Back in July, the American Constitution Society held a conference call about the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and a clip of it was released by the GOP on Thursday.
In the call, Democratic operative Ricki Seidman cautioned participants to stay tuned, despite the partisan makeup of the Senate seemingly being against them.
“While I think at the outset, looking at the numbers in the Senate, it’s not extremely likely that the nominee can be defeated. I would absolutely withhold judgement as the process goes on. I think that I would not reach any conclusion about the outcome in advance,” Seidman says in the recording.
Was she teasing a post-hearing surprise that was triggered by Sen. Dianne Feinstein?
Seidman speculated that Kavanaugh was chosen prior to Justice Anthony Kennedy announcing his retirement, and that liberal groups — who would oppose any Trump nominee — were caught flat-footed.
“Over the coming days and weeks,” Seidman says in the recording that seems to have occurred shortly after Kavanaugh’s announcement, “there will be a strategy that will emerge, and I think it’s possible that that strategy might ultimately defeat the nominee.”
She didn’t provide further details, but given the fact that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford “is being advised by” Seidman, according to Politico, it’s not difficult to conclude the plot currently unfolding began months ago.
Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both teenagers, is being advised by Democratic operative Ricki Seidman.
Seidman, a senior principal at TSD Communications, in the past worked as an investigator for Sen. Ted Kennedy, and was involved with Anita Hill’s decision to testify against Supreme Court Nominee Clarence Thomas.
“I believe her and I think she’s very courageous for coming this far,” Seidman told Politico.
In the recording, Seidman thought it would be possible to peel off two Republicans to vote against Kavanaugh, female Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.
Is this strategy merely designed to flip their votes?