Brett Kavanaugh & Clarence Thomas: A Tale of Two Alternate Universes

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Judge Kavanaugh Hearing Protestors
70 people were arrested for disrupting the proceedings. There were more than 40 interruptions by Democratic Senators during the first hour of the hearing alone.

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing spectacle in the Senate would have made no sense seen from the world we lived in just a few decades ago.

On the first day of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, 70 people were arrested for disrupting the proceedings. There were more than 40 interruptions by Democratic Senators during the first hour of the hearing.

Chairman Chuck Grassley, who has served 37 years in the Senate (as well as six years in the U.S. House and 16 years in the Iowa state House) calmly handled the disruptions. He is a remarkable man who goes home and works the farm every weekend. He also visits all 99 Iowa counties every year. Chairman Grassley is very comfortable with his role, and I expect he found the Democrats amusing and irritating – but not intimidating.

This opening day hostility is a remarkable contrast to the world of 27 years ago, when now-Justice Clarence Thomas was being considered. The Thomas hearings were among the most personal and painful of modern Senate hearings. His personal integrity was challenged in a series of very emotional sessions. Thomas ultimately rose to the occasion, and in a brilliant, powerful, compelling speech compared what was happening to him to a “high-tech lynching.” As an African American, he said he understood the viciousness being used against him. His personal testimony turned the tide and convinced the Senate to approve him.

He went on to become one of the two conservative pillars of the Court, along with late Justice Antonin Scalia.

The amazing difference between 1991 and 2018 is that despite the viciousness, 11 Democrats voted to confirm Justice Thomas. He won confirmation by 52-48.

Imagine how unlikely it is that Kavanaugh could get 11 Democrats to vote for his confirmation today.

In 1991, there was a sense that politics was operating within a broadly bipartisan universe. President George H.W. Bush was giving up his no tax increase pledge to get a budget deal with the Democrats. There was a general sense that everyone was operating within a center-left system.

In 2018, bipartisanship has separated, and we are now operating in two competing alternative universes. There is virtually no common ground.

Once you understand that this is a time in which people aren’t playing by the same rules, things become more understandable, and the hypocrisy becomes more obvious.

The Democrats who were causing chaos in the Judiciary Committee had already indicated they were going to oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination. In fact, some Democrats had indicated they would vote “no” before President Trump even sent a name up. The reason was simple. In their left-wing universe, anyone acceptable to Trump would be, by definition, unacceptable to them and their allies.

So, we had the spectacle of people complaining that they didn’t have enough time to read all of the material about the nominee, who they have already said they would vote against.

The ridiculousness of the Democrats’ demand for more material (and simultaneous cries that the process must be slowed) were thoroughly highlighted by both The Wall Street Journal and Investor’s Business Daily.

IBD pointed out that, “[i]t's been 64 days since President Trump nominated Kavanaugh. The average time between nomination and the start of confirmation hearings for the past 10 Supreme Court justices: 41.6 days.”

As to the complaint that Senators did not have enough material to review, the WSJ asserted that “[t]he Senators are ignoring the 307 opinions he has written, and the 17,000 pages of material he provided in response to the committee’s questionnaire—the most extensive ever demanded of a nominee. The Senators have already received more than half a million pages about his time as a lawyer and judge—more documents than were provided for the past five Supreme Court nominees combined.”

So, as you watch this political theater being choreographed and performed by the Left, just remember that Justice Ruther Bader Ginsberg was approved by 96 to 3. Justice Stephen Breyer was approved 87-9. Justice Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed 68-31. And Justice Elena Kagan was approved 63-37.

The real test on confirming Kavanaugh will come when the Democratic Senators serving in states that Trump won in 2016 have to cast their votes.

It is clear that the voters of their states will prefer a “yes” vote, while their left-wing donor base and activists will hate a “yes” vote.

These are the Democrats who are caught between two alternative universes. The next few weeks will be fascinating as we get to watch them maneuver.

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    I have always said that the one in charge, that sends its blind and mislead peoples to corrupt all the nations of this world to fight and kill each other for money greed and fame and so on, to which his plan will prevail, we folks are just living and following a plan that has been set for us all. We all have been suckered in to this and now we will continue follow it through. We have desecrated this precious world of ours over time. And now all the pollution the waste, chemicals that run through all the rivers… Read more »

    RRangel
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    RRangel

    Two universes is right. Where the left today believes the Constitution of the United States is a mere barrier to their collectivist wishes. Why Brett Kavanaugh must be confirmed, and why the right thinking voters must take to the ballot box in November and again in 2020, to politically defeat the enemy within Democrats.

