It's 10 am, and I'll be here all day, live-tweeting Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony then Brett's lies and every misogynistic moment in between.
Oh, and we should be equally concerned for how terrible the last few weeks have been for both Dr. Ford and Brett Kavanaugh.
Now Grassley's lecturing on civility, so.
He claims the FBI has completed YET ANOTHER VERY THOROUGH background check on Kavanaugh and there's "not a whiff" of sexual impropriety.
Then he refers to "the secret letter" and subtweets DiFi.
"Secret evidence." "Eleventh hour."
He continues to take shots at DiFi and claims it's *the press* that's mistreated Dr. Ford. Not Republicans.
When we got the letter and the allegations, we took them very seriously, just as we have in the past.
"The Democrats refused to participate in what should have been a bipartisan investigation."
Now he really is just lying.
"I nevertheless ordered a public hearing." Magnanimous of you, Chuck.
On to the FBI: "We saw no reason to re-open a closed investigation."
My ears are bleeding so I'm going to summarize:
"Contrary to what the public believe," the FBI has nothing to do with investigating things.
"We've been trying to investigate other allegations."
Chuck claims other attorneys aren't cooperating, though we've been incredibly fair and reasonable. They're not making clients available to interview!
Yes, I did receive a letter from Dr. Ford....The next day, I called Dr. Ford. We spoke on the phone. She reiterated that she wanted this held confidential, and I held it confidential up to a point where the witness was willing to come forward."
"Before you get to your testimony, I think it's important you're properly introduced."
Don't even want to know how Grassley was going to introduce Dr. Ford, but DiFi does an excellent job. She says she's very impressed by Dr. Ford.
"Sexual violence is a serious problem and it goes unseen. It's estimated by the CDC that one in three women and one in six men will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime."
"[Women] are put on trial and forced to defend themselves and often revictimized in the process."
"An attractive woman in a blue suit sitting before a committee of all men and having her credibility attacked."
History is repeating itself.
2018: "I'll listen to the lady, but we're going to bring this to a close."
"All three [women] have said they have evidence and corroboration. Yet Rs continue to blindly push forward."
Kavanaugh says he was focused on his studies and basketball. But here are all the people who have said Kavanaugh was a heavy drinker, and here are their exact words.
That's what this **should** be about, DiFi says.
She urges the majority to get its shit together.
Damn, DiFi. Get it.
He began by not actually addressing her, but talking about her.
He's nailed that combination of robotic and condescending.
"I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty."
Here's her full testimony. cnn.com/2018/09/26/pol…
Like only having one beer might have protected her. I know that feeling.
Her voice is close to breaking but she is soldiering on.
Her courage and pain have me in tears.
She made eye contact with Mark, thought he might help her.
"He did not."
Her terror is tangible.
The reason this came up in counseling is that my husband and I had completed an extensive remodel of our home, and I insisted on a second front door."
In the moment she adds, "I did not know how to do that."
It shouldn't matter how she looks, how she speaks, or how she relays what happened to her, but of course it does before these 11 Republican men.
Now she's using our voice, and we must listen.
"I decided to speak out publicly to a journalist who had responded to the tip I had sent to The Washington Post and who had gained my trust."
This is not attention-seeking.
Her parents have been doxxed.
She had to move.
She's been separated from her family.
Her email's been hacked, used to send false recantations.
She looks up with a bit of fire in her eyes.
He's reminding his colleagues and Ms. Mitchell that he lets folks finish a question so long as they ask before their time's up.
Ms. Mitchell is using Chuck's five minutes.
"I know this is stressful, so I'm going to set forth some guidelines...If I ask a question you don't understand, please ask me to clarify."
If she estimates, tell her that she's estimating.
"Are these comments accurate?"
"There's one correction. I've used 'bystander' as an adjective....'Bystander' means someone who was witnessing the assault....[PJ] was downstairs."
"I'll take a minute to read it. I can read fast."
Fist-pump for the fierce professor.
First: She can't guarantee there weren't more than four people at the party.
