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Sat Sep 29, 2018, 11:34 PM

I found this post on Facebook. It quotes something David Brock wrote about Kavanaugh.

I think what David Brock has to say is very important and that's why I'm posting the whole thing.

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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Reply I found this post on Facebook. It quotes something David Brock wrote about Kavanaugh. (Original post)
CaliforniaPeggy Sep 2018 OP
Awsi Dooger Sep 2018 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Sep 2018 #2
redstateblues Sep 2018 #3
John1956PA Sep 2018 #4
Hermit-The-Prog Sep 2018 #5
Martin Eden Sep 2018 #7
SergeStorms Sep 2018 #6


Response to Awsi Dooger (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 29, 2018, 11:39 PM

2. I hadn't seen that. Thanks for the link.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2018, 11:43 PM

3. Well done

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2018, 11:50 PM

4. Thanks for posting the entire piece. Previous DU posts offered abridged versions. n/t

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2018, 01:44 AM

5. Kavanaugh's guilt

Kavanaugh is convinced that Democrats orchestrated a political hit on him because that's exactly what he would do. He believes the Clintons are involved, seeking revenge, because of his guilt in the nasty way they've been treated.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #5)

Sun Sep 30, 2018, 08:37 AM

7. "that's exactly what he would do"

Spot on!

Rightwingers project their own deplorable character traits on others, but turnabout is not fair play to them -- Kavanaugh raged and whined when confronted with his own sordid past.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2018, 02:50 AM

6. Amazing.

That's quite telling about Kav's "pedigree" and his life's mission to demonize Democratic politics by the use of lies, innuendo, distorted facts, and endless determination to sow the seeds of discord in American politics. Anyone thinking he's a impartial arbiter of the law is stupendously mistaken.

It also gives clear and concise insight into the GOP's longtime campaign to bring politics to the place they're most comfortable; the gutter. Every time I hear Graham and his male cohorts complain about "partisan politics" and how evil the Clintons were, I hope - just for a split second - they remember who brought Washington politics to this point. They have no one but to blame but themselves, but they really don't care. It's in their nature to sling the bile, vicious hate, contempt and sense of entitlement that defines their very presence on earth.

Kavanaugh, or any other Federalist Judge, should not sit on the highest court of our land. He's not fit to judge a dog show.

It's way past time for these smug hate mongers to be hoisted by their own petard.

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