Goalpost Shift #221: Dems Now Want to Nail Kavanaugh on Perjury
It seemed, for maybe a few minutes on Friday, that the Democrats had gotten what they wanted and they would be happy. At least, it seemed that way if you knew absolutely nothing about the way this party operates. But everyone else knew that the moment President Trump ordered the FBI to open the investigation that the Democrats (and Jeff Flake) were requesting, it would only be a matter of time before the obstructionists were complaining again. And thus, by the end of the weekend, every media outlet in the mainstream had articles about how unfair it was to “limit” the scope of the investigation, either in time or in purview. The only fair thing would be to allow the FBI free reign to investigate Brett Kavanaugh indefinitely…or at least until after the midterm elections.
Because the Democrats know full well that the FBI isn’t not going to uncover anything in Kavanaugh’s past that changes the calculation on the table, they are already trying to move the goalposts once again. This time they’ve settled on perjury as a likely avenue of derailment.
“We would have to investigate any credible allegations, certainly of perjury and other things that haven’t been properly looked into,” said Rep. Jerrod Nadler in an ABC interview this weekend.
Sen. Bernie Sanders said something similar in a statement. “Judge Kavanaugh testified he treated women ‘as friends and equals’ and ‘with dignity and respect,’” Sanders said. “Numerous entries in his school yearbook would seem to contradict this.”
Right, good luck prosecuting Kavanaugh on perjury charges by determining that he lied when he said he treated women with respect. Who exactly will we use as a barometer for that determination? DNC co-chair Keith Ellison?
We’ll be honest – some of Kavanaugh’s answers on Thursday were almost laughably dishonest. The Ralph Club thing is because he ate too much spicy food? Come on. But as far as we’re aware, the subject at hand is not whether Kavanaugh liked to party it up with his friends in 1982. Nor is it whether or not the Renate Alumnus club is as wholesome as he claims. It is whether he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford or Debbie Ramirez. And that’s ALL it is about.
But to Democrats, it’s not even about that. It’s not, actually, about any of those things. It’s ONLY about preventing President Trump from shifting the ideological balance of the Supreme Court. It’s ONLY about saving Roe v. Wade. It’s ONLY about rolling out the tired “war on women” narrative that has failed the Democrats every single time they use it. It’s ONLY about fundraising off these uncorroborated allegations and winning the midterms.
They will delay using any tactics they can find; they will destroy this nominee using any narrative they can write.
Only Republicans can decide to put an end to this nonsense. Here’s hoping they do so soon.