Happy Holidays

Every week this year the NTD News commentary has contained at least some discussion of contemporary events. Naturally, that has meant talking about a lot of unpleasant subjects. — With Trump as our president and a regressive Republican-controlled Congress, unpleasant subjects have pretty much been unavoidable.

But today with the holiday season about to begin, this week’s commentary will contain only pleasant thoughts. Fortunately, this will be much easier to do now that we’ve had the November 6 elections. Most of the voting results were indeed happy ones. (And several close losses that we suffered gives us reasons to have optimism for the future in those states too.).

Some pleasant thoughts:

We are now only weeks away from having a House of Representatives that will be controlled by Democrats. And the more we get to know about this new group of Democratic Congresspersons, the more we can see they are an exceptional bunch of women and men. They are smart, diverse and motivated to affect positive change.

Their diversity, in stark contrast to the Republicans in Congress, actually reflects America. Their backgrounds bring fresh perspectives to the U.S. House. And their focus on addressing urgent issues that have been consistently avoided by House Republicans – healthcare, climate change, gun violence, voter suppression – is heartening.

A similar sense of optimism can be felt when we look at the changes that will take place in Springfield this January. We no longer will have a governor insistent on running the state “his way” with no room for compromise (no matter how much it worsened the state of our state).

We will soon have a Democratic governor who is already showing a willingness to explore ideas from a variety of perspectives while keeping our state’s most vulnerable citizens in the equation. Also, the presence of a strong Democrat as governor will create a new dynamic in Springfield between the governor’s office and the majority leaders in our State Legislature. If this can lead to a more democratic approach to our state’s legislative process it will indeed be a positive development for our future.

And some positive thoughts looking ahead:

In a number of states, the Republicans’ undisguised efforts to keep voters from exercising their constitutional right to vote may inspire long overdue reforms. With Democrats controlling the U.S. House, a national spotlight may finally be aimed at the un-American practice of voter suppression.

Ironically, the bizarre behavior of our President continues to drive thousands of Americans to become politically engaged – many for the first time in their lives. In fact, the voter turnout this year was the largest for a Mid-term Election in 50 years! Such increased voter participation is always a good thing for any democracy. – We must not let this new voter enthusiasm fade away.

A few weeks ago we saw what can be achieved by a newly awakened force of voters (in areas without voter suppression). Republican candidates ran on fears of imaginary threats and a distrust of fellow Americans – while our candidates ran with appeals to treating every American with decency and with straight-talking approaches to critically important issues.

Our Democratic victories earlier this month have now set the table for 2020 and a Democratic White House, control of both congressional houses and a return to more rational governance. The new year is almost here and although we can expect plenty of frustrations and disappointments over the next 24 months, the trajectory for a brighter future for all of us has now been set. That’s a nice thought to carry into the Holidays. — So, Happy New Year to you all.

Nels Howard
NTDO member since 1973

For the rest of this year, I’m going to take a break from writing these commentaries.

In the coming weeks, the NTD News will still be sending you updates on local political events like our NTD Holiday Party coming up on December 13 at the Wilmette Wine Cellar. In 2019, I plan to return with commentary on January 9th. — N.H.

A Sense Of Decency

Senator, you’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?
Joseph N. Welch addressing Senator Joe McCarthy

I was a boy back in the days of black and white TV when army counsel Joseph Welch confronted red-baiting Senator Joe McCarthy with those now famous words during the televised “Army-McCarthy hearings.”

It was a brilliant use of a few select words to finally put Senator McCarthy in his place. The senator had implied that a young lawyer associated with Attorney Welch’s firm had Communist sympathies. Welch then accused McCarthy of recklessly destroying his young associate’s future. He “put a human face” on the broad-brushed accusations that had damaged so many blameless lives.

“Have you no sense of decency.” What a powerful slap down. How many times in the past few years have public figures deserved those words of reproach? – But I must admit that although Welch’s quote was stored somewhere in my head it wasn’t until a few days ago that it popped back into my consciousness.

Two American leaders – the Governor of Florida and the President of the United States – have now stated that legal votes cast by American citizens need not be counted. And they’ve gone further than that, characterizing the demands by candidates and their supporters to count every absentee and early-voting ballot as somehow being a suspicious action driven by shady motives – perhaps even a criminal activity.

