In a ritual that has become all too commonplace, it’s time for another politician to play Ted Kennedy. The latest hack playing "make believe Ted" is none other than liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Sen. Warren, known in some circles by another name, "Pocahontas," for allegedly claiming Cherokee heritage to gain minority status in hiring practices, doesn’t like the latest Supreme Court nominee President Trump has put forth. Not surprisingly, her objections to Brett Kavanaugh are more likely out of hatred for her nemesis Donald Trump than anything this man has ever done to offend her.
Nevertheless, it has fallen on Sen. Warren to be the latest liberal Democrat to emulate the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s successful crusade against Reagan high court nominee Robert Bork back in the late 1980’s. It has become Warren’s cornerstone for her unannounced run for the presidency in 2020 and will fail miserably.
The problem the liberal senator has is most Americans do not share her staged outrage at a man most in the legal community admire. There are few things sadder to witness than staged rallies that exude a forced atmosphere to tarnish this qualified candidate for the highest court in the land.
That was the scene last Sunday from coast to coast as small groups of individuals held their ‘Borking’ rituals. Many wore “Unite for Justice” T-shirts that apparently show their unity as sisters, brothers or whatever they wish to be called. It is more than a bit obvious that most of these public demonstrations are forced-looking and the participants less than enthusiastic.
The bottom line to these activities that hardly register a blip on the radar screen of political activism is this: The votes are not there to stop Brett Kavanaugh and the Democrats know it. It may be an excellent way for Elizabeth Warren to get herself on the nightly news, but few Americans care about her phony “just crusade.”
Three decades ago, after Ted Kennedy had humiliated himself challenging incumbent Jimmy Carter to a second term in his own party, he found a way to redeem his reputation with the left through Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court by President Reagan.
Ted was the demagogue the party needed to slam Judge Bork. The fiery senator was out of the gate less than an hour after Reagan announced his choice for the court. The supreme master of identity politics put together the following public statement:
“Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, artists would be censored at the whim of government, and the doors of the federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is often the only protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy.”
Three decades ago this sort of tactic was new. It riled up the liberal base and got lots of people mad at someone they had never heard of. The symbolic rope and torches had been provided by Ted Kennedy and by God a public lynching would take place.
There is no comparison to then and now. Kennedy’s mere presence as the so-called ‘Lion of the Senate’ and the family name resonated with millions of Americans. No one really knew Judge Bork, but if Ted despised him, that was good enough.
Warren now occupies the seat Kennedy once held. That is where the comparison begins and ends. Note the differences in what Ted had to say about Judge Bork to this statement Warren provided about Judge Kavanaugh:
“Judge Kavanaugh is part of a movement to twist the Constitution in ways that are deeply hostile to the rights of everyone but those at the top. He’s been a part of that movement for most of his professional life, both before and after he became a judge. And now, he has a record of 12 years of judicial decisions that demonstrate his loyalty to that radical ideology.”
The difference between the dramatic Kennedy and the teleprompter delivery of Warren is night and day. Kennedy managed to make Bork’s name a nasty word. It was a dramatic and well-executed public crucifixion of the man himself who never saw it coming.
That is not the case with media-savvy Kavanaugh. He has an army of public relations consultants and White House personnel who have versed him up and down on his confirmation hearings beginning next week. He will be more than ready for presidential hopeful Senators Warren, Sanders, Booker and Harris.
Kennedy’s inquisition of Bork was unprecedented in 1987. Warren’s calculated TV news war is flat and predictable. Reagan’s administration was caught flat-footed, while Trump’s is ready and able to do hand-to-hand verbal combat.
Let’s also remember the Republicans have a Senate majority. In Ted Kennedy’s 1987 the Democrats did. It can be easily construed that the mostly silent Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is interested in keeping his powder dry for winnable political wars.
There could be Republican rebels once the vote is held, but highly unlikely as midterm elections draw near. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has versed his minions and the roll call says there is peace in the valley. Democrats may be doing most of the worrying as some of their own are running for re-election in states Trump carried in 2016.
Sen. Warren does not have the power of mere presence to change any minds. She is no Ted Kennedy. Merely watching Schumer go through the motions of his disingenuous objections to Judge Kavanaugh is proof enough the white flag has been raised.
Brett Kavanaugh will take his seat on the Supreme Court the first Monday in October. Someone needs to tell Sen. Warren to pick her fights more carefully.
Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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