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The Democrats’ Little Bighorn

After a 50-year siege, the great strategic fortress of liberalism has fallen. With the elevation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court seems secure for constitutionalism—perhaps for decades.

The shrieks from the gallery of the Senate chamber as the vote came in on Saturday, and the sight of that bawling mob clawing at the doors of the Supreme Court as the new justice took his oath, confirm it.

The Democratic Party has sustained a historic defeat.

And the triumph is President Trump’s.

To unite the party whose nomination he had won, Donald Trump pledged to select his high court nominees from lists prepared by such judicial conservatives as the Federalist Society. He kept his word and, in the battle for Kavanaugh, he led from the front, even mocking the credibility of the main accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

Trump has achieved what every GOP president has hoped to do since the summer of ’68, when a small group of Republican senators, led by Bob Griffin of Michigan, frustrated and then foiled an LBJ-Earl Warren plot to elevate Johnson crony Abe Fortas to chief justice in order to keep a future president Nixon from naming Warren’s successor.

Sharing the honors with Trump is Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Throughout 2016, McConnell took heat for refusing to hold a hearing on Barack Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, to fill the chair of Justice Antonin Scalia, who had died earlier that year.

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In 2017, McConnell used Harry Reid’s “nuclear option” to end filibusters for Supreme Court nominations, and then got Judge Neil Gorsuch confirmed 54-45.

Last week, in one of the closest and most brutal court battles in Senate history, McConnell kept his troops united, losing only Senator Lisa Murkowski, to put Kavanaugh on the court 50-48. McConnell will enter the history books as the Senate architect of the recapture of the Supreme Court for constitutionalism.

This was a huge victory for conservatism and for the Republican Party. And the presence on the court of octogenarian liberals Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, both appointed by Bill Clinton, suggests that McConnell may have an opportunity to ensure the endurance of his great achievement.

The ferocity and ugliness of the attacks on Kavanaugh united Republicans to stand as one against what a savage Senate minority was trying to do to kill the nomination. And at battle’s end, the GOP is more energized than it has been all year for this fall’s election.

How united are they? Conservatives are hailing the contributions of Senators Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, and Susan Collins, who delivered a masterful summation of the Kavanaugh case Saturday afternoon.

For the Democratic Party, the Kavanaugh battle was Little Bighorn, as seen from General Custer’s point of view.

Unable to derail the judge during the regular confirmation process, they lay in the weeds until it was over, and then sandbagged the judge by leaking to the Washington Post a confidential letter that Dr. Ford did not want released.

They thus forced a public hearing of charges of attempted rape against a nominee, demanded the FBI investigate all charges of sexual misconduct when Kavanaugh was a teenager, and ended up losing anyway.

Then the Dems watched protesters dishonor the Senate in which they serve by screaming from the gallery. It was among the lowest moments in the modern history of the Senate, and it was the Democratic minority that took it down to that depth.

Understandably, they are a bitter lot today.

The #MeToo movement has been set back. For many of its champions were, in Kavanaugh’s case, demanding a suspension of the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” and calling for the judge’s rejection in disgrace, based solely on their belief in a wholly uncorroborated 36-year-old story.

So where are we going now?

While Republicans are united and celebrating a great victory, the left and its media auxiliary are seething with rage and doubly determined to deliver payback in the elections four weeks away, when Democrats could pick up the two dozen seats needed to recapture the House.

Should they do so, however, they will face two years of frustration and failure. For the enactment of any major element of their liberal agenda—a $15 minimum wage, “Medicare-for-all”—would die in a Republican Senate or in the Oval Office where it would face an inevitable veto by Trump.

So what does 2019 look like if Democrats capture the House?

Speaker Nancy Pelosi. A House Judiciary Committee headed by New York’s Jerrold Nadler who is already howling for impeachment hearings against both Kavanaugh and Trump.

And by spring, a host of presidential candidates, none of whom looks terribly formidable, led by Cory (“I am Spartacus”) Booker, trooping through Iowa and New Hampshire, trashing President Trump (and each other) and offering themselves as the answer to America’s problems.

Bring it on!

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever. To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com.