This is a very big deal. Sure, I know that voter suppression is not a new phenomenon in the United States. It was refined in the days of Jim Crow by southern Democrats, and under modern day Republicans it has become slicker as it has spread to other regions of our country. We have seen Republican officials reduce the number of voting machines on college campuses and in ethnic neighborhoods, creating long lines, discouraging potential voters from voting. We’ve seen polling places move to locations more inaccessible for certain “undesirable” voters. We’ve seen new voter I.D. rules clearly aimed at reducing the number of black and Hispanic votes.

But such suppression has always been done under the guise of trying to prevent voter fraud or to save tax dollars. These rationalizations have long clouded the enormity of this undemocratic activity for many Americans.

Now two elected leaders, both sworn to protect the Constitution of the United States, have actually spoken out against counting every vote cast in an American election. — I’d say that’s pretty indecent of them. The right of every American citizen to make his or her voice heard at the polls is our most precious right. It is the foundation of our democracy. In fact, it is the very essence of every democracy.

This week Donald Trump and Rick Scott removed any pretense about voter suppression. Wherever it is practiced its purpose is to negate the constitutional rights of targeted Americans. Purposely keeping any citizen from voting or having their vote counted is un-American and should be loudly condemned. This should be one issue that every Republican and Democrat can agree on.

So what happens next? Continue reading A Sense Of Decency

A Glass Half-Full

This morning as my wife was removing the candidate signs from our front yard, a man walking his dog paused to comment: “It wasn’t the best night – but it’ll do.”

That does pretty much sum up what I’m sure many of us are feeling today. Sure, we all would’ve liked to see President Trump get slapped down in Georgia and Texas and Florida. His appeals to fear and intolerance supported by lies and bluster succeeded in those reluctantly reformed Jim Crow states. (Although in Georgia, the vote totals — thanks to voter rights sabotage — should be challenged. And in Texas, the results were close enough to show that strong Democratic candidates in that demographically changing state can “turn it blue” in the near future.)

Also of course, we would have loved to see Democrats take control of the U.S. Senate starting next January. But, that was a long shot. This year, 2018, was a year when vulnerable Democratic senate seats were up for reelection in red states. In 2020, the tables will be turned when a bunch of Republican senate seats in blue and “purple” states will be susceptible to Democratic wins. – Have patience.

So today, I’ve been wrestling with “glass half-full or glass half-empty” rationalizations. – And to be honest, in our present polarized nation I’ve concluded I’m looking at two different glasses.

The half-empty glass contains fear, exclusion, anger — ingredients that thrive on, in fact depend on, polarization and endless societal conflict. Other active (but hidden) ingredients that keep things bubbling are greed and a lust for raw power. To many Americans, the taste and fragrance of this glass is tantalizing. But to me, it’s a toxic mix that is already sickening the strength of our nation.

The other glass, which after yesterday appears to me to be more than half-full, contains hope, empathy and inclusion. These ingredients are nourished by a desire for justice, fairness and a respect for reasoned dialogue. Energizing this mix is a strong determination to protect and strengthen the health of our democratic institutions and the well being of every American, no matter what their station in life.

Next year’s Democratic majority in the U.S. House is going to include a Sean Castennumber of new minds, new voices, new energy. The arrival of these fresh perspectives will be quite different from the influx of “Tea Party” cynics after the 2010 mid-term election – the last time Democrats held a majority in the House. Our region’s newest U.S. Reps., Sean Casten and Lauren Underwood, will be joining New Trier’s Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Congressman Brad Schneider, both reelected with job-affirming majorities. Our expanded Illinois Democratic delegation will definitely be a positive force worth watching.  Continue reading A Glass Half-Full

Tighten Trump’s Leash

I’ve pretty much run out of things to say. Election Day is less than a week away and at this point, if these weekly messages have failed to communicate the urgency of victories for Democratic candidates across the country, what more can be said?

To be honest, over these past months the strongest incentives for action haven’t been coming from me anyway, but from another source entirely – Donald Trump.

If you want to neutralize at least some of the venom Trump continues to spew, we need to have as many strong voices as possible in Washington and in state governments to repel his tactics. The results of November 6 will either tighten the leash on the President’s irrational behavior or emboldened Trump and his most fanatic followers to expand their destructive activities.

