Good Thursday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- The president meets with the United States Mission to the United Nations
- President Trump participates in a roundtable with supporters in Washington, D.C.
- The president participates in a dinner with supporters
Today is the big day
So many developments in the Kavanaugh case yesterday, I hope I don't forget anything. First things first: here is how you can watch the hearing this morning. It starts at 10:00 a.m. I'm sure all the news stations will have a feed.
Yesterday was an action-packed day. Creepy Porn Lawyer Avenatti's client came forward. She claimed that for a few years when she was in college or of college age, she went to around 10 (TEN!!) high school parties where Kavanaugh was plowing chicks full of nite-nite drugs and booze so they were easy to rape. Who goes to high school parties once they are in college? Who goes to TEN rape parties where men were lined up, ready to rape? I would stay away from a scene like that, but that's just me. “I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their ‘turn’ with a girl inside the room," said CPL's client. You would think lots of people, both the rapers and the raped, could testify to this, but not so much.
Benny Johnson at The Daily Caller points out that the NYT was unable to verify this lady's claims. “None of Ms. Swetnick’s claims could be independently corroborated by The New York Times, and her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, declined to make her available for an interview,” the Times wrote in a story Wednesday. Even the New York Times, people. Weak sauce.
Swetnick also has some accusations against her. “Right after I broke up with her, she was threatening my family, threatening my wife and threatening to do harm to my baby at that time,” her former boyfriend, Richard Vinneccy, told Politico. “I know a lot about her. She’s not credible at all,” he said. “Not at all.” She threatened her ex-boyfriend's wife. Okay. Strike three.
Julie Swetnick, who went public on Wednesday with her accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, was represented in a sexual harassment complaint by the firm of the current lawyer for Christine Blasey Ford.
Ford is the first woman to go public with accusations against Kavanaugh and is represented by Debra Katz.
Can you believe this? Wild.
And get ready for this: Two men tell Senate that they, not Kavanaugh, assaulted Ford HOLY MOLY.
Republicans on the committee released a timeline of events late Wednesday, which included details about their interactions with the two men who admitted to the attacks.
On Monday, the timeline recounts GOP staff members interviewing “a man who believes he, not Judge Kavanaugh, had the encounter with Dr. Ford in 1982.”
The “encounter” refers to an episode in which Ford claims that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the bedroom at a Maryland house party.
They had a follow-up interview with that man, and he provided more detail about the assault.
Then on Wednesday, the committee staff said they spoke with a second man who said he assaulted Ford in 1982.
The committee did not release any more details about the men, or why both were coming forward with the claims.
Trump's presser at the U.N.
If you enjoy watching the media beclown itself, the press conference yesterday was a gold mine. Here it is if you want to watch:
Will this happen today? The president suggested during his press conference yesterday that he might postpone the anticipated meeting so he could focus on the Kavanaugh hearing. I guess we will wait and find out.
Your daily WTF:
Historical picture of the day:
And that's all I've got now go beat back the angry mob!
Former Obama State Dept. Spox Marie Harf made the point on Fox News that if Kavanaugh gets confirmed -- which she noted may happen -- it will work politically better for Democrats because women will be so fired up.
But I strongly doubt that Democrat women are any more fired up than Republican women (and men) by this whole disgraceful affair.
After this @#$%&-show, whether he's confirmed or not, a lot of Republicans would crawl over broken glass to vote against the Dems on Nov. 6.
All that counts now is: Does the Senate vote to confirm, or will one or two defectors effectively finish off the GOP?
Please share your thoughts in the comments, and we'll talk again tomorrow.
Jeff Flake is speaking, and he seems to be signaling his support for Kavanaugh, but there's always that doubt that he might do just about anything to embarrass Trump.
As others have said already, this is the hill to die on for the GOP.