Kavanaugh: America grabbed by the pussy

He said/she said. She testified about sexual transgressions by the Supreme Court nominee. He rejoined with an emphatic, highly emotional denial. I was inclined to believe him, giving him the benefit of the doubt.

But in the years since, it has become altogether clear that Anita Hill was telling the truth, and Clarence Thomas was lying. He still sits on the court, its longest serving member. If you call it “serving.”

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was certainly telling the truth. Kavanaugh was not. His tearful, indignant histrionic performance may have been worthy of an emmy, but not of his elevation to the nation’s highest court.

Testimonials from legions of women, who’ve known Kavanaugh, have vouched for his upstanding behavior. Human beings are complex and deep. A person may behave beautifully in most contexts and abominably in another. Kavanaugh testified that he sometimes had too many beers; what “too many” meant was not clarified. But too many beers can make people do things they would not ordinarily do. Things they don’t even remember. Kavanaugh may even have convinced himself his attempted rape didn’t happen.

And if Kavanaugh was sober during his raging performance yesterday, can you imagine what this guy would be like with “too many beers” in him?

And he does not, in fact, have a record of honesty. His previous testimony in these hearings was fundamentally a lie, calling Roe v. Wade “settled law,” as though it would be safe from him, when in truth he will vote to overturn it. Which indeed is virtually the raison d’etre of his nomination.

Some Republican Senators, so vocal in denouncing Democrats and supporting Kavanaugh (like John Cornyn) meantime also said Ford was convincing and credible. It’s been said the sign of true intelligence is the ability to hold two contradictory beliefs.

At the end of NPR’s coverage, correspondents were asked for one word to describe the day’s events. They arrived at “tragic,” and I agree. This episode shows starkly just how broken our politics, our civic culture, has become. I used to respect Lindsay Graham as a serious, responsible, even statesmanlike character. Now his Trump derangement syndrome was in full flower as he foamed at the mouth in hysterical defense of such a dubious cause.

A poll this morning shows 48% of white evangelical Christians — “Christians” — want Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court even if he tried to rape Dr. Ford. Christians who, unlike atheists, get morality from God.

For all the venom Republicans spewed at Democrats for their conduct here, Republicans’ own conduct is characterized by their leader McConnell’s candid statement that they’re going to “plow right through” everything to get their man on the Court no matter what. No matter what Kavanaugh may have done.

They have the power to do it. America should be ashamed for allowing such people to have power.

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5 Responses to “Kavanaugh: America grabbed by the pussy”

  1. djedi9 Says:

    Unfortunately, very well spoken Frank.
    Wolfgang

  2. Stew Naad Says:

    It is now the official dogma of the Democrat party that adolescent male heterosexuality is verboten (forbidden). If he was a gay male giving BJs to stone drunk football players he would be hailed a a courageous New Age hero. Do we have to believe Dr. Ford, who herself was a drunken, horny teenager at a party (which one, where– we’ll never know?) Now that she is a woke, progressive activist with an ax to grind it makes her case so much less believable. And not mentioning it to anyone for all these years? Gimme a break.

  3. Nowhere Tribune Says:

    “A poll this morning shows 48% of white evangelical Christians — “Christians” — want Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court even if he tried to rape Dr. Ford.” Well? I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised. I’ve read the Bible through several times, and no where does it expressly condemn rape. The Old Testament, however, condones it. As a father of two daughters, this is one of the things that finally led me away from faith. I don’t want my daughters to be second class citizens.

  4. Lee Says:

    @Stew Naad. If Judge Kavanaugh had admitted that the allegations are (likely) true, then forgiving him for what he did would legitimately be on the table for discussion. If, instead, he has been lying to us about it then that is disqualifying.

    Although it has been getting a little easier since Harvey Weinstein, historically it has been quite painful for the victim of sexual misconduct to come forward. In that vein, Prof. Ford has much to lose by testifying and little to gain — because President Trump’s next choice is likely to have very similar politics. She should be applauded for nonetheless stepping up to do the right thing.

  5. Didius Julianus Says:

    And for a completely different yet rational examination of the issue:

    https://www.theburningplatform.com/2018/09/28/winter-is-coming-3/

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