And As To Judge Kavanaugh, The Circus Continues.
Rep. Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
On September 4, The Federalist Pagesreportedon the three-ring circus into which the Senate Democrats and protesters had turned the confirmation process for Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Many reeled in disgust as they witnessed the degrading antics from the left and their destructive effects upon the confirmation hearing. And many more were happy the fiasco had ended with the adjournment of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
But then the unthinkable happened. After the conclusion of the hearing, the place where issues regarding the integrity and background of a judicial nominee are supposed to be vetted, Senator Diane Feinstein told the press that she was in possession of information from an anonymous source implicating Judge Kavanaugh in a sexual assault case while he was in high school. Senator Feinstein then said she had turned over the allegations to the FBI for further investigation while she maintained the anonymity of the accuser.
Bear in mind that Judge Kavanaugh is a man with impeccable credentials; a man that has served in public office for decades and has gone through at least four confirmation processes and six FBI investigations without a single implication of impropriety. And also consider that Senator Feinstein was in possession of the information she had just divulged for about three months, yet she kept it hidden from the FBI, from the President, and from the Judiciary Committee until after the conclusion of the Judiciary Committee's hearings.
Nevertheless, on Sunday, September 16, 2018, we learned that the accuser is a Democrat college Professor named Christine Blasey Ford who decided to publicly speak about the event after Feinstein leaked it. With her public remembrances, the accusation turned from one of assault to attempted rape, and she revealed that she had actually spoken to her marriage counselor about it in 2012.
Amongst the right, indignation turned to anger as the nation witnessed yet another attempt to destroy the moral character of a judicial candidate. From the left, elation ruled the day, as it hoped against all hope that the nomination of a Constitutional conservative candidate would be obstructed.
Although laced with nefariousness and hypocrisy, the issue was too explosive to ignore for a Judiciary Committee on the cusps of favorably voting the candidate out.
For his part, Judge Kavanaugh categorically denied the event stating that he had never participated in any event like the one described by Ford, either in high school or at any other occasion. Kavanaugh, in fact, has displayed an eagerness to proceed with an official denial of the allegations, under oath, and to do whatever it takes to clear his otherwise impeccable name.
So now, the Judiciary Committee has decided to resolve the discrepancy by placing Ford and Kavanaugh under oath to have her tell her story and to have Kavanaugh answer her allegations on Monday, September 24.
So what can we expect?
Definitely, another circus. For one, the protesters will once again parade across the meeting room chanting their hysterical and often unintelligible opposition to Kavanaugh. Senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Richard Blumenthal will each posture before the Chair and repeat their call for a delay in the process until after the midterms, and rest assured, their calls will not be made in a respectful and professional manner.
Ford will engage in an emotional recitation of the events as she remembers them. She will lament that the teenager who had done this to her and had left her scarred for at least four years (by her account) will be rewarded with an appointment to the highest court of the land.
Kavanaugh will deny the events. He will say that Ford is mistaken as to the identity of the perpetrator, as it was not he, and will voice his indignation at a process that has devolved so massively that it is now impeding the nation's ability to consider capable candidates for key positions, comments that will equally apply to our electoral process.
But the dark horse is someone else entirely, an author and conservative political activist aptly named Mark Judge. He was the young man who was an alleged participant in the events of that evening. For now, Judge categorically deniesever witnessing Kavanaugh in the type of behavior described by Ford. His testimony, if sought, should seal the deal on the accusations against Kavanaugh.
So, in the end, the show and the theatrics will have lowered the standard on the confirmation process by yet another notch. The question before the hearing will be one of courage and conviction. The Democrats, in their zeal to advance their political agenda at all costs regardless of what it may do to the country, will unanimously vote against the nominee. Those strong Republican members, the ones who recognize this fiasco as a cheap political stunt, will vote in favor of the nominee, I believe they will be unanimous as even Senator Jeff Flake, in my estimation, will vote in favor.
The question then goes to the floor where Republicans such as Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski await.
Unless some previously unforeseen corroborating evidence appears in support of Ford's allegation, I think Kavanaugh gets confirmed by one vote. Better yet, I believe that, barring any information that is yet unforeseen, it is imperativethat Kavanaugh get confirmed. If he does, it will send a message to these morally corrupt Democrats regarding the futility of their antics. Alternatively, if Kavanaugh's confirmation should fail absent any concrete corroborating evidence, it will embolden them and send the nominating process into a tailspin with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, an even more conservative judge waiting in the wings, and this time, the nominee will be a she.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.comto arrange a lecture or book signing.