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Monday, October 08 2018

As the dust settles on the Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court, many on the left are looking desperately for someone to blame.  It’s understandable.  Conservatives have been on the losing end of cultural and political battles more times than I can remember, and there’s always the requisite time of mourning, gnashing of teeth, grief, and introspection as to what went wrong.

Though I think the Democrats in Washington will probably stay situated in the gnashing stage for several weeks, it will be most intriguing to see if the introspection phase will bring a moment of clarity to liberals that the man affectionately known as “Creepy Porn Lawyer,” Michael Avenatti, is no advantage to their movement.

That may be a tough pill to swallow for the left.  Just days ago I watched, amazed at how many blue-check marked left-wing pols were singing his praises.  After all, Avenatti was delivering on his promise to introduce new, condemning information about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  Avenatti had teased that the allegations of his client Julie Swetnik were so powerful, so credible, that they would be the corroborating information that Democrats had been desperately wanting.

And liberals like Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine bought it, big time.  He wrote an entire piece entitled, “Why Julie Swetnik’s allegations spell doom for Brett Kavanaugh.”

One has to wonder what was going through Chait’s mind when watching Senator Susan Collins of Maine dropping the hammer on the disgusting smears Democrats had brought up that lacked even the slightest bit of truth – you know, like Avenatti’s.

Collins named names, and hammered away at Avenatti and Swetnik:

In her floor speech, she said claims by Avenatti's client, Julie Swetnick, "outlandish," and said they are a "stark reminder about why the presumption of innocence is so ingrained." 

Unsurprisingly Avenatti didn’t learn his lesson.  He immediately took to Twitter to defend his… “good name.”  He complained:

"Senator Collins is channeling Donald Trump," he said on Twitter. "Entirely disingenuous and shameful. Where was she when Judge Garland could not even get an up or down vote?"

The only problem is that a few years ago, Colllins was right there with Judge Garland, taking meetings with him and calling for Republicans to give him consideration.

They’re probably unlikely to take my advice on this, but if Democrats are hoping to rise like a phoenix from the ashes in the midterms and beyond, they probably want to start by unloading the liability that may be the single person most responsible for getting Kavanaugh across the finish line: Michael Avenatti.

Posted by: Peter Heck AT 09:43 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email