Bad Process, Bad Nominee

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. A professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. A professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) --  Late in Thursday's unfunny comedy show put on by the Senate Judiciary Committee, in the midst of a wild, angry rant that surely reflected how Republicans were feeling about their debacle of a hearing, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) spat out the line of the day: “If you're looking for a fair process, you came to the wrong town.”

Lord knows that’s true.

There’s nothing fair about the way politics is played in Washington, now or at any time in my lifetime.

Qualified Supreme Court nominations made by duly-elected presidents get unfairly blocked – just ask Merrick Garland. Personal dirt is dug up and dished out to smear the names of people by their enemies – Judge Kavanaugh ought to know, he w as a major attack dog for the Whitewater investigation.

Go look it up if you don’t remember what a joke that was.

I watched the whole mess yesterday, and I found Dr. Ford more credible than Kavanaugh. But I don’t know who’s telling the truth and neither do you or any of those senators.

And that’s where the Republicans flopped.

If you really cared about the truth behind deadly serious allegations about the nominee’s character, you wouldn’t settle for phone interviews with the principals by committee staffers and statements mailed in by key witnesses.

You would want the trained investigators of the FBI to talk face to face with anyone relevant to the matter, assess the credibility of what they say, and report back.

The Democrats and Ford want that – the Republicans and Kavanaugh don’t.

There are plenty of other qualified conservative judges available.

Better go get one, and start the process again.

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