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Let’s confirm Kavanaugh and move on

Let’s confirm Kavanaugh and move on
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Enough is enough. It’s time for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight MORE (R-Ky.), to call the vote and confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice now. Sure, a Republican senator or two might flake out and join Democrats in their perpetual opposition, but it’s time to end this charade and move on. The Democrats and their allies in the media are pulling out their hair about these decades-old, previously unreported sexual assault allegations but their motivations are entirely political, and it’s obvious to anyone paying attention.

This is the same party that has spent countless Senate floor speeches over the years to lionize Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), ignoring his responsibility in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. They can’t imagine Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice, but they were happy to nearly hand Kennedy their party’s presidential nomination even though he drove off a bridge and left a woman to drown in his car. But you don’t need to go back to Ted Kennedy to showcase the Democrats’ selective “wokeness” on this issue.  

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It was like pulling teeth for the public to convince Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans The Hill's Morning Report - Fearing defeat, Trump claims 'illegal' ballots The Hill's Morning Report - Biden inches closer to victory MORE (D-Minn.) that, yes, molesting women in their sleep and taking pictures of it was something over which you should resign. Yet, just days after Franken’s resignation, Democratic senators began voicing their regrets over his resignation. Now, of course, these same Democrats want you to believe they are very serious about sexual harassment claims, even though many of them would still like for Franken to be back in their midst.

We shouldn’t be surprised by this, given the company that so many on the left keep. These folks are the ones who went hat-in-hand to disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who turned sexual assault into an Oscar-winning endeavor; they were happy to take endorsements, campaign cash and party invitations from elite members of Hollywood. They were more than happy, in the light of very credible reports of rape, to shelter Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonObama: 'Hopeless' to try to sell as many books as Michelle Dow breaks 30,000 for first time as Biden transition ramps up Trump's remaking of the judicial system MORE. If Democrats would like to go back over 35 years and investigate such matters — which Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFederal workers stuck it out with Trump — now, we're ready to get back to work Biden soars as leader of the free world Intercept DC bureau chief says Biden picks are 'same people' from Obama years MORE, among others, is calling for with Kavanaugh — then fine, let’s do it, and examine Juanita Broaddrick’s or Kathleen Willey’s claims regarding sexual assaults by Bill Clinton.

But let’s bring it up to even a more immediate example: We shouldn’t accept anything the media or the Democrats have to say on this issue until they call on Congressman Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonProgressives unveil Biden Cabinet wish list Officers involved with George Floyd killing will stand trial together in Minneapolis, judge decides Trump lashes out at state officials over virus restrictions at Minnesota rally MORE (D-Minn.) to resign. Ellison has been accused of domestic violence and more; his accuser has made text messages, medical reports and much more publicly available to law enforcement, the media and, of course, the Democratic Party. The DNC, which Ellison helps to run as its deputy chairman, has an “ongoing investigation” into the matter but Ellison and his allies on the left, so eager to call for action on other issues, are largely silent on this accusation.  

With Democrats, the pattern is clear: Use sexual assault allegations as a cudgel against your political enemies but obfuscate, ignore and downplay anything that might hurt the blue team. After decades of not taking this issue of sexual abuse seriously when it dealt with people they wanted to protect, Democrats still aren’t taking this issue seriously. Their current behavior is deeply damaging to real cases of sexual abuse, not the ones they’re deploying against Kavanaugh. So we should discount everything they have to say on the matter.

Republicans, you’re in charge. Act like it. Call a vote, and let’s confirm Kavanaugh and move on.

Ned Ryun is a former presidential writer for President George W. Bush and the founder and CEO of American Majority, which trains conservative political candidates and activists.