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September 7, 2018

National Horror Story: supremely underwhelming

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

It is a really specific question and this guy can’t even answer a straight question.


  1. Kavanaugh said he may have talked to other judges about it. K.Harris should have asked if he had spoken about it with Merrick Garland, with whom he sits on the DC Cir Ct. App.

    Comment by MP — September 7, 2018 @ 6:33 am

  2. A commentary on the state of our democracy:

    Comment by Mike McMahon — September 7, 2018 @ 7:06 am

  3. Trump should nominate Pelosi to join the Supremes. Now there’s someone you libertards can really get behind.

    Comment by Jack — September 7, 2018 @ 7:50 am

    • So edgy, Jacky boy!

      Comment by Rod — September 7, 2018 @ 8:32 am

  4. Brett Kavanaugh. Nominated by Pres. Trump on July 9, 2018. Sen. Jud. Comm. confirmation hearings commenced September 4, 2018.

    Merrick Garland. Nominated by Pres. Obama March 16, 2016. Sen. Jud. Comm. confirmation hearings commenced [never].

    Comment by MP — September 7, 2018 @ 8:17 am

    • Neil Gorsuch. Nominated by Pres. Trump February 1, 2017. Sen. Jud. Comm. confirmation hearings commenced March 20, 2017. Sworn in as USSC Assoc. Justice April 10, 2017.

      In an August 2016 speech in Kentucky, Senator McConnell said, “One of my proudest moments was when I looked Barack Obama in the eye and I said, ‘Mr. President, you will not fill the Supreme Court vacancy.'”

      Comment by MP — September 7, 2018 @ 8:26 am

      • It has to do with their sense of entitlement. The GOP can break the rules, make up new rules as they go along, and support a crime boss as their President, and then threaten an honorable man like Cory Booker for revealing so called confidential documents that reveal the true person behind the fascade that Kavanaugh is presenting to the American people.

        To them Cory Booker is a “boy”, notice the tone that Senator Coryn and Senator Lindsay Graham spoke as they attempted to chastise Booker for releasing the documents.

        Comment by Karen — September 7, 2018 @ 9:13 am

        • Cory Booker looks like he’s On Drugs. Never seen such a totally unhinged live performance! If the Senate does not have random drug testing, maybe they should start..

          Comment by vigi — September 7, 2018 @ 11:58 am

  5. If Senator Harris has the goods on Brett Kavanaugh (such as a transcript that reveals Kavanaugh discussing inappropriate topics with the POTUS’ personal lawyers), I hope she releases it. Glad to see our democratic institutions and the people in them are responding well to the extreme stresses coming from the far right, just as they did during Watergate.
    Thursday’s stands by Booker, Harris, and others make me proud to be a Democrat and in the resistance. Fighting to save democracy is most definitely patriotic.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — September 7, 2018 @ 9:44 am

    • For you Jon the “far right” is anything not far left.

      Comment by Jack — September 7, 2018 @ 5:30 pm

  6. Senator Lindsay Graham and his condescending tone to Senator Cory Booker — “if you want to be President, you need to be a role model”.

    Imagine being told this the same week, the Woodward book was released about the Trump Whitehouse, and the same week that Anonymous revealed he’s part of the Resistance.

    Comment by Karen — September 7, 2018 @ 9:59 am

    • Lindsay Graham must have been joking, unless he meant to express a more narrowly applicable rule.

      Comment by MP — September 7, 2018 @ 10:33 am

  7. Obviously Senator Booker didn’t think he was joking.

    Comment by Karen — September 7, 2018 @ 11:32 am

    • I haven’t seen the clip yet. I meant joke in the sense that the statement itself is a joke. Graham’s good friend DJT proves as a matter of science that you don’t need to be a role model to be President. If Corey Booker took it to mean something more like if Corey Booker (or someone else who does not look like Trump) wants to be president, Corey Booker needs to be a role model, I wouldn’t blame him. Could also just be another, ever-more forgettable pol (Graham) framing as high principle (“you need to be a role model”) an effort punish those scrutinizing and seeking disclosure of his ally Kavanaugh’s conduct while in office.

      Comment by MP — September 7, 2018 @ 2:14 pm

    • OK, here is actual joking reported in “Sen. Marco Rubio, (R-Fla.) ridiculed Booker on Twitter. “On this day in 71B.C. the Thracian gladiator Spartacus was put to death by Marcus Licinius Crassus for disclosing confidential scrolls,” he wrote. “When informed days later that in fact the Roman Senate had already publicly released the scrolls, Crassus replied ‘Oh, ok, my bad.’””

      Comment by MP — September 8, 2018 @ 7:38 am

      • Agreed Rubio is the joke. I really like the response Rubio received:

        Replying to @marcorubio
        Wow, are you implying death is the appropriate censure for disclosing Senate documents? You are a little thug.

        Also, why doesn’t the American public have a right to know what’s in the Kavanaugh files? He will be ruling on our laws.

        Comment by Karen — September 8, 2018 @ 8:34 am

  8. Vigi, what a racist comment!

    Comment by Karen — September 7, 2018 @ 12:06 pm

    • I was speaking as a trained medical professional, Karen. Loss of inhibitions is characteristic drug-induced behavior. Do you really think Cory Booker would behave that way for a job interview?

