Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify next week about the sexual assault allegations against him — and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said that hearing could be a disaster for Senate Republicans.
All 11 GOP senators on the Judiciary Committee are men, while four of the 10 Democrats are women, and the “Morning Joe” host said that dynamic could blow up in the Republicans’ face.
“I am not judging any Republican’s ability to cross-examine witnesses in court, I’m not judging their ability to be moral actors on the national stage,” Scarborough said.
“I’m just saying — I said it yesterday, I’ll say it today — you talk about a thankless task for these Republicans on the judiciary committee,” he continued. “I don’t think they understand it because so many of them on that committee are so bad with optics.”
The show opened Tuesday morning comparing Sen. Orrin Hatch’s strikingly similar comments on Anita Hill during the 1991 confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas and Christine Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her at a party when they were both teenagers.
“This is just political analysis,” Scarborough said, before stumbling a bit as he tried to choose his words carefully. “Other than, let’s say — well, let’s just say there are two or three ticking time bombs on the Republican side of this judiciary committee.”
He said the upcoming hearings could highlight the growing sense that Republicans no longer represent the interests of women.
“My god, if I am a Republican candidate running somewhere across America, next Monday I’m going to have my head buried in the sand because this is a no-win situation for them,” Scarborough said.
“It doesn’t matter — facts be dammed, it is a no-win situation for those Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee,” he added. “That’s not me feeling sorry for them in the least, that’s just me saying the political dynamics are set up in such a way where they are going to look — well, they’re politically going to look very insensitive in a year that a lot of women are going to be elected to Congress.”