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David Brock on NBC:

“I used to know Brett Kavanaugh pretty well. And, when I think of Brett now, in the midst of his hearings for a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, all I can think of is the old “Aesop’s Fables” adage: “A man is known by the company he keeps.” And that’s why I want to tell any senator who cares about our democracy: Vote no. Twenty years ago, when I was a conservative movement stalwart, I got to know Brett Kavanaugh both professionally and personally. Brett actually makes a cameo appearance in my memoir of my time in the GOP, “Blinded By The Right.” I describe him at a party full of zealous young conservatives gathered to watch President Bill Clinton’s 1998 State of the Union address — just weeks after the story of his affair with a White House intern had broken. When the TV camera panned to Hillary Clinton, I saw Brett — at the time a key lieutenant of Ken Starr, the independent counsel investigating various Clinton scandals — mouth the word “bitch.”

But there’s a lot more to know about Kavanaugh than just his Pavlovian response to Hillary’s image. Brett and I were part of a close circle of cold, cynical and ambitious hard-right operatives being groomed by GOP elders for much bigger roles in politics, government and media. And it’s those controversial associations that should give members of the Senate and the American public serious pause.

Call it Kavanaugh’s cabal: There was his colleague on the Starr investigation, Alex Azar, now the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Mark Paoletta is now chief counsel to Vice President Mike Pence; House anti-Clinton gumshoe Barbara Comstock is now a Republican member of Congress. Future Fox News personalities Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson were there with Ann Coulter, now a best-selling author, and internet provocateur Matt Drudge.

At one time or another, each of them partied at my Georgetown townhouse amid much booze and a thick air of cigar smoke. In a rough division of labor, Kavanaugh played the role of lawyer — one of the sharp young minds recruited by the Federalist Society to infiltrate the federal judiciary with true believers. Through that network, Kavanaugh was mentored by D.C. Appeals Court Judge Laurence Silberman, known among his colleagues for planting leaks in the press for partisan advantage.

When, as I came to know, Kavanaugh took on the role of designated leaker to the press of sensitive information from Starr’s operation, we all laughed that Larry had taught him well. (Of course, that sort of political opportunism by a prosecutor is at best unethical, if not illegal.)

Another compatriot was George Conway (now Kellyanne’s husband), who led a secretive group of right-wing lawyers — we called them “the elves” — who worked behind the scenes directing the litigation team of Paula Jones, who had sued Clinton for sexual harassment. I knew then that information was flowing quietly from the Jones team via Conway to Starr’s office — and also that Conway’s go-to man was none other than Brett Kavanaugh.

That critical flow of inside information allowed Starr, in effect, to set a perjury trap for Clinton, laying the foundation for a crazed national political crisis and an unjust impeachment over a consensual affair.

But the cabal’s godfather was Ted Olson, the then-future solicitor general for George W. Bush and now a sainted figure of the GOP establishment (and of some liberals for his role in legalizing same-sex marriage). Olson had a largely hidden role as a consigliere to the “Arkansas Project” — a multi-million dollar dirt-digging operation on the Clintons, funded by the eccentric right-wing billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife and run through The American Spectator magazine, where I worked at the time.

Both Ted and Brett had what one could only be called an unhealthy obsession with the Clintons — especially Hillary. While Ted was pushing through the Arkansas Project conspiracy theories claiming that Clinton White House lawyer and Hillary friend Vincent Foster was murdered (he committed suicide), Brett was costing taxpayers millions by peddling the same garbage at Starr’s office.

A detailed analysis of Kavanaugh’s own notes from the Starr Investigation reveals he was cherry-picking random bits of information from the Starr investigation — as well as the multiple previous investigations — attempting vainly to legitimize wild right-wing conspiracies. For years he chased down each one of them without regard to the emotional cost to Foster’s family and friends, or even common decency.

Kavanaugh was not a dispassionate finder of fact but rather an engineer of a political smear campaign. And after decades of that, he expects people to believe he’s changed his stripes.

Like millions of Americans this week, I tuned into Kavanaugh’s hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee with great interest. In his opening statement and subsequent testimony, Kavanaugh presented himself as a “neutral and impartial arbiter” of the law. Judges, he said, were not players but akin to umpires — objectively calling balls and strikes. Again and again, he stressed his “independence” from partisan political influences.

But I don’t need to see any documents to tell you who Kavanaugh is — because I’ve known him for years. And I’ll leave it to all the lawyers to parse Kavanaugh’s views on everything from privacy rights to gun rights.

But I can promise you that any pretense of simply being a fair arbiter of the constitutionality of any policy regardless of politics is simply a pretense. He made up his mind nearly a generation ago — and, if he’s confirmed, he’ll have nearly two generations to impose it upon the rest of us.”

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6 COMMENTS

  1. WOW….I have watched these hearings closely…kavanaugh may come off as a choir boy and, no doubt be is a good person, but, but it is all too good to be true. I feel badly that either of these witnesses have been put through the wringer, but, in the end, Ford was very credible. Kavanaugh’s life cannot be the fairytale he swears by….

  2. Kavanaugh is a sexist, racist, entitled predator. He has no business being a judge, esp. on the supreme court. He is the face of America’s oppressors. He is really what Trump considers the elite and would not even acknowledge Trump on the street if he werenot president or handing him a payoff.
    Good to see some insider of the Cons playbook of paying women to come forward and take down Clintons. Thank God most Dems don’t have the skeletons that republicans are notorious for.
    The only witch hunt in political history has certainly been the Clintons. I guess it is because they did not come from money, achieved at the highest levels but continued to foster democratic values and support. It irked them that they were not done with the Clinton’s after trying to impeach him. Hillary continued to excel in public life. They could not ruin Bill’s presidency, their marriage or Hillary’s career. It took the assistance of a hostile foreign power to extinguish Hillary’s ascent of being leader of the free world, the first woman american president and the first husband and wife president.
    Hopefully we can get through this takeover from this demonic organization currently in charge. More people speaking about their plans for their ascension and how they plan to shape America is valuable.
    Always vote Democrat, no matter who is on the ballot. Just as republicans stand strong, Democrats need to do the same.

  3. You do not have to be a lawyer or senator to know that Kavanaugh’s image is not squeaky clean. He was evasive and never answered the questions that were asked of him. He also lied a lot. His temper, that he displayed, says it all. I certainly do not trust him one bit. He must not be confirmed to the Supreme Court.

  4. We as citizens of this country cannot stand by and let this destruction of ruining people’s lives anymore. I use to love politic’s but I am so ashamed of what is going on in Washington, I could throw up! I guess the better educated we get the better we become at doing these things, I’m hoping when I was in school with the exception of J. Egar Hoover the political scene was more honest! Kavanaugh, as it seems, was prepared to become a scramble of the right, getting to the top regardless of what it took, well he got there and look where we stand, the reputation of an innocent woman at the stack and him just waiting to lift to his next step on the ladder. We cannot let this happen! Get out and vote Blue this November if not for yourself but for the future of this country.

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