By John Ruberry

Sometimes I watch television programs so you don’t have to. Such was the case this morning as I endured ABC’s This Week, which was slightly more tolerable than usual because the regular host, George Stephanopolous was off and Jonathan Karl was in charge.

Of course the show was dominated by the circus surrounding the drawn-out confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh, who was sworn in last night as the newest US Supreme Court Associate Justice.

“I talked to a woman from UltraViolent who was paid,” Vice News’ Washington bureau chief Shawna Thomas told Karl on the program “she helped steer people in the right ways to be able to confront senators.”

Karl interjected, “So there were paid,” but then Thomas jumped back in, “There were people that were paid by organizations like UltraViolet to try to harness that energy in a way that would make the viral moments that we ended up seeing.”

UltraViolet, which I haven’t heard of until this morning, is left-wing female advocacy group.

Well one of those “viral moments” was the screaming attack on Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)  in a Capitol elevator. This is not, to paraphrase a favored chant by leftist protesters, how democracy is supposed to look like.

Another moment was the regular stream of shrieking interruptions during the Senate Justice Committee hearings for Kavanaugh.

Another viral moment were the mobs that swarmed the Capitol building over the last few days.

“The very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad,” President Donald Trump remarked on Twitter on Friday. “Don’t fall for it! Also, look at all of the professionally made identical signs. Paid for by Soros and others. These are not signs made in the basement from love!”

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Now notice that Thomas didn’t say that the protesters were paid, as Trump claims. Perhaps they were, but let’s look back at her comment about the woman from UltraViolet who “helped steer people in the right ways to be able to confront senators.” Hmmm. That makes these protests much less spontaneous. Think astroturf, not grass roots.

Yesterday there was a Cancel Kavanuagh march in Washington that of course achieved nothing other than letting a bunch of leftists to blow off steam, assuming they had any steam left. Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Women’s March National, and CPD Action, an advocacy group connected to the Center for Popular Democracy, were behind that anger fest. The people running these organizations, and their lieutenants, are almost certainly paid.

Shame! Shame! Shame!

MoveOn.org was active in the effort to prevent Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Now that is rich. MoveOn was formed, to well, “move on” from the investigation of Bill Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. When is the left going to have its defiant #MeToo moment with the Clintons? They’ve certainly had that moment with Kavanaugh in regards to the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford. Oh wait, I forgot, Kavanaugh is a Republican justice nominated by a Republican president. Silly me.

The anti-Kavanaugh protests are just the latest street theater performance of a play that goes back to the 1960s, as are the arrests. And once again I have to ask, what happens to those shrill screechers–and I’m just citing one series of instances–who were arrested for disrupting the Kavanaugh hearings at the US Capitol. Will they be prosecuted? Or will a sympathetic prosecutor quietly drop the charges against them so they can scream another day? Are we still a nation of laws?

And while the rank-and-file protesters may not have been directly paid, I have some more questions. Who designs and purchases the matching T-shirts many of them wear? Who pays for the travel expenses for the rabble rousers? Who writes the checks for those professionally printed signs and posters?

There is money, to be sure, perhaps big money, behind these confrontations and rallies.

UPDATE 9:15 EDT: I have video of Thomas’ admission:

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John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Because of the Kavanaugh stuff I’ve spent much more time on twitter than I normally do. On Saturday I saw a series of tweets that perfectly illustrates why Donald Trump keeps beating the left

The first tweet came from the account Neoavatara

This tweet was actually rather unremarkable, the left in general and Christine Ford’s lawyers in particular have really bent the meaning of the word “corroboration” to its breaking point.

The 2nd tweet was in response to this one, it was from old friend Doug Mataconis who has kindly provided me with so much fodder over the years:

Now on a few levels this tweet is also unremarkable. Based on this tweet Doug clearly believes that Christine Ford is a victim of some form of sexual assault and because of this finds any statement contradicting this an attack on her and while in my opinion a reasonable person would not call this an attack others might disagree so his response rather tame overall.

The third tweet came from me and made an important distinction:

It’s clear that @Neoavatara does not believe Dr. Fords accusations, as he does not believe her or find her credible he clearly is not, in his mind, attacking a survivor of a sexual assault. However that is an opinion, and Doug’s opinion that Dr. Ford IS a victim of a sexual assault is just as valid.

So my tweet conveyed that both Neovatara’s tweet and Doug’s tweets are valid based on their opinions and evaluation of the credibility of Dr. Ford’s statements.

To this point all the various tweets are pretty unremarkable and while I may disagree with some of them, valid points of discussion and nothing at all remarkable.

The series of valid points ended with Doug’s response.

Doug has two problems here one small and one large. First comes his assertion that I claimed that Dr. Ford was never assaulted when she was 15, when my actual tweet simply pointed out that both the opinion that she was and the opinion that she wasn’t are valid points, however I give Doug a pass on this because while I didn’t say it, that is an accurate description of my opinion and we’ve jousted enough online that I can’t fault him for knowing what I think.

His attempt to equate the accusations against Judge Kavanaugh, or as of today Justice Kavanaugh, a person who for decades that nobody and I mean NOBODY had a bad word to say about his personal character (remember during the Clinton years while Kavanaugh was on Ken Starr’s team a large cash bounty was offered for any dirt on any member of Starr’s team) with folks like Weinstein, Bill Conton and Matt Lauer was such an amazing statement that it required a strong response:

Remember Hillary’s famous 60 minutes interview was to kill the “bimbo eruptions” problem with her husband that was open knowledge in Arkansas. For years Hollywood knew about Weinstein and obliquely joked about it in public as did network news people about Matt Lauer and unlike some millennials who don’t follow this stuff daily Doug knows this well. It was necessary to call him out forcefully, not only because it was a provably false public assertion but because it was incredible to me that a person as well informed and as intelligent as Doug would make it and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out why…

…until I read his response.

This tweet explained everything, both about the Democrat left in general and Doug in particular.

The facts on the ground don’t matter, the economic success, political success, international success, military success, trade success all of these things don’t matter. Donald Trump is stupid, and thus anyone who supports him or anything he does is a clown, a dope and a fool and thus any assertion, any action and any declaration intended to counter either Trump or his supporters, no matter how provably false, no matter how outlandish, no matter how counterproductive to the goal of actually defeating what President Trump is doing, is not only valid, it is sacrosanct because it is made in accordance to that matter of faith.

This is the attitude of the press, of the academic left, of the Hollywood left and of the socialist left and because the validation of this belief brings them comfort, self-satisfaction and profit (as the fat fees consultants will get from, the hundreds of thousands pouring into Maine to defeat Susan Collins will demonstrate) we will continue to see more of the same from the left in general and Doug and people like him in particular.

And that’s why Donald Trump will continue to win.