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Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Washington Post quoted White House Spokesman Raj Shah explaining that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh racked up debt, in part, after buying Washington National baseball season tickets for him and his friends. According to the Post, in 2016 Kavanaugh reported $60,000 to $200,000 in debt spread between three credit cards and a personal loan but last year, Kavanaugh no longer reported the debt. Shah told The Post that Kavanaugh's friends reimbursed him for the Washington National season tickets and that the judge no longer purchases the baseball tickets.

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"Kavanaugh's debt was all apparently wiped out in 2017, which raises the question of just how someone who "has not built wealth" during his career in public service pays back hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt in a single year"

I raises questions with a really restricted number of possible answers.

Let's see what this man's connections to Russia are.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2018-07-12 06:24 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Trump's SCOTUS Nominee Blames Has Serious Judgement Issues
Judgement issues like thinking that title makes any sense?

#2 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-07-12 11:08 AM | Reply

#2 sorry for the error Avig

#3 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-07-12 11:44 AM | Reply

Okay. I can appreciate going into debt to support your team. Finally, something about this guy I can support.

#4 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-07-12 11:49 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

in 2016 Kavanaugh reported $60,000 to $200,000 in debt spread between three credit cards and a personal loan but last year, Kavanaugh no longer reported the debt. Shah told The Post that Kavanaugh's friends reimbursed him for the Washington National season tickets and that the judge no longer purchases the baseball tickets.

*Yawn* This is a story? My brother recently purchased 22 tickets to the soccer game being played at the Big House in Ann Arbor on July 28. He did this so he could orchestrate a big party with all of his friends and family and ensure all of the seats are located together. Everyone has subsequently reimbursed him. In 2007 my dad did the same thing - he purchased a season ticket package of 4 seats for the Detroit Tigers and had a party at his house where his siblings picked which games they wanted to buy off him. He put it on his credit card that had the best rewards package (frequent flier miles) and his siblings reimbursed him for the tickets they took.

#5 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-07-12 11:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3


@#5 ... *Yawn* This is a story? My brother recently purchased 22 tickets ...

The story here looks to be the sudden disappearance of a large amount of debt by the nominee to a lifetime position on the highest court in our land.

Your anecdote, while amusing, is totally irrelevant, as your family's ticket purchases are not on the same playing field (continuing a sports metaphor)

Personally, I'm not saying whether the disappearance of the debt is good or bad, I just think it should be explained.

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-07-12 12:10 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 4

"*Yawn* This is a story?"

Is there a dollar figure where it becomes a story?

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-07-12 12:11 PM | Reply

#7 Do you think this is a story? Is there a dollar amount that makes or breaks this being a story for you?

IMO this is a story, till, it is proven that what he said happened, happened, if it did then no issue, hence, no story.

#8 | Posted by PinkyanTheBrain at 2018-07-12 12:22 PM | Reply

Sounds like irresponsible spending. I wouldn't be surprised if he was betting on baseball, rather than buying season tickets. Not that that's illegal, as far as I know.

#9 | Posted by woe_is_W at 2018-07-12 01:00 PM | Reply

"My brother recently purchased 22 tickets to the soccer game "

#5 | POSTED BY JEFFJ AT 2018-07-12 11:57 AM | FLAG:

So you can't find a single thing to defend this irresponsible behavior.

Remember how these guys are bribed all the time.

This is clear evidence he is susceptible to outside influence.

#10 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-07-12 01:04 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

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Having debt isn't bad.
Buying lots of season tickets is unusual but not bad.
Paying off a very large debt without adequate explanation of the source of legitimate funds is suspicious.
Is the judge in the habit of accepting large amounts of cash from 'friends'?

#11 | Posted by bored at 2018-07-12 01:20 PM | Reply

Personally, I'm not saying whether the disappearance of the debt is good or bad, I just think it should be explained.
#6 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

That's fair and I suspect it will come up in the confirmation hearings.

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-07-12 01:22 PM | Reply

$200k in baseball tickets.....