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57 Comments To "The Democrats’ Little Bighorn"

#1 Comment By Patrick Constantine On October 11, 2018 @ 12:42 pm

I’ve loved Pat since the old “crossfire” days with Michael Kinsley but I think his declaration of victory is premature. We really don’t know how kavanaugh will rule as justice.

#2 Comment By Emma Knightley On October 11, 2018 @ 3:44 pm

I don’t have an opinion on Kavanaugh. I found the entire process extremely distasteful and I (probably irresponsibly) tuned out to save my sanity.

But I find your use of the words “shrieks” and “bawling mob” extremely repugnant. (I’ve seen this more than once on this website.) Stop infantilizing and demeaning those who disagree with you. Although I did not witness the proceedings, I believe that those were people who chose to speak up against what they perceived to be an enormous miscarriage of justice. They are allowed to do so. If we can learn to treat each other with respect, then maybe there is still hope for this country.

#3 Comment By sglover On October 11, 2018 @ 7:36 pm

So when is Buchanan going to begin shilling and fabricating for Trump’s glorious Saudi buddy? That should be some serious entertainment!

Of course, if praising our Saudi Arabian “partners” is a little too abject even for Buchanan, he can always fall back on the old standy-by: Beltway elites are forcing Our Trump to suck up to Riyadh!

And TAC would print it, too.

#4 Comment By mrscracker On October 12, 2018 @ 9:38 am

Emma Knightley says:

“I don’t have an opinion on Kavanaugh. I found the entire process extremely distasteful and I (probably irresponsibly) tuned out to save my sanity.

But I find your use of the words “shrieks” and “bawling mob” extremely repugnant. ”
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I found it pretty distasteful, too.

Not having any TV service, I was able to find the hearings live streamed on utube.

I didn’t view the protestors, but what I could hear from those in the Senate gallery was really unearthly & disturbing. It sounded like banshees or lost souls in Hell.

I can’t help but think if you played that soundtrack to any rational person they’d find the howling bizarre & disturbing, too. Perhaps you can find a replay on the internet & see what I mean. It was really weird.

#5 Comment By Mad Max On October 13, 2018 @ 7:55 am

Emma Knightley says:

“I don’t have an opinion on Kavanaugh. I found the entire process extremely distasteful and I (probably irresponsibly) tuned out to save my sanity.

But I find your use of the words “shrieks” and “bawling mob” extremely repugnant. …Stop infantilizing and demeaning those who disagree with you. Although I did not witness the proceedings, I believe that those were people who chose to speak up against what they perceived to be an enormous miscarriage of justice.”

And well paid to protest by George Soros and Obama’s old friends at ACORN.

Most (but not all) of the protesters were professional hired-gun activists.

#6 Comment By Diane Trefethen On October 13, 2018 @ 4:19 pm

I got a sinking feeling when I read the line, “This was a huge victory for conservatism and for the Republican Party.“ There seems to be a bit too much smug in those words. A phrase I often use is, “Don’t shake your fists at the Gods. They are bigger than we are.” And they are. Along with their enforcers, the Karma Kops, they can be dangerous if you have the temerity to prance about in your best hubris.

What is most unnerving is that I don’t think Mr Buchanan was writing satirically. I think he, a major spokesperson for right wing Conservatives was serious when he wrote, “With the elevation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court seems secure for constitutionalism” and took real pride in Trump “mocking the credibility of the main accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.” But most seemingly satirical of all was, “McConnell will enter the history books as the Senate architect of the recapture of the Supreme Court for constitutionalism.“ Constitutionalism? Surely Mr Buchanan knows there is no section of the Constitution that turns the entire concept of separation of powers upside down by giving one Senator, elected by about 800,000 people, the Constitutional authority to block all executive appointments made by a President elected by over 60 million people.

Right?

#7 Comment By JeffK On October 14, 2018 @ 9:53 am

@Mad Max says:
October 13, 2018 at 7:55 am

“And well paid to protest by George Soros and Obama’s old friends at ACORN.

Most (but not all) of the protesters were professional hired-gun activists.”

Do you really believe this Faux News / Breitbart BS?

Nov 6 is 23 Days away. I’m sure George Soros will be paying the tens of millions that come out to vote Democratic. /Sarcasm off.