Knock us over with a feather, a couple of spineless Republicans are actually buying into this shady sexual assault accusation against Brett Kavanaugh. And lo and behold, look who the believers are. Why, it’s our old friends Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee, two senators who are so far out of touch with the revamped Republican Party that they’ve already announced their retirements. Two senators who have used every opportunity they can find to denigrate and oppose President Donald Trump. Two senators who have proven themselves willing to block the conservative agenda that Trump is rolling out just to moralize for the media and get those back-pats from Washington liberals. Flake and Corker. Who else would it be?
Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court hit a serious roadblock Sunday night, as GOP Senate Judiciary Committee member Jeff Flake said he is uncomfortable voting to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination later this week after the nominee’s sexual assault accuser went public.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who is not a member of the committee but whose vote is critical to Kavanaugh’s confirmation, similarly said late Sunday that the committee should pause.
Flake (R-Ariz.) said he needs to hear more about the allegations raised publicly by Christine Blasey Ford on Sunday in a Washington Post article, and said other Republicans share his view. Flake is one of 11 Republicans on the narrowly divided panel and without his support, the committee cannot advance his nomination. However, GOP leaders could try to bring Kavanaugh‘s nomination directly to the Senate floor.
“If they push forward without any attempt with hearing what she’s had to say, I’m not comfortable voting yes,” Flake said. “We need to hear from her. And I don’t think I’m alone in this.”
Asked if the committee vote should be delayed to hear out Ford, Corker replied: “I think that would be best for all involved, including the nominee. If she does want to be heard, she should do so promptly.”
Look, we’re not suggesting that Ford shouldn’t be heard. We ARE suggesting that there are considerable holes in her story and significant red flags in her background that make this accusation at this time highly suspicious, to say the least.
Republicans can investigate these claims if they like, but if they allow this to become a repeat of the Clarence Thomas hearings, they are dumber than we could have possibly imagined.