So what are we supposed to believe, that Sherrod Brown 26 years ago terrified his ex-wife Larke Recchie to the point that she was “in fear for the safety and well-being of (herself) and (her) children due to the defendant’s (Brown) physical violence and abusive nature—or the Brett Kavanaugh attempted to grope a Christine Ford at a high school party over 30 years ago? For Kavanaugh who is being nominated to the Supreme Court, Democrats are pushing with 24-hour news coverage to remove him from consideration because of that one incident which has no real witnesses, for which Ford doesn’t even want to provide testimony supporting her claims, and for which Kavanaugh says he wasn’t even there—and he has people willing to provide character witnessing to the fact. But in Brown’s case, he has been a Senator for over a decade and a House member for even longer, essentially most of his adult life. We have watched many reinterpretations of the law under the new premise of #METOO where women from decades ago accuse a male attacker of some impropriety, and in the case of what Sherrod Brown did to his ex-wife, under the terms of the modern #METOO movement, Brown should immediately step down as a Senator. But we are actually being presented with two value judgments, one that says Kavanaugh should be not considered for a Supreme Court position just because of an unfounded allegation while in the Brown case there is court testimony that proves the violence occurred. But with Brown we are supposed to give a free pass to the situation because he’s a Democrat? Does that make any sense?
For me personally I had heard the abuse allegations thrown at Sherrod Brown before, during the campaign he had a few years ago against Josh Mandel. So when the Renacci super PAC brought it up again recently it wasn’t exactly new news. In that previous election voters had decided that they didn’t care about Brown’s old divorce case with his ex-wife. When couples break up people sometimes get a little crazy and it was obvious at the time that the ex-wife supported Brown for his office as their two children needed to not be wrung through the ringer again within the media. But all that was before the #METOO excesses of radicalized feminists used the emotions of the moment to dig up dirt on every powerful man they could find in history and use that dirt to knock them out of power and giving it to themselves. Under the considerations of that movement, Sherrod Brown is certainly guilty and should be removed from office immediately—if equal justice was being applied of course.
But those same radical advocates for #METOO justice sat on this Kavanaugh story all summer in 2018 and waited until just a few days before there was a confirmation vote in the Senate making Brett Kavanaugh the next lifelong Supreme Court appointee—Christine Ford and her liberal attorney decided to unleash their story of a high school romance gone bad from over three decades ago. For my mind if that is the only dirt anybody could find on Kavanaugh in 36 years, that is pretty good. But looking at the facts of the story Ford likely was so inebriated with alcohol that she probably doesn’t even remember what guy she was with. She may have wanted it to be Brett Kavanaugh due to her liberal leanings as a college professor who doesn’t want a conservative to serve on the high court. Or maybe she had a high school crush on him and he turned her down and this is the way for her to get revenge on him now. Or maybe she’s just insane. That happens to people, especially radical partisan types. I would say that any form of liberalism is a form of insanity anyway, so those are all elements that punch holes in what she is declaring at the last-minute as an obvious attempt to hold up the Kavanaugh nomination past the midterm elections.
Yet we are supposed to listen to all this accusation from Ford under highly political circumstances, but we are not supposed to apply the same criteria to one of the most liberal senators on Capital Hill. Perhaps it’s the case that Larke Recchie has long forgiven her husband for the sake of their family. After all that divorce was a long time ago. But unlike the Kavanaugh case, there is actual testimony with Recchie, and Sherrod Brown is seeking re-election for an important office and under the new rules of the #METOO movement people have been brought down for much less. So why give Sherrod Brown a pass but run Kavanaugh through the ringer? Of course, all sane people know the answer to that, but we are talking about important matters here at the highest levels of politics, yet we are given these schizophrenic options to pick from as if they were not connected to reality. Its really a bizarre proposal.
In essence, if Kavanaugh is not qualified to be a Supreme Court appointee over some accusation from high school over three decades ago without any credible testimony, then Sherrod Brown needs to resign immediately from his government held position. It doesn’t matter that his ex-wife has forgiven him, because the actions that occurred show a potential tendency for violence that could erupt at any time toward women and makes Brown unqualified to make any decisions on behalf of half the population. If we are going to live with these types of rules that the #METOO movement is proposing, and the media obviously supports with all this wall to wall coverage of Kavanaugh, then the same terms must apply to Sherrod Brown.
Prior to the Kavanaugh controversy I was happy to keep Sherrod Brown’s situation off the political burner because of the amount of time that had passed. If people were willing to elect him before knowing his divorce record, then why retry the situation now? But Democrats have demonstrated that there is no amount of time that cannot be considered. If they have to go back a hundred years to dig up dirt in even remote ways to win an election, they are willing to do it. So that makes Sherrod Brown’s actions even as a young and volatile husband very much a part of his electability and something that is fair game for the Renacci team. After all, we can’t have one set of political rules for one party and not the other.
And as to the Senate Republicans who must decide to cast a vote in favor of Brett Kavanaugh. Don’t try to play nice with the Democrats. They will not show you the same favor. If you get a chance to go for their throat, such as in the Sherrod Brown situation, then do it. Vote for Kavanaugh. Let the Democrats cry. But take them to the mat over Sherrod Brown and force them to eat their own words. Its only fair after all. But for God’s sake, defend yourselves. Don’t be afraid to punch back. Defend your House and Senate majorities and even go for gaining a few new members. Be aggressive and position yourselves for victory. Stop trying to play so NICE!
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