Press: Judge Kavanaugh must withdraw

It’s another one for the history books.

Thursday’s hearing, when Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, are scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, promises more drama than any congressional hearing in decades.

But, no matter what Kavanaugh and Ford tell the committee, one thing we’ve already learned: When it comes to sexual abuse, Republican senators are just as clueless today as they were in 1991, when Anita Hill raised her claims of repeated sexual harassment against Clarence Thomas.

They didn’t get it then. They don’t get it now.

Rather than examine the substance of what Ford alleges — a serious charge of attempted rape by a drunken teenager, egged on by a male classmate — they focus instead on the timing. Just like they did with Anita Hill in 1991. Same identical questions. Why didn’t she call the police? Why’d she wait so long to come forward?

You’d think they’d have learned something by now. Especially after the recent fall of so many male celebrities — Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Les Moonves — on charges of sexual abuse. In each of those cases, charges were raised by female victims decades after the abuse occurred. 

Why’d they wait? Seriously, do we still have to ask that question? 

These women knew that if they did speak out, they’d be attacked, ridiculed and smeared, and called a slut and a liar. In other words, they’d be treated just like Anita Hill and bullied just like Christine Blasey Ford.

At first, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) demanded Ford appear on the one day he selected and sit at the witness table alongside the man she accused of trying to rape her. Even before she had a chance to tell her story, Grassley said he believed Kavanaugh’s denial, Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) called her “mixed up” and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced that, no matter what she says, it won’t sway his vote for Kavanaugh.

Meanwhile, the president of the United States, who has no standing to comment on sexual assault after having bragged about doing so himself, said it was all “political.”

And besides, it couldn’t be as bad as she alleges, according to President Trump — otherwise, as a 15-year-old, she’d have immediately contacted the FBI. 

Do you still wonder why more women don’t immediately come forward?

And now a second woman, Deborah Ramirez, has stepped forward with further accounts of sexual abuse by Kavanaugh, this time when he was a student at Yale. The new revelation suggests a pattern of behavior, not one isolated incident. But Ramirez immediately received the Ford treatment. She’s also been called a liar, a Democratic operative and part of a media-driven smear campaign. 

How many more women are Republicans willing to destroy in their desperate attempt to pack the court with another extreme conservative?

Clearly, the “Me Too” movement, which has swept most of the country — Wall Street, Hollywood, academia, professional sports, entertainment — hasn’t yet reached Mitch McConnell, Chuck Grassley or most Republican members of the U.S. Senate.

There’s only one reasonable option left: To save the reputation of the Supreme Court and to spare the Republican Party any further embarrassment, Kavanaugh should withdraw his nomination. At this point, with more women coming forward every day, even holding another hearing on his nomination would be a farce.

Republicans must decide: Having put one self-professed sexual predator in the White House, do they really want to put another accused sexual predator on the Supreme Court?



Women Walk Out Across The Country In Support Of Kavanaugh’s Accusers

At 1 p.m. on Monday, supporters of the women who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault walked out of their homes and workplaces.

The national walkout was promoted partially in response to the backlash these and other women face when going public with stories of sexual assault and rape. The anti-sexual-harassment organization Times Up tweeted on Sunday that “WOMEN MUST BE HEARD” in a “MOMENT OF SOLIDARITY” with Kavanaugh’s accusers, Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez.

It urged people to wear black and leave wherever they are in protest, using the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors on social media.

In New York, people dressed in black began to gather in Washington Square Park as the walkout began at 1 p.m. The crowd chanted “Believe survivors” and held signs that read, “#TimesUp Kavanaugh.”

Lisa Femia, 25, on the board of NYU Law Women, joined other law students in the park and said she was excited about the number of people who showed up in support.

“We thought it was important to get the entire law school community involved in support women and survivors,” she said. “We want to make sure the Supreme Court represents women and has women’s best interests in mind.” 

Comedian Samantha Bee walked out with the staff of TBS’ “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” “in solidarity with #MeToo” movement, she said on Twitter.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown walked out with her staff, tweeting, “I stand with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.”