What kind of baller lifestyle are you guys living that this isn't absolutely insane?

#13 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-07-12 01:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I heard he kicked a cat one time and when he was 8 years old someone saw him pick his nose. Dems are locating the witness as we speak for the hearings. This crap is going to backfire on the left. Morons will lie and dig up useless crap like this thinking it will fire up the base, but the majority of the people will see what a joke it is leaving the idiots like ZED to drool and beg for more.

#14 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-07-12 01:49 PM | Reply

"What kind of baller lifestyle"

The right has a Rain Man level of understanding of things economic and financial.

So, that would be the Straight 8 Fireball 8 baller lifestyle.

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-07-12 01:51 PM | Reply

"This crap is going to backfire"

#14 | POSTED BY FISHPAW AT 2018-07-12 01:49 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

I'm pretty sure everyone knows the Cons are full of it by now and don't ever give them the benefit of the doubt.

Appointing a corrupt judge to the SCOTUS is just more of you scraping the bottom.

#16 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-07-12 01:59 PM | Reply

#16 Didn't he have to get confirmed for his present gig? Maybe between now and today things changed..like his name has Russian undertones or bought some russian dressing one time. The dems on this committee are going to look like such hack idiots that the next time Dems control the senate will be never. And you morons wonder why the elections have not been going your way. Duh!

#17 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-07-12 02:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

$200k in baseball tickets.....

What kind of baller lifestyle are you guys living that this isn't absolutely insane?

#13 | Posted by BruceBanner

Well Bruce, at least he didn't spend it all on Porn Stars and Hookers (like someone else we know).

#18 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-07-12 02:14 PM | Reply

The dems on this committee are going to look like such hack idiots that the next time Dems control the senate will be never. And you morons wonder why the elections have not been going your way. Duh!

#17 | Posted by fishpaw

lol. If I had a dime for every time someone said that. I could retire in wealth.

Maybe you haven't noticed? Or maybe you are still in denial... again?

Elections do seem to be going our way. Again.

The pendulum swings like the pendulum do...

#19 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-07-12 02:18 PM | Reply

Didn't he have to get confirmed for his present gig?

#17 | POSTED BY FISHPAW AT 2018-07-12 02:10 PM | FLAG:

Anything to make people stop using their brains....

He will have to get confirmed for this one too.

It's not like he can bring a note from his 7th grade teacher, saying he was good once, and he'll be good forever.

It looks like he's into some seriously bad stuff here and his judgement is questionable. He is likely compromised morally and professionally.

#20 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-07-12 02:24 PM | Reply

"the next time Dems control the senate will be never"

HAHA!

Most ridiculous post of the day! Congrats! You've earned it in spades!

#21 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-07-12 02:32 PM | Reply

Anything to make people stop using their brains....
He will have to get confirmed for this one too.
It's not like he can bring a note from his 7th grade teacher, saying he was good once, and he'll be good forever.
It looks like he's into some seriously bad stuff here and his judgement is questionable. He is likely compromised morally and professionally.

#20 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER AT 2018-07-12 02:24 PM | FLAG:

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Don't need to with you. He was confirmed my senate before but since he is a Trump nominee the left will stoop to all time lows with lies and false accusations. The Wash Post will lead the charge with giant BS headlines that the next day will be proven false and will only be corrected in small print on the bottom of pg 12. And all this will happen while the Dems have zero chance of blocking it thanks to the most currupt senator in history, Dirty Harry Reid. Another dumbass move by another dumbass Dem.

#22 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-07-12 02:39 PM | Reply

Really, that is all the leftists have? He bought baseball tickets?

Oh the horror....

I heard he also bought Girl Scout cookies.

#23 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-07-12 02:40 PM | Reply

I heard that he once ate at Chick-Fil-A.

#24 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-07-12 02:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"$200k in baseball tickets.....
What kind of baller lifestyle are you guys living that this isn't absolutely insane?"

U lak reeding comprhenshun skilz bro?

