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September 26, 2018
Day 625 of 1461 days
Dear Co-defendants –
Ramming Kavanagh Through the Keyhole
Sensing the increasing danger of further damning evidence emerging against Brett Kavanagh, the Republican majority in the senate had pulled out all the stops. Mitch McConnell has compressed the time between confirmation and senate vote to something like five days by holding the Senate open over the weekend in order to conform to previous senate standards. As it stands right now, the hearing concerning the testimony of Kavanagh and Ford will be rushed through on Thursday the 27th at 10:30 ET, with the full committee confirmation vote scheduled for September 28 at 9:30 ET. Regardless of the outcome of that committee vote, the full Senate is set to vote on Kavanagh’s nomination on Tuesday the 2nd of October.
The Democrats will do what can be done procedurally to slow things down, but McConnell holds all the cards as has been shown repeatedly. The only reason for McConnell to back down is an unfavorable head count. The Senate now has 51 Republicans to 49 Democrats; 51 votes are needed for lock things up. This suggests that two defections from Republican ranks will stop the process, allowing for the vice-presidential vote to bring things up to 50-50, and a loss. All these calculations depend on the Democrats not losing a single vote of their own.
At this mid-hour, only two Republicans have shown any interest in having a fact-finding process which would slow things down — Jeff Flake of Arizona (202-224-4521), who also sits on the committee, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska (202-224-6665) who has several other reasons to want to stop the process. A phone call/ text, or e-mail to Murkowski would definitely be worthwhile. Jeff Flake has shown himself to be a political coward, his left hand being too proud to know its neighbor’s business. He has consistently decried Trump and his programs, only to consistently vote for him and them later; and Jeff Flake is not even running for office again! All this being said, nothing is lost by sending him a message at 202-224-4521.
This whole process is a moving target and things change irregularly. Michael Avenatti has just come out with a charge of Kavanagh’s involvement with some gang-rape activity in prep-school. Should this stick, things would change considerably! Consequently, I will send another letter out if things change on the field.
The meeting is set for Wednesday, October 10 at 1750 NW 131st, 97229. Doors open at 6:30PM and the meeting starts promptly at 7:30 PM. We will have a speakers from the League of Women Voters, Peggy Bengry, who will address the five ballot measures . Refreshments, both adult and juvenile. will be provided along with a few tasty snacks.
L’audace, encore l’audace, et toujours l’audace!