Another item for the Dem To-Do List

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Nothing is guaranteed — that’s the most important thing. Democrats, pro-public education advocates, and those sick of the toxic culture being promulgated by President Trump and his quislings still must make sure to vote and to bring their family and friends with them to do the same. However, Nate Silver’s 538 website is giving the Democrats a 73.6 percent chance of retaking the House, as of Oct. 5.

Should that come to pass, Democrats already have a pretty long to-do list:

  • Launch investigations into corruption in the Trump Administration
  • Actually invest in much-needed infrastructure instead of just talking about it
  • Shore up America’s health-care system
  • End ICE abuses
  • Investigate how to protect our elections from foreign interference instead of shrugging, and
  • Restaff the IRS so it can once again investigate tax cheating by the 1 percent.

The latter point is illustrated by the exhaustive New York Times series investigating questionable, probably illegal, multi-million-dollar tax-avoidance strategies practiced by the Trump clan for decades. The redoubtable Paul Krugman estimates that tax payers lose $60 billion annually, enough money to completely fund SNAP benefits.

But, we should add one more item to the to-do list: actually investigate sexual allegations into Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

As of this writing, Kavanaugh is not yet a Supreme; however, with a 51-49 vote to advance his nomination, the smart money is that he’ll get to the High Court.

At this point, he has had four credible accusations of sexual misconduct made against him. The truth of the matter, though, is that there are likely more accusations and instances to come. As shown by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, comedian Louis C.K., former public-radio newsman John Hockenberry, actor Kevin Spacey, hip Canadian Broadcasting Corporation host Jian Ghomesi, and many others, sexual predation is never a one-off. It’s not what they do; it’s who they are. Do you believe that there are only four women out there with a personal story about Kavanaugh? Then I’ve got a great deal for you on a bridge that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan.

These women have documentation and witnesses that would back up their stories. The FBI and Senator Mitch McConnell and his Republican majority aren’t interested in the evidence, but America is. We want to know what’s there. Almost certainly, even more witnesses and other allegations will turn up if the House’s investigators simply look for them. If The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow found more out there, how much more could a crack staff of investigators find?

Another reason I think there will be more to come: the actions of the White House and the Senate Republicans. They were afraid to investigate and afraid that, if they didn’t rush Kavanaugh’s confirmation, so much would crop up that Kavanaugh would be doomed even in McConnell’s rubber-stamp Senate. They were afraid because they were thinking exactly what I’m thinking: there’s lots more out there.

What then? Launch an impeachment campaign against Kavanaugh. Make senators who now blow off considerable evidence have to explain why they’re supporting him.

Would the Senate vote to actually remove Kavanaugh? Probably not. But if a mountain of evidence piles up, would they have to defend their vote to save a sexual predator? You bet.

Make some popcorn, ladies and gents. That’s a show you won’t want to miss!

 

Ivonne Rovira
Ivonne Rovira, a teacher and an activist, is the research director for the statewide organization Save Our Schools Kentucky. Ivonne previously worked for The Miami Herald, the now defunct (and greatly lamented) Miami News, and The Associated Press. All three of her children are proud products of Jefferson County Public Schools.