Wednesday Reads: Make Kavanaugh Go Away…
Posted: September 5, 2018 Filed under: just because
So much is at stake here….
It isn’t just women’s issues…
Did a Woman Sitting Behind Kavanaugh Flash the White Power Symbol During His Hearing?
Did a former Trump immigration policy employee and wife of a United States attorney flash a white power symbol during Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation hearing?
Zina Bash is a 36-year-old woman who previously served as the deputy director of policy and communications for Ted Cruz’s failed presidential run in 2016. She has made the rounds in Washington, D.C., having worked for Senator John Cornyn as well as current U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. She also worked on Trump’s immigration policy.
In video from the hearing, Bash can be seen sitting directly behind Kavanaugh—looking smug and at times smirking as Democrats speak during the hearing. One of her hands is making the “OK” symbol, which has been co-opted by Trump supporters, white supremacists and members of the alt-right in an effort to troll people on the left, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
Bash’s husband posted words of support on Twitter, you can click the link to read them…if you want to, but like the Root article states:
Please attempt to “randomly rest” your hand in the same way Zina Bash did during the hearing and let us know if it feels natural.
We’re asking for a friend.
Oh, and then there is this nugget…
NRA pledges $1 million on pro-Brett Kavanaugh ads – Axios
The NRA is pledging to spend at least $1 million on advertisements in support of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Supreme Court justice, reports Bloomberg.
Why it matters: The NRA is looking to swing the four Democratic senators running for reelection in Indiana, West Virginia, Alabama and North Dakota — all states Trump won. The digital ads will urge voters to call their senators and demand they vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
During yesterday’s opening statements, I was impressed by Ann Klobuchar, so I wanted to post a link to a transcript of what she said, and to the video:
VIDEO: Klobuchar Opening Statement at Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing for Judge Kavanaugh – News Releases – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar
WASHINGTON– Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) delivered her opening statement at the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Klobuchar is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over Supreme Court nominees. Prior to her time in the Senate, Klobuchar served as Hennepin County Attorney.
For broadcast-quality video of Klobuchar’s remarks, click here.
Klobuchar’s opening remarks as prepared are below:
Go to the link to read her statement. This was one of many things she said:
Our democracy is on trial. And for the pillars of our democracy and our Constitution to weather this storm, our nation’s highest Court must serve as a ballast in these turbulent times.
Our very institutions—and those nominated to protect these institutions—must be fair, impartial and unwavering in their commitment to truth and justice.
So today we will begin a hearing in which it is our duty to carry on the American constitutional tradition that John Adams stood up for many centuries ago—and that is to be, quote, “a government of laws and not of men.”
To me that means figuring out what your views are Judge on whether a President is above the law. It is a simple concept, something that we all learned in grade school, that no one is above the law. So I think it is a good place to start.
There were many highly credentialed nominees like yourself that could have been sitting before us today, but—to my colleagues—what concerns me is that during this critical juncture in history, the President has hand-picked a nominee to the Court with the most expansive view of Presidential power possible… a nominee who has actually written that a President—on his own—can declare laws unconstitutional.
Now the cartoons:
Kavanaugh hearing: 09/05/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath
Rooster Trump and Jeff Sessions: 09/05/2018 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe
09/05/2018 Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson
Crazy town: 09/05/2018 Cartoon by Ed Hall
09/05/2018 Cartoon by MStreeter
What are Dems undecided on Kavanaugh thinking?: 09/05/2018 Cartoon by Jen Sorensen
09/04/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath
I will end with that one…this is an open thread…