The spectacle that was the confirmation process for Brett Kavanaugh to ascend to the U.S. Supreme Court may not be finished, with New York Congressman Jerry Nadler already hinting about impeachment if Democrats take control of the House of Representatives, according to The Hill, and now many people are wondering whether all of this trash talk could rile up Republicans so much that the anticipated “blue wave” becomes a disastrous riptide.
USA Today is reporting about how Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)—the man who excoriated his Democrat colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee last week—told “Fox News Sunday” that he may, for the first time, campaign against a colleague. Republicans, and even many Democrats, range from disappointed to downright furious at the Democrats’ 11th hour effort to derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the November midterm elections that a few weeks ago seemed likely to flip the House could now become the Democrats’ worst nightmare. There is much at stake, not the least of which is the potential to further advance the restoration of the Second Amendment to its rightful spot as fully protective of a fundamental right.
Sen. Graham told Fox host Chris Wallace, “I hope everybody running for the House in these purple districts will be asked the question: ‘Do you support impeaching Judge Kavanaugh based on five allegations, none of which could be corroborated? Do you want an outcome so badly that you would basically turn the law upside down?”
That’s a good question for Dr. Kim Schrier, the Democrat running against GOP veteran Dino Rossi to fill the 8th District House seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Dave Reichert. When Schrier opened her campaign earlier this year, one of her three advertisements literally declared war on the National Rifle Association and by default the tens of thousands of law-abiding gun owners who reside in the district. Her vow to fight the NRA may play well to Issaquah liberals, but it is less popular than a boil to gun owners in Cle Elum, Ellensburg and Wenatchee.
When the Tacoma News Tribune endorsed Schrier over Rossi, the editorial let the proverbial cat out of the bag for conservatives when it noted, “(Rossi) campaigns on his ability to exact fiscal discipline while protecting the most vulnerable. But as long as Trump’s in the White House and a weak-kneed GOP majority controls the Capitol, the ranks of vulnerable Americans will only grow.”
This convinces conservatives that for the media elite, this is less about a congressional race than it is about resisting Trump. But Rossi, who has a history of working across the aisle, is not Trump. A Rossi victory could help prevent the kind of shenanigans that Nadler allegedly intimated, as indicated by The Hill, which observed, “If Democrats tried to impeach Kavanaugh, they would surely fail, accomplishing only another public exhibition of how unhinged they are.”
The Los Angeles Times acknowledged Sunday that, “Greater Republican enthusiasm to vote could help GOP candidates in this year’s highly contested Senate races. Most of those are taking place in conservative states that have Democratic senators, such as Indiana, Missouri, Montana and North Dakota.”
Kavanaugh is now an associate justice, and the process that put him there has fired up the conservative grassroots. They are furious, but it’s not the kind of anger that manifests itself as irrational screaming protests in the streets. This is the kind of anger that translates to votes.