Kamala Harris', D-Calif., attempts last week to upend Brett
Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearings with outright
fabrications would make even former Nevada senator and noted
smear artist Harry Reid blush.
fact, if we were to gauge who is the biggest liar right now in the
U.S. Senate, Harris has jumped into the lead and seems to be
consolidating her position. You don't need to take conservatives'
word for that either.
Sept. 7, Harris' office tweeted the following: “Kavanaugh chooses
his words very carefully, and this is a dog whistle for going
after birth control. He was nominated for the purpose of taking
away a woman’s constitutionally protected right to make her own
health care decisions. Make no mistake – this is about punishing
women.” Her office then said in a follow-up tweet one day later:
“There's no question that he uncritically used the term
‘abortion-inducing drugs,’ which is a dog whistle term used by
extreme anti-choice groups to describe birth control.”
nonsense about Kavanaugh “going after birth control” is just a
tweets, which have accumulated a combined 17,000 re-tweets, are
designed explicitly to mislead voters about the Supreme Court
nominee, who uttered those words in
the course of explaining the legal position taken by litigants
in a case.
2013, Catholic hospitals, universities, and advocacy groups sued
the Department of Health and Human Services over the Affordable
Care Act's requirement that employers provide employees with
contraception coverage. The Catholic groups argued that the
financial penalties included in the healthcare law’s contraception
opt-out were an undue burden on their faith. In 2014, their
argument was rejected by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia Circuit.
who sat on the court at that time and is himself a Roman Catholic,
argued in his dissent that the groups should have been given a
week, during his Supreme Court hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas,
asked the judge: “Can
you tell this committee about that case and your opinion there?”
responded, “That was a group that was being forced to provide a
certain kind of health coverage over their religious objection to
their employees, and under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,
the question was first, was this a substantial burden on the
religious exercise? And it seemed to me quite clearly it was."
judge added, “It was a technical matter of filling out a form, in
that case with – that – they said filling out the form would make
them complicit in the provision of the abortion-inducing drugs
that they were – as a religious matter, objected to.”
you can see, Kavanaugh was not laying out his thoughts on
contraception. He was clearly referring
to the argument presented by the plaintiffs in the case, who held
that certain forms of contraception were abortifacient or
other words, Harris is lying. If you don't believe me, maybe
you'll believe the failing grades that the left-leaning PolitiFact (they
went easy — she deserved the full "pants on fire" grade) and the
Washington Post (four Pinocchios) both gave her for
lying about Kavanaugh's views.
is strike two for Harris, who pressed Kavanaugh last week with misleading
and ambiguously worded questions about
whether he “had any conversation about” special counsel Robert
Mueller “or his investigation” with anyone employed by the law
firm founded by President Trump's personal attorney. Despite
assuring and reassuring journalists that she had evidence of a
conversation that would have represented a major ethical breach by
a sitting appellate court judge, it turned out she was just lying
— making the entire thing up out of whole cloth. This is why she
declined to provide any evidence or justification for her charge.
her claim of "reliable" information, she was forced to back down,
and the below exchange from Thursday evening was the last anyone
heard from her about the slander she had spent the last 24 hours
spreading on and off camera.
that was that. All that innuendo, all that nonsense about
“reliable information,” and it ended with Harris abandoning the
topic entirely and moving on to the next shiny object.
the senator's perspective, there's a price to pay for lying to
journalists, which she did in the promotion of that story. But
there's also an upside: Her theatrics have
increased her chances of becoming the Democratic nominee in
2020. Eye on the prize.