We must re-elect our local members of Congress, Jan Schakowsky and Brad Schneider, and help congressional candidates Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten to replace their Trump-puppet Republican opponents in the U.S. House. We need to have an Illinois Governor Pritzker and Attorney General Raoul who will stand up to the attacks on equality by Trump’s “Justice” Department Chief and former Alabama segregationist Jeff Sessions.

We must have smart, dedicated state legislators in office – Laura Fine, Julie Morrison, Robyn Gabel, Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, Bob Morgan — to champion legislation that will protect Illinois residents from the machinations of Trump extremism.

We need MWRD (water reclamation) board members who, unlike Republicans, recognize the seriousness of climate change, and quality county officeholders like Larry Suffredin, Fritz Kaegi and Michael Cabonargi serving our area. — The slate of Democratic candidates on New Trier’s ballot is an exceptionally good one. They need and deserve our help.

So, if you have already voted, terrific! But please don’t stop now. Getting your local voting out of the way frees up some of your time up to help get out the vote between now and when the polls close November 6. A lot can happen in those six days. Bushels of Republican money will be spent for their candidates. We have to counter Republican aggressiveness with activity of our own.

Republicans gave us Trump. We owe them a resounding defeat.

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Leading up to next Tuesday, the New Trier Democrats will be distributing voter information to neighborhoods and at New Trier’s early voting site, Centennial Ice Rinks in Wilmette. And on Election Day, there will be voter information pass-outs at selected polling places, and GOTV messaging to targeted households.

Tomorrow (Thursday) and/or on Friday, you can volunteer a few hours to assist in the office or handle a voter info assignment (it’s your choice) — we could really use your help. Contact the NTDO office at 847-446-8030 (no answer, leave a message) or send an email to newtrierdemocrats@gmail.com.

Also on Election Day, there will be driver services dispatched from the NTDO office for deliveries to polling places and for any voters needing a ride to the polls. To volunteer, follow the contact info shown above.

You want to change the way things are going under President Trump? Then take an active part in this election. – What more can I say.

Nels Howard
NTDO member since 1973

P.S. Early voting is still going on through Nov. 5 – and unregistered voters with two forms of ID (including current address proof) can register to vote at their early voting site.  And this year, new voters can also register to vote on Election Day at their polling place!

P.P.S. If you or anyone you know in New Trier Township needs help getting to a polling location on Election Day, contact the NTDO office at 847-446-8030 and we will send a driver to pick you up.

This One Isn’t Hyperbole

It seems that almost every election in my adult life has been labeled “the most important election ever.” And usually that claim hasn’t just been hyperbole.

Ever since the American populace began accepting progressive values and policies as our nation’s norm, conservative forces have been pushing back hard to reverse such progress. In every election we Democrats have had to defend every step that has been taken to ensure healthier, more secure, more hopeful lives for every American — from infants to our oldest seniors.

Depending on the election year, specific issues such as a foolhardy military adventure or the erosion of the middle class have given the election an added urgency. But — and you know what I’m going to say next — this election on November 6, truly will be the most important election in our lifetime.

The looming crisis of climate change, with all of its ramifications, is reason enough to care about this election’s outcome. The past few years were just a taste of things to come, and our warming oceans aren’t going to miraculously start cooling down. Monster hurricanes and storm surges will be smashing our coastal states with increasing regularity. Melting ice caps and shifting climate zones, extended droughts and fire storms, could potentially become part of the new normal. – Our civilization cannot afford to have any climate-change-denying Republicans directing government policy.

But even those hard facts are not the most compelling reason to consider the November 6 election as the most important in our lives.

The shocking success of President Donald Trump’s demagoguery over a segment of our population has brought out a poisonous division among Americans not seen since our Civil War. It is taking our nation on a dangerous, self-destructive path that could alter the trajectory of the United States for years to come.

Donald Trump must not come out of November still holding a majority of Republicans seats in both houses of Congress. He must not see more Republicans elected into state legislatures and governorships. Democratic victories across our country will dilute Trump’s power to intimidate Republican legislators and administrators, at every government level.

We must make that happen.

So….since you’re reading this newsletter, the odds are you likely agree with what we all hope to accomplish and you may already be doing something about it. But in case you haven’t yet started, or want to do more, you’ll find a huge choice of volunteer opportunities further down in this newsletter.

