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September 27, 2018 | Will Voters ‘See Through This Sham’?

Rick Ackerman

Rick Ackerman is the editor of Rick’s Picks, an online service geared to traders of stocks, options, index futures and commodities. His detailed trading strategies have appeared since the early 1990s in Black Box Forecasts, a newsletter he founded that originally was geared to professional option traders. Barron’s once labeled him an “intrepid trader” in a headline that alluded to his key role in solving a notorious pill-tampering case. He received a $200,000 reward when a conviction resulted, and the story was retold on TV’s FBI: The Untold Story. His professional background includes 12 years as a market maker in the pits of the Pacific Coast Exchange, three as an investigator with renowned San Francisco private eye Hal Lipset, seven as a reporter and newspaper editor, three as a columnist for the Sunday San Francisco Examiner, and two decades as a contributor to publications ranging from Barron’s to The Antiquarian Bookman to Fleet Street Letter and Utne Reader.

Sen. Lindsey Graham stole the show Thursday with a scathing indictment of his Democrat colleagues that succinctly stated the issue that will determine the outcome of November’s Congressional elections. “I hope the American people can see through this sham!” an impassioned Graham declared to a vast TV audience. Many if not most Americans will have little trouble agreeing with him, but it remains to be seen how many of them will be sufficiently aroused to go to the polls, and how many left-tilting votes Thursday’s hearing will change. Kavanaugh himself brought his own righteous indignation to the proceedings, calling them ‘a disgrace’. His statement to the panel was highly emotional, and he fought back tears in recalling details of an exemplary and deeply virtuous life that diverged in the extreme from the boozing, serial-rapist picture of him painted by his accusers.

So what comes next?  Perhaps unfortunately for Kavanaugh and his backers, his fate is to be decided at a moment in history when #MeToo’s reign of terror has laid waste to more than a dozen powerful men. This will have put fear in the hearts and minds of anyone who would even admit to believing Kavanaugh’s denials, let alone publicly stand behind him. The climate of fear will have staunch support in the Senate from Hawaiian Sen. Mazie Hirono, for one, since she has already made it explicitly clear that she regards all men as guilty no matter what crime they’ve been charged with. If Hirono and her ilk held sway in the courts — which fortunately is not the case, at least not yet — Kavanaugh and millions of other decent men would be pilloried in the public square.

Farting, Puking Were on His Mind

The low point of the day was a clumsy attempt to embarrass and discredit Kavanaugh by Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a horse’s ass kinda guy whose sleazy game and lack of good character were belied by the tailored cut of his suit, his expensive haircut and his articulate, polished demeanor.  Whitehouse trotted out a reminiscence Kavanaugh wrote in his high school yearbook that contained sophomoric code words for farting, fucking and drinking until one puked. It showed real class for Whitehouse to bring it up. Kavanaugh rebuffed his questions before the Senator could further damage his own reputation.

Near the end of the hearing, Sen. Jeff Flake expressed the hope that Americans will understand that the confirmation process will have to be concluded on the basis of imperfect knowledge. “We’ll never move beyond doubt,” he said. True enough. It’s time to put the confirmation to a vote. This is notwithstanding the Democrats’ foot-stomping clamor for the FBI to join them in their never-ending witch-hunt. Their point is moot, since Kavanaugh could be impeached at any time if it is proven that he lied — about anything.

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September 27th, 2018

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