While the Democrats tend to fare poorly when it comes to, you know, winning elections and acting like decent human beings, they invariably excel at the ancient art of moving the goalposts, a fact hinted at on social media Thursday by none other than Fox News’ Brett Baier.
“Correct,” he tweeted in reply to a fellow reporter who noted that Democrats have moved their goalposts in regard to the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Am I wrong or did Dems’ messaging shift from “hear what she has to say” to “how dare you ask to hear what she has to say” https://t.co/SxvX2nIUPB
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) September 19, 2018
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) September 20, 2018
Recall that when Kavanaugh’s accuser first outed herself, Democrats requested his confirmation be delayed so that accuser Christine Blasey Ford could have a chance to share her story with Congress and be questioned regarding the details.
Yet the moment Republicans caved to this request and scheduled a hearing next Monday for both Ford and Kavanaugh to testify, both Ford and her Democrat allies promptly changed their story, demanding an FBI investigation first be launched.
Even worse, some among the left began discounting the very idea of a hearing, arguing that allowing the opposing parties (Ford and Kavanaugh) to present their individual testimonials and be questioned (which is a cornerstone of due process) would be a “sham.”
“Without the benefit of an FBI investigation … and without the benefit of corroborating witnesses being able to testify, it’s a sham hearing, and I don’t think she should participate,” left-wing Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand complained to CNN host Jim Acosta.
What corroborating witnesses? None of the witnesses Ford has cited have backed her claims.
“I don’t think she should be bullied into this scenario, where it’s a ‘he-said, she-said’ when many of the committee members have already made up their minds,” she added.
Except this is a “he-said, she-said” scenario because Ford has offered no substantive evidence whatsoever. Moreover, Democrats are the ones who initially requested a hearing. Their moving goalposts are so blatant that even MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski– who are not known for sticking up for Republicans — couldn’t help but notice it.
“Everybody was screaming at the Republican party 24 hours ago that they needed to give her a hearing, let her voice be heard. Now they’re attacking or claiming that this was all a part of some attempt by Republicans to play this like masters,” Scarborough noted Wednesday.
“Nobody wants to be on the wrong side of this. So, everyone said ‘let her speak, let her testify, give her a moment to have her voice, let’s hear her story,'” Brzezinski added. “I think she even said she would testify. So, I guess some could argue and some Republicans could argue, this is moving the goalposts and it’s moving the goalpost in an impossible direction.”
“There are statutes of limitations for a reason,” she continued. “So we need to hear from her. That’s why everybody is open to hearing from a woman. But if she doesn’t want to speak, if she doesn’t want to testify, you have to wonder what the Republicans are supposed to do except demand a vote.”
“This is something that happened in high school. This is going to need her voice. There’s no other way around it. No one can do it for her.”
Talk about a breath of fresh air from the two most unexpected people. It’s just too bad neither Ford nor her Democrat allies are listening to them — or anyone else, for that matter — since all they seem to care about is delaying Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
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