A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Dems on the Senate Judiciary Committee
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“I’m not going anywhere. I’m not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process, and we’re looking for a fair process where I can be heard and defend my integrity, my lifelong record. My lifelong record of promoting dignity and equality for women, starting with the women who knew me when I was 14 years old. I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity. I know I’m telling the truth. I know my lifelong record, and I’m not going to let false accusations drive me out of this process. I have faith in God and I have faith in the fairness of the American people.”
Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Monday took to FOX News to offer a forceful defense against allegations of sexual assault from his time in high school and college
“As I write this, the ‘I really, really wanna testify, but…’ goalpost has moved west right past my house and out over the Pacific Ocean. You get the distinct impression that Christine Ford’s handlers are making it up as they go along – ‘She can’t testify on Monday because, I dunno, she’s afraid of airplanes. Yeah, that’s a thing now.’
“The GOP is, as usual, afraid to be seen as insufficiently submissive. We have Chuck Grassley announcing, by tweets that sound like they were composed by a twelve-year-old texting her girlfriends after breaking into mom’s cooking sherry, that he’s ready to roll over yet again. The only way this could get worse is if the crusty Iowan discovered emojis:‘Sorry Brett gotta postpone ur vote until 2021 cuz reasons [Sad Face] [Blue Wave] [Poop].’“No. Hold the vote, confirm Kavanaugh, and then let him set about making the libs sorry they ever pulled this stunt.”
Columnist Kurt Schlichter
“Ironically, Hillary Clinton had it right when she called her husband’s affair with a White House intern a ‘lapse,’ notwithstanding that it represented an abuse of workplace hierarchies. She was right to complain that the anti-Clinton ‘feeding frenzy’ was using the criminal justice system to ‘achieve political ends.’
“Hillary and her feminist peers had a better grip then on the relative importance of the private and the public than Bill Clinton’s right-wing persecutors.
“Today, of course, Clinton and her supporters are singing a different tune.”
Heather Mac Donald, the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal
“Maybe Brett Kavanaugh is a gang-raping attempted murderer who managed to live a public life of acclaim and honor. Maybe the devotion to his wife and two daughters, his respect for countless women and their careers, and his wisdom on the bench are parts of an elaborate plot to get away with it. Anything is possible.
“But the idea that the country should convict him and destroy his life with no evidence other than recovered and uncorroborated memories and creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti’s say-so is quite insane.”
Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, a senior editor at The Federalist
“In order for us to determine whom to believe, we must come up with a standard for belief. ‘Believe all women’ just won’t cut it, because not all women should be believed. Neither will ‘innocent until proven guilty,’ because the court of public opinion isn’t a criminal trial. But the answer lies somewhere in between: We should examine the merits of the allegations, the credibility of the accuser, the corroborating evidence. If we fail to do that, we’re not actually engaged in fact-finding – we’re engaged in confirmation bias.’
“Not all accusers are automatically survivors. It’s our job to determine whether each individual accusation merits belief. And if the answer is no, that isn’t an indicator of sexism. Sometimes it’s an indicator than an allegation just doesn’t have enough support.”
Ben Shapiro, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show” and editor-in-chief of DailyWire.com
“I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me when Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school. I believed he was going to rape me. I tried to yell for help. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from yelling. It was hard for me to breathe and I thought that Brett was going to accidentally kill me. Brett’s assault on me drastically altered my life for a very long time. I was too afraid and ashamed to tell anybody these details.
“Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter. The uproarious laughter of the two, and their having fun at my expense … I was underneath one of them while the two laughed. Two friends having a really good time together.”
Dr. Blasey Ford testifying
“Bravery is contagious. You sharing your story is going to have a lasting positive impact on so many survivors in our country. We owe you a debt of gratitude for that, doctor.”
Senator Patrick Leahy addressing Dr. Blasey Ford at Thursday’s Senate hearing
“My family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed by additional and false accusations. The 10-day delay has been harmful to me and my family, to the Supreme Court and to the country. I was not at the party described by Dr Ford. This confirmation process has become a national disgrace. You have replaced advise and consent with search and destroy. There has been a frenzy on the left to come up with something, anything, to block my nomination. I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process. You may defeat me in the final vote, but you will never get me to quit, never. I have never sexually assaulted anyone — not in high school, not in college, never.”
Brett Kavanaugh testifying
“Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him. His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote!”
