CPAC 2019: A Long Way From Reagan

Ken AshfordRepublicans, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Molly Jong-Fast in the Independent: I lost three and a half days of my life at CPAC so you didn’t have to.I arrived Wednesday afternoon at National Harbor (a short 40-minute Uber ride from Washington DC) for CPAC. It was my first conservative political action conference and I had somehow convinced myself that this trade show with white nationalists (Faith … Read More

Daily Acts Of Moral Distancing

Ken AshfordRepublicans, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

I like this, from David Brooks (who I don’t usually like), talking about the Republicans in the Michael Cohen hearing who decided to rip Cohen rather than ask questions about Trump. Normal people have moral sentiments. Normal people are repulsed when the president of their own nation lies, cheats, practices bigotry, allegedly pays off porn star mistresses. Were Republican House … Read More

A Trump Primary Challenge?

Ken AshfordElection 2020, RepublicansLeave a Comment

AP reports: Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld has changed his party registration from Libertarian back to Republican as he mulls a possible primary challenge against President Donald Trump. Weld served as a Republican governor from 1991 until 1997. He later became a Libertarian and ran for vice president on a ticket with former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson in the … Read More

Trump’s New Positions On The Wall And Syria Has Some Conservatives In An Uproar

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, Republicans, Syria, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Let;s start with the wall and note how sad Trump has become. He used to have so much vision: Oct. 3, 2015“We’re going to build a wall, and it’s going to be impenetrable, it will be a real wall.” — Jan. 16, 2016“China built a wall that’s 13,000 miles long 2,000 years ago. My ambition is for ours to be … Read More

Yup. There IS Such A Thing As Voter Fraud In NC

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Local Interest, Republicans, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

TheWe may have to do a “do-over” in the North Carolina 9th Congressional District. It is alleged that – shock! – Republicans cheated in order to prevent black voters from casting their ballots. But the cheating goes far beyond the everyday voter suppression rampant in red states. It is alleged that those who wanted the Republican in the race to … Read More

And Now The Committee Vote [NOPE! An FBI Investigation!]

Ken AshfordCongress, Republicans, Sex Scandals, Supreme Court, Trump & Administration, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

SEPT. 28, 2018. The front pages. pic.twitter.com/LxSjyD0eaS — Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 28, 2018 With the embarrassingly empty Kavanaugh hearings behind us, and a nation left wrecked by the he said/she said testimonies, the Senate is going ahead with the votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. After a closed-door meeting of the Republican conference late last … Read More

This Is It: The Kavanaugh Hearings

Ken AshfordCongress, Political Scandals, Republicans, Supreme Court, Trump & Administration, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Two more allegations last night, although they were anonymous and went to the Senate Judiciary Committee. They were released last night in an effort by Republicans, I suspect, to show that there are many loony accusations.  Also two men came forward to take “credit” for the Kavanaugh assault on Dr. Ford, which actually does not HELP Kavanaugh. I will not … Read More

More Women Accuse Kavanaugh

Ken AshfordCongress, Political Scandals, Republicans, Supreme Court, Trump & Administration, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

From The New Yorker: As Senate Republicans press for a swift vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Senate Democrats are investigating a new allegation of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. The claim dates to the 1983-84 academic school year, when Kavanaugh was a freshman at Yale University. The offices of at least four Democratic senators have … Read More

The Insane Theory of Mistaken Identity In The Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Allegation

Ken AshfordCongress, Crime, Republicans, Sex Scandals, Supreme Court, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Ed Whelan floats a trial balloon pic.twitter.com/qjc6QmEhtz — Mr Toad’s Wild Ride (@goddamnedfrank) September 21, 2018 I watched this unfold in real time on Twitter.  it was bizarre: Ed Whelan, a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and the president of a think tank called the Ethics and Public Policy Center, took this theory to a new, wildly irresponsible … Read More

Breaking: Ford Says She Is Willing To Testify If “Fair”, But Monday Is Impossible

Ken AshfordCongress, Republicans, Supreme Court, Trump & Administration, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

NY Times: The woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault has told the Senate Judiciary Committee, in an apparent bid to jump-start negotiations, that she “would be prepared to testify next week,” so long as senators offer “terms that are fair and which ensure her safety,” according to an email her lawyers sent to committee staff … Read More

Dr. Ford Calls For FBI Investigation Before She Appears

Ken AshfordCongress, Republicans, Sex Scandals, Supreme Court, Trump & Administration, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

NY Times: The woman who has accused President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault all but ruled out appearing at an extraordinary Senate hearing scheduled for next week to hear her allegations, insisting on Tuesday that the F.B.I. investigate first. Speaking through lawyers, Christine Blasey Ford said she would cooperate with the Senate Judiciary Committee and left open the … Read More

Kavanaugh And His Accuser To Testify About Alleged Rape

Ken AshfordPolitical Scandals, Republicans, Sex Scandals, Supreme Court, Trump & Administration, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

The woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of an attempted rape that occurred 35 years ago has a name and an identity:  Christine Blasey Ford. Actually, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California. A biostatistician, she “specializes in the design and analysis of clinical trials and other forms of intervention evaluation.” Speaking publicly … Read More