Eighty-five-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the court and is in the hospital, the court said Thursday.
The court’s oldest justice fell Wednesday evening, the court said. She went to George Washington University Hospital in Washington early Thursday after experiencing discomfort overnight.
She was admitted to the hospital for treatment and observation after tests showed she fractured three ribs.
I wish her a speedy recovery, and I hope this is not too painful, as rib fractures can be. Anyway, she’s indestructible. She’s had cancer twice, including two of the deadliest kinds – colon and pancreatic cancer – and has a stent in an artery.
The Washingon Post actually gives President Trump credit without overdoing the attacks on him – including a headline calling him the “ultimate fighter.”
Once again, Trump went with his instincts, against the advice of those who supposedly know better. He was accused of “mocking” Christine Blasey Ford. While I have sympathy for her, assuming something terrible did happen to her, the fact is she put herself out there in a debate that would determine the future of the Supreme Court and potentially ruin a man and his family. Trump’s point was that she needed to have some proof, and she didn’t have any, and his effort to highlight this helped change the debate.
Again and again, President Trump was instructed not to do it. A cadre of advisers, confidants and lawmakers all urged him — implored him, really — not to personally attack the women who had accused Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
So he did it anyway.
Addressing thousands at a boisterous rally in Mississippi, Trump relied on his own visceral sense of the moment and mocked Christine Blasey Ford for gaps in her memory, directly impugning the accuser’s credibility.
Establishment Republicans initially reacted with horror. But Trump’s 36-second off-script jeremiad proved a key turning point toward victory for the polarizing nominee, White House officials and Kavanaugh allies said, turbocharging momentum behind Kavanaugh just as his fate appeared most in doubt.
And in Washington, Republican senators — though they condemned Trump’s mockery of Ford — felt emboldened to aggressively demand Kavanaugh’s confirmation, which became a near-certainty Friday and looks to become official with a vote Saturday.
“As long as he was willing to go to the mat for him, it fortified probably people up here, too,” said Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the chamber’s third-ranking Republican leader.
THIS IS WHY REPUBLICANS NOMINATED TRUMP. Rubio or Jeb probably would have caved, perhaps influenced by a survivor of sexual assault with an agenda, as Jeff Flake was. Trump stood his ground.
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 Sunday so Daines can attend his daughter’s wedding, which is also on Saturday.
The problem this creates is that it gives the Democrats another day to come up with some sensational claim against Kavanaugh, attack Jeff Flake in an elevator, or whatever.
Everyone understands your desire to attend your daughter’s wedding, Mr. Daines. But you took an oath to serve the country, accepting a very powerful, prominent, and certainly ego-flattering position. You OWE the country and the people of your state.
“My daughter’s wedding has been planned for months,” Daines whined CNN.
Let me ask you a question, sir. If one of our young servicemembers who lost a limb fighting overseas to protect you could get it back in exchange for not attending their daughter’s wedding, what do you think they would do? I think they make the exchange, and their daughter would understand.
But while brave young men and women sacrifice much more, you can’t sacrifice this.
What a shameful moment. Cancel the wedding if you have to. If he loves her, he’ll marry her in a couple of months. Sorry, I know it’s an inconvenience.
As the latest attempt to “Bork” a Republican Supreme Court nominee appears set to fail, I think it’s worth remembering a great man, Robert Bork, who was maligned and defamed by Democrats, led by Ted Kennedy, and denied a seat on the Court in 1987. He subsequently wrote about America’s cultural decline, which has continued to this day.
This is from a surprisingly fair-minded brief look at his life by PBS on the day of his death in 2012.
This is not typical of Sen. Chuck Grassley. “That’s a bias that none of you should be proud of,” he told reporters at a Capitol Hill briefing after detailing how journalists only wanted to interview protestors in his office who were anti-Kavanaugh as opposed to the ones that supported him.
I think President Trump, though he takes it too far, has opened up the way to calling out the obvious bias of the mainstream media. When even old Chuck Grassley gets in the act, you know Trump is having an effect.
I think it’s over for the Democrats. Judge Brett Kavanaugh most likely be confirmed as Supreme Court justice by the Senate as early as Saturday.
A procedural vote that will signal the final outcome will be taken Friday.
There appears to be nothing new in the FBI report on Kavanaugh, which was handed to the Senate Thursday morning. And Democrats, despite their best efforts, failed to drag any more skeletons out of Kavanaugh’s closet. At least, no scary ones.
Kavanaugh needs the support of no Democrats and all but one Republican to be confirmed. Only three Republican votes are questionable.
Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona has said he would support Kavanaugh if nothing new and terrible comes forth. So he’s a “yes.”
