Short Cuts

Posted on Tue 09/25/2018 by


Insight: “A passionate commitment to social justice is no substitute for knowing what you’re talking about.” —Thomas Sowell

For the record I: “Why would a victim of an attempted rape demand an FBI investigation as a prerequisite to tell a Senate committee what happened to her? Will it change the specifics of her story? Now, no one should expect Ford to remember every detail, but her testimony to the judicial committee is evidence in an investigation. Not only would it be an opportunity for Ford to offer more specifics, but also it would be a way for others to gauge the veracity of her claims through direct questioning.” —David Harsanyi

For the record II: “The FBI has investigated Kavanaugh six times for various positions in the federal government, including his current position as a life-tenured federal appellate court judge. In none of those six investigations has an allegation about assault turned up. Should they investigate again, what would they learn? They would learn that a Bernie Sanders donor who’s sympathetic to leftwing politics is now accusing a potential Supreme Court pick of sexual assault but has no witnesses and cannot remember the year or location of the assault. Of those she names as witnesses, they all deny it. This is not her word versus Kavanaugh’s. It is her word versus that of everyone she has named as potential witnesses.” —Erick Erickson

Due process doesn’t stop at the SCOTUS gates: “In these circumstances, it is the nominee that carries the burden to prove to the Senate and to the American people that he is fit for a lifetime appointment at the highest court of the United States.” —Brookings Institute’s Susan Hennessey

Braying Jenny: “Who is not asking the FBI to investigate these claims? The White House. … Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI to review these claims. Is that the reaction of an innocent person? It is not.” —Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

Non Compos Mentis: “One of the problems that I’ve got with Washington … is everything is so transactional about, you know, what do the voters think today and so on, and there’s not enough people thinking out about the long-term impacts of some of these kind of decisions.” —Tennessee Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate Phil Bredesen

And last… “Maybe if @realDonaldTrump nominates @HillaryClinton for Supreme Court we might actually get an investigation into her.” —Joe Biggs