After an exhausting month of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings and Democratic attacks, Republicans are collectively breathing a sigh of relief after he was finally sworn in on Saturday.
But the news of a Supreme Court nominee being confirmed by the Senate has sent many on the left into a state of shock.
Kavanaugh’s successful nomination may be a turning point for Democrats in the way that they view Republicans. The obstructionist strategy behind the events of the past couple of weeks has backfired completely.
As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told The Washington Post, Democrats’ reactions to the Kavanaugh nomination have been a “great political gift” to Republicans in these times.
“The tactics have energized our base,” McConnell said. “I want to thank the mob, because they’ve done the one thing we were having trouble doing, which was energizing our base.”
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) October 7, 2018
Now it seems that events have forced Democrats to reassess their tactics. Even the uber-liberal CNN is running pieces like the article by Princeton University professor and CNN political analyst Julian Zelizer titled, “How the Democrats got outplayed on Kavanaugh.”
Zelizer kind of circles around the idea that Republicans had the strength of facts on their side and gets close, but no cigar.
However, he admits that despite the “damage” caused by the allegations, “the Republicans got their political act together before the hearings even ended.”
Last week, Democrats widely clamored for an FBI investigation on the allegations, and used the excuse that one hadn’t been conducted as grounds for continuing to delay the confirmation vote.
However, after Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake actually asked for an FBI investigation and it started becoming a reality, Democrats changed their tune. In his article, Zelizer expressed typical liberal dissatisfaction with the investigation, calling it “a guise for Republicans to justify their vote.”
He also pointed out the strengthening effect the whole debacle had for the GOP. On President Donald Trump’s actually pretty restrained approach to defending his nominee, Zelizer wrote that Trump, “reframed the narrative and turned what would be a crisis for most presidents into a political advantage. The us-against-the-world president transformed this nomination into a rallying cry for the midterms. This was the final argument for his base to come out and vote.”
The obstacles to getting Kavanaugh confirmed have awakened many Americans to the madness of modern day liberalism, with Trump’s approval rating jumping to near its highest ever since he took office.
As McConnell told the Post, “Nothing brings home the importance of the Senate like a court fight, and nothing unifies Republicans like the courts.”
Zelizer bemoaned the outcome of a reinvigorated GOP, writing, “This was an extremely costly lesson for the Democrats to learn, and it is not the first time they have been schooled.”
“The confirmation could very well be the factor that saves Republican control of the Senate,” he added.
On this front, let’s count on a CNN piece being right for once.
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