Does that sound like someone who’s treating these allegations with respect and fairness and evenhandedness? Does it sound like someone who wants to get at the real facts, no matter where they fall? Certainly not to me. Not to the American people.

Sounds like the same thing you would do if the situations were reversed. The “no SCOTUS confirmations in a presidential election year” was kinda your idea, after all, thus indicating that you have no problem going low when you can.

And then yesterday, Leader McConnell brought the debate to a new low by calling the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh a “Democratic smear job.”

When you look at the timeline of what’s happened when, it’s kind of hard not to come to that conclusion.

Never mind that Leader McConnell has no evidence — no evidence whatsoever — that the recent allegations that the recent allegations were contrived by Democrats.

True. It’s an opinion which has it’s roots in the fact that DiFi ignored the regular order of Committee business and held back a pertinent piece of information until it could be used to inflict maximum damage on the nominee.

Never mind that Leader McConnell had no evidence — no evidence whatsoever — that the events in question took place or didn’t take place.

I’d say THAT is more likely reason why he’s saying he’s going to “plow right through it”.

It seems likely that they did, but he has no evidence one way or the other because he won’t even ask for an investigation of it.

The Committee has investigated. The Democrats were asked to participate. Your Senators declined, most likely at your advice.

First, these allegations did not originate with Democrats. These women came forward…

Yes, we know that. It is DiFi’s holding of the information and the timeline which is doing you no favors. Next?

with principle and courage, knowing they would face abuse and lasting personal pain for doing so — but realizing they had an obligation to the country, they did so anyway.

Well, we would like to assume it’s all on principle and courage and patriotism, but that’s yet another thing that there is no evidence for.

The idea that these allegations were cooked up or instigated by or encouraged by Democrats in Congress is patently absurd

That’s really not what you or Dr. Ford is /are being accused of, for the most part. So, straw man. What you’re being accused of is orchestrating the matter so as to push it based the election, forcing the GOP into an even more tumultuous (assuming you win the Senate) lame duck confirmation.

Leader McConnell owes an apology to Dr. Ford for labeling her allegations a “smear job.”

See above. You’re assuming what he meant without evidence. (Damn, that “without evidence” keeps popping up, doesn’t it?

who has done more than maybe anyone to politicize the Supreme Court nomination process

Oh, I’m pretty sure that’s NOT true….. (wink)

That seems to be the case here, as Democrats have over and over again urged the FBI to help investigate these allegations to get to the bottom of it, to get to the truth, while Republicans block any investigation and plow right through with their nominee.

Nobody blocked anything. You’re simply taking advantage of the fact that most Americans think that the FBI is some sort of uber-police force that does what regular P.D.’s do. They aren’t, and they don’t. They don’t investigate (a) sex crimes which are (b) out of their jurisdiction that occurred (c ) back in the Jurassic era where (d) there is insufficient evidence to open and investigation. But, you keep going on about it, knowing that enough of your partisan regulations won’t know why the request is bonkers, and will go to the mat with it.

And they call US stupid. :-)

Because their nominee to the Supreme Court, frankly, has a gigantic credibility problem. In his testimony before the Judiciary Committee, Judge Kavanaugh misled the committee on numerous occasions regarding his involvement in some of the ugliest controversies of the Bush administration, including the Bush administration’s policies on torture, the confirmation of some deeply flawed judges like William Pryor and Charles Pickering, and his knowledge of the odious theft of Democratic email records by a Republican staff member named Manny Miranda. In all of those, Judge Kavanaugh did not come clean. He did not tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth, but far, far, far from it.

Let’s talk about this for a moment.

Judge Kavanaugh is qualified (or not qualified) for the job for which he is nominated based on the scholarship of the jurisprudence found in the 300 + opinions he has written and the far larger number of votes he has taken on various issues while on the DC circuit court. (Ironically, he votes with Merrick Garland, now sainted by the left, about 93% of the time. Democrats would trip over themselves to vote for Garland, but Kavanaugh is “out of the mainstream”. Interesting, no?)

At his hearings, however, Democrats (with a few noteable exceptions) seemed rather bored with reviewing his judicial record. They were far more interested in what he did while in a POLITICAL job in the Bush White House.

Why is that? To exaggerate to make the point, that’s a bit like deciding to hire a computer programmer (or not) based on the fast-food job he or she held while in college. He wasn’t the White House Counsel, nor the Solicitor General, nor working in any sort of decision making capacity from a legal standpoint. So, why the interest?

Well, we can divine the reason why, and we don’t even need a crystal ball. Kavanaugh’s judicial decisions show him to be a boring, right of center mainstream judge who respects precedent and executes his responsibilities to the law excellently. Dull, dull, dull.

It would be far more fun to catch, for example, Kavanaugh providing legal cover for the admin’s policy on torture you mentioned, and then paint HIM as the torturer, when in fact he would have just been doing his job. Like I said, you don’t mind going low.

BTW, even one of the Resistance’s favorite media outlets, the Washington Post, couldn’t lay enough Pinocchios on all that:

Perhaps that’s why, in poll after poll, the plurality of Americans say Judge Kavanaugh should not be confirmed.

That’s not what the polls are saying. Kavanaugh is a bit upside down, but not largely so; and that’s not unexpected considering how slandered he’s been.

Free markets, free minds. Question all narratives. If you think one political party is right and the other party is evil, the problem with our politics is you.