WASHINGTON: To paraphrase humorist Will Rogers, “I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Republican.” Mr. Rogers would not be a follower of today’s Senate Republicans.
That must surely be the view among crest-fallen, rank-and-file GOP voters after the dismal performance by Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.
The ass-hats of the Republican leadership feared the optics of allowing “old white men” to question the preposterous accusation by Professor Christine Blasey Ford that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape her while in high school.
And so, they tapped a female inquisitor to question Professor Ford.
A woman’s touch
Rachel Mitchell, a prosecutor from Arizona, established beyond all doubt that Ford travels by air.
“May I ask, Dr. Ford, how did you get to Washington?” inquired Mitchell.
“In an airplane,” answered Ford.
“Okay, I ask that because it’s been reported by the press that you would not submit to an interview with the committee because of your fear of flying,” Mitchell declared in an “aha!” Perry Mason moment.
I don’t think anyone has to ask Ms. Mitchell if she is a Republican. That’s because, like Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, she has problems getting to the point.
The whole sham was saved by Judge Kavanaugh’s truthfulness, Lindsey Graham’s outrage and Senator Kennedy’s heart.
An unwillingness to confront the accuser
The charge of attempted rape is so atrocious, and the contradictions in Ford’s written statements and interviews with the press so egregious, as to be stomach churning. Let us not forget to mention the denials by those she claims were witnesses to the event. That asking pointed questions centered exclusively on the charge seemed imperative.
But Republicans aren’t ones to get to the point. And Republicans aren’t ones to go for the jugular.
And so, Republicans have allowed Senate Democrats to hijack the Kavanaugh confirmation process, jeopardizing the seating of a strict constructionist to the high court.
Judge Kavanaugh still needs to get over the confirmation hurdle. What if Brett Kavanaugh withdraws his name to save himself and his family further humiliation?
With that in mind and the midterm elections on the horizon, why should long-suffering GOP voters bother casting their ballots for a party whose elected officials don’t mind wearing perpetual “kick me” signs. Or receiving the swift kicks to the pants that come with them?
If voting Republican means allowing Democrats to govern by proxy, why bother voting Republican at all?
Perhaps GOP voters should ask Sen. Charles Grassley and Rachel Mitchell… and wait, and wait, and wait…
And their halting answer may determine if a blue wave washes Republicans away this November.
Top Image: Professor Christine Blasey Ford. Fox News screen capture.