DEVLIN: How Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Helped the Republican Party Find its Spine


Monday, October 8, 2018

For weeks the news cycle has been completely consumed with coverage of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process. Throughout the fiasco, Democrats have continuously shifted the goalposts on Republicans, and in their frustration, Senate Republicans finally found their spine.

First, Democrats argued that Kavanaugh wasn’t qualified for the court because he racked up credit card debt buying baseball tickets. Then he was allegedly withholding records from the committee, despite the fact that Kavanaugh has spent over a decade on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, written over 300 decisions, testified in front of the committee for over 30 hours, and answered 1300 supplemental questions (more than all other supreme court nominees combined).

Then Kavanaugh was labeled a sexual predator for alleged sexual misconduct. Christine Blasey Ford claimed that Kavanaugh, in his high school years, drunkenly groped and sexually assaulted her. The Democrats tossed the presumption of innocence and due process out the window in spite of zero corroborating witnesses or evidence produced by a Senate Judiciary Committee investigation and a seventh FBI background check. Kavanaugh was guilty merely by accusation.

Democrats continued grasping at straws. They accused Kavanaugh of lying under oath about his virginity, drinking habits in college, blacking out, partying with Dr. Ford, and phrases scribbled in his high-school yearbook—which is funny coming from some of the very Democrats that made excuses for Bill Clinton’s confusion over what constituted a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

The Democrats also argued that Kavanaugh lacked the proper judicial temperament to be an impartial interpreter of the law, because he vehemently rebutted accusations of being a drunken gang rapist and was angry during his testimony. Finally, the Left resorted to an alleged incident where a college-aged Kavanaugh threw a piece of ice at a guy in a bar, which they argued was indicative of his drinking and aggressive behavior.

All of this Democratic stonewalling was utterly predictable. Why? Because within 24 hours of Kavanaugh’s nomination, Democratic senators came out and promised they’d do everything they could to prevent Kavanaugh from getting on the Court.

What Republicans didn’t realize was just how low Democrats were willing to stoop to try and keep Kennedy’s seat open.

The Democrats thought their “believe women” slogan would delay the Kavanaugh’s confirmation and give them the moral high ground to invigorate female voters leading up to November 6. It backfired fantastically. Democrats have completely blown a 14-point advantage with white women in a little more than a month. After continuous harassment and the failure of good faith attempts to placate the insatiable Democrats, the senators that represent the GOP base, led by Mitch McConnell, are finally willing to fight back.

After a week of harassment from protesters all over the Senate office buildings,  Senator Orrin Hatch had had enough and told protestors to “grow up” as he shooed them away. The only response protestors had was to tell the 84-year-old senator from Utah to grow up first.

Cocaine Mitch must be slipping Senator Lindsey Graham a little something because Graham 2.0 has been shredding the left up and down for this “sham.”


Chuck Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, has also gotten in on the action. “You have repeatedly refused to produce this evidence to the Senate,” he said in a letter to Dr. Ford’s legal team. “I don’t know what other inference we should draw from your refusal but that the withheld evidence does not support Dr. Ford’s allegations in quite the way you have claimed.”

Since the Bill Clinton era, the Republican base has grown more eager to wage the culture war. In 2016, they found their warrior in Trump because he is a counter-puncher. Sometimes Trump’s punch hits the target, and other times his arm swings all the way back around and hits him in the face.

In the aftermath of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Republican statesmen are willing to passionately fight back against Democrats’ baseless claims of rampant racism, sexism, fascism, and bigotry in the Republican Party. From what we’ve seen so far from senators like Lindsey Graham, these newly “woke” Republicans are probably better positioned and more adept than Trump at tactfully waging this war. I pray Republicans have the political will to continue to step up when Democrats double down on their tactics to force Republicans into a retreat.

Bradley Devlin is a student at the University of California Berkeley studying Political Economics and serves as the President of the Berkeley College Republicans.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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Bradley Devlin is a student at the University of California Berkeley studying Political Economics and serves as the President of the Berkeley College Republicans.

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