"Kavanaugh physically pushed me into the bedroom. I can't say that Mark Judge didn't help him with that."
Grassley interrupts because he doesn't like where this is going. Technically because of the time, but really because Ford's slaying.
"Well I didn't keep it all to myself. I brought it up in therapy which seemed an appropriate place to deal with the sequelae of the assault."
"Anxiety, phobia, and PTSD like symptoms."
"The primary impact was in the initial four years after the event. When I went off to college I had a very hard time forming new friendships, more so than others, especially new friendships with boys."
After reporters were talking to her dog through her window to calm him down.
A reporter came to one of her classes, came up to her after to ask a question. She thought she was a student. Turns out she was a reporter.
"Like I know that I'm talking to you right now."
She explains the role of epinephrine and norepinephrine in forming memories and is unshakable on her certainty that it was Kavanaugh.
She's so good.
"It wasn't a correction."
"It's my best estimate." Based on her having gone every day.
"Not at all."
"Were you on any kind of medication?"
Yes, Mitchell went there. Next she'll ask what she was wearing.
"Judge and Kavanaugh were extremely inebriated. They'd been drinking prior."
Prior to getting there or prior to CBF getting there?
Prior to getting there.
Again, so firm.
"They tended to go to parties later at night than I was allowed."
"Courage is contagious."
We owe you a debt of gratitude for coming forward, for the impact it will have on survivors around the country, Leahy says.
"No. The person [Rs claimed she could have mistaken for Brett Kavanaugh] is actually who introduced me to them."
She doesn't want to talk about him, because it's not about him.
She stops and looks down.
Hippocampus. Uproarious. Understated and unshakable.
"You've never forgotten them laughing at you?"
"They were laughing with each other."
She goes on to add, "I was underneath one of them while they laughed, two friends having a really great time with one another."
"Let me conclude with this. You do remember what happened?"
"I do. Very much."
She asks if that's good for him.
"I'm used to being collegial."
Oh, man, not going well for the Republicans.
Mitchell doesn't feel it's necessary to go over what happened upstairs again.
I'm sure not.
"And it was turned up when you got into the room?"
She guesses so because she could hear them go downstairs from the bathroom.
Mitchell's prying: You say they had a conversation. How do you know?
She could hear them talking as they went down the stairwell. She assumed.
It's incredibly powerful.
@SenKamalaHarris asks if they have copies of what they've given to CBF.
Harris points out they should have anything related to testimony before the questions are asked so they can follow.
Mitchell wasn't expecting that.
"I'm just asking where you were living at the time."
Rs are going to test her veracity & memory.
Kavanaugh claims, "I never had any physical or sexual encounter with Dr. Ford. I am not questioning that she may have been sexually assaulted" some other time by someone else.
He's going after their BS theory.
"I was a teenager so I wanted to go in one door while my mother went in another. I went in the wrong door because that's where Mark Judge was arranging shopping carts."
Her memory is excellent.
"He looked a bit ill."
That was six to eight weeks later.
"Between July 6 and September 13, there were 45 days this committee could have investigated and her privacy would have been protected."
So, yeah: DiFi should have violated Dr. Ford's request for confidentiality unilaterally for the sake of these Republican men and the man they want to cram onto the Supreme Court.
They made an enormous mistake in underestimating Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
"She's lying like a dog....There are holes in those statements you can drive a Mack truck through."
"She can't remember, can't remember, can't remember.
"I think her testimony is incredibly heartfelt, deliberative, honest, and effective. I don't know how any of my Republican colleagues hearing her story could not believe her and could vote for Brett Kavanaugh."
"I feel like she's very scripted, it's an act...you can just tell she's lying."
"I'm a 76 year old woman and I was molested in the second grade."
She's almost in tears.
"You never forget what happens to you....I'm 76 years old and I thought I was over it and then [Dr. Ford came forward]."
It shows the property you pointed out, which tax records confirm was where you lived.
Now a bigger map.
@SenKamalaHarris points out that the Dems again don't have the documents.
We calculated the nearest and farthest points from the country club.