You can help with phone banking or doorbell ringing or writing postcards. You can choose activities on a weekday or weekend, on an afternoon or evening. And you can focus on your local favorite candidates or help great congressional candidates in neighboring districts. I promise you’ll find something that works with your schedule.

Also, you might consider inviting some of your friends to look over the volunteer choices too. Every person we can add to this effort increases the chance for victory.

November 6, 2018 can be a historic turning point in our nation’s history. — And years from now, won’t it feel good to tell your children and grandchildren how you helped at the beginning of the end of Donald Trump’s disastrous reign?

That has to be worth at least a few hours of your time over the next thirteen days.

Nels Howard
NTDO member since 1973

P.S. Early voting is from Oct. 22 – Nov. 5 – and unregistered voters with two forms of ID (including current address proof) can register to vote at their early voting site.

Who Likes Politicians?

This past weekend I had two experiences that further validated my views on the state of today’s political environment. The first was on Saturday, when I drove out to Barrington to ring a few doorbells for Congressional candidate Sean Casten. He’s running to unseat Republican Trump-puppet, Peter Roskam.

I expected I’d be calling on the elegant homes of white-collar Barringtonians. Instead, I was assigned a neighborhood pretty much made up of modest homes. The streets were shady but had no curbs. There were few sidewalks. Here and there I saw a newer home, a few with a “McMansion” vibe that told me real estate developers were aware of the area’s potential. But in general, I was calling on a very much middle-income group of voters.

It was a sunny Saturday so many residents were enjoying the weather somewhere else. But the folks I did catch at home kept the afternoon interesting. Some were quick to say they were Democrats. A couple were quick to say they hated Trump but wouldn’t say if they’d vote for Casten. Some were non-committal but polite. And some had already mailed in their ballot (a trend that may grow in the future). But what left the strongest impression on me were the three men who answered their front doors and immediately told me that “all politicians are bad,” “all politicians are full of BS,” “voting is a waste of time.”

The thing is, I didn’t feel like those men were making these statements just to get me off their porches. They spoke with personal conviction. — As an experienced canvasser, once a door opener rejects my message I thank them and quickly leave. However, afterward I did think about what those men said and reached a couple of conclusions.

For one thing, I have a hunch that in a Republican-friendly area like Barrington (and other “red” regions), there are more than a few people who voted for Donald Trump but are now appalled by his actions. For them, the easiest way to rationalize their voting blunder is to simply conclude that getting involved in politics and elections is a mistake. It could be they won’t be voting in this election.

I also mused on how those guys’ pessimistic views may have been helped by the one-note messages on right wing broadcast and social media; and by the billionaire-supported think tanks with an interest in furthering a distrust in government.

Of course, I would never deny that the public does have reason to be skeptical of “political people.” There are men and women who choose politics as a career for the wrong reasons. Certainly, over the years, our state and local governments have had their share of scoundrels. And it hasn’t helped to have millions of dollars pumped into campaigns that portray political contests as battles between craven, incompetent candidates only running for selfish reasons. Nor have the optics of an Illinois Democratic Party with an entrenched boss at the top (even if this image is not completely true). That situation has become a campaign liability for every Democratic candidate on the ballot, feeding even more cynicism.

And that brings me to the experience I had on Sunday.  Continue reading Who Likes Politicians?

Noam Chomsky’s Advice

Have you ever had the experience of hearing or reading words you thought were worth remembering — and then, just a few minutes later, seeing those same words again in some other context? (I bet you have.) It happened to me yesterday. I read an opinion article in the Chicago Tribune that ended with a quote from Noam Chomsky. Then within minutes, I saw the same quote in a magazine. Chomsky’s words were inspiring, especially in these times when depressingly regressive powers have the upper hand.

So, when I saw his quote twice within minutes I thought, “This is too much of a coincidence. I’m going to base Wednesday’s commentary on Chomsky’s words.” Here’s what he said: “Unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.”  

As I started writing today, I thought I’d simply use his words as an inspiring endorsement for volunteer involvement in our candidates’ campaigns. After all, I thought, any reference to a “better future” would surely embrace our values and priorities. — But then, thinking further I realized that “a better future” is in the eye of the beholder. Noam’s words could just as easily be used to motivate every Trump supporter to become politically involved.

