If you watched the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh last week, you didn’t see much to laugh about. Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) was clearly not auditioning for a stand-up comedy gig for the off-season. But the letter he penned to Senator Bernie Sanders over the weekend is nothing short of hilarious. If you believe Democrats’ demand for an FBI investigation is born of an open-minded sincere effort to learn all the facts, you won’t find much in Grassley’s letter to laugh about. But for the other 98 percent, keep reading . . .
There are four things you need to know about Sanders and his declared interest and intentions in the Kavanaugh nomination process.
1. Less than 24 hours after President Trump nominated Kavanaugh, Sanders was on record opposing the nomination. And then he demanded more information.
2. Within the next few months, the White House released 307 judicial opinions Judge Kavanaugh wrote during his 12 years on the bench, over 500,000 pages of documents, 40 hours of live testimony, and answers to more written questions than every prior Supreme Court nominee in history – combined.
3. Sanders said the Senate didn’t have enough information to confirm or deny Kavanaugh’s nomination. (Keep in mind, he had already made up his mind before any of the information on Kavanaugh’s record or positions had been released.)
4. Sanders called for an FBI investigation into the alleged sexual assault from 1982.
This prompted Grassley’s letter to the avowed socialist . . .
“Your public statements clearly reveal how unimportant it is to you to review any facts related to this nomination. So you can imagine my surprise at receiving your letter regarding the supplemental FBI background investigation. Am I to take from your letter that you are now undecided and willing to seriously engage with the Senate’s advice-and-consent constitutional duties related to the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States? If so, we should have a conversation about what information you need to assist you in making your decision, and I look forward to that conversation.”
Grassley has brilliantly said what so many of us have thought. The new, improved definition of hypocrisy has unfolded before our eyes over these past few weeks.
Like all but a few Senate Democrats, Sanders a) announced his opposition to Kavanaugh, b) received record amounts of documents on his positions and judicial decisions, c) did not read those reports, and then d) demanded more investigation from the FBI.
Will a clean report from the FBI sway any votes? Or course not. If the FBI discovers that Kavanaugh was the man who really invented the Internet (not Al Gore), personally funds 100 children’s hospitals, and is about to unveil cures to cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Morning Joe on MSNBC, Democrats will still vote against him. Of course, their cry for this investigation is not about getting more information. It’s not like they were going to vote for him in the first place. Learning that Kavanaugh did not assault anyone as a teenager won’t push them to a “yes” vote.
Grassley’s letter to Senator Sanders provides a little laughter in an otherwise very serious time. Are the Democrats (other than maybe Joe Manchin) really open minded, willing to consider evidence that exonerates Judge Kavanaugh? Of course not. Still, nearly all of them – led by avowed Socialist Bernie Sanders – say they want to consider all the evidence.
But give Sanders credit. He actually says it with a straight face.