In Washington, D.C., protesters filled the Hart Senate Office Building’s atrium:

In California, some Disney employees walked out, including those at Disney Music Group:


The demonstrations came on the heels of a blockbuster report by The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow, detailing allegations that Kavanaugh exposed himself to Ramirez and thrust his penis in her face at a party when the two attended Yale in the early 1980s.

On Monday morning, students filled the halls at Yale Law School in silent protest of Kavanaugh:

Last week, Blasey came forward publicly with allegations that Kavanaugh forced himself on her in high school.

“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Blasey told The Washington Post.

Lawyer Michael Avenatti, who represents Stormy Daniels in her ongoing court battle with President Donald Trump, says he also represents a client with “credible information regarding Kavanaugh” and a classmate of his at Georgetown Preparatory School who was reportedly in the room where the alleged assault on Blasey took place.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. Several women’s rights groups, including NARAL, Planned Parenthood and the Women’s March, have called for the withdrawal of his nomination or a delay of his confirmation process.



Hillary Clinton’s attack on the Electoral College is only her latest act of desperation -- and denial

Last week on Twitter, Hillary Clinton issued a call to arms to her loyal supporters, telling them that progressives must “fight back” against the Republicans and stop the GOP’s assault on America’s democracy.

“The president is waging war on the truth. The administration is undermining the national unity that makes democracy possible. And then there's the breathtaking corruption.”

Clinton listed a slew of policies that Democrats should embrace to stop President Trump as well as shore up the electoral system. A few ideas were refreshingly non-partisan, like mandatory paper ballots to backup electronic voting machines.

But also in the mix was the return of a favorite punching bag for Clinton supporters: abolishing the Electoral College.

It’s a demand she first made back in 2000, insisting that America adopt a national popular vote to directly select our president rather than letting a group of state electors do it for us.

Had the country adopted her proposal, recent political history would read very differently. For starters, we’d be debating the legacy of President Al Gore instead of President George Bush.

And, yes, we would also be debating the current successes and failures of a President Hillary Clinton rather than President Donald Trump. As her supporters are fond of saying, Mrs. Clinton won the popular vote but lost the all-important Electoral College.

Just like Al Gore.

Yet Clinton’s continued demand for change ignores a rather inconvenient bit of truth: 14 Democratic nominees before her were able to win the Electoral College and go on to the White House.

Roosevelt did it four times, in fact. Barack Obama twice.

In other words, America doesn’t have a broken electoral system in need of fixing. Rather, Hillary Clinton was simply a broken candidate.

But instead of acknowledging any degree of ownership over her loss, Clinton and her supporters continue to point fingers at everything and everyone else. Activists like Michael Moore, for example, have raged in particular that the Electoral College is “racist.”

He promised to “lead the charge” to disband it.

Meanwhile, media partners like The New York Times have thrown their weight behind legislation – dubbed the “Interstate Compact” – that would effectively gut the Electoral College through legislative trickery. In short, state electors would be forced to vote for whomever wins the national popular vote, regardless of how a candidate performs in a particular state.

In other words, the electors from Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania would have been compelled to vote for Clinton in 2016 even though their states went for Trump.

Clinton would now be in the White House. 

Most reasonable people see this proposal for what it is: an act of political desperation. In fact, constitutional scholars have made the case that the Interstate Compact is a violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 if not the constitution itself.

And that is the greatest irony of Clinton’s latest Tweetstorm.

While claiming that “our democracy is in crisis” and “our institutions and traditions under siege,” her remedy is an unambiguous assault on the constitution and a siege against the traditions that have served 14 Democrats quite well.

Just not her.

None of this is to say that Clinton doesn’t have a point on the importance of electoral reforms. Indeed, most Americans would likely support things like a return to paper ballots to avoid a hacked election.

But by attacking the constitution in such a transparent way, she and her supporters have reminded the nation not only of the importance of the Electoral College but why so many of us have rejected her candidacy for president. Twice.

It’s a lesson that disgruntled Democrats would be wise to remember.




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