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White House Quietly Preparing to Fill Ginsburg’s Seat

Nah, she’s indestructible. But just in case . . .

According to the Daily Caller:

Quiet preparations are underway within conservative legal circles and the White House counsel’s office in the event that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg retires, two sources familiar with the process tell The Daily Caller.

The 85-year-old Ginsburg did not appear for oral arguments at the Supreme Court on Monday, missing the first session in her 25 years on the court for reasons of ill health. Ginsburg is currently recuperating from recent surgery to remove cancerous nodules from her lungs, marking her third bout with the disease.

I honestly hope there’s no snickering about this in the press. Because every news website has pre-written her obituary by now, I guarantee it.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Fractures Three Ribs

According to the Associated Press:

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.

How Trump Saved the Kavanaugh Nomination

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.

From the piece:

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.

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 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.

Video || Remembering Robert Bork

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.

Video || Chuck Grassley Explodes at the Media: “Some of You Have Bias”

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.

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 lot more dignity.

Kavanaugh is on a Path Toward Confirmation

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?

Flake Flip Flop Was Partly Due to Ranting Protestors, He Admits

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

Judiciary Panel Approves Kavanaugh but Flake, Murkowski Cave to the Mob

The Senate Judiciary Committee recommended along party lines that Judge Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed to serve on the Supreme Court, but Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has been targeted by leftist protestors and his own indecisiveness, said his vote is conditioned on a week-long FBI investigation. Meantime, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, also called for a… Continue Reading

One Cannot Possibly Oppose Kavanaugh as a Result of Blasey Ford’s Allegation

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