Written By: - Date published: 10:52 am, October 6th, 2018 - 123 comments
Categories: Donald Trump, International, making shit up, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, twitter, us politics, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: brett kavanaugh
There is so much extraordinary news that comes out of America each week.
This week the latest news is that Kavanaugh looks like he will become a Supreme Court Justice, despite there being major questions about his actual suitability based on historical allegations of sexual assault, disturbing questions about his honesty and demanour and what appears to be problematic affection for beer.
The FBI has completed its rush job appraising the allegations of sexual misconduct that have been levelled against him. It was that rushed they did not talk to either Christine Blasey Ford or Kavanaugh himself. How anyone could think that a proper investigation could not fulfill that most basic of requirements is beyond me.
There was one copy only of the report and the Senators had to book a time to read it. I can understand the desire to prevent leaks occurring but couldn’t they at least have photocopied it so that the reading process could be sped up? And the FBI has been politicised in a way not seen since it levelled allegations against Hillary Clinton last election.
Republican Senator Susan Collins dutifully fell in line and pledged support for Kavanaugh on the basis that the allegations against him had not been proved on the balance of probabilities. Opponents are getting to run at her with former Ambassador Susan Rice putting her hand up.
And the funding site for the next Collins opponent crashed because there was too much interest in it.
Alaskan Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski was the only Republican with the guts to oppose the Kavanaugh nomination. Sarah Palin has responded by threatening to run against her. Democrat Senator Joe Manchin responded by being the only Democrat gutless enough to support Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
And the New York Times has published an in depth analysis of Trump’s finances and suggested that the Trump family has engaged in mass tax fraud to the tune of up to $550 million. And that Trump is that much of a business genius that he would have been better off if he did nothing other than put the money received from his father on term deposit.
No wonder Trump never released his tax returns.
And finally in as eloquent commentary of this administration as could be imagined Trump was filmed boarding Air Force One with toilet paper struck to his shoe. Stand by as Sarah Huckabee Sanders is briefed to deny that it was a piece of paper but was instead a trick of light played on us by the Chinese.