WASHINGTON – In a head-spinning few days, Republicans have moved into a full offensive posture over the latest allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, leaving congressional Democrats in a defensive crouch as they try to change the subject.
Tuesday’s dueling news conferences, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., perfectly captured the new dynamic.
After their respective policy lunches, McConnell devoted his entire opening remarks, more than three minutes, to the Kavanaugh issue, highlighting a clarification the New York Times added to a story about how an alleged victim did not recall an alleged incident of sexual misconduct during the justice’s college days.
“I think it is truly outrageous. We had this investigation a year ago; we had this vote a year ago,” McConnell told reporters.
That came after McConnell, opening the Senate floor Monday, devoted his entire remarks, more than five minutes, to the Kavanaugh issue with just as much indignation.
Schumer never mentioned the latest Kavanaugh imbroglio in Tuesday’s opening comments and appeared exhausted when the topic came up as the very first question.
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Not least of which, the asterisk strategy, to coin a phrase.