Let’s face it. Every human being would like the future to be better. And you can bet all those folks grinning behind Donald Trump at his rallies or passionately cheering him from the stands believe that he is the leader who will deliver the better future they each hope for.

Of course those hopes vary, depending on each person’s locale, beliefs, traditions, economic situation, business interests, etc. So for some Trump supporters a better future would be a return to the higher paying labor-intensive jobs of two decades past; Or the return of cultural norms that forbid gay marriage; Or a government that “interferes” less in environmental issues or hiring practices.

The truth is, Republican Party leaders, their strategists and their moneyed overlords, know they don’t represent the majority of Americans. But as you can see from their consistent actions in virtually every campaign across the country, they also know that targeting the most personal emotions of potential supporters, including their most base instincts, is a winning approach (at least until those supporters realize they’re being conned).

Fear of “the other,” economic scapegoating, distrust of all government institutions, inflammation of biases, generational prejudices, religious intolerance — it’s a long list of unsavory Republican appeals to winning votes. We all know that “all politics is local.” However, Republican strategists following Donald Trump’s successful demagoguery have hyper-localized their message targets right down to the darkest corners of their supporters’ brains. (To be honest, Democrats have not always been above such tactics but the modern Republican Party has taken this nasty approach to modern new lows.)

This reality is what should be energizing us to defend the better future we must believe in and, as Noam Chomsky said, take responsibility for making it so.

Speaking for myself, and the Democrats I know, our “better future” is a far cry from what Republicans apparently want. Our better future will be a U.S. government that respects science, accepting the fact that global warming is real and that climate change is an existential threat to 21st century civilization. It will be a future that rejects any remaining vestiges of misogyny, recognizing the equal rights of every American woman in every aspect of their lives.  Continue reading Noam Chomsky’s Advice

The Next 33 Days

The November 6 elections are just 33 days from now. So if you haven’t yet been able to get involved in battling the GOP’s reactionary agenda, now is the time to jump in. These final weeks before an election are the critically important days when many eligible voters finally start paying attention to the political contests and start deciding who they will support.

As you probably know, mid-term elections usually draw a disgracefully low percentage of voters compared to the voting numbers in presidential election years. — It was Democratic voter apathy in 2010 and 2014 that put Tea Party candidates in the U.S. House and placed the Senate under Republican control. — However in this mid-term, thanks to a Republican president that is alienating large segments of Americans, a Republican controlled Congress that has revealed their complete disdain for the democratic process and a Republican Governor whose theories on running a state have proven to be disastrous, the number of voters casting ballots for Democrats could set new records. But we can’t sit back and count on that.

You can be sure that in these final weeks before November 6 the Republicans will be pulling out all the stops to derail the momentum of Democratic candidates in every election. The desperate tactics they will likely use against Democrats may make Brett Kavanaugh’s protests of innocence in the Senate seem downright affable.

So, we can take nothing for granted. The Democratic incumbents representing New Trier Township have all proven themselves deserving of reelection to their present offices, or in the case of Laura Fine, election to the State Senate. The new Democratic names on the ballot for State Rep., Jennifer Gong Gershowitz, for Laura Fine’s seat, and Bob Morgan to replace Dem. State Rep. Scott Drury, are also exceptional candidates that should logically be the voters’ choice. — But the Republican Party apparatus and the right wing ideologues behind it have other ideas.

A Republican has been placed on the ballot against each of our state-level candidates as well as U.S. Rep. Schakowsky. At this point, I don’t know the specific campaign platforms of each of the Republican candidates. However, I do know that at least one candidate has expressed anti-LGBT views; another is negative towards unions. – It will be interesting to learn more about these Republican role models in the coming weeks.

What is now known for certain is that about a half-million dollars has begun funneling into the coffers of 7 local non-profit organizations (some recently created). They, in turn, have begun financially supporting the Republican campaigns. Where did this money originate? From right-wing foundations? From far-right billionaires? It isn’t clear. That’s why they call it “dark money.”  Continue reading The Next 33 Days

4 Great Incentives to Stay Involved

This week, there’s so much going on that I’ve decided to not focus on any one issue. Instead I will just continue urging you all to stay involved. In a democracy, votes are power and it’s up to politically engaged folks like us to help make sure every Democratic voter uses that power. So, here are four incentives for you to stay involved:

The Kavanaugh Senate Judiciary Committee sham

The arrogance being displayed by the Republican controlled Senate Judiciary Committee should fire all of us up. Their hypocrisy can be our incentive to keep pushing back against right wing efforts to erase every progressive path taken by America over the past seven decades.

