Heller, Masto Weigh In on Kavanaugh Hearing

By Don Dike-Anukam

Today in Washington, D.C. two people told two deeply personal stories about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

It is left to 21 people — 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats — to decide if Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to United States Supreme Court should be denied or approved.

The hearing was emotional, contentious, and became a partisan shouting match at times.

Stanford Research Professor Christine Blasey-Ford gave sworn testimony that she was “100-percent certain” that  Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when she was 15 years old at a party in Maryland.

Kavanaugh denied the charges. He gave a very impassioned, almost tearful, and at times combative defense, of his innocence.

“I’ve never done this,” he said.

Both parties were convincing and appeared sincere. And both political parties are deeply convinced one or both parties is telling the truth.

The next question is, what will that room of 21 politicians will do? A vote is due at 6:30 a.m. PST tomorrow in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Then the bigger question is, what will 99 people will do if Kavanaugh’s nomination passes out of committee? Two of those are from Nevada.

Here’s what Nevada’s U.S. senators had to say about today’s hearing:

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto

“Dr. Ford has bravely shared her credible and powerful testimony. The hearing so far has shown two important things: we must respect the stories of brave women coming forward. And that the confirmation process for must be halted and his FBI background check reopened.

“As Senators, we must take our constitutional role to advise and consent seriously. This is about confirming #JudgeKavanaugh to a lifetime appointment on the highest court. My fellow Senators all must ask ourselves what kind of country we want our children and grandchildren living in.”

Senator Dean Heller

U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.

“I commend Dr. Ford for bravely sharing her story with my colleagues. I also appreciate Judge Kavanaugh’s compelling testimony in which he delivered a raw defense of his honor and a vehement denial of the allegations. Despite the Democrats’ extreme politicization of this nomination, Chairman Grassley has led a fair and thorough confirmation process. As I’ve said previously, all senators – regardless of party – should work with Chairman Grassley in good faith, and I hope that my colleagues will determine the burden of proof by evaluating all of the facts on the basis of their merit.” – U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV)

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4 Comments

  1. Yvonne, thank you for your comments. You go to your church, and I’ll go to mine. How about not dismissing others who are credentialed but not with your credentials. Wouldn’t that be refreshing! One of the dumbest thing we do these days is to trust credentialed people. For all their credentials they are usually wrong. They have been dead wrong in assessing China’s geopolitical intentions. We have recessions every so often, but the Federal Reserve with more Ph.D.s per square inch than anyone else have never once predicted one of them. All the pollsters predicted Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 election. Woody Allen in the movie Sleeper woke up 200 years after he went to sleep. He said that if he had been going to his therapist he would be almost cured by now. That line got a big laugh because it was very funny. Perhaps you and people in your profession could use a little humility training.

  2. It is in our DNA as Americans that an accused is presumed innocent until shown otherwise to one standard of proof or another. Ford presented no evidence to corroborate her claims. No witnesses stepped forward to say her allegations were valid. She couldn’t remember details that she should have remembered vividly if what she said happened really did happen. The timing of her allegations could be charitably called suspicious. Ditto her venues for delivering them. She should have gone to the police first. Maryland has no statute of limitations on what she alleges so she could go into any police station in Maryland even today and file charges. Okay, she wants an investigation. Let her go to the police and get one. The idea that she wanted the New York Times and the Washington Post to keep her story private is absurd. My usual definition of a secret is something you tell one person at a time. Not so these guys and gals. They are in the business of ferreting out and broadcasting secrets. This gives the lie to her story that she didn’t want all this brouhaha to happen. Horse feathers!

    I was taught when I was a very young man in photo intelligence in the Air Force that in order to have intelligence you needed a story and independent corroborating evidence. There is no such evidence. Net net what we have on our hands here is a story…and only a story. So let’s let this honorable man Kavanaugh move forward and onto the Supreme Court. Let’s cut the politics and do what’s best for our republic.

    • I’m sorry Norm, but you are clearly not knowledgeable in this area. I am a clinical psychologist with 37 years of experience in the treatment of trauma. The important aspects were recalled with searing details. Dr. Ford was a highly credible witness.There is no need to rush this nomination. The matter need further, actual investigation by experts, not by a group of senators with no real understanding of memory or trauma.

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