I just read Newt Gingrich’s just-published commentary on the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation circus.
And, not surprisingly given the number of best-selling books he has authored, it is from Newt Gingrich.
Yes, Gingrich is far from a neutral commentator. He is a lifelong Republican, former congressperson, and former Speaker of the House.
But read the key excerpt below (more than I usually post from someone else’s work – sorry Newt) and try to find something that is untrue or doesn’t make sense – and please pay special attention to the passages I’ve put in bold print:
Ford has been manipulated by the Democrats, who hid her letter making uncorroborated accusations against Kavanaugh for over a month, dragged her into the national limelight, and urged her to avoid meeting with the Senate Republican staff members.
At one point Ford said she couldn’t meet because she was afraid to fly, although it was revealed at Thursday’s Judiciary Committee hearing that she has flown numerous times for vacations.
Ford was put through all of this even though she could not remember in what house the alleged gathering and assault on her took place, or when it occurred. At the same time, no one she said was present has corroborated her story.
Ford’s testimony was emotionally compelling. It is clear that something happened to her – but she knows as a professional psychologist that 36 years after an event, people can vividly remember things that didn’t actually happen.
If Kavanaugh can be defeated by this kind of manufactured and manipulated evidence-free process, then what reasonable conservative would ever put his or her name up for Senate confirmation?
Some people have said Kavanaugh should have been better vetted. How could he have been? He has undergone six separate, thorough FBI background checks for top positions throughout government. And all those investigations have turned up absolutely nothing that would disqualify him for high federal positions.
Further, Kavanaugh has stated under oath – under penalty of perjury – that he never did any of the things for which he is being attacked. He could not have known in advance how to defend himself against allegations dealing with things he never did. It’s impossible to plan for or anticipate last-minute character assassinations that are based on falsehoods and impossible-to-verify charges.
So the key to the next stage is not the Republicans.
The real question is: Are there any Democrats who are disgusted by this process of dishonest character assassination and manipulation? Are any upset that this is becoming their party’s operating pattern?
Are there any Democrats whose sense of decency forces them to vote “yes” for a decent man and brilliant jurist, whose entire public career has exemplified honesty, sincerity and patriotism?
Are there any Democrats who understand that a 36-year-old, unsupported allegation can’t possibly be the standard for blocking a U.S. Supreme Court nominee?
If no Democrat has the courage to vote for decency, honesty and a sense of fairness, then we are truly in deep trouble as a country.
Excellent, Mr. Gingrich. As plain-spoken and compelling as can be, and right on target.
My only point of possible disagreement is Gingrich’s assumption that Democrats are playing christine blasey ford. I think it’s much more likely that, whatever this started out as, it became a mutually agreed-upon hit job on Kavanaugh.
But, then again, it wouldn’t surprise me if Gingrich believes that too, and is writing from this angle because it makes ford another Democrat victim (let’s not forget; he is a Republican).
In January, I posted a blog which also talked about whether there are Democrats who have had enough of what has happened to their party and might finally speak up. It was titled “ONE VOICE. ALL IT TAKES IS ONE VOICE”.
I think, maybe, it’s time for a re-posting. That will be my next blog.