Doesn’t that picture just look like a Renaissance painting? “The Last Temptation of Flake” by Rembrandt.
Anti-Trump retiring Republican Senator Jeff Flake has brokered a compromise of sorts:
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake sided with Senate Democrats Friday to try to force a one-week FBI investigation of the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Flake agreed to send Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate, but would not support a floor vote for Kavanaugh without allowing the investigation to happen. With Flake’s help, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines 11-10 to send Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Senate as a whole.
The Senate Judiciary Committee asked the White House to have the FBI conduct an investigation within hours of the hearing. The requested probe “would be limited to current credible allegations against the nominee and must be completed no later than one week from today,” the committee noted.
Flake, an Arizona Republican, had indicated earlier in the day his support for the judge, but pushed the nomination in a new direction after meeting privately at length with U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, who is a member of the committee and a close personal friend.
“This country is being ripped apart here,” Flake said. “I do think we can have a short pause and have the FBI investigate. … It would be short and limited in scope to the current allegations here.”
President Donald Trump signaled he was open to a delay. Senators should do “whatever they think is necessary” to get to a vote on Kavanaugh, Trump told reporters before meeting with President Sebastian Pinera of Chile.
This will be the seventh time that the FBI has investigated Kavanaugh, the previous instances being vettings at various stages of his progress through public service and office.
Needless to say, and to no one’s surprise, this has not satisfied the Democrats:
Christine Braley Ford is already pushing for removal of the one-week time limit senators agreed to Friday on a new FBI investigation of her allegation that Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually molested her 36 years ago at a high school party.
Ford “welcomes this step in the process,” she said in a statement released by her attorney, Debra Katz,” adding that she believes “no artificial limits as to time or scope should be imposed on this investigation.”
If Ford refuses to change her position, it would blow up an informal deal worked out that allowed the Kavanaugh nomination to go forward while also allowing further investigation of his background.
The whole point of an investigation being of course to drag it as long as possible, and ideally all the way towards the mid-term elections, after which the Democrats hope to have the numbers in the Senate to reject Kavanaugh’s nomination regardless of the outcome of any investigation.
Flake was apparently convinced of the wisdom of an investigation by two women – victims of sexual assault* – who shouted at him in a lift:
Ana Maria Archila, one of two women who confronted Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator, says she felt she had a message he needed to hear.
— CNN (@CNN) September 29, 2018
And what better way to convey to somebody that you want him to be a hero that to scream at him: “Look at me when I’m talking to you! You’re telling me that my assault doesn’t matter, that what happened to me doesn’t matter!”
If Flake thought that he might indeed be the hero here by choosing the middle road, he’s in for a disappointment:
Women’s March tolerates and celebrates terrorists, anti-Semites and Sharia enthusiasts, so perhaps they’re not the best moral guides in this situation. Be that as it may, this is yet another example of why you don’t compromise with unreasonable people – you will never make them happy and you will never make them like you.
Never mind your supposed base:
Jeff Flake is a troll. pic.twitter.com/v92PtgPrFW
— Harlan Z. Hill (@Harlan) September 28, 2018