Enough is enough. It’s time for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Pelosi says GOP senators 'voted to aid and abet' voter suppression for blocking revised elections bill Manchin insists he hasn't threatened to leave Democrats 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.
It was like pulling teeth for the public to convince Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenFranken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Al Franken on another Senate run: 'I'm keeping my options open' Andrew Cuomo and the death of shame 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 ClintonRepublican spin on Biden is off the mark Bill Clinton shares video update after release from hospital Biden, Democrats risk everything unless they follow the Clinton pivot (they won't) MORE. If Democrats would like to go back over 35 years and investigate such matters — which Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSuper PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Neera Tanden tapped as White House staff secretary 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 EllisonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Democrats to scale back agenda Minnesota AG ups charges against ex-police officer in shooting of Daunte Wright Trump campaign, RNC refund donors another .8 million in 2021: NYT 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.