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Friday, October 05, 2018

Republican Senator Ben Sasse took to the Senate floor Wednesday night to speak out on the past few weeks' dramatic events. "Although I've said many complimentary things about Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his distinguished record of 12 years of service on the D.C. Circuit Court, I will say that I urged the president back in June and early July to make a different choice -- before he announced this nomination," Sasse said. "I urged him to nominate a different individual. I urged the president to nominate a woman." The reason for suggesting a woman, Sasse said, was that the Senate was "not at all well prepared to handle potential allegations of sexual harassment and assault that might have come forward."

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WOW WOW This guy knew in advance of Kavanaugh's problems. Not surprised at all.

#1 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-10-05 10:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Ben Sasse said that the Senate was "not at all well prepared to handle potential allegations of sexual harassment and assault that might have come forward" (source: Newsweek above). Whoa, wait a minute here. Why on earth would Sasse have expected there to be sexual misconduct accusations of any kind against Brett Kavanaugh? There were no such accusations against Neil Gorsuch when he was nominated last year. In fact no Supreme Court nominee has faced such accusations since Clarence Thomas, a generation ago.

So did Ben Sasse have a crystal ball when he expected there to be sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh? Or did he just admit that he and the Republican Party knew about Kavanaugh's history? Keep in mind that that Democrats recently revealed that one of Kavanaugh's prior FBI background checks revealed allegations of misconduct. Were Trump and the GOP trying to keep a lid on this from day one? Something isn't right here.

Interesting speculative take on a widely overlooked speech which Sasse gave on the Senate floor Wednesday. Brings up some questions that so far haven't been answered, at least not in public.

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-10-05 10:25 AM | Reply

There are email records which document Kavanaugh preparing a defense against charges of sexual assault by asking his former friends to vouch for his innocence, before the hearings ever started. This fact, provided by Lawrence O'Donnell, identifies one more lie, among many, in Kavanaugh's Senate testimony.

#3 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-10-05 12:52 PM | Reply

From Sasse today:

"I'm voting for confirmation because of the evidence and Judge Kavanaugh's qualifications. After spending more than 150 hours doing my homework, I completed my reading of the FBI's seventh background investigation this morning. This broken and politicized process has further undermined public trust. Washington embarrassed itself for the last month, but it is clear that most Americans are yearning for more than tribal blood feuds."

talkingpointsmemo.com

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-10-05 01:15 PM | Reply

It's tough to find a woman who enjoys drinking so much they black out and assault women and who is also a good judge, too.

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-10-05 01:21 PM | Reply

If he wanted a woman he wouldn't have voted for Kav.

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2018-10-05 01:27 PM | Reply

If Senate Republicans did know about allegations of improper sexual behavior prior to Dr. Blasey Ford coming forward, that is a huge deal. Is there any evidence of that?

On a separate note, I reject Sasse's implication that for the time being men should not be appointed to positions of power simply out of concern that some sexual impropriety from the distant past may come to light. Seems like it is just another attempt to disqualify interested and qualified individuals from achieving their ambitions.

#7 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-10-05 01:36 PM | Reply

Is there any evidence of that?

It seems Sasse just gave that to us.

The fact that they had a binder full of women to trot out the day after the allegations were made public also indicates they were well aware ahead of time.

#8 | Posted by JOE at 2018-10-05 02:18 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

I said he should've nominated a woman because this guy is a sexual harassment nightmare. But now I am being forced to put an attempted rapist on the court. It didn't have to be this way.

#9 | Posted by chuffy at 2018-10-05 02:46 PM | Reply

Sen. Sasse: Sex Allegations Are Why I Wanted a Woman Judge

Saw this on Twitter today:

August J. Pollak
‏ @AugustJPollak

Republicans may barely approve an alcoholic rapist to the Supreme Court because they failed to get a child molester elected to the senate and boy when you say that all out loud it really makes them sound like terrible people 12:58 PM - 5 Oct 2018

#10 | Posted by Hans at 2018-10-05 02:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The fact that they had a binder full of women to trot out the day after the allegations were made public also indicates they were well aware ahead of time. - #8 | POSTED BY JOE AT 2018-10-05 02:18 PM

There's the magical new things called telephones and the internet. You should look into it.

It started as a series of phone calls among old high-school friends and ended up embroiling 65 women in the firestorm over a sexual assault allegation that could shape the Supreme Court.
In a matter of hours, they all signed onto a letter rallying behind high court nominee and their high school friend Brett Kavanaugh as someone who "has always treated women with decency and respect." And they signed up, whether they anticipated it or not, for becoming a focus of scrutiny themselves.

Oh, did you just not expect that women were able to pull together and handle something like that?
"Women who organized and signed it say it was a rapid response by a social network that endures decades after they graduated. They say it was easy to mobilize: a chain of friends calling, texting and emailing friends from a Washington-area world where many still live and see each other."

#11 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-10-05 02:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

--Oh, did you just not expect that women were able to pull together and handle something like that?

Apparently he thinks women aren't capable without a man doing the work.

#sexistJoe

#12 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-10-05 03:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#misoJOEnyst

#13 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2018-10-05 03:06 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

Interesting speculative take on a widely overlooked speech which Sasse gave on the Senate floor Wednesday. Brings up some questions that so far haven't been answered, at least not in public.
#2 | POSTED BY TONYROMA

I was thinking the same thing when I heard that speech. That speech created questions, that should be answered (in public).

I do wonder if he could have found out in July or June of the letter that the Dems had. It did mysteriously get leaked after all... But I would now like to know if he knew about the letter then.

#14 | Posted by PinkyanTheBrain at 2018-10-05 04:00 PM | Reply

Just listened to a piece on Science Friday today about using logic in solving issues and Kavanaugh's nomination was of course a big part of the conversation.

The segment on that is here: Science Friday

No matter what your position this is worth a listen.

#15 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-10-05 05:06 PM | Reply

Works for me.

Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ginsberg.

#16 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-10-05 08:32 PM | Reply

Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ginsberg.

#16 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

If that happens this Kavanaugh battle will look like a minor disagreement by comparison.

The atmosphere surrounding such a nomination would be explosive.

#17 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-10-05 08:44 PM | Reply

What, the Dems will accuse her of gang raping young boys?

#18 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-10-05 10:08 PM | Reply

If you believe that letter from 65 women was spontaneous, your right to vote should be revoked.

#19 | Posted by JOE at 2018-10-06 01:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

If you believe that letter from 65 women was spontaneous, your right to vote should be revoked.

#19 | POSTED BY JOE

Of course it wasn't spontaneous. Doesn't mean they are lying.

#20 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-10-06 01:08 AM | Reply

"If you believe that letter from 65 women was spontaneous, your right to vote should be revoked.
#19 | POSTED BY JOE AT 2018-10-06 01:02 AM"

Only two of the sixty-five still stand by Justice Kavanaugh:

www.salon.com

#21 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2018-10-06 01:17 AM | Reply

#20 I was responding to #11. Are you ever on topic?

#22 | Posted by JOE at 2018-10-06 02:44 AM | Reply

Sen. Sasse: Sex Allegations Are Why I Wanted a Woman Judge

All talk and no action. Just another spineless politician that won't vote for what he believes in.

#23 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2018-10-06 04:50 AM | Reply

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