| “If this is the new norm, you better watch out for your nominees.”
So said Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court (on Wed Sept 27th, 2018). Brett stands accused of sexual assault...and even though Senator Graham really needed to spend 60-seconds with a spool of dental floss after the lunch break he opted to glob-onto his second 5-minute timeslot to rip into Democrats on the committee (when all other Senators on the committee were limited to one 5-minute block of time...even when Kavanaugh effectively filibustered most responses to Democratic Senator's questions). Why would Graham threaten his Democratic colleagues? Graham says the liberal Dems want to take back the Senate. Well, "duh!" Of course they do. For the good of the country let's hope they do. Let's hope Democrats also exceed 67 seats in the Senate following the mid-term elections so that we can get the nation back on track. [text of complete rant]
Louise & I watched the entire hearing - thank goodness for the DVR so that we could take breaks, eat meals, and yes, floss & brush before resuming. (The hearing lasted from 10 am to nearly 9 pm.) Through the process Republicans shielded their questions for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford by having a female prosecutor asking Dr. Ford an assortment of questions attempting to smear her testimony. The 2nd half of the hearing the GOP abandoned their charade of wanting to be respectful and repeatedly drilled Democrats who had the audacity of requesting, repeatedly, that the FBI reopen their background investigation as they've done in the past under similar circumstances. Republicans, formerly the law-and-order party, are curiously refusing to request the White House to direct the FBI to check the various allegations insisting the committee's investigators are adequate - even though these folks are actually just the Senator's aids and staff...and many have them have been posting tweets using the hash tag "confirmKavanaugh". Instead, what's about to happen is the committee has actually scheduled a vote of their candidate even though witnesses and corroborating evidence is simply ignored.
The other part that disturbs many voters about Senator Graham's tirade is
the reality the he is one of the leaders of the
Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi
investigation that lasted nearly 3-years at a cost exceeding $8 million.
This is also the same GOP who blocked President Obama's nomination of
Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, as well as 74 lower court judicial
nominations over the 8-years that the Obama family resided in the White
House. So Graham's threat that "if this is new norm" rings pretty
hollow...the disgraceful new norm is a product of your racist, homophobic,
war-mongering, deficit busting Republican Party.