Right now, the Republican controlled Judiciary Committee is only interested in ramming a Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS confirmation through the Senate. They want nothing to get in the way.

An FBI investigation of the most recent allegations concerning Judge Kavanaugh’s past could discover that he did participate in some of the misogynistic bacchanals he claims he never attended. I guess Kavanaugh would then also be guilty of perjury. — Republicans can’t let that situation happen.

So, unless the Judiciary Committee allows a deeper investigation, or a few senators surprise everyone and vote against Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS appointment, looks like we’re going to have a sitting Supreme Court Justice who, for the rest of his life, will be suspected of having been a sexual predator and a perjurer.

The Right may soon control the U.S. Supreme Court – but not forever. A public outcry for progressive policies, and more legislators elected to support those policies, will make it less likely that SCOTUS will be eager to reverse the will of America’s majority.

President Trump’s dangerous worldview 

This week, Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations revealed where his mind has now settled concerning international relations. President Trump is apparently set on establishing an American doctrine that disavows the structures of international relations that were laboriously pieced together after 1945.

That was the year the world’s governments took a desperately needed look a how their century’s nationalism led to two world wars and the deaths of more than 100 million human beings. For hundreds of years, such slaughter, although not on such a huge scale, had been a regular occurrence in the “civilized world.” It was hoped that a United Nations organization as well as regional agreements and international economic interdependence would, in general, avoid another world conflict. The U.N. was followed by the creation of NATO. And later, the gradual growth of the European Union added more reasons to avoid international conflicts. Trump wants to walk away from such wishy-washy policies.

No doubt his most hawkish advisors have influenced his ideas, but I suspect the stance Trump has now taken feels natural to him. He is a Commander in Chief with the most powerful weapons in the world and he has the wealth and resources of a nation of 325 million people at his disposal. Naturally, he assumes he should able to bully the world’s nations into accepting him as the top dog.

This huge shift in our national policy may lead to the isolation of the United States from our longtime military and economic allies. It may also encourage the rise of nationalistic movements in a growing list of presently struggling democracies.

America needs more Democrats in Congress and in our state and city governments speaking out against such dangerous isolationism. Continue reading 4 Great Incentives to Stay Involved

Another Anita Hill?

This week, I thought the focus of my comments would pretty much be all about staying engaged in Democratic candidate campaigns until the November 6 election — a message that can’t be overstated. However, in the past few days another subject has taken over my thoughts: The appearance of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and her accusations of assault against Supreme Court candidate Judge Brett Kavanaugh. So, I’m going to save a few words on campaign involvement for a P.S. after this commentary.

Right now, I want to move on to the sensational accusation from Professor Ford that Brett Kavanaugh violently assaulted her when they were both in their teens. This is a very messy situation because the alleged assault occurred over 35 years ago. Judge Kavanaugh insists he didn’t do it, and the only person who Dr. Ford says witnessed the assault, Mark Judge, is unwilling to testify and is not being subpoenaed to do so by Republicans controlling the Senate hearings.

Back in 1991 when Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomaswas accused of sexual harassment by Anita Hill, an all-male Senate Judiciary Committee allowed testimony from a number of witnesses corroborating her story as well as witnesses backing up Thomas’ recollections. However, this time around, Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley, although sensitive to the “Me Too movement” and the reaction of potential female voters in November, is trying to appear to be fair – without honestly being fair. So, Ms. Ford will be allowed to testify, but nobody else.

What’s further complicating matters is that since coming forward, Professor Ford has received threatening phone calls including death threats. So, she is now hesitant to even appear in televised Senate hearings until after an FBI investigation has been conducted. And Republicans refuse to approve it. – But perhaps a hearing behind closed doors can still be held, if it’s held next Monday.

Senator Grassley and his fellow Republicans insist with Dr. Ford must appear next Monday and no later. They are getting panicky and want to keep this “he said, she said” situation moving along. A “hung jury” will provide an alibi for confirming Kavanaugh with no clear guilt ascertained.  Continue reading Another Anita Hill?