“The attempted character assassination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh has brought out the worst in Democrats, every Democrat, everywhere. They’ve convicted a good and decent man of things he wasn’t even falsely accused of, so desperate are progressives to stop someone who believes the Constitution means what it says from sitting on the Supreme Court. From elected officials to unelected Democrats with media credentials, the last two weeks have exposed the Democratic Party as a gaggle of guttersnipes willing to destroy a man for the ‘crime’ of disagreeing with them politically. After watching this unfold, you really have to wonder one thing: Is there a single decent, honest Democrat left in the United States?”|
Columnist Derek Hunter
“The Left fears Kavanaugh will be part of the block that ends their favorite hobby: aborting babies. The Right sees their base issues being protected for the next 25-30 years. This is why it’s a street fight.”
Columnist Matt Vespa
“Emotion isn’t evidence. But emotion has power. When you combine emotion with evidence, there is greater power still. And, make no mistake, when Brett Kavanaugh spoke with great emotion not just about the sexual-assault allegations against him but also the broader character attacks made against him by Democrats, he voiced the emotion of honorable conservatives across the nation.
“This was the moment when a member of the ‘establishment,’ the person who is supposed to sit quietly, respond mildly, and understand the pain of their opponents without voicing their own anguish, to absorb anger without showing anger, finally said ‘enough.’ And he did so with great passion in his own defense, and no rancor against Christine Blasey Ford.
“But even when you express your anger, it must be expressed with reason, and in a hearing that reason has to be laden with evidence. That’s what Kavanaugh did. He countered Ford’s accusation with his own denial, but he went well beyond he said/she said. He constantly reminded the committee that Dr. Ford’s named witnesses could not place him at the party. He went through calendars showing that it was improbable that he would have been at the party that Dr. Ford described. He showed time and again that there was no corroborating evidence supporting Dr. Ford’s allegations. This was powerful. This was true.”
David French, a senior writer for National Review
“His face was distorted in fury, he had trouble composing himself, and at times he wept. This was an incredibly raw performance by the standards of Washington and especially by the standards of Senate confirmation hearings.
“Immediately, the same opponents of Kavanaugh who have been portraying him as a monster took great umbrage that he’d be angry at being portrayed as a monster. Look, they said, he lacks a judicial temperament!
“But how is a person who maintains his innocence supposed to react when a political party will credit any allegation against him, when swathes of the media presume his guilt, when every aspect of his teenage years — including notations in his yearbook — are used against him, when all the testimonials in his favor and his decades of spotless public service mean nothing?”
Columnist Rich Lowry
“Oh my god. This is every woman’s nightmare. This is a terrifying image.”
Maria Shriver, reacting to above image of Lindsey Graham
“Just asked my wife. She said being left to drown in a car like your uncle did to Mary Jo Kopechne is a bigger nightmare than being yelled at by Lindsey Graham.”
A tweet in response to Shriver
“We are only going to give foreign aid to those who respect us and, frankly, are our friends. The U.S. will not be taken advantage of any longer.”
President Trump addressing the United Nations
“I lived in DC for 21 years. There were many contested, emotional battles. But this is awful. Washington has become a sick town. Forcing people you don’t like out of restaurants, especially when they’re with their spouse, doesn’t solve any problems. It makes everything worse.”
Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer on Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) and his wife Heidi being chased out of a Washington, D.C. restaurant
“Chasing a Cuban-American Senator you disagree with out of a restaurant while chanting ‘fascists not welcome’ under the banner of ‘smash racism’ might have just taken us over our irony quota for 2018.”
Sen Orrin Hatch on the Cruz incident
“He preaches mercy, but in reality he is an ice-cold, cunning Machiavellian, and, what is worse – he lies.”
A Vatican cardinal, who spoke with the German weekly Der Spiegel under the condition of anonymity, referring to Pope Francis
“The city lacks adequate shelter space to accommodate its homeless population. There are about 10,200 shelter beds in the city, if you include beds that open up solely during the cold winter months. So even if every homeless person agreed to sleep in a shelter, there are only enough beds for less than a third of them. $657 million. That’s according to a new report from the L.A. Homeless Services Authority.”
laist.com on what it would cost to house every homeless person in Los Angeles
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Diane Feinstein purposefully withheld Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for political purposes
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
A lot of men have sexually assaulted a lot of women. So Brett Kavanaugh must be guilty.
ALSO, Kavanaugh was angry.
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK