Brett Kavanaugh fell back on the reliable right wing boogieman last week. He blamed his troubles on the Clintons.
The fact that women are coming out of the woodwork and accusing him of sexual harassment and worse is “a calculated and orchestrated political hit fueled with . . . revenge on behalf of the Clintons.”
Revenge for what? He didn’t specify, but he was on the team that successfully got Bill Clinton impeached for lying about sex with Monica Lewinsky.
But why would anyone carry the Clintons’ load and take revenge on their behalf? Did Diane Feinstein really wait 20 years since Bill’s impeachment to go after one of the lawyers that got him?
No, this is what psychologists call projection. Kavanaugh projected his own issues onto the Democrats. Most likely, it is Kavanaugh that has been waiting 20 years to get revenge on the Clintons. Revenge on Bill for staying in office despite Kavanaugh’s best efforts to boot him out. Revenge on Hillary for, well, whatever. When you are mentally unhinged, who needs a reason?
And that is the main reason that Kavanaugh doesn’t belong on the Supreme Court. He revealed himself to be politically motivated and short fused. Not the kind of person one would want as the swing vote on the highest court in the land.
Almost a year ago, Senator Jeff Flake announced he wouldn’t be running for re-election because “it would require me to condone behavior that I cannot condone.” Yet here he is, announcing support for Brett Kavanaugh. Obviously sexual assault is not in the category of behavior that Flake cannot condone.
The question is why. Flake’s decision not to run gave him the leeway to criticize Donald Trump and the partisanship in Washington. But when it comes to actually voting, Flake doesn’t stand up for true conservative principles like free trade and eliminating budget deficits.
Maybe he thinks he will get back into politics at some point and doesn’t want to alienate his Republicans.
Or you can go the conspiracy theory route. Maybe the Republican establishment has something on him and is making him vote against his principles, which is why he decided not to run again in the first place.
Either way, he remains a reliable vote and will look the other way, no matter what behavior is involved.
Lost in the daily insanity of news out of Washington is the fact that Jared Kushner has made a habit of lying to the government. Over the past three years his company filed false documents with the city of New York over 80 times.
Jared was trained by his father Charles Kushner, who, by the way, was convicted of crimes so serious that he actually spent over a year in jail. Here’s an example of the kind of people the Kushners are. Charles was pissed off at his sister’s husband for testifying against him, so he hired a hooker to seduce the brother in law and video taped the tryst to show it to his sister. What a guy.
This is the kind of family that Donald Trump’s daughter married into. High society swamp dwellers. Trump obviously approves, because he gave Jared top secret security clearance and made him a “Senior Advisor”. Kushner is supposed to come up with a peace plan for the Middle East, but don’t be surprised if some of the parties don’t trust him and it fails. Like father, like son, like father-in-law.
Before he became president, when he was still governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton and his wife were accused of being involved in a shady real estate deal. The story was that Bill pressured bankers to make unsound loans and lawyer Hillary was behind the slippery legal work that provided the whole thing with a veneer of probriety.
Dubbed ‘Whitewater’, the investigation took years and while neither Bill nor Hillary were ever charged with anything, most of the other people involved in the saga were convicted of crimes.
My how times have changed. Donald Trump’s recent intervention to protect his Washington DC hotel from competition is already old news. In case you missed it, the story goes like this: The FBI’s building is near a Trump hotel. The building is very run down and the FBI needs more space, so it was planning to move. Once it moved, the land could have been redeveloped as a hotel, which would compete with Trump’s.
Trump intervened in the process and now the FBI is pursuing a much more expensive solution. It involves partially staying put so the land cannot be redeveloped into a hotel that competes with Trump’s.
The Whitewater investigation went on for more than 3 years. Trump’s FBI influence was a story for about 3 days. There aren’t any Russians or porn stars involved (so far) to keep it in the news.
Which is good for Trump, because his supporters, who stick with him through almost anything, might actually be bothered by this kind of petty corruption. Even better for Trump is that his opponents are pretty inept at keeping his petty-theft swampiness in the news.
Trump’s opponents need someone who has a demonstrated ability to keep a story in the news and press Trump’s buttons, someone like Stormy Daniels’ lawyer. Maybe they should hire Michael Avenatti to sue Trump. At a minimum, the visibility might kill the FBI deal, costing the Trump Organization a bunch of money.
It probably isn’t how Donald Trump intended to ‘drain the swamp’ but it appears to be working anyway. Six of Trump’s swampy supporters have been convicted of crimes and several others have been charged.
As one of the jurors in Paul Manafort’s recent trial told Fox News, “(Manafort) wouldn’t have gotten caught if they weren’t after President Trump.” She is probably right.
Which is the sad part about the whole thing. Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were cheating, crooked businessmen operating in full view of Washington for years and never charged with a crime. Why did it take an association with Trump to finally get the authorities to pay attention to their misdeeds?
We owe Donald Trump a big ‘Thank You’ and huzzah for flushing out his swamp dwelling supporters. I think the huzzah goes something like this: “Lock them up. Lock them up. Lock them up”
Businessmen Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. Very close to Donald Trump. And how did that work out? The law came after them for corruption and the law won.
Congressmen Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins. Very close to Donald Trump – some of his earliest supporters. And how did that work out? The law came after them for corruption and is likely to win.
Cabinet members Tom Price and Scott Pruitt. Very close to Donald Trump. And how did that work out? The press came after them for corruption and the press won.
Anyone see a pattern here? You can be sure that people close to Trump do. If you are corrupt, being close to Trump puts an unwelcome spotlight on you. Even if you aren’t, you may not like being associated with all of the shady behavior around you. It’s getting increasingly dangerous to be part of the Trump universe.