“It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”
― Noël Coward
This past week, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill) were busy posturing for the television cameras during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. Both senators seized the airwaves to castigate Kavanaugh for his association with his high school friend, Mark Judge. The insinuation was unmistakably clear, painting both Judge and Kavanaugh, as drunken frat boys who took advantage of Ms. Blasey-Ford (although all her alleged witnesses deny the assertion).out at Kavanaugh for his high school friendship with Mark Judge, prompting a heated exchange. that Mark Judge be “subpoenaed from his Bethany Beach hideaway and be required to testify under oath, but he has not.” Without a scintilla of evidence of wrong doing by Kavanaugh, the Democrats reduced the hearing to ‘guilt by association’ circus. Holier than thou posturing is nothing new in the Swamp.
If these Democratic Senators choose to play the guilt by the company you keep card, then their long affiliation with the most notorious sexual predator in the Catholic Church should be scrutinized carefully.
After all, grown men, not teenagers, should be judged by the company they keep.
Senators, practice what you preach or change your speech.
Since the Senior Senator from Illinois raised the issue of beach houses in the Kavanaugh hearings, Senators Durbin and Leahy should explain to the American public about their political and personal collaboration, and that of their Democrat Party with the notorious Cardinal Theodore “Uncle Ted” McCarrick, who preyed on and sexually assaulted young seminarians at his beach househideaway.
The ever pompous Patrick Leahy pontificated that, “how this Judiciary Committee handles this nomination will be viewed as a reflection of how seriously our society views credible claims of sexual misconduct.” Leahy commented that the hearing was “unbelievable, almost surreal.”
What is truly ‘surreal’ and ‘unbelievable’ is Leahy’s lengthy and friendly association with the notorious sex offender, Cardinal Ted McCarrick. How closely associated was Senator Leahy with this serial predator?
Leahy admitted that he and his wife, Marcelle went out to dinner “many times” and socialized with McCarrick often. Leahy described his emotions as “heartbreaking” over the disclosure of McCarrick decades of sexual predation. Unlike Judge Kavanaugh, who has neither socialized nor seen Mark Judge in years, Leahy saw McCarrick as recent as a few months ago on St. Patrick’s Day and “gave no hint that anything was wrong.” So much for Leahy’s instincts for predators.
Curiously, the Democrats forged an early alliance with this notorious predator. Theodore McCarrick is a household name among the political elite in Washington. McCarrick never met a Democrat politician he didn’t love; together they shared a liberal socialist agenda as the powerful cardinal provided precious ecclesial cover for the globalist platform of the Democrat Party.
This troubling match hatched in the new world order of globalism.
McCarrick loved to travel the world, collecting global political connections, while serving as the Democrat’s spiritual/political dealmaker. In 1999, McCarrick was appointed Commissioner of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom by the powerful Democrat Minority Leader, Senator Tom Daschle. In that role, the predator prelate hopscotched around the globe, with his valuable diplomatic passport and diplomatic immunity no less, under the guise of promoting religious freedom.
Like every skilled predator, McCarrick sought and found respectability and access to new hunting grounds.
Thanks to Democrat power brokers, Theodore McCarrick was given a passport to prey.
He was rewarded for his diplomatic globe trotting and willingness to put a Catholic face on the anti Catholic Clinton global initiative.
In 2000, President Clinton, also a notorious predator, awarded Theodore McCarrick with the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for his diplomatic junkets. Clinton acknowledged he sent McCarrick, to a “litany of countries he has visited sounds more suited to a diplomat than an archbishop: the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, the countries devastated by Hurricane Mitch, East Timor, Ethiopia, Burundi, Cuba, Haiti, Colombia.” Clinton capped off the award with the now creepy sounding accolade, “Archbishop, we thank you for your devotion to all God’s children.”
In 2001, McCarrick was elevated to the highest Catholic ecclesial title of Cardinal of Washington D.C. and the Democrat Party found its Catholic apologist in chief as he circled the globe, on behalf of the U.S. State Department and White House promoting the left’s agenda.
Except for pesky sex abuse settlements in 2005 and 2007 with sex assault victims, McCarrick never missed a step and built a close working relationship with the Democrats well after he retired as DC Cardinal in 2006. He happily served as Obama’s diplomat-at-large traveling to Iran, China, Africa, Armenia, and Haiti and several other countries, promoting the latest democrat cause de jour: inter-faith dialogue, peace, de-nuclear proliferation, normalization with rogue states. You name it. McCarrick happily put a Catholic face on the Obama foreign policy initiatives.
When McCarrick wasn’t jumping on planes, he served as the Democratic elite’s personal prelate. He married and buried the rich and famous of the DC democratic aristocracy, calling the Kennedys, Bidens, Russerts, Leahys, Durbins as his friends. McCarrick even presided over the Arlington Cemetery burial of Senator Ted Kennedy, the funeral mass of VP Joe Biden’s son, Beau, and the funeral of NBC Meet the Press host, Tim Russert.
Yet, more high stake diplomatic negotiations were awaiting Cardinal McCarrick in Obama’s critical second term. McCarrick became even more influential and indispensable with the Cuba and Iran deals in the offing, as the democrat President plotted to create a lasting legacy in his final four years. Once again, the Democrats turned to Ted McCarrick to provide back door covert diplomatic channels for Iran and Cuba. Enter, McCarrick’s buddies, Senator Judiciary Committee Democratic Senators Durbin and Leahy.