Mitchell's going on the attack, trying to poke holes.
"I would describe it as somewhere between the country club and my home."
"Is it fair to say someone drove you somewhere?"
"Has anyone come forward and said, I drove you home?"
"How were you able to narrow down the time frame?"
"I can't give the actual date, I wish I could be more helpful....If I knew when Mark Judge worked at Safeway..."
She must have been 15 because once she started driving, she liked to drive herself.
"You got them from a patient portal?"
She's wasting her time.
"Would it be fair to say that Brett Kavanaugh's name is not listed in those notes?"
She's pressing Dr. Ford on the error in the therapist's notes; Ford's not budging. Just calm and confident and clear.
"You asked for an FBI investigation, right?"
"And you're aware that when the FBI investigates they may find corroborating or exculpatory evidence?"
Yes, she wanted an investigation and understood it could discredit her if she'd been lying.
"I feel I could be more helpful if that was the case in providing more details people are wanting to know about."
"I will make a personal pledge to you here...I will do everything in my power to make sure your claims get a full investigation and not just this."
Once more, "Brett Kavanaugh's name is not in those notes?"
Still true. She doesn't even get a cheap point out of it.
"The etiology of anxiety and PTSD is multifactorial. That was a critical risk factor, as we call it in science, and a predictor...It doesn't meant there aren't other things that would make it worse or better."
Her authenticity is indisputable. She's being herself, 100 percent. No effort to dumb down. Just calm, confident, and strong.
"In an airplane."
"I ask because it's been reported that ... you didn't want to fly."
"I was certainly trying to avoid getting on an airplane. I was able to get up the gumption with the help of some friends."
"You have to fly frequently for work and hobbies, correct?"
Mitchell needs a longer format.
"You worked for a company in Australia?"
"I've never been to Australia. The company was based in Sydney."
She thought she'd been to Australia. That's a basic, unforced error.
Dr. Ford's not flustered. She just confirms while maintaining clearly that she doesn't like flying.
"The attorneys asked if I was willing to take [the polygraph] and I said 'absolutely.' It was almost as nerve-wracking as getting on an airplane."
It would help if you knew when Mark worked at Safeway? (Since she saw him there 6-8 weeks after the assault.)
"I feel like I could be much more helpful if we could get that date through the IRS or employment records."
"The stairwell, the living room..the bed to the right in the bedroom...the bathroom in close proximity...the laughter, the uproarious laughter...the multiple attempts to escape and finally doing so."
She doesn't bite. She just says, "thank you."
Dr. Ford's lawyer jumps in:
We wanted to have the polygraph examiner testify. If you had allowed it, you would have gotten the whole panoply. That's why it's just the report.
Klobuchar: You'd have the rest of the records if you'd allowed him to testify.
"You got what you wanted, and I'd think you'd be satisfied."
What a misogynist.
"I knew the timeline was short."
"I wasn't interested in pursuing the media route...I felt one was enough, the Washington Post, and I was nervous doing that. My preference was my congressperson."
All of which supports her not wanting to go public or forfeit her anonymity.
Starting to think this is just a square peg-round hole situation.
"I can only speak to my experience."
She makes the point that experiencing that kind of trauma at a young age, while the brain is still developing, is particularly hard.
Dr. Ford's lawyer steps in to object to the prosecutor asking a question about her conversations with her counsel.
"No. I didn't see why I'd need a lawyer."
Again, she just comes across as straight-forward and calm.
Did she write the letter without help? Yes.
Mitchell is asking a lot of questions she doesn't know the answer to. That's the cardinal thing to avoid as a litigator, generally.
She was staying with her parents, hiding it from them. The only people she was speaking to were the lawyers she was interviewing from the Walgreen's parking lot.
Mitchell keeps stumbling into things that just make Dr. Ford more relatable.
"Not just because of prior consistent statements, polygraph, request for an FBI investigation, your urging this committee to interview others who could corroborate your story--you've been very honest about what you can remember."
"Someone who is honest--speaking from my experience as a prosecutor--is candid about what she can and cannot remember.
