In one of the strangest political attacks of recent memory, Marsha Blackburn, the Republican nominee for Senate in Tennessee is slamming her Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen for being prudent regarding his opinion on whether or not Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed:
“Each of us saw more of what we have seen throughout this process,” Blackburn said. “Senate Democrats behaving despicably and putting personal political ambitions above their constitutional duty to advise and consent.”
She then charged that Bredesen, at “Chuck Schumer’s direction, has stayed neutral as long as he can, but now, the hearing is over and he has no other reason to stall.”
Phil Bredesen responded with a statement:
“I cannot understand why any Senator, or Judge Kavanaugh himself, would not want the FBI to research these allegations,” Bredesen added. “If they are unfounded, as the Judge claims, the FBI can erase a permanent stain on his appointment and on him personally.”
If they prove to have “substance,” Bredesen said, “any Senator of either party should want to take them into consideration before deciding on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. I would feel exactly the same if it were a Democratic appointment under consideration.”
Marsha Blackburn apparently thinks that waiting until an investigation is complete before making a decision is a bad thing that is worthy of criticism. The Senate, remember, is supposed to be a deliberative body. Why on earth would waiting until all the facts are in be a bad thing?
For Marsha Blackburn, the reason is simple. She has no interest in facts. Her only interest is in toeing the party line and voting as she is instructed by corporate lobbyists. She made this known again when she decided to prejudge the sexual assault allegation made by Dr. Ford against Brett Kavanaugh, calling it a false accusation before she even heard Dr. Ford’s testimony.
Marsha Blackburn, the Republican nominee for U.S Senate from Tennessee, made known her thoughts on the sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, calling the accusation a “smear”:
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn says sexual misconduct accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from high school are a “delay tactic,” saying his female accuser should testify under oath and a committee vote shouldn’t be delayed.
Blackburn says Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein has had Ford’s letter since July, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants Democrats to delay on Kavanaugh in an “11th hour smear” attempt.
Marsha Blackburn wants Kavanaugh’s accuser to testify, but it doesn’t appear that she wants Kavanaugh’s accuser to testify so that they can get to the truth. Marsha Blackburn appears to have already made up her mind on what she thinks is the truth. She thinks the truth is that it is just a “smear”, which by definition means a false accusation.
Unfortunately, this attitude by Marsha Blackburn towards a woman that has come forward with a sexual assault accusation is not surprising. Marsha Blackburn also voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which was passed to ensure women are paid the same as men for doing the same job. Why would Marsha, a woman, do that? Because Marsha cares only about what her political party supports, and the Republican party, which is dominated by men, does not support equal pay for women.
So, when it comes to sexual assault, it’s pretty easy to predict which kind of sexual assault Marsha Blackburn will speak out against, and that is sexual assault that is committed by a Democrat. Sexual assault committed by a Republican is likely just fine with her.
Marsha Blackburn’s rush to prejudge Dr. Ford was a case of political tribalism at its worst. And then Marsha Blackburn turns around and tries to paint her opponent as being a tool of Chuck Schumer? The hypocrisy involved in that kind of thinking is truly mind boggling.