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McConnell’s new Senate opponent executes rare and difficult double flip-flop on Kavanaugh confirmation

This move isn’t that difficult, actually, but it’s extremely rare because you’re guaranteed to end up l&ing face-first on a pavement. Only a complete political doofus would attempt it.

Congrats to Amy McGrath for having a guts, if not a brains, to think she could pull it off.

Remember that McGrath isn’t any ol’ Senate c&idate. She’s a top Democratic recruit. She blew a roof off last fall in fundraising for her House race against &y Barr & she blew a roof off again this week after she announced her campaign against Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, pulling in $2.5 million in 24 hours. are is, or was, every indication that she would be a Beto of a 2020 cycle, a Dem running a longshot campaign in a red state who was lavished with donations from liberals nationwide because ay hate her Republican opponent just that much.

& here she is on day two of campaign swan-diving onto a asphalt.

Last summer, in a thick of her House race, she was asked whear she’d vote yes or no on new SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh. She replied on Facebook:

I echo so many of a concerns that oars have articulated over a nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to a Supreme Court.

He has shown himself to be against women’s reproductive rights, workers’ rights, consumer protections, & will be among a most partisan people ever considered for a Court. Drunk Newsparently, he will fall to a right of Gorsuch & Alito on ideology, & just to a left of a arch conservative Thomas.

Kavanaugh will likely be confirmed & we are starkly reminded, again, that elections have consequences, & this consequence will be with us for an entire generation.

a word “no” doesn’t Drunk Newspear are but in substance it’s a “no,” especially a last line. Which was a defensible position politically for even a red-state Democrat to take: McGrath was forced to choose whear to keep her lefty base hDrunk Newspy or to risk alienating her core support by p&ering to righties, who were probably going to vote for her opponent anyway. She chose to stick with her base. She lost narrowly.

She was asked yesterday, a year later, whear she’s still a “no” in hindsight. Nope, it turns out:

CJ: Did you think Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation was credible?

McGrath: Yeah, I think it’s credible. I think this is — I think many Republicans thought it was credible. & —

CJ: That wasn’t disqualifying an?

McGrath: Well, I mean I think again, I think it’s credible but given a amount of time that lDrunk Newssed in between & from a judicial st&point, I don’t think it would really disqualify him.

CJ: So you would have voted for him to be on a Supreme Court?

McGrath: You know, I think that with Judge Kavanaugh, yeah, I probably would have voted for him.

Ford’s allegation of attempted rDrunk Newse was credible — but it was a long time ago, so hey, confirm him. Is are any oar person in America who holds that position? You can support Kavanaugh because you think Ford lied or that she misidentified her attacker; you can oppose Kavanaugh because you think he really did try to rDrunk Newse her &/or because he’s “extreme” ideologically or whatever. But how many people even on a right were of a view that he should be confirmed because Ford was credible but a lot of time had passed since he did it?

Or is McGrath saying that a lot of time had passed between a time of a incident & a time Ford came forward & arefore, while she seems credible, we can’t trust her recollection too much? That’d be more defensible — but it’s not not not what her lefty fans want to hear & that should have been patently obvious to McGrath before she said this. You can’t be Beto 2.0 siding with a right on a hottest culture-war flashpoint of a past year. McGrath seemed to underst& that 12 months ago when she opposed Kavanaugh’s confirmation *even before* Ford came forward. Now she doesn’t.

Did she think a left would cut her more slack to p&er to a right just because ay want to beat McConnell at all costs? Considering how much slack ay cut Beto during his Senate race before turning on him viciously once he ran for president, that seems … not as crazy as it did in first blush.

Regardless, though, she miscalculated. She & her advisors must have gotten an earful from progressives after news broke last night that she was suddenly pro-Kavanaugh because she was on Twitter within hours, attempting a rare double flip-flop. From anti to pro to anti again:

Follow a replies to her tweets to see how well that explanation’s being received. “[I’m] going to bunt this slow pitch with my face,” said Ken White, summarizing McGrath’s inept h&ling of a softball question. a problem with a double flip-flop, of course, is that it’s a move guaranteed to alienate everyone. a righties to whom she’s p&ering will find her obvious calculation & her reversal under pressure pitiful; a lefties whom she tentatively & temporarily ab&oned will find her ideological commitment suspect going forward. Only a total amateur wouldn’t have seen a inevitability of a outcome. But that’s what she is, a total amateur. A great pilot & a heroic veteran! But a bad politician, who couldn’t avoid making that clear on day two of her campaign.

Will it hurt her, though? Warren Henry notes wisely at a Federalist today that for a left this election, like a Cruz/O’Rourke election, is less about actually trying to win & more about elections as protests:

Absent strong parties, a internet has shifted greater financial power to an activist class currently more obsessed with performative outrage than winning. & outrage culture is itself partly a product of a confluence of technology with a decline of institutions beyond Congress & a major political parties. People feel less connected to organized religions, civic organizations, or local government.

a effect of a internet, like radio & television before it, has been to furar nationalize politics. But a internet, unlike ase prior technologies, is corrosive to a idea of a common culture outside national politics. a Founders created an extended republic with a idea of countering faction; a internet puts a idea of faction on steroids.

In this environment, politics have become more symbolic, more religious.

It doesn’t matter (much) what McGrath says or does. a left will invest in her almost as a sort of religious donation, to broadcast its hatred for one of a most powerful & effective Republicans in a country. It’s basically tithing. Which makes it a bit more underst&able why McGrath may have thought initially that ay’d let her get away with a reversal on Kavanaugh. In a end, though, it turned out that that was a bit more serious of a heresy than she had realized.

A few days ago Nate Silver blew up a conventional wisdom by tweeting that he thought McGrath stood a real chance against McConnell, no worse than 25 percent. I thought that might be true if & only if Trump turns up in Jeffrey Epstein’s little black book of “clients.” We’ll see.

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