Amid the shifting goalposts of the Kavanaugh nomination, and the failure of lurid sexual allegations to move the needle on public opinion, we now have Democrats on the Senate floor decrying high school and college beer drinking.

It’s all wrapped in the righteous stance purporting that Kavanaugh lied under oath… about passing out. God help anyone who ever attended a kegger....hope you don’t have national political aspirations!

And while the Democrats are more than happy to address their myriad issues with Judge Kavanaugh, someone they aren’t willing to talk about is Keith Ellison, Congressman and Deputy DNC chair. Ellison is running for attorney general of Minnesota.

Ellison has been accused of a litany of abuse allegations, both physical and mental, by two former partners. The national media has largely not reported on the story, other than to discredit it. But there was enough of a fervor that the Minnesota Democratic Party launched an outside investigation into one woman’s allegations and surprise, surprise found that allegations absent outside proof is not enough to conclude that abuse happened.

You know, due process, that concept we all agreed on before Trump came along and caused a good bit of the country to go mental.

“An allegation standing alone is not necessarily sufficient to conclude that conduct occurred, particularly where the accusing party declines to produce supporting evidence that she herself asserts exists,” Susan Ellingstad, the outside lawyer concluded.

The woman making the allegation said she had video proof of the abuse, which was not turned over to the attorney. The abuse was also alleged in doctor and therapist notes, with Ellison named contemporaneously.

If it sounds similar to Professor Blasey Ford’s allegation and supporting proof you would be correct. In Ford’s instance, she is refusing to turn over her therapy notes, even though it has been reported she shared them with the Washington Post, negating patient privacy.

Yet, the two situations couldn’t have more differing narratives.

While Ellison has been smeared with unfounded allegations, the narrative being promoted by Dems is that Kavanaugh is a raging drunk who hasn’t been caught for 30 years while clearing six different background checks.

So back to the FBI it goes for further checking.

I don’t have a problem with more FBI checks, and I am confident agents will find nothing nefarious in Kavanaugh’s past. I have a problem with Republicans, well a few Republicans actually, folding like a cheap suit in the face of abject partisan hackery and paid activism. Of giving credence to the theory that another week will do anything but give Democrats more time to sully the name of a man who has honorably served this country through three different presidential administrations.

At the end of all these shenanigans, Kavanaugh successfully was voted out of committee, and his nomination is now on the Senate floor.

It will still be a battle.

Make no mistake, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell would have already held the vote if he had the numbers.

The mid-term elections are a referendum on this nomination, whether Kavanaugh is confirmed or not. Americans across the country need to decide whether Democrat’s fight for power at all costs is worth it. Whether de-legitimizing the Supreme Court for short-term political gains should be rewarded.

We have a level of distrust in our institutions from both sides of the aisle that is reaching a dangerous tipping point. Americans have watched as each and every step by this administration has been blocked, protested and decried. Successes - whether the tax bill and economy, the successful renegotiation of trade agreements and trade policy or huge foreign policy strides - are consistently glossed over.

The Republican Party is not perfect, by any means. No party ever will be. You go to battle with who you have, not who you want. But we have a chance to shore up the flank this November with a Congress that fights for American values like the rule of law and due process and wants success for both Main Street and Wall Street.

And as an aside, if I was Brett Kavanaugh, I think I would be thankful the president who nominated me was the one who knows how to fight.

Staff columnist Toni Butero can be reached at or by calling (209) 862-2222.