back Ford up.

According to the Daily Mail:

And they expressed anger at Ford’s suggestion that Keyser could not recall the party because of the ‘significant health challenges’ she has faced in recent years.

Ford attempted to brush aside Keyser’s statement telling members of the Senate Committee: ‘Leland has significant health challenges, and I’m happy that she’s focusing on herself and getting the health treatment that she needs, and she let me know that she needed her lawyer to take care of this for her, and she texted me right afterward with an apology and good wishes, and et cetera.

‘So I’m glad that she’s taking care of herself. I don’t expect that P.J. and Leland would remember this evening. ‘It was a very unremarkable party. It was not one of their more notorious parties, because nothing remarkable happened to them that evening. They were downstairs.’

The family member went on to explain that the ‘health challenges’ faced by Keyser have not impaired her memory.

But they admitted that being caught up in the Kavanaugh scandal has proved physically trying at a time when Keyser is not in good health.

The relative said: ‘Leland is not a well woman. She has had years of injuries that have seen her have 14 operations on her neck and back. She just wants to get better.’

She is also under enormous emotional stress.

I dunno. Ford did appeared genuinely fragile and wounded at her hearing. But it seems like she can play a little hardball too.

Hey Sen. Daines: Forget Your Daughter’s Wedding, There’s a Country to Serve

Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana is a disgrace and should be ousted in a primary by someone who understands the meaning of service to the country. According to the latest reports, Republicans leaders who had planned to vote Saturday on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court may hold the vote open until… Continue Reading

Video || How Justice Thomas Handled the Anita Hill Allegation

Here is Justice Clarence Thomas commenting in 2007 on the Anita Hill sexual harassment charges against him and some video of his response to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991. I have to say, while I can understand, assuming he is innocent, Kavanaugh’s outrage and anger, Justice Thomas expressed the same intensity but with a… Continue Reading