From the article. He bought the tickets for himself and others and then they reimbursed him and he paid the credit card company. It doesn't actually give an exact amount of the debt or say that the entire amount was ticket purchases.

#25 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-07-12 03:59 PM | Reply

#22 | POSTED BY FISHPAW AT 2018-07-12 02:39 PM | FLAG:

No relevant comment, so resort to crying. Got it.

#26 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-07-12 04:32 PM | Reply

#25 $200,000 .....

You guys will eat anything.

#27 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-07-12 04:35 PM | Reply

He lives like a billionaire on a public employee salary?

#28 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-07-12 04:35 PM | Reply

From your excerpt: "... According to the Post, in 2016 Kavanaugh reported $60,000 to $200,000 in debt spread between three credit cards and a personal loan..."

A range was given and it didn't say the entire debt was baseball tickets.

#29 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-07-12 04:48 PM | Reply

#29 I think this bears further investigation. Right now, it seems way out of line for a modest salary. The amount was carried for a while, meaning interest was paid too.

#30 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-07-12 05:00 PM | Reply

The debt was carried for a year. at 15% credit card rate, this is $30,000 throw-away in interest payments.

It just doesn't add up to me. On a judges salary, this is a serious amount of money.

#31 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-07-12 05:01 PM | Reply

I agree he should asked about this in his confirmation hearing. It would not look good if a third party payed his debts.

#32 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-07-12 05:08 PM | Reply

Wow. The righties are particularly weak on this thread. Just winging it until the talking points are emailed to you?

#33 | Posted by jpw at 2018-07-12 06:38 PM | Reply

Maybe he just wanted the miles.

#34 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2018-07-12 08:05 PM | Reply

I heard he bought his kids Happy Meals.

#35 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-07-13 07:55 AM | Reply

I'm pretty sure Trump paid his debt with Russian oligarch money that was funneled through the Clinton foundation.

$160 (great seats) x 4 (seats per game) x 81 (home games) = $51,840. Toss in the all star game, playoffs and a home improvement loan and one could get north of $60k debt. I'm gonna take a wild stab at this and guess that he did not carry the ticket cost as a balance for even one interest payment. That's what balance transfers to new cards are for, or better yet, payment in full by the due date.

#36 | Posted by Nuke_Gently at 2018-07-13 10:37 AM | Reply

I heard he uses a straw to drink his diet coke.

#37 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-07-13 11:38 PM | Reply

I heard he bought his kids Happy Meals.

#35 | Posted by sawdust

Sounds like a euphemism.

Like a clergy member buying kids "happy meals".

#38 | Posted by jpw at 2018-07-14 04:11 AM | Reply

I heard he drinks Decaf Coffee.

#39 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-07-14 07:03 AM | Reply

Is it true that he has pineapple on his pizza?

#40 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-07-14 05:33 PM | Reply

I heard he thinks the President should be immune to prosecution, investigation or subpoena even after participating the the several year witch hunt against Clinton which ended with the Monica Lewinsky scandal which had absolutely nothing to do with the Whitewater Investigation. He will be a political hack in a black robe.

#41 | Posted by danni at 2018-07-14 05:59 PM | Reply

Danni is right. It was ok for Kavanaugh to chase after clinton, but he had a change of heart once he started working for a republican president.

Hack.

#42 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2018-07-14 06:49 PM | Reply

I heard he still uses a flip phone.

#43 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-07-15 06:43 AM | Reply

I heard he thinks the------------------- is above the law.

#44 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2018-07-15 06:55 AM | Reply

I'm with Jeff on this. Suspicious and should be in the confirmation hearings but not crazy if the seats really were shared among friends.

I've known several people to share season tickets and spread the cost among a group. It's not that unusual in middle to upper middle class households. One dude will buy the tickets and neighbors and friends will "buy" them off him. You pay less for seats with season tickets and if you have a whole group who can split the cost everyone gets to go to several games and save money per game at the same time.

The length of the carried balance is the only thing that really makes this questionable.

#45 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-07-15 07:13 AM | Reply

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