Time For Democrats To Pack It Up.
Rep. Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to invoke cloture on Thursday signaling the beginning of the end of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process. Sadly, I expect all sorts of last minute shenanigans and diversionary tactics from Senate Democrats.
Regardless of the Democrats' misbehaviors, with any luck, this contentious process will come to its conclusion on Saturday, or even Sunday, and Judge Kavanaugh will rightly become Justice Kavanaugh.
Undoubtedly, the approach of destroying a judicial nominee with unsubstantiated allegations and unbackable accusations backfired on Democrats. To be sure, their antics have given George Soros operatives center stage in the national forum. And we have heard more from Lisa Milano in the past week than we have since the days when we actually enjoyed seeing her on "Meet The Boss." But the greater effect has been to further alienate the Democratic Party from mainstream America, something the post-dissection of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign debacle identified as needing to be corrected.
Indeed, instead of regrouping and developing constructive solutions that may be left of center, the Democrats' strategy has been to veer even further left in their political ideology. A year ago Democratic leadership was hell bent on opening up America's borders, promoting socialistic policies such as a guaranteed living wage, and enacting single payer health insurance, unconstitutional as some of these proposals may be. But increasingly, their attitude has taken aim not only at attacking basic national precepts, but even attack foundational pillars of western civilization.
Suddenly, a valid policy proposal is to allow states to interfere with the national government's charter of securing our boarders and enforcing federal law. For the new Democrats, it's okay to believe that we can have cities where felons and misdemeanants are given safe harbor in which to run and hide from the law. It's a great idea to give non-citizens the power to vote, thus diluting Americans' voices. And so desperate are the Democrats to regain power that it's suddenly okay to actually discard the quintessential presumption of innocence of a person whenever it suits the Democrats!
The consequence of this political tack has been to cost the Democrats big! At least one recent national poll has Democrats losing 10 points on their favorability ratings. And at least two key Democratic Senators in red or reddish states are in peril of losing their seats this November due to their jurisdiction's negative responses to their party's antics. What used to be a blue wave is increasingly taking on a deep shade of red with less than 35 days left to the general election.
But perhaps more importantly, the Democrats' antics have brought to center stage some of the most destructive personalities in their camp. I've already mentioned Lisa Milano whose message is one of hatred and vengeance towards men. But consider the damage caused by actions of Senator Diane Feinstein and her concealment of material information to an investigation, Senator Cory Booker and his Spartacus moment, Senator Mazie Hirono and her call for all men to shut up, Senator Kamala Harris and her what-am-I-thinking questions to a judicial nominee, and Senator Richard Blumenthal and his feigned gratitude for Dr. Christine Blaisey-Ford's appearance. Oh, of course, and who can forget Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's award-winning performance when inquiring about a 35 year old high school yearbook's code word for flatulence? These people's performances have been so surreal that they make a good case for Democrats to run to a presenile Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi for cover! Or better yet, they should put up Peter Strzok as a senatorial candidate.
The last four weeks have been a tumultuous time for the American people, and it is undoubtedly the result of antics from the wackiest fringes of the Democrat Party (yes, "wacky" was specifically and carefully selected to describe the fringe of which I speak). If there is any strategic acumen left to the Democrats, they will call their shenanigans to a halt, recognize their loss, and get back to the business of attacking America's problems with solutions crafted under the confines of the Constitution of the United States of America. The country, I'm sure, will be much better for it.
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.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.