If you’re following the Kavanaugh drama as breathlessly as we are at TCW you’ll already know that the judge’s fate looks like being sealed as soon as next Thursday, since Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell cleared the path for a procedural vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination today.
What you may have missed (it wasn’t much highlighted by the UK media) was the Senator’s scathing message to Democrats and far-Left activists on Wednesday, saying that their harassment and intimidation of Republican lawmakers would not stop the Republican party from accomplishing its goals.
Here are some key excerpts of his speech linking to the video of his full address:
‘Mr President, I think it’s safe to say the national spectacle the professional Left has created around Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process has now reached some kind of fever pitch. In 17 days, since Dr [Christine Blasey] Ford’s confidential correspondence was leaked to the press, 17 days, Mr President of a feeding frenzy on Judge Kavanaugh and his family unlike anything we have seen in recent memory.
‘Since then, a literal mudslide – mudslide – of wild, uncorroborated accusations has literally poured out, each more outlandish than the last. And this mudslide has been actively embraced, urged on, and capitalised upon by Democrats inside this chamber and organized far-Left special interests outside. It hasn’t been about getting to the truth or giving anyone a fair hearing. It’s only been about one thing – the far-Left’s hunger to bring down Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination by any means necessary, any means necessary.’
Slamming the Democrats for using ‘intimidation tactics’ to achieve their goals since the ‘facts and evidence couldn’t get the job done’, he said: ‘And when that didn’t work, then the far-Left tried to bully and intimidate members of this body – Republican United States Senators. They’ve tried to bully and intimidate us. One of our colleagues and his family were effectively run out of a restaurant in recent days by these people. Another reported having protesters physically block his car door. And some have seen organised far-Left protesters camp out at their homes.
‘I’m not suggesting we’re the victims here, Mr President, but I want to make it clear to these people who are chasing my members around the hall here or harassing them at the airports or going to their homes, we’re not going to be intimidated by these people. There is no chance in the world they’re going to scare us out of doing our duty. I don’t care how many members they chase, how many people they harass here in the halls. I want to make one thing perfectly clear – we will not be intimidated by these people. This is all part of the organized effort to delay, obstruct and intimidate, including those of us who will be voting this week.’