It’s hard to remember a time I felt so exhausted from a day of American civic failure — though late night November 8, 2016 comes to mind. Today the Senate Republicans hid behind a woman fetched from God-knows-where, to challenge the testimony of an extremely cogent witness against Brett Kavanaugh; and then retreated to male-rage politics for the entire afternoon. The tone of the entire afternoon was classic pound-the-table. Kavanaugh’s accuser was eminently credible; in response, he was red-faced, intemperate; his Republican defenders were enraged, piously hypocritical, and male. They had no facts, nor law, on their side; and all that was left was to rage and bluster at the purported unfairness of the whole proceedings — to poor Brett Kavanaugh.
Dr. Blasey Ford was an obviously credible witness; her story adds up. Her delivery was gracious, vulnerable and dignified — “feminine” in a way that ought to be emulated — by men. Even Republicans on the committee had to feign sympathy for her — even as they 100% dismissed her “100% certainty” that her assailant was Brett Kavanaugh.
In the afternoon, Kavanaugh dropped the veneer of dignity and comportment, and let loose a stunning and baseless stream of bitter recriminations which ought to
call into question demolish his presumption of suitability for the nation’s highest court:
This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups.
Furthermore, Kavanaugh lied about matters large and small, blatantly and fluidly: The meanings of the references on his yearbook page — relevant as a character self-witness — are easily disproven by a Google search. Renate was indeed shocked and offended to learn of his inscription to her. But to Kavanaugh, a word means just what he chooses it to mean, neither more nor less. This is also evident in his cafeteria-plutocrat, heads-I-win/tails-you-lose, the rich-shall-inherit-the-earth judicial philosophy. It’s all of a piece, a seamless garment of rationalization.
Naturally, committee Republicans, Lindsay Graham most notably, echoed Kavanaugh’s claim that he was being treated unfairly. (nb. Merrick Garland.) There is no hope in pointing out hypocrisy to the shameless; but we point it out to be entered into the historical record.
They’ve got nothing. They’re all busted, all of ‘em.
I think a lot of us hold out some hope that the Republicans’ insane fever for destruction is going to break at some point; that they’re going to pull it back one of these days. I’ve been waiting for that since at least 1994. It hasn’t happened yet. It never will. And if Kavanaugh is bum-rushed through, the insanity engulfs the Supreme Court.
This party must be destroyed, utterly. GOP delenda est.