In September 2013, Senators Durbin and Leahy, began to assist with secret plans with the White House to normalize relations with Communist Cuba. At the invitation of his good friend, Senator Patrick Leahy, Ted McCarrick found himself in the center of delicate diplomatic negotiations with the Castro government. Along with another McCarrick’s other powerful close friend, Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, McCarrick shuttled diplomatic letters between the the White House, Cuba, and the Vatican.
McCarrick delivered for Obama an indispensable ally in the Cuba secret negotiations, his old friend, Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis.
Along with McDonough and a very small closely held team, the predator prelate landed in the White House situation room, drafting documents and giving advice, as the Obama Administration covertly negotiated thehighly secret Cuba deal using McCarrick and the Vatican as diplomatic mediators.
No doubt, McCarrick could be counted on to keep secrets!
No Background Checks for the Situation Room
Apparently, the FBI and NSA didn’t conduct background checks of individuals invited into the Obama White House’s top secret situation room to conduct high stakes covert negotiations. Surely, they knew or chose to ignore the criminal and highly blackmail-able conduct of their top negotiator, McCarrick, who already had been subject to civil settlements for sexual abuse.
No FBI background checks for a notorious sexual predator already the subject of two sexual abuse settlements?
Yet, now Democrats Leahy and Durbin demand a 7th FBI background check of Federal Appellate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
How does a notorious serial sexual predator gain access into the top secret situation room to negotiate a sensitive covert diplomatic deal?
Did Senators Leahy and Durbin vouch for the character and background of Cardinal McCarrick to the White House and National Security Council?
Or, more troubling, did McCarrick’s life long molestation history and criminal background even matter to the Obama Administration?
Here’s the bottom line: Senators Leahy and Durbin jeopardized national security by inviting a serial sexual predator into top secret negotiations. In their flawed judgment, they enabled a highly blackmail-able McCarrick to be trusted with state secrets.
This raises serious questions about the judgment of Leahy and Durbin. How could they collaborate with such an evil and dangerous man, thus potentially jeopardizing national security? What other secret Obama deals did McCarrick act as a high stakes diplomat?
The Obama Administration increasingly sought out McCarrick’s diplomatic assistance. Iran loomed large on the foreign policy list. During the run up to the Iran negotiations, McCarrick travelled to Iran to seek the release of the detained American hitchhikers, whose detention posed an pr propaganda obstacle to the Obama Iraq deal.
When the highly controversial Iran deal needed much needed political cover, McCarrick delivered the support of the American Catholic Church for the Iran boondoggle. Nothing like a Washington Post Op-ed by an American Cardinal to silence the opposition. Ever the complicit Democrat lackey, McCarrick penned an Op-Ed in the Washington Post in support of the Obama’s controversial Iran Deal.
The democrat duo of Ted McCarrick and Senator Leahy did more than just break bread. In September 2015, Cardinal McCarrick and Senator Patrick Leahy co authored a Washington Times Op-Ed for prison reform, entitled “Giving Voice to the Disadvantaged.” Their editorial focused on the Pope Francis/Democratic Elite/Leftist agenda of elimination of the death penalty (recently declared by Francis), elimination of mandatory/minimum sentencing, etc.
Whenever the Democratic Party needed a strong Catholic voice to silence conservative Catholic criticism of radical Islam, Ted McCarrick stepped up to the microphone as the Catholic proponent and leader in the Inter-Faith dialogue. Never one to be discouraged by Islamic violence, McCarrick could be relied upon to employ the power of the Catholic Church to minimize growing concern over Islamic radicalism.
In December, 2015, Democrats Dick Durbin, Pat Leahy, Tim Kaine and Ted McCarrick collaborated with other faith leaders on a joint press release in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino. They warned against hateful and xenophobic speech and reaction in response to these Islamic terrorist events. The Democrats and their complicit Cardinal quickly cautioned that U.S. refugee policy must not be restricted or halted because of Islamic terrorist attacks. Citing the words of Pope Francis, the authors urged an end to incendiary remarks about stopping Syrian refugee resettlement.
Cardinal McCarrick wrote in the press release that “the U.S. has the most secure refugee resettlement process in the world. Refugees are the most scrutinized and screened individuals to enter the U.S.” Why would McCarrick vouch for the highly dubious vetting process for refugees? Perhaps, he was swayed by the fact that the US Bishops were awarded by the Obama Administration in 2016 more than $91 Million in grants for refugee resettlement.
Is that sizeable award a payback for McCarrick’s diplomacy on behalf of Obama?
Senators Leahy and Durbin participated in the scurrilous character assassination circus against Justice Brett Kavanaugh, with their sanctimonious and snide attacks. It’s no surprise that hypocrisy pulses through the political bloodstream in Washington, as witnessed by Senate Judiciary Democrats.
The Kavanaugh confirmation hearings replaced orderly legislative process with violent political theatre, elevating deceit over honesty, sanctimony over testimony. Not surprising, this has been called the Summer of Scandal in Washington, capturing the deplorable revelations about DC Cardinal McCarrick and, now the destructive Kavanaugh hearings. Will Leahy and Durbin learn an important lesson?
It’s obvious that Democrats are shocked by honesty and fooledby deceit. Judge the man, not the boy, by the company he keeps.
Elizabeth Yore is an international child abuse attorney who has who has investigated international child abuse cases among the clergy and others.