Antsy and impatient, President Trump called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday with an unmistakable message: Call the vote on Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, and call it soon, according to two people familiar with the conversation.
Trump has been simmering with frustration over what one senior White House official dubbed the “molasses-like” pace of Kavanaugh’s confirmation in the Senate, where the president has also long blamed Republican leaders with slow-walking his border wall and other key agenda items.
Despite their public projections of unity, Trump and his aides behind the scenes see Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) as having been too accommodating to Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who has alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when he was 17, by delaying her hearing until Thursday. The president has said that Republicans are too easily manipulated by Democrats, that he is sick of Ford’s attorneys getting their way and that he does not believe her accusations are credible, according to a Republican briefed on Trump’s private comments.
Which is why the Calhoun of the 21st Century is guaranteeing a vote. He’s not saying it because he thinks the outcome is in serious doubt. And Kavanaugh is acting like he knows it’s in the bag no matter what:
The fact that he never, ever goes for the honest-sounding partial admission, and always goes for the patently ridiculous full denial, is really weird, until you realize it’s just a fucking all-in bet that he can get away with everything. https://t.co/WRSdtsUeCl
— Italian Alex Pareene (@pareene) September 25, 2018
The Burneko thesis is holding up well.
…Paul in comments:
The Republican position is that Brett Kavanaugh deserves due process, and that due process requires that there be an immediate vote after a sham hearing with only one witness other than the nominee. Otherwise lots of other false allegations could surface in the meantime, and that wouldn’t be fair to an innocent man now, would it?