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is the pivotal vote, and I believe she will support Kavanaugh. Collins is a moderate in a state that demands moderation. And she’s pro-choice. But she’s still a Republican, and after observing her over the years, I believe she is generally a compassionate, fair-minded person of integrity. I don’t agree with her on everything, but I think she will come to the inescapable conclusion that the burden of proof is on Kavanaugh accusers – because, like this is America – and that the burden of proof has not nearly been met. She won’t destroy a man, his career and his family purely because of a political calculation. I think she’s a “yes.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, I honestly don’t know. She’s a “maybe.” She does come from a pretty conservative state that might not like her sinking the chances for a conservative court, though.
Which brings us to the Democrats and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. This is a possible career-ending vote for him. He’s ahead in his reelection race by about ten points. But West Virginia went for President Trump by 42 points. The Supreme Court was a big part of the 2016 election. I just can’t see Manchin ignoring the will of the people in the state and risking his own reelection. I think he’s a “yes.”
The other fence-sitter is Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. Again, a deep-red-state Democrat running for reelection. She’s trailing her Republican opponent by about ten points. A recent poll of North Dakotans found that they back Kavanaugh for the Court by 60-27 percent. Sounds like she’s a “yes” too, but I’m less sure about her.
Anything could happen. But unless it turns out that Kavanaugh has been running errands for the devil between hell and suburban Maryland, he will almost certainly be confirmed.
Actually, would that help with his Democratic support?
Yeah. That’s what we got here. This is what the New York Times, our paper of record, is leading its story with. The charge that almost exactly 33 years ago, Brett Kavanaugh threw ice at someone in a bar:
As an undergraduate student at Yale, Brett M. Kavanaugh was involved in an altercation at a local bar during which he was accused of throwing ice on another patron, according to a police report.
The incident, which occurred in September 1985 during Mr. Kavanaugh’s junior year, resulted in Mr. Kavanaugh and four other men being questioned by the New Haven Police Department. Mr. Kavanaugh was not arrested, but the police report stated that a 21-year-old man accused Mr. Kavanaugh of throwing ice on him “for some unknown reason.”
The outlines of the incident were first referred to in a statement issued on Sunday by Chad Ludington, one of Judge Kavanaugh’s college classmates and a member of the Yale basketball team.
“On one of the last occasions I purposely socialized with Brett, I witnessed him respond to a semi-hostile remark, not by defusing the situation, but by throwing his beer in the man’s face,” Mr. Ludington said in the statement. Mr. Ludington, a professor at North Carolina State University, said he came forward because he believed Judge Kavanaugh had mischaracterized the extent of his drinking at Yale.
First of all, good for him. Getting in a fight in a bar might once have been considered a sign of manliness, you know, like during the time of “The Greatest Generation.” Something you might even brag about. During a time when men aspired to manliness. But today is a different time, at least in the Northeast and on the West Coast, a time when the testicles of modern men have been removed and placed into a giant jar of formaldehyde in the Smithsonian, to be viewed by future “woke” generations as a peculiar artifact from the past.
But let’s be honest here. Ice can harm. What happens is – scientifically, okay? – it can touch the skin, creating what ironically is a kind of burning sensation – even though it’s cold! Weird, I know. And then, when the ice hits you, you might have to say something like, “Ouch!”
We don’t want to live in a society where people have to say “Ouch.” Or a society where being a man means sometimes having to take a punch and sometimes having to throw one. We can just go to the movies and watch Matt Damon’s violent films for that.
You know, an ex-girlfriend in college once threw a large cup of beer on me. I’m going to have the FBI track her down.
Sure, these allegations are ancient, but I am told by anonymous sources of a more recent allegation against Kavanaugh. Sources say that just two years ago, in early November 2016, Kavanaugh stealthily crept into one of his kids’ bedrooms and ate some of her Halloween candy. I’m trying to get this story confirmed. I’ll be back to you when I do.
Amazing. A senator is prevented from using the elevator by ranting leftist protestors, and he decides to potentially change the course of U.S. history by insisting his vote on Brett Kavanaugh is contingent on appeasing Democrats – temporarily – with an week-long FBI investigation. Here’s what he said Sunday on 60 Minutes during a buddy-interview… Continue Reading
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Republicans have decided to move ahead expeditiously with the Kavanaugh nomination, apparently fully understanding that Democrats are not interested in justice, but delay. It could be on the floor as early as this weekend. I often think that Republicans are like innocents in the face of the raw, ruthless political machinations of the Alinskyite Democrats. But… Continue Reading
In a critical decision for the fate of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., announced he will vote to put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court. “I left the hearing yesterday with as much doubt as certainty,” Flake said in a statement. “What I do know is that our system of justice affords a presumption… Continue Reading