I am not a fan of Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). He did not disappoint me in the least when it came to the nomination process of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. His tactics and attitude are every bit as dishonest and vile as I would expect. Self-awareness is not Blumenthal’s strong suit.
Last week, sandwiched in between two other senators, Blumenthal stated that Kavanaugh should withdraw from the nomination process because, and I quote, “The bar here is not whether you have not criminally assaulted someone; it’s credibility, trust, integrity.” Which Democrats such as Blumenthal would find lacking in virtually any Republican out there. Blumenthal also described Kavanaugh as “evasive” and “seemingly misleading.”
Mind you, this is a man who lied about his military service and is now attacking a judge with a spotless record who is now besieged by baseless claims from 36 years ago by a woman who can’t recall the year it happened, where it happened, when it happened, who hosted the party, who was there, who brought her or who took her home. Her credibility is swiss cheese.
Forget innocent till proven guilty. The very fact that anyone said anything adverse about you as a Republican should make you slink away with your tail between your legs never to be heard from again according to the left. This evidence-free standard that Blumenthal is demanding is hypocritical in the extreme.
He also went on to say that, because of these allegations, “This nomination will not only cast a shadow over Judge Kavanaugh if he were ever to be confirmed … it will also stain the United States Supreme Court irreparably.” Just as they claimed Clarence Thomas would do. What dishonest hogwash.
Blumenthal, a former federal prosecutor, and state attorney general earlier said he is pressing for a full investigation by the FBI into the charges levied against Kavanaugh. “Otherwise we will be shooting in the dark,’’ Blumenthal said. Shoot away senator because the FBI is not going to investigate.
Let’s go back all the way to 2010 when Blumenthal picked up his Senate seat. It was all over the place that he lied about his military service in the Vietnam War. He claimed he was in combat, but in reality, he got a series of deferments from 1965 to 1970 and then joined a reserve unit. That all but guaranteed he wouldn’t see combat and he remained stateside conducting drills and organizing a Toys for Tots drive instead.
So, let me get this straight. Blumenthal allegedly lied about his military service to get into office but he has the nerve to tell everyone that Brett Kavanaugh doesn’t meet his standards for “credibility, trust, integrity” because he denies a single unproven claim of misconduct in high school. Blumenthal has no qualms about destroying Kavanaugh over unfounded claims and allegations. But then again, look how he got elected.
The overwhelming majority of Democrats, including Blumenthal, have voiced their opposition to Kavanaugh’s nomination. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), a fellow member of the Judiciary Committee, quipped that Democrats would be “delighted” if Kavanaugh’s nomination was withdrawn. You bet they would. This is all a delay tactic borne of obstructionism.
Blumenthal stated from the get-go that he would not vote for Kavanaugh. His questioning during the nomination of Kavanaugh centered around abortion and was very confrontational and rude.
The Senate Judiciary Committee must now give these allegations the serious weight they deserve. They must be fully & fairly investigated. Unquestionably, the Kavanaugh confirmation vote must be delayed.https://t.co/0EOdrx4551
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) September 16, 2018
“Blumenthal said the dissent in the Garza case – in which Kavanaugh said his colleagues on the bench had decided “that unlawful immigrant minors have a right to immediate abortion on demand” — was a coded message to the White House. Blumenthal said the phrase “abortion on demand” is used by “the anti-abortion community to refer to repeal of Roe v. Wade.”
“Blumenthal said Kavanaugh wanted to make clear he could pass the “litmus test” President Donald Trump used in seeking a new Supreme Court justice — someone who would give the high court the majority needed to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“Kavanaugh said that was not the case. He said he was chosen to fill the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy because “various people said I should be considered,” including White House Counsel Don McGahn who sat behind Kavanaugh as the nominee was in the hot seat for more than 10 hours Wednesday.
“I appreciated their support,” Kavanaugh said of those White House staffers.
“Kavanaugh also said the teen’s age in the Garza case was critical to his ruling and that the Supreme Court has upheld parental consent laws that can delay abortions.
“Blumenthal also tried to wrest a commitment from Kavanaugh to recuse himself from any Supreme Court cases involving Trump’s potential criminal or civil liability. Blumenthal said it would be a conflict of interest for Kavanaugh to rule in a case directly affecting the president who named him to the high court.
“We’re in uncharted territory,” Blumenthal said.
“Kavanaugh refused to make any commitment, saying it would undermine his independence as a judge to say whether he would recuse himself.
“Blumenthal said he was “troubled and disturbed” by Kavanaugh’s response.”
And there was much, much more after that. Blumenthal is going all out to block Kavanaugh. Self-awareness and ethics be damned.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal says Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court "should be withdrawn."
— ABC News (@ABC) September 19, 2018