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Good Friday morning.

Here is what's on the president's agenda today:

  • The president receives his intelligence briefing
  • President Trump participates in a signing ceremony for H.R. 6157, the “Department of Defense and Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act and Continuing Appropriations Act”
  • The president participates in a bilateral meeting with the president of the Republic of Chile

Let's talk about America's latest Rorschach Test

Kavanaugh will be voted out of the Judiciary Committee this morning around 9 a.m.

Did you watch yesterday? I did and I had to go to the dentist because I broke a tooth. But that didn't stop me. I watched while I was in the dentist's chair! I think the hearings mostly confirmed pre-existing opinions, at least that is what my Facebook feed indicated. Here are some interesting tidbits I took away from the hearing.

1. It looked to me like accuser Christine Ford was taken advantage of by DiFi, the Democrats who wanted to tank Trump's SCOTUS pick, and her politically motivated lawyers. She probably believes what she says. I don't think she is "in on it," but rather that she is being exploited. She came off as convincing even though there was no corroborating evidence.

2. Accuser Ford flew to D.C., even though we were told there couldn't be a hearing immediately because Dr. Ford was afraid to fly. We learned she flies frequently and she flies all over the world. Why did her lawyers lie? To buy them time and drag this out so more accusers could come forward and attack Kavanaugh.

3. DiFi helped Ford find a lawyer. For all the chest beating about how serious Ford's claims are against Kavanaugh that America needs an FBI investigation, remember DiFi sat on the serious accusation for weeks and weeks. Also remember that DiFi had a Chinese spy working for her for more than 20 years and she didn't know it, so she can't really speak credibly about what her staff would or would not leak.

4. Ford's lawyers seemed to lie to her about Grassley's willingness to interview her in California. Ford looked surprised when Grassley informed her the committee offered to send investigators to interview her in California. Of course that wouldn't have been a spectacle, which is what the left wanted.

5. DiFi's staff leaked her identity to the media and that was always going to be the play. The left doesn't operate by the rules. Technically, Kavanaugh is qualified and in theory the SCOTUS process is not supposed to be political just like cabinet appointments aren't supposed to be political. But to the left everything is political. That is why the idiot Republicans gave Democrat presidents like Obama the radical nominees he wanted with little pushback, while the Democrats fight and obstruct Trump on every nomination. The left was always going to conduct Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing on their turf, the media, and not within the proper process channels.

6. Senator Lindsey Graham won the day with his impassioned speech. I like post-McCain Lindsey Graham.

Other morsels:

White House says Rosenstein meeting postponed

Megyn Kelly Blasts Blumenthal for Falsely Claiming Kavanaugh Accuser Has Corroborating Witnesses

Feinstein Denies Leaking Ford’s Letter to the Press

U.S. returns $505 million to victims of giant payday lending scheme

Outside attorney walks difficult line at Senate's Kavanaugh hearing

Graham to woman asking if he believes she was raped: 'Go to the cops'

Five takeaways on Kavanaugh and Ford’s testimony

Fox News anchor: Hirono should 'shut the hell up' about allegations against Kavanaugh

Thanks to all the idiots who backed Roy Moore over Mo Brooks. Jones to vote against Kavanaugh

New York Times under fire for poll asking about Ford’s testimony credibility — so paper apologizes

Court upholds Louisiana law to protect women from unsafe abortion clinic practices

Alyssa Milano Gets Busted For Breaking Rules During Kavanaugh Hearing [VIDEO]

Dems Demand FBI Investigation, GOP Senator Proves They Didn’t Investigate At All

Republican Senators Doxxed By Someone In House Shortly After Questioning Kavanaugh

Protesters Scream At Lindsey Graham As He Talks To Reporter After Hearing

Breaking: Bob Corker Will Vote To Confirm Brett Kavanaugh

GOP barrels toward Kavanaugh vote with key Republicans undecided

Man busted for stealing 150 lbs. of waffle mix

Christine Blasey Ford’s GoFundMe Campaign Skyrocketed After Her Testimony

Even if Kavanaugh Is Confirmed, Here’s How He Could Be Removed

Sen. Jeff Flake asks no questions in Brett Kavanaugh hearing, leaves his view unclear

House approves GOP tax measures for savings, startups

Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's friend, responds to Ford's testimony in letter through lawyer

Hillary Clinton makes cameo for 'Murphy Brown' reboot

Four Republican governors want Senate to delay vote on Kavanaugh

Cuomo: What the hell is Graham angry about

Military photos show a US Air Force B-52 bomber and Japanese fighter jets putting on a show of force in China's backyard

American Bar Association urges lawmakers to shelve Kavanaugh voting until a 'thorough FBI investigation' is conducted

Celebrities who helped launch #MeToo movement react to Kavanaugh hearing

And that's all I've got -- now go beat back the angry mob!

 

From Andrew Sullivan, worth a read in full:

To the extent that the hearing went beyond the specifics of Ford’s allegations and sought to humiliate and discredit Kavanaugh for who he was as a teenager nearly four decades ago (a dynamic that was quite pronounced in some Democratic questioning of the nominee), it was deeply concerning. When public life means the ransacking of people’s private lives even when they were in high school, we are circling a deeply illiberal drain. A civilized society observes a distinction between public and private, and this distinction is integral to individual freedom...

The Founders were obsessed with this. They realized how precious privacy is, how it protects you not just from the government but from your neighbors and your peers. They carved out a private space that was sacrosanct and a public space which insisted on a strict presumption of innocence, until a speedy and fair trial. Whether you were a good husband or son or wife or daughter, whether you had a temper, or could be cruel, or had various sexual fantasies, whether you were a believer, or a sinner: this kind of thing was rendered off-limits in the public world. The family, the home, and the bedroom were, yes, safe places. If everything were fair game in public life, the logic ran, none of us would survive.

And it is the distinguishing mark of specifically totalitarian societies that this safety is eradicated altogether by design. There, the private is always emphatically public, everything is political, and ideology trumps love, family, friendship or any refuge from the glare of the party and its public. Spies are everywhere, monitoring the slightest of offenses. Friends betray you, as do lovers. Family members denounce their own mothers and fathers and siblings and sons and daughters. The cause, which is usually a permanently revolutionary one, always matters more than any individual’s possible innocence. You are, in fact, always guilty before being proven innocent. You always have to prove a negative. And no offense at any point in your life is ever forgotten or off the table.

And that is precisely the world the Left wants for you. They are deeply, irremediably evil, totalitarian fascists in their black hearts. They wish nothing good for America, nothing good for the Republic; they only wish to take advantage of its protections when they need them and abolish them the instant they don't. If you can't see that now, you're hopelessly blind.

Hey look you guyz, "getting in their faces" really works!

Left-wing activists throughout the nation are taking notes.

Some people are being kinda pessimistic about this Senate deal on Kavanaugh.

Cynical, but I can't say I disagree with it.