      Comment by vig — September 8, 2018 @ 4:39 pm

  9. Harris comes off so stupid in this clip. Hard to believe she doesn’t realize that attorneys jump around between law firms all the time. Kavanaugh’s answer is perfect. You never know who is working where at any given time, especially in urban areas. But then, if she hadn’t been Willie Brown’s steady girl, she wouldn’t even be a senator.

    Comment by vigi — September 7, 2018 @ 12:40 pm

  10. I mean doesn’t Vietnam have enough problems trying to keep their language from turning into total Chinese of the Cantonese dialect?

    Comment by Jack — September 7, 2018 @ 6:15 pm

  11. Wow, this is grasping at straws, like the alleged “white power” sign spotted being flashed behind BK at the hearing by an “alert” moron on social media….

    -it’s KH who overplayed her hand , as she has no smoking gun….BK is imminently qualified with hundreds of published decisions, and previously confirmed by the Senate for the circuit court of appeals 57-36)He will be confirmed to the SCOTUS by October 1. Be ready for the President to appoint another Justice due to Father Time.

    KH’s act won’t play outside of DC or CA, and “Spartacus” Booker has made himself a national joke- one he’ll never be able to live down…Joe Biden? John Kerry? Elizabeth Warren? Look for Bernie Sanders to run as an independent and really split the Democrats in 2020. Maybe Oprah is the answer?

    These hearings showed democrats at their worst…

    Comment by Nowyouknow — September 7, 2018 @ 9:22 pm

  12. We see the Dems doing their job:

    Comment by Karen — September 8, 2018 @ 9:35 am

  13. This is Bill Burke – the person who is hand picking which documents get to be revealed to the public:

    William Burke, once Kavanaugh’s deputy in the Bush White House, currently represents Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist; Reince Priebus, former White House chief of staff; and Don McGahn, the White House counsel who is exiting after these confirmation hearings.

    “What is being hidden, and why?” asked Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). “Every White House record that we have received was hand-picked by your deputy in the Bush White House, a hyper-conflicted lawyer who represents half a dozen Trump administration officials who are under investigation by prosecutors in the Russian investigation. And this partisan lawyer has decided which of your records the Senate — but more importantly, the American people — get to see.

    This information is important – and thank you Dems for informing us. We are seeing the Dems at their best!

    Comment by Karen — September 8, 2018 @ 9:55 am

  14. I spose next week (Friday) the subject for “other than Alameda” do re me will be how badly Pocahontas is being treated.

    Comment by Jack — September 8, 2018 @ 5:48 pm

  15. And now we have a Spartacus Pocahontas. What a fucking joke dims are.

    Comment by Jack — September 8, 2018 @ 7:26 pm

  16. Ron Dellums kicked the bucket July 30th. Ron was the dude in charge of the House Armed Services Committee that shut down the Alameda Naval Air Station.

    Comment by Jack — September 9, 2018 @ 6:15 pm

    • yes he did and I would like to thank him for doing that.

      Comment by JohnP.TrumpisnotmyPresident. — September 17, 2018 @ 9:29 am

  17. This one just got more interesting. Predictions?

    Comment by MP — September 17, 2018 @ 7:11 am

    • Let’s take a poll:

      A) Seeing handwriting on wall, nomination withdrawn before vote, Trump blames Democrats despite having a GOP majority

      B) Pence breaks a 50-50 tie

      C) Televised testimony, Thomas/Hill 2.0, then confirmed 51-49

      D) Other, please elaborate

      Comment by dave — September 17, 2018 @ 7:37 am

      • I’m not good at predictions, but A or B, in that order, sounds about right. A televised hearing seems the least likely.

        Comment by MP — September 17, 2018 @ 8:04 am

        • If suspicion is strong enough to deny him a seat on the SC, is it strong enough to impeach him out of his appellate court seat?

          Comment by dave — September 17, 2018 @ 8:28 am

        • I doubt it and it is a little soon to tell on all of it. It is suspicion at this point and Kavanaugh has apparently repeated his denials even after the allegations have gotten a lot more specific and the accuser willing to forfeit anonymity. He has also said he’s ready to testify as does Prof. Ford. I can see those who were ready to vote for him being reluctant to have all of the details aired publicly or to be seen as aggressively cross-examining Prof Ford on TV, right before the election (especially if any are up in a close election). They’ll also be subject to criticism if they do it in a closed session.

          Comment by MP — September 17, 2018 @ 8:50 am

      • Susan Collins is the one that asked them both to testify. I hope it’s a public hearing.

        I can’t imagine she would put herself and her family through this if it weren’t true!

        Comment by Karen — September 17, 2018 @ 10:38 am

        • Kavanaugh reportedly denies being at the party at all. I guess youthful indiscretion and similar defenses are out.

          Comment by MP — September 17, 2018 @ 12:45 pm

    • Updated predictions? (Not what you think should happen, but what you think will happen)

      Comment by MP — September 19, 2018 @ 9:54 am

  18. Of course he does; when it comes to rape or attempted rape, yes it’s out.

    Comment by Karen — September 17, 2018 @ 6:15 pm

    • youthful indiscretion is of course not a defense to rape or attempted rape. what I meant was that a range of possible defenses (including some already tried out by his supporters) such as the accuser is exaggerating or this was a long time ago/high school and we need to judge him for who he is today, would be inconsistent with his claim that he was not there. In other words, if he wasn’t there, I don’t have to give him credit for the person he is now.

      Comment by MP — September 17, 2018 @ 11:19 pm

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