Kavanaugh fight boosts Republicans in red states

W. James Antle III, Washington Examiner

Before Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, it looked like a lose-lose situation for Republicans: Abandon Kavanaugh and depress the base ahead of the midterm elections; attack Ford and reap the whirlwind with women come November. Now it is possible the battle over Kavanaugh could rally apathetic Republican voters, especially in the red states that will decide which party controls the Senate. It has reminded conservatives that whatever their views of President Trump, they are unlikely to be treated fairly by Democrats or a hostile media.

When Lady Liberty is a victim of assault

Catharine Trauernicht, Washington Times

When Christine Blasey Ford’s fellow graduates of the Holton-Arms School sign a letter in “solidarity” with her, not even questioning the veracity of her charges, alarm bells should ring. How does our unique republic survive when the presumption of innocence is so cavalierly disregarded? With every pointing of the collective finger and every premature pronouncement of “Guilty!” without a modicum of proof, the shackles are tightening once again around Lady Liberty’s feet. Our feet. Lady Liberty is the real victim of assault.

Social Justice Warriors of the Senate Judiciary Committee

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

The committee Democrats — Blumenthal, Booker, Feinstein, Klobuchar, Whitehouse, Coons, et al. — suffer from SJW envy. They are the grownup imitators and wannabes of the juvenile anti-intellectual bigots dominating our campuses, pointing fingers but abjuring concrete evidence as some vestigial figment of white privilege. That the senators seem fixated on high school yearbooks, of all things — Kavanaugh's anyway, although Ford's is just as bad — is but one minor indication of this pervasive immaturity.

Fallout from the Kavanaugh Hearings: A Permanent Cloud?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

As a Supreme Court justice, Kavanaugh would have withstood every imaginable smear and slander and yet stayed defiant in defending his character and past, proof of both his determination and principles. His near-solitary rebuttal to his Senate accusers may suggest that Kavanaugh could prove to be among the most fearless justices on the Court. History is not always constructed by résumés and staged theatrics but occasionally is the stuff of moments of defiance.

It’s Susan Collins’s Moment

William McGurn, Wall Street Journal

By all means let’s hear what Ms. Ford has to say. But let us hope Ms. Collins insists it not be at the expense of fairness to Judge Kavanaugh. Because right now the effort to put off his confirmation votes seems aimed at establishing an odious, new post-hearing precedent, whereby a single, inconclusive and uncorroborated #MeToo accusation can upend all Senate norms and leave a man with an otherwise sterling reputation twisting in the wind.

Christine Blasey Ford's Collateral Damage

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Is there a single person of any political persuasion who would vouch for everything he or she did in high school? Nevertheless, we live in a time of consummate selfishness and evil.  Almost nothing is done with clean hands or pure motivation. Few, if anyone, think about others -- in this case even about their very young and impressionable sisters. Christine Blasey Ford is a poster woman for the worst, most narcissistic end of the #MeToo movement.

With Christine Blasey Ford, the Democrats have descended to new lows in politicising justice

Roger Kimball, The Spectator

Everything we know about Kavanaugh — and we know a lot — suggests that he is telling the truth. Is there a more honourable, charitable, and public-spirited public servant padding about Washington today? If there is, I do not know him. Kavanaugh has been through six — count ’em — FBI background investigations and none turned up this allegation. I suspect that, whatever traumas Ford claims to have experienced, none has damaged a rich fantasy life.