‘What is ironic is that [Democrats are] claiming the exact opposite of Judge Kavanaugh and his high school yearbook from more than three decades ago. Their hypocrisy is stunning…’
(Ben Sellers, Liberty Headlines) The conclusion of an FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh seemed to lay to rest nearly a month of acrimonious wrangling between the two political parties over his now-probably confirmation on Saturday.
However, the raw feelings and the residual mistrust generated by the Left’s gambit to block the nomination with sexual assault rumors and other allegations of impropriety seems unlikely to pass anytime soon.
A state-level scandal in North Carolina, over the inappropriate Twitter posts of its Democratic Party spokesman, hinted at the new yardstick to for conduct that the Kavanaugh standard has established.
Several offending posts from 2011 to 2013–before Robert Howard became the NCDP communications director–were revealed by NC Insider, a subscription-based government news service. The Charlotte Observer was among those who picked up the story.
Some of the tweets appeared to portray Howard leering at and body-shaming obese people and women with muscular physiques.
Others used misogynistic epithets and sexually explicit language, including one that referenced former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and another that celebrated the leaking of nude photographs of two female celebrities.
Howard apologized for them, saying that as a recent college graduate working for a Washington, D.C. public relations firm he was “young and dumb and trying — unsuccessfully — to be a comedian.”
NCDP Executive Director Kimberly Reynolds expressed support, saying the tweets were not reflective of who Howard is today.
But in a statement responding to them, Michele Nix, vice chair of the state GOP, seemed reluctant to forgive and forget, calling them “utterly inappropriate and offensive.”
“I’m glad he apologized” Nix said. “However, what is ironic is that [Democrats are] claiming the exact opposite of Judge Kavanaugh and his high school yearbook from more than three decades ago. Their hypocrisy is stunning.”
Howard himself issued several tweets related to the Kavanaugh issue as recently as Monday.
In some, he criticized the judge for lacking the necessary temperament, while in others he threw support to salacious and uncorroborated allegations by Kavanaugh accusers, saying that “There is no bottom to the modern GOP.”
Republicans knew about this latest allegation last week, and their response was to try to ram it through before it came out. There is no bottom to the modern GOP https://t.co/bW1d8BbWRH
— Robert Howard (@RobertWHoward) September 24, 2018