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Deeply Demoralizing


Judging from the comments I have received, today’s failure by Senate Republicans to live up to their commitment to move the Kavanaugh nomination has deeply disappointed and demoralized some of the staunchest members of the Republican base.  As one prominent Republican attorney in Washington, D.C., put it:


Just heard the news of the new Kavanaugh hearing.
Amazing spinelessness.  And dumb, dumb, dumb beyond words.  Let’s give them footage of endless claims of executive privilege. And of more personal attacks.
I have been pondering what to do about the multiple requests for “help” from various flack senators and the party.  Nada.  Zilch.  They will be lucky if I vote for them.  Even I see no reason why anybody should.


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