During the Fox News interview with Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Monday night, the embattled Supreme Court nominee was peppered with questions about the motivations of his two accusers and the attacks on his credibility.
“Where’s all this coming from?” he was asked.
Kavanaugh’s response was muted. “I just want a fair process where I can be heard.”
Fox News host Martha MacCallum’s question was a good one, but directed at the wrong person. Had she asked a Democratic senator or progressive activist, their answer — if given honestly — would be as shocking as it would be fantastical.
Democrats think they have a real shot at retaking not just the House and Senate this year but, incredibly, removing both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Opposition to Kavanaugh is thus a delaying tactic, planning for the day when progressives control Congress and force Republicans into political negotiations that could lead to a “placeholder President” until the 2020 elections.
Democratic leaders and pundits are convinced that Trump will be removed from office or pressured to resign. To the point, former CIA Director and MSNBC contributor John Brennan twice told Hollywood insiders that the president “will not be in power by the end of the calendar year.”
It was a dramatic prediction, and one that would not end with the president’s removal.
“When we finish with Trump,” Rep. Maxine Waters has said, “we have to go and get Pence. He’s next.”
The exact justification for Trump’s removal isn’t yet clear, with guesses ranging from Russian collusion to financial crimes. Either way, progressives believe that special counsel Bob Mueller’s investigation will bring Trump down.
As for Pence, the argument by activist groups and Never Trump conservatives is that he has to be complicit of something, perhaps simply just being the vice president to a chaotic and distasteful commander in chief.
Removing Trump and Pence would be no small task, of course, requiring Democratic control over Congress along with the help of Republican Senators who would presumably be bitter about their loss of the GOP’s majority.
A loss they would view as attributable to Trump and Trump alone.
The idea of such revolutionary change in Washington might sound almost conspiratorial to casual observers. But recent polls show a growing blue wave in November that would give Democrats both the House and the Senate.
Meanwhile, there have long been Republican senators who have bristled at the style and substance of Trump, like Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska.
At a minimum, the scheming of Brennan and Waters helps answer MacCallum’s question about Kavanaugh’s real opposition. The Democratic aim is not some high-minded justice for sexual assault victims or stopping a predator from advancing to the Court. Indeed, Democratic shenanigans surrounding Kavanaugh’s nomination are as transparent as they are embarrassing.
Instead, the immediate goal is to simply delay the vote on Kavanaugh until after the midterm elections by using spurious accusations as fodder. Then, Kavanaugh will be dumped, along with any other Republican nominee, until the 2020 elections.
This is outrageous and heinous: Progressives have decided to weaponize rape and use victims of crimes to achieve a political end.
The president’s supporters would understandably be outraged by these attempts, viewed not incorrectly as a coup d’etat. Our already divided nation would be pulled at the seams by protests from coast to coast.
That would require a very careful and amenable selection of a placeholder president to calm the nation’s wounds.
The next in line for the presidency is the speaker of the House, of course. After the anticipated blue wave, that would normally be a Democrat. But not necessarily so. The constitution states that the speaker could be anyone who is otherwise qualified, regardless of party, including someone outside of the House.
Given the need of Republican support in the Senate, Democrats would likely select a conservative who’s palatable to The Resistance, like Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Ne.), or Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).
To be sure, there’d be wrangling by progressives for Hillary Clinton, given her popular vote victory in 2016. But it’s hard to imagine even the angriest of Republican senators agreeing to jettison Trump and Pence in favor of Clinton while they’re trying to temper the outrage of Trump supporters.
None of this is to say Democrats wouldn’t be happy with just stopping Kavanaugh or any Republican judicial nominee until 2020. As The New York Times recently reported, Democrats are willing to leave the court one justice short for the foreseeable future.
“We certainly had over a one-year vacancy with Merrick Garland,” said Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hi.) and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
But make no mistake, the finish line for stopping Judge Kavanaugh is not the Supreme Court.
It’s the White House.
Bryan Dean Wright is a former CIA operations Officer and member of the Democratic Party.