“Anybody who thinks these kinds of tactics work doesn’t know Senator Collins,” Annie Clark, Collins’ communications director, told The Daily Beast. “This crowdfunded money to pressure Senator Collins is based on a quid pro quo… It is basically a bribe. These tactics will not work—Senator Collins will make up her mind based on the merits of the nomination.” … [Read more...] about Group Raises Nearly $1M for Susan Collins’ Nonexistent Opponent if She Votes to Confirm Brett Kavanaugh
But a few exchanges stood out. President Donald Trump loomed large, prompting questions about executive power and whether Kavanaugh would hold the sitting president accountable if he broke the law. An exchange about a decade-old cyberhack seemed to momentarily throw Kavanaugh off his polished game. But the federal judge was well-rehearsed. … [Read more...] about The Five Biggest Moments on Day Two of the Brett Kavanaugh Hearing
News of the allegation broke last week after Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) received a letter from Blasey Ford, who outlined the allegation but asked to remain anonymous. Feinstein referred the allegation to the Justice Department but did not ask Kavanaugh about the allegations during a closed session hearing. … [Read more...] about Christine Blasey Ford Calls for FBI Probe Before Testifying About Kavanaugh
But Kavanaugh hasn’t won over every incel. While most of their anger tends to be aimed at women, the group also reviles socially successful men, a group they’ve dubbed “Chads” after a stereotype of a high school jock and bully. Kavanaugh frequently mentioned working out and his private high school’s football team during his Senate testimony, taking him perilously close to the jockish “Chad” stereotype, an idea that angered some incels. On incel forums, Kavanaugh is frequently referred to as a “Chad-lite.” … [Read more...] about Kavanaugh Has Become a Hero to the Incel Community
That is not to say that the criticisms of Kavanaugh his critics have launched have no merit. While I don’t share the accusations of perjury against his Senate testimony, there’s no question in my mind that there is a long con going on in which a jurist dedicated to a constitutional counterrevolution is being elevated to the Supreme Court under a false flag of moderation. But I doubt the general public has figured out the games he and his supporters are playing, beyond a healthy suspicion of what a president like Donald Trump might do to the Constitution if given too much power to shape SCOTUS. Kavanaugh is mostly unpopular because his presidential benefactor is unpopular, and the GOP is apparently willing to take a lot of risks to support both of them. … [Read more...] about Kavanaugh’s Problem Isn’t What He Said in His Hearings. It’s Trump.