    The White Rose
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    The White Rose

    Good day gentlemen and ladies…I would urge that we not fall into the dark wormhole of our prejudices. Our yesterdays are gone with the wind. Today is not yesterday. I would argue that the writer writes from his yesterday and in so doing fails to appropriately appreciate the evolving discord of our body politic, the whole of you and me. It would appear that we, as a body politic we have irreconcilable differences and if we follow the pundits we will reinforce the idea of irreconcilable differences. I believe otherwise. I believe that we actually have more in common than… Read more »

    Edward Weber
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    Edward Weber

    Yada yada yada,,,eloquent pablum. Why would anyone say something is settled if it was wrong. Remember,,,at one time slavery was settled law. It was wrong then and was fought over and overturned. Just follow the Constitution and laws.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @TWR, Oh brother, you write, “… The current nominee is without question a brilliant jurist … “. If he is so brilliant why does he not know that machine-guns are legal in the U.S.? I could buy one on gunbroker this afternoon. And if Kavanaugh is so brilliant why does he go by some purported “tradition” to decide that some firearms are banned rather than just reading the plane words of the Second Amendment and decide that arms can not be banned? But the most disturbing is that Kavanaugh thinks that the US government has the authority to ban any… Read more »

    Bob Sadtler
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    Bob Sadtler

    Far more disappointing than democratic petulance, was Kavanaugh’s utterly milquetoast defense of his dissent in Heller II. I doubt anyone expected him to stand up to feinstein’s use of the phony-baloney term, “assault weapons.” However, when blumenthal asked how Kavanaugh would “reconcile” his dissent with public shootings,or durbin lectured him about, “common sense’” (that’s a laugh and a half!) Kavanaugh FAILED. What he SHOULDhave said was, “Senator, this is STILL America. And in America, we do NOT punish the masses for the acts of the individual.” What he DID say was, essentially, “I’m sorry Senator, Scalia made me do it.”… Read more »

    RRangel
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    RRangel

    He did very well. He said exactly what he should have and relied on legal precedent. You’re description seems to be a mischaracterization.

    “I don’t get to pick and choose which Supreme Court precedents I get to follow. I follow them all.”

    Joseph Young
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    Joseph Young

    We seem to be becoming a third world country. The politicians work for the politicians, an the “give me” populace just follows their lead and relect them. Will we learn in time or join the rest of the third world.

    freewill
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    freewill

    I read an article that Kavanough sided with Garland 93% of the time,

    Jeff Knox
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    Jeff Knox

    Most issues that make it to Federal Appeals Courts are mundane corporate law disputes. Major constitutional questions rarely come up, and when they do, the established precedents of the Supreme Court are supposed to be applied, leaving judges little wiggle-room. It would be odd indeed if an Appeals Court judge disagreed with his colleagues more than a few times a year.

    hippybiker
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    hippybiker

    The late Nikita Kruchev said….” I the Soviet Union we have Communists. In America, you call them Democrats.”

    RodCK
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    RodCK

    If the Republicans don’t get out to vote the Demo rats Jerks out and replace them with republicans we will be doomed.
    The Swamp needs more drainage.
    They Will never get over the fact that their beloved Hillary Lost the election.
    The animals that are interrupting the hearings need to be jailed with a mandatory 5-year sentence

    Mark
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    Mark

    One wonders why George Soros hasn’t been arrested yet for all manners of treason and a host of other felonies.
    “Kavanaugh ‘Protesters’ Caught Getting Paid Hard CASH”

    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/shock-photos-kavanaugh-protesters-caught-getting-paid-hard-cash/

    He and his mulatto pimp Obozo are behind all the protests since Black Lives Matter came about. He was also behind many European and Middle Eastern groups trying to overturn governments. Arrest him and his sons – come on Sessions, grow a pair and do something for this country you claim to be a part of.

    Ansel Hazen
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    Ansel Hazen

    “There is virtually no common ground.”

    And this country is off the rails. Stop believing that voting and the justice system are going to listen to what the people want. Dems want nothing but to destroy everything this country was founded on and have systematically perverted nearly every facet of life today.

    If your house gets infested with pests the only answer is to fumigate.