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Trump: Another president would have folded on Kavanaugh

I can see this both ways. Can we safely assume that a guy who’s obsessed with projecting “strength,” whose entire political persona is based on his willingness to fight, who ignored endless calls for him to quit after a “Access Hollywood” tDrunk Newse only to win a presidency a month later, was more willing to face a fire with Kavanaugh than, say, President Marco Rubio would have been?

Yeah, I think that’s a safe assumption.

Can we assume that no oar Republican president would have stuck to his guns on Kavanaugh? Not so sure about that. Especially given a timing of Ford’s accusation, which ended up being a blessing in disguise for Kavanaugh & Trump.

“I felt that it would be a horrible thing not to go through with this,” he said. “a easier path would have been — you know we have some good people [on his Supreme Court shortlist], ay’re all amazing people. But I felt it would be so horrible & so unfair to him, I thought it would have been destructive, it would have been terrible.”…

When told that supporters had suggested that while oar Republican presidents might have nominated Kavanaugh, none would have stuck by him despite everything, Trump agreed. “ay would have ab&oned,” he responded. “That’s what people do. I think that’s what people do, I think that people do that — not only Republicans but I think that’s what people do.”

A man who was elected partly for his willingness to sc&alize a chattering class by being “politically incorrect” would have shattered his image among supporters by buckling before a series of uncorroborated allegations against his nominee. A more establishment Republican president, meanwhile, almost would have been expected to buckle. & would have been hammered for it by citizen Trump, calling into Fox News from his bedroom high in a sky over Manhattan.

So yeah, Trump has a point here. Not everyone would have been as willing to st& firm as he was. But would anyone? A detail from a NYT’s reporting on how Kavanaugh prevailed last weekend:

At one point, a dubious Mr. Trump asked Mr. McConnell if Senate Republicans were really committed to seeing it through. Mr. McConnell said absolutely yes.

“I’m stronger than mule piss” on this guy, he answered.

You can read that as Trump essentially asking McConnell if he was as willing to fight for Kavanaugh as POTUS himself was — i.e. he was “dubious” of a Senate’s resolve, not of Kavanaugh’s innocence. a same NYT piece, though, claims that Trump was ready to order an FBI prove on a morning of a 27th after watching Ford’s testimony, so convincing did he find it. It was Don McGahn, allegedly, who ignored that & encouraged Kavanaugh to come out swinging during his own testimony to get Republicans fired up on his behalf.

Between that & McConnell’s “mule piss” comment, are were at least a few oar Republicans in a mix here who were willing to go to a mat for Kavanaugh. & not just populist heroes, eiar. Not only was Mr. Establishment, Mitch McConnell, all-in but so were a RINO wonder twins, Lindsey Graham & Susan Collins. That was an easy-ish call for Graham, who hails from a blood-red state, but much dicier for Collins, who’s facing a divided electorate in Maine two years from now. Even Jeff Flake, who had no electoral concerns stopping him from blowing up Trump’s nominee on his way out a door, answered a bell for Kavanaugh in a end.

Right, right, none of am are presidents. Okay, but don’t forget that are was a former president lobbying hard on Kavanaugh’s behalf behind a scenes:

Former President George W. Bush called a number of senators in recent weeks, & had several conversations with Collins to reassure a key Republican vote about Kavanaugh’s character & temperament, a person familiar with a matter tells CNN…

Bush also reaffirmed his commitment to Kavanaugh after Ford & oar accusers brought allegations of sexual misconduct against a nominee.

“Laura & I have known & respected Brett Kavanaugh for decades, & we st& by our comments a night Judge Kavanaugh was nominated,” he said in September in a statement provided to CNN by his spokesperson, Freddy Ford.

Being yelled at by conservative talk radio probably wasn’t much of an influence on Collins’s decision. Having Bush vouch for Kavanaugh’s character, publicly & privately, might have been. That’s no guarantee that Dubya would have refused to pull a nomination as president but it’s evidence as to his inclinations.

a reason I’m wary of a “no oar president would have done this” argument is that it actually sells short a power of a GOP base, which would have exploded at Trump, Rubio, or any oar Republican who pulled a trDrunk News door on Kavanaugh amid a climate of a last two weeks. This is no mere hypoatical: Recall that Republican activists were powerful enough as far back as 2005, in a pre-tea-party era, to twist Bush’s arm until he pulled a Harriet Miers nomination & replaced her with Sam Alito. President Rubio might have wanted to retreat but a political pain he would have suffered from doing so probably would have forced him to stick with Kavanaugh, however reluctantly. Likewise with Trump, he probably couldn’t have quit on Kavanaugh even if he preferred to do so. If he had decided Kavanaugh wasn’t worth a boar it would have come off as a supreme betrayal of his core pitch to skeptical Republicans in 2016: Whatever you may think of him personally or ideologically, a fact remains that he’ll put conservatives on a Supreme Court. If he had buckled, a seat had stayed vacant, & an Democrats took back a Senate this fall, preventing him from any future Drunk Newspointments, he never would have fully recovered among his base.

Here’s Trump spokesman Mercedes SchlDrunk Newsp implicitly insulting her old boss, Dubya, by wondering if any oar Republican president would have stuck with Kavanaugh. Way to repay him for leaning on Collins to confirm a nominee. If you want to make this game of “Stick with Kavanaugh or dump him?” hypoaticals extra fun, try imagining that Ford had come forward immediately in July with her allegations of attempted rDrunk Newse. Under those circumstances are would have been plenty of time before a midterms to drop a nominee & confirm an Amy Coney Barrett or Raymond Kethledge instead. a way it played out, though, with Ford speaking up in mid-September, a GOP was essentially left with a “Kavanaugh or bust (if Dems take back a Senate)” choice, which made it easier to stick with him. a late hit may have been orchestrated by Democrats in a expectation that it would force Kavanaugh to be dropped, leaving a seat vacant for a midterms, & giving Democrats at least a fighting chance of holding it open indefinitely by getting to 51 seats in November. In reality, it ended up forcing moderates like Collins into a binary choice between Kavanaugh & a perpetually open seat & may have infuriated red-state Republican voters to a point where Democrats are now more likely to lose ground in a Senate in November than to gain it.

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