Didn’t we read somewhere that James Comey was a Republican? Sure could have fooled us. We know that this overgrown Boy Scout has a vendetta against Donald Trump, but what does he have against Brett Kavanaugh?
We’ve seen a slew of NeverTrump Republicans manage to put aside their animosity for the president and see this smear campaign for what it is. What’s wrong with Comey? He doesn’t want to see a fine, upstanding conservative jurist take the bench? No, he’s a “Republican” like Jennifer Rubin is a “conservative columnist.” And like Rubin, Comey only emerges from whatever shack he’s holed up in to parrot Democrat Party talking points. And he had plenty of them in the barrel for his New York Times op-ed this weekend.
“We live in a world where the president routinely attacks the F.B.I. because he fears its work,” Comey wrote. “He calls for his enemies to be prosecuted and his friends freed. We also live in a world where a sitting federal judge channels the president by shouting attacks at the Senate committee considering his nomination and demanding to know if a respected senator has ever passed out from drinking. We live in a world where the president is an accused serial abuser of women, who was caught on tape bragging about his ability to assault women and now likens the accusations against his nominee to the many ‘false’ accusations against him. Most disturbingly, we live in a world where millions of Republicans and their representatives think nearly everything in the previous paragraph is O.K.”
There’s so much nonsense in that piece of writing that it’s hard to know where to start. Oh wait, we know: It’s actually scary to think that this guy was once the director of the FBI. That’s a good place to both start and finish. It’s kind of like remembering that Eric Holder was once the top law enforcement official in the country or that John Brennan was once in charge of the CIA. You think about it for a second and you get a little nervous chill up your spine. Where the hell did these idiots even come from?
“If truth were the only goal, there would be no clock, and the investigation wouldn’t have been sought after the Senate Judiciary Committee already endorsed the nominee,” he wrote. “Instead, it seems that the Republican goal is to be able to say there was an investigation and it didn’t change their view, while the Democrats hope for incriminating evidence to derail the nominee.”
So, he’s more or less on target here. Republicans (other than Flake and Murkowski) want this over with as soon as possible and Democrats are certainly not hoping for some sort of exculpatory surprise that will prove Kavanaugh’s innocence beyond all doubt. But even that picture of the proceedings ignores the fact that DEMOCRATS had weeks during which they could have made these allegations public, at which point an investigation would have been proper and respectable. Instead, they dropped this bomb at the very last minute – not to bring truth to light but to railroad Kavanaugh and score some political points with their rabid base.
Anyone who isn’t colored with hatred towards Trump could see that obvious fact. Unfortunately, that group does not include James Comey.