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The Daily BeastSep 25, 2018
Maybe the GOP Should Dump Brett Kavanaugh for Mike Lee
Getty/Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastIn football, your enemy isn't the other team; your enemy is the clock. From a purely strategic standpoint, the same thing could be said about the current Supreme Court nomination battle. The Republicans' enemy isn't the Democrats, whom they outnumber. Their true enemy is the clock. That's why the Democrats have been trying to "delay, delay, delay." And, for a week now, it has worked.

Why are Republicans in a race against time? Because there is no guarantee that they will hold the Senate next year. Even if they do, their majority could be even slimmer than it is now, leaving less room for error. What is more, if they push to confirm a nominee in a lame duck session this fall, Republicans won't have any leverage over Democratic senators living in red states, such as North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin. The current leverage is that they have to get themselves reelected. But if that pressure is gone, whether they've won or lost on Nov. 6, they're surely more likely to be solid no votes.

With the clock ticking, Republicans should ask themselves whether it's time to replace Kavanaugh or whether they should stick with their starter.

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The Daily BeastSep 25, 2018
Republicans and Democrats Dismissed Anita Hill. Christine Blasey Ford Won't Be So Easy to Ignore.
Photo illustration by The Daily BeastWhen Anita Hill testified before an all-male and all-white Senate Judiciary committee in 1991, no one was in her corner—not the country, not the lawmakers grilling her, and certainly not history.

Sexual harassment was a new term, and the senators, Republicans and Democrats alike, would have preferred to silence her and go ahead with their important work confirming a Supreme Court justice without hearing her unsavory and unproven allegations against Clarence Thomas, an African-American nominee and the protege of then Republican Senator John Danforth, an ordained Episcopal priest.    

The playing field was heavily tilted in Thomas' favor when Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, the ranking member on the Judiciary committee then and still there 27 years later, memorably floated the theory that Hill's testimony about Thomas asking in the workplace they shared, "Who put a pubic hair on my coke?" was something "contrived" that Hill had borrowed from the 1971 novel, "The Exorcist."

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The Daily BeastSep 24, 2018
Democrats to Avenatti: You're Not Helping in the Kavanaugh Fight
GettyOn Sunday evening, just as The New Yorker revealed the identity of a second woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, attorney Michael Avenatti announced that he, too, had "credible information" about Kavanaugh and his high school friend, Mark Judge.

The media-savvy lawyer told The Daily Beast on Monday that his client would be coming forward "in the next 48 hours" with details and accusations that mirrored those already leveled and could, in his estimation, torpedo Kavanaugh's confirmation—all of which would seem helpful for Democrats as they make the case that Kavanaugh is morally unfit to sit on the Supreme Court.

And yet, Avenatti's late appearance in this heated confirmation fight has some in the party fearful that he will end up doing more harm than good—in particular, giving Republicans the ammunition they would need condemn and dismiss the allegations against Kavanaugh as a political hit job.

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