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From the WaPo:
To recap, Garland was nominated to fill the 2016 vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death that February of Justice Antonin Scalia, an icon of conservative jurisprudence.
President Barack Obama quickly named Merrick Garland, then 63, to fill the seat. Garland had long been considered a prime prospect for the high court
Widely regarded as a moderate, Garland had been praised in the past by many Republicans, including influential senators such as Orrin Hatch of Utah.
But even before Obama had named Garland, and in fact only hours after Scalia's death was announced, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared any appointment by the sitting president to be null and void. He said the next Supreme Court justice should be chosen by the next president — to be elected later that year.
His nomination lasted 293 days and the Republicans never let him have a hearing. Now look at that in comparison with the incredibly rushed job going on with Kavanaugh and complaints that the Dems are "stalling".
The Republicans are a complete disgrace. Rachel Maddow took apart Kavenaugh's testimony - there are some real problems. I think they are going to find more corroborating evidence to support Dr. Ford's claim (i.e. Judge said in his book he worked in a grocery store about the time she said she saw him there, a calendar entry actually lists the people at a party that could well have been the location, the house can be identified and Dr. Ford's description of it compared).
I also thought Dr. Ford did a very good job and we were all streaming the hearing on our computers plus the big TV was on all day. I really hope the FBI is able to find some witnesses to corroborate Dr. Ford's claims.
My main work is in Human Resources and it is a really hard call when you have two credible individuals. Much of the decision then comes down to the witnesses In my past job, we had various complaints of harassment and/or discrimination and I hated to be called in to participate in those employee relationship issues of he said, she said. Luckily no employee issues here at my current job.
She seemed like a very sweet woman.
I saw a graph showing how many times she answered questions asked vs. how many times Kavanaugh did.
She answered every single question. Kavanaugh did not:
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/9/28/17914308/k ... earing-chart
HOW WE KNOW KAVANAUGH IS LYING
This man should not serve another day as any kind of judge…
by NATHAN J. ROBINSON
- Supporter 2004-2018
That article from Current Affairs is excellent. Here's another, from a self-identified conservative who knows him: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/why-i-woul ... edium=social
The author of the article, Benjamin Wittes, sure does sound like a republican supporting conservatives but ends on a strong statement:
I hope they see what a mistake it would be to vote Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court.As much as I admire Kavanaugh, my conscience would not permit me to vote for him.
If you can't see it, read the short article with a link to the Times story:
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/10/4/1801590/-New-TIME ... paign=recent
And the Time's article:
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Letter from Connie Chung to Christine Ford:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dear-christine-blase ... 6bac1101c933
I'm devastated. More so than I've been with anything so far. I'm not sure why. The FBI reopened investigation was totally controlled by (restricted by) Trump - worthless. Bottom line - the Republicans don't care what he did back then or more recently. They just wanted to get Trump's man on the bench. And they did it. They're totally corrupt.
We have to flip the House.
I think of historical situations and the very few people in politics people who have put country first and politics towards the bottom of the list. I don't think there would be much argument that Lincoln was such a man. I believe it was Lincoln who said a house divided is a house that cannot stand. Even his adversaries at war's end had come to admire him and constituents whom vengeance to the south would be expected, like Sherman, were convinced Lincoln's plan for peaceful peace was the only plan.
Robert E Lee said, I surrendered to Lincoln's goodness as much as i surrendered to Grant's armies. Sherman who believed in hard war, fought eloquently for there to be no vengeance taken on the south after Lincoln' death. Everyone united around his fairness, his "goodness" his empathy, loyalty to doing what was right.
So we certainly have a fine example in Lincoln, i's been done before and it saved our country. Can we find that uniting person again? I don't know, I hope so.
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But I still say since the mid 1990's & the advent of the "Tea Party" the Republicans have more that their share of responsibility for the destruction of collegiality in Congress. And that's how it's all supposed to work "across the aisle".
I think it was Newt Gingrich who advised new members of the House to not move their families to DC & to go home on the weekends. That was aimed at interfering with collegiality.
In 2001, CNN ran a report on Karl Rove, who saw George W. Bush as a figure who could “usher in a permanent Republican majority.”.
Not exactly in the spirit of things. Which is not to say there aren't scumbags in the Dem. side of Congress.
"Robert E Lee said, I surrendered to Lincoln's goodness as much as i surrendered to Grant's armies. "
I hadn't heard that. It's quite moving.