GOP decries Democrats’ treatment of Judge Kavanaugh

October 14, 2018

Hopefully Brett Kavanaugh can fully recover from his grueling confirmation ordeal. Something tells me that he will be fine.

However, the lingering question is how could Democratic politicians be so cruel to the man. Why would Democrats take the low road, going so far as to question the character of a man so highly educated and the holder of such a distinguished office?

GOP lawmakers have called Democrats’ tactics “uncorroborated accusations” and “vicious partisan attempts to destroy a man over political differences.”

One can’t blame Republicans for blasting the dirty, low-down tricks that Democrats pulled to besmirch a man’s credibility after he has worked so hard to succeed in his profession. Where did they ever get the idea such behavior is acceptable in politics?

At the same time Republican politicians have implied that members of the GOP would never, ever do such a shameful thing. There are certain boundaries of decency that no Republican would ever cross.

For example, using name calling to ruin a man’s reputation is beneath Republicans and they simply will not do such a thing.

“choker”“loser””biggest liar in politics!” ­— Donald Trump on Ted Cruz

It goes without saying that no Republican politician would ever hit a man below the belt and slander one’s character by questioning the level of his religious commitment.

“How can Ted Cruz be an Evangelical Christian when he lies so much and is so dishonest?” — Donald Trump

Certainly no GOP politician hoping to gain political points with his supporters would stoop to such lowdown lengths as to spread false rumors concerning a man’s religious affiliation.

“(Barack Obama) doesn’t have a birth certificate, or if he does, there’s something on that certificate that is very bad for him. Now, somebody told me — and I have no idea if this is bad for him or not, but perhaps it would be — that where it says ‘religion,’ it might have ‘Muslim.’ And if you’re a Muslim, you don’t change your religion, by the way.” — Donald Trump

“Does Madonna know something we all don’t about Barack? At a concert she said, ‘We have a black Muslim in the White House.’” — Donald Trump

And no Republican politician with the goal of preventing a man from achieving a higher office would dream of using such a vile tactic as to attack the man’s family with savage innuendo and flagrant lies.

“Be careful, Lyin’ Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!” — Donald Trump

“His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being — you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous. What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting? It’s horrible.” — Donald Trump said about Cruz’s father, Rafael

It goes without saying that GOP politicians hold themselves to such high standards that it’s beyond the pale that a party member would ridicule a military veteran, a war hero no less.

“He’s not a war hero (John McCain, POW survivor). He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured, OK?” — Donald Trump, bone spurs survivor

It’s simply inconceivable that a Republican candidate for office would ever drag the political bar so low as to use ignorant, juvenile body shaming of an opponent to gain advantage.

“Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?” — Donald Trump discussing 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina

It is entirely understandable that Republican senators were incensed over the fact that some of Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers initially wished to remain anonymous. GOP senators protested that anonymous accusers are entirely invalid.

From their reactions, it is assumed that Republican politicians would never lend credibility to accusations made by anonymous sources. Above all, they would never use unnamed sources to damage a man’s character, particularly by giving the sources such vague, artless labels as “people” “some people” or “a lot of people.”

“An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud.” — Donald Trump

“Was it a birth certificate? You tell me. Some people say that was not his birth certificate. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. I’m saying I don’t know. Nobody knows.” — Donald Trump

“A lot of people do not think it was an authentic (birth) certificate. ... Many people do not think it was authentic.” — Donald Trump

“I have people that have been studying (Obama’s birth certificate) and they cannot believe what they’re finding. ... I would like to have him show his birth certificate, and can I be honest with you, I hope he can. Because if he can’t, if he can’t, if he wasn’t born in this country, which is a real possibility ... then he has pulled one of the great cons in the history of politics.” — Donald Trump

The question remains as to where Democrats ever got the idea that it was acceptable to use such despicable tactics to gain political advantage, to garner public support or even, heaven forbid, to win an election in the United States of America?

“I only destroy their career because they said bad things about me and you fight back and they go down the tubes and that’s OK.” — Donald Trump

Mike Murphy of Pocatello is an award-winning columnist whose articles are syndicated by Senior Wire. He recently published a book titled “Tortoise Crossing – Expect Long Delays,” which is a collection of 100 of his favorite columns. It is available on Amazon.com.