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      Kavanaugh Accusation Letter

      A Political Dirty Trick?


      PHOTO: Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO

      The last-minute controversy does not appear to have shaken Republican plans to bring

      Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Senate floor before the Supreme Court's new term

      begins the first Monday in October.


      By Ray Cunneff

      September 14, 2018


      The anonymous accusation of sexual assault from over 30 years ago puts Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the Democratic opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court in a quandary since they can't simply dismiss it - they can't NOT refer it to the FBI for investigation.

      But at the same time, they may not wish to distract from their other legitimate issues with Kavanaugh, like lying under oath to Congress, over an unsubstantiated 'cold case' high school accusation - which may help explain why Feinstein didn't act on it immediately.

      But it also makes me very suspicious.

      The Republicans were ready, in less than 24 hours, with their own letter signed by 65 women who say they knew Kavanaugh in high school and that he always "treated them with respect", that makes this start to smell like trolling.

      They were too prepared for this.

      To round up these 65 women wouldn't even be as simple as to look up his classmates, since Brett Kavanaugh went to Georgetown Preparatory School, a tony all-boys prep school in Bathesda, Maryland.


      I think part of what makes this dirty trick so diabolical is exploiting the heightened sensitivity of sexual assault, today's #metoo awareness, and knowing that will make the accusation impossible to ignore. But if it turns out there's no substance to the allegation, one that, by the way, cannot be adjudicated or re-litigated 30-plus years later, it looks like a desperate smear campaign, the other issues are forgotten, and Kavanaugh gets confirmed.

      Do you have 65 people you knew in high school some thirty years ago who would vouch for your character on 24 hours notice? I don't. I don't know anyone who does.

      It's a set-up!

      I think Feinstein, who is normally very sensitive to these issues, hesitated to take action on this because she smelled a trap. She had this in July yet had to be convinced by Democrats on the Judiciary Committee that she/they could not appear complicit in a cover-up, that The New Yorker was about to break the story, that she had no choice.

      I can't wait to find out who leaked it. I don't think it will be who you might expect.


      It starts looking like a Roger Stone-style political dirty trick. Anyone remember the "Muskie letter"?



      https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dianne-feinst...

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          Ray Cunneff
          one month ago

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          In a word, no.

          In a few more words, it was the Rethug's dirty trick to KNOW about this and attempt to keep it hidden from the public. There's no way Grassley could've gotten letters from 65 females some 24 hours after learning Feinstein had found out. No darn way.

          He knew well in advance and kept that information secreted away.

          When we impeach Clarence, we'll impeach Kavanaugh as well. I've had it with them both.

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              kimtek
              one month ago

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              Political dirty tricks became publicly known as "ratfucking" in Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's book "All The President's Men" which, among other things, highlighted Nixon's Committee To Re-Elect The President (CREEP) activities to sabotage the 1972 campaign of Sen. Edmund Muskie, including the forged "Canuck letter".

              Nixon is associated with several political dirty tricks, but at the top of virtually every list of the most callous political skulduggery is his sabotage of Lyndon Johnson's Paris Peace Talks to end the Vietnam war in 1968, essentially condemning thousands more American soldiers to death in order to win the presidency.

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                      Ray Cunneff
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                      Ray have been reading as much as I can about this story since it was reported out last night. As much as I would like to see this nomination knocked out, I think this cartoon says it all about the chances of derailing the nomination which is why they need to win the house and if any of the reports out there that say there is a chance for them to take the senate as well, all the more reason folks need to get out and vote:

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                          twilson117
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                          That’s a great cartoon, it’s amazing the message a simple drawing can speak volumes.


                          Now a point to ponder that is more one of those kind of questions people with cigars in the old smoke filled rooms would sit around with a brandy and discuss.


                          Given past history and current polls it seems likely the Democrats will take over the House. The big objective is to take over the Oval Office in 2020.....will Democrats sending up nonsense bills and being seen by Independents who actually determine the outcome of elections, as not being adult legislators. By nonsense, I use as an example the Republicans in the House when they were in the majority but the Presidency was in hands of the other party. (Obama)


                          How may bills did they pass repealing Obama care....knowing full well that even if it got passed by the Senate, the President was not going to sign it?


                          Change the word Obamacare to impeachment and even if the Senate flips as well, it will not give the Democrats the 67 seats needed for a full impeachment vote.


                          Now maybe Muller will come up with some major law Trump personally broke to get into office that everyone can agree can not be ignored and requires and requires immediate impeachment with 535 votes.


                          In my view it can not be something run of the mill like a tax code violation from years ago. That will be good enough for Democrats, but is not going to get the 67 votes that are needed for a conviction in the Senate.


                          Also that will bring into play the untested in court question of can a sitting President be tried in regular court now or will prosecutors need to have the charges put on hold until 2020 or 2024?


                          If the Democrats do not win either the House or the Senate. the Republicans in both houses would just barily be in control with a very few votes which will severely reduce their ability to get an agreement to pass anything.


                          My point is ‘are’ Democrats better off if they win the House now, or to just let the Republicans keep fumbling along not being able to pass anything because they are fighting each other, then Democrats can run in 2020 with a strong arguement that the Republicans can not get anything done.


                          I guess it’s too hard to resist the chance to win, rather than play the long game.


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                                  twilson117
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                                  I agree on all counts, but I feel the only real chance of delaying or stopping the Kavanaugh nomination is his lying to Congress. I really do think this high school sexual assault/misconduct accusation is a set-up designed to discredit all opposition.

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                                          Ray Cunneff
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                                          I think the Republicans have known about this all along and had plenty of time to find those 65 women. Now every criminal defense lawyer for every criminal, can trot out all the people that were never murdered, raped or robbed by their clients and get them off the hook.

                                          It doesn't matter if the Republicans care, they're not going to be in control forever.

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