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Senator Feinstein Has Received This Appropriate Response for Sitting on Christine Ford’s Letter

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At the center of the controversy over allegations made against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh is one burning question: why on earth did Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) sit on the letter from Christine Ford for several months instead of bringing it forward months before the hearings?

Well, if you’re a cynical conservative, you probably have the same guess I do: so she could do exactly what she just did, knowing full well Kavanaugh would likely be confirmed unless the Democrats armed themselves with some sort of final hour, Hail Mary weapon against it.

But it’s not just conservatives who are wondering what on earth Feinstein was thinking, but Democrats are too. A columnist at the Daily Beast first asked, what on earth are you doing, Dianne? 

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Because here’s the thing: it makes Democrats look like they set this up, and those on the left are painfully aware of this fact:

Mind-boggling. Here we were, in late July, two weeks after Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Mitch McConnell had yet to announce the confirmation hearing dates, which he announced on Aug. 9. But obviously, in late July, the Democrats were well aware that they had the fight of their lives on their hands; that they were outnumbered and would need something huge. And here is Feinstein, the ranking member of the committee, holding that something in her hands.

And she kept it secret. From her colleagues. According to the New Yorker, her staff even told other Democrats on the committee that the incident was “taken care of” and that it was too far in the past to be worth discussing in public. She had no right to keep it from them. For that matter, she had no right to keep it from us, the public, who also live with the consequences of a new Supreme Court.

Maybe Feinstein feared that if she shared the letter, the woman’s name would leak out. Maybe she felt it wasn’t her story to tell. A reasonable concern. But okay—share the letter while redacting the woman’s name. It took me four seconds to think of that.

Maybe she feared being attacked for bringing in something this controversial and ancient. Okay. But what did she think was going to happen? Did she think she’d be able to sit on this letter forever and not even refer it to the FBI? Hot documents have a way of getting out in this town. At the very least, when her colleagues started asking her about it, she should have owned up and told them the truth and shared it with them and asked their advice.

And now where are we? She’s made an absolute disaster of things. It got out anyway. If anything, by holding it so long, she has helped facilitate the discrediting of the woman who is accusing Kavanaugh here, because it looks desperate and eleventh-hour, whereas if she’d made this public before, people would have had time to process it and Republicans couldn’t have made that accusation.

De Leon, Feinstein’s opponent in the upcoming California House race, took the opportunity to blast her in an interview with POLITICO:

De León, in an interview with POLITICO Friday, blasted Feinstein for not raising the issue as Kavanaugh sat before the Judiciary committee for his confirmation hearings last week — or even discussing the matter privately her fellow Democrats on the Judiciary committee until this week.

Her performance underscores how “she has historically demonstrated that she is not willing to take the fight to the Republicans,” he said. “She has been very passive in her approach regarding the most important Supreme Court nominee in a generation,’’ showing “a huge detachment to the realities” of women’s experiences in many communities.

At a time when Kavanaugh’s confirmation potentially endangers “a woman’s right to choose, voting rights and civil rights,’’ De León added, other Judiciary committee Democrats were “looking for an opportunity to delay the hearings,’’ he said. The letter’s contents, he said, provided critical doubts about the nominee. “This was it — and she was sitting on it for three months,’’ he said.

The Democrats who believe Ford have a right to be upset, because if this woman is a genuine sexual assault victim, she’s clearly being used as a political prop or, at the very least, has been treated incredibly inconsiderably and tactlessly by “women’s champion” Feinstein.

Or perhaps, they’re upset because they know the right has a considerable case to make that this is all just a political ploy.

Sadly, whether Ford is telling the truth or not, at the end of the day, this particular display of political theatre, like most incidents when sexual harassment collides with politics, undermines real victims of sexual assault everywhere.

H/T Townhall 

 

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Francis Filets Critics, Says Church’s Haters Related to Satan Himself

Until Pope Francis can muster some results, his words should be carefully critiqued.

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Amid all of the depraved and gratuitously horrific sins occurring just under his nose, Pope Francis has been his church’s own worst enemy.

His response to the ritualistic and habitual sexual abuse of children being committed by thousands of Catholic Priests the world over has been categorically unacceptable.  In fact, the pontiff has, on several occasions, lashed out at those who criticize the church’s rampant and ongoing pedophilia problem.

His latest tantrum included some childish name-calling, in which Francis related his critics to the devil himself.

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While addressing pilgrims from the Italian diocese of Benevento on Wednesday, Francis said people cannot live their whole lives constantly accusing the church of wrongdoings. He referenced the Bible and rhetorically asked who the office of the “Great Accuser” belongs to.

“I’m sorry, I did not understand … I cannot hear well … the devil!” the Pope said, according to ANSA. “And those who spend their lives accusing, accusing and accusing are — I won’t say children, because the devil doesn’t have any — but they are the friends, cousins and relatives of the devil.”

The Pope added that when things aren’t right, people have to report the defects in order to correct wrongs that were committed. However, he said that when defects are reported, they’re made known and the person loves the church

This isn’t the first time that Francis has chosen to on the offensive rather than address the issue.

For all of the pontiff’s vast pontification on the subject of Catholic Church abuses, there has been very little corresponding action.  Record numbers of church members are coming forward to tell their tales of assault, molestation, and rape while the Pope himself takes to labeling his enemies as denizens of the nether.

Until Pope Francis can muster some results, his words should be carefully critiqued.

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PETA Launches Anti-Burger Hollywood Campaign for Attention

PETA is a marketing company who kills thousands of animals per year, so, somehow their advice on where to eat after The Oscars is important.

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While many see People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, as a mere pest in our popular culture, there are far more sinister realities that should be discussed.

For instance, the fact that PETA does an absolutely abhorrent job as rescuing cats and dogs – something that Humane Societies have perfected over the course of their existence.

Worse still, the main focus of PETA has been marketing and brand promotion – not the treatment of animals in the least bit.  Their constant, grating stunts do very little to save critters whatsoever, while doing an excellent job of reminding us that PETA still exists…for some reason.

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Their latest piggybacking marketing scam has the disgraced organization riding the coattails of The Oscars and one of the nation’s most popular burger joints.

Animal rights group PETA is urging Hollywood to skip the growing tradition of hitting an In-N-Out Burger after the Oscars because the fast food joints sell meat.

It has become the “in” thing to hit the In-N-Out drive through after Hollywood’s big awards shows. Indeed, a recent article in People featured a photo spread of the stars visiting the burger chain, according to Hollywood Reporter.

But PETA is highly annoyed with the burger-eating trend. The animal rights group has sent letters to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars to urge them to skip their new In-N-Out habit.

Of course, PETA doesn’t want us all to realize that farmers who grow the food for vegetarians exterminate entire acres of animals in order to put food on the table for the rest of the nation.

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