Now Blumenthal is quoting @LindseyGrahamSC's book where he talks about the courage it takes a rape victim to come forward. Zing.
He asks Dr. Ford if she'd like Mark Judge to testify.
She says that would be her preference.
"I don't think you mean to do that," says Dr Ford's lawyer.
Had CBF taken a poly before? Did she pick the examiner? Did she talk to someone about beating a polygraph? Have you ever given tips or advice to someone about taking a polygraph?
"Never" is the answer to all.
Mitchell just keeps asking whether she was being recorded.
The prosecutor from Arizona has yet to ruffle Dr. Ford or land a punch.
Smiles from the press.
That's how we got here.
Actually, thank Joan.
"This prosecutor, even though this is not a criminal proceeding, is asking Dr. Ford all sorts of questions about what happened before and after but not during the attack. [She] should know that survivors often do not remember [these things]."
"No, I reiterate, I was trying to get this information to you while there was a list of other equally qualified candidates."
She believes our values do matter.
We know, Mazie. We know.
"We were talking about the polygraph and you said you didn't believe it had been paid for yet--"
Debra Katz leans in, "Let me put an end to this--her lawyers paid for the polygraph."
Lawyer two leans in: "As is routine."
Katz echoes, "As is routine."
Instead, she gets that Dr. Ford's somewhat disorganized *after relocating twice* and that while she knows that people have contributed to GoFundMe accounts for her family's security detail she doesn't know how to access it.
Katz: "You've asked her not to guess--now you're asking her what's possible?"
Mitchell: "Is that an objection? I'll let the chair rule on that."
Dr. Ford: "I don't understand."
"Did you provide a copy of the letter to anyone else?"
"Do you know how that letter became public?"
"Well, they were continuously trying to get in touch with me, and I wasn't responding."
As would be the case if she didn't want to go public or go through this.
She only spoke tot hem after they started showing up at home and work.
A man's taking up space and speaking on sexual violence instead of asking the woman who's been through it and is present for that reason to speak.
Nope, she talked to friends and family. Oh, and DiFi's staff.
So your attorneys here today were recommended by her office?
Just one of them.
"Would you submit to an interview with the FBI?"
"I would be happy to cooperate with the FBI, yes."
"Would you be happy to submit to an interview with staff members from this committee?"
She refuses; it would be unfair to him. Principled, firm, unflustered.
Mitchell keeps prying about the man Rs tried to pin the allegations on.
CBF finally says, "You know who I mean."
Not chidingly, just putting an end to her questioning, revealing it to be superfluous.
"No, they were just parties."
Was Kavanaugh ever sexually inappropriate with Dr. Ford at any other point in time?
We see former prosecutor after former prosecutor on the Dem side drawing on relevant experience.
That's informed affirmation after informed affirmation of Dr. Ford's experience on camera.
"She didn't know about the event. She was downstairs and not aware."
Because of course their not remembering has nothing to do with whether it happened.
"I don't expect that PJ and Leland would remember this party. It was an unremarkable evening....Nothing remarkable happened to them at the party."
That last sentence: heartbreaking.
What a neutral and polite way to describe her alleged assailant's evasion.
Republicans are floundering.
Which is not what an innocent and/or patriotic person does.
There's no guile in it--Dr. Ford just really doesn't get what Mitchell is after.
"Yes, this is the format that this collegial group agreed on."
"Let's just be nice to -- her."
Grassley who's led myriad attacks on Dr. Ford.
Grassley who's inspired harassment, impugnment, and threats.
Grassley who's actively, openly tried to undermine her in every possible way.
"Why are you bragging about sexual conquests and drinking large amounts of alcohol?"
Let's hope Judiciary Dems do just that.
Here's the CSPAN livestream, by the way.
This is *his* statement. He wrote it himself! No one has seen it except one of his law clerks.
All four people at the event* said they don't recall the event.
* She said four boys, not four people.
Funny how he didn't say so earlier if he really did support an FBI investigation.
Listen to them say what? That they don't remember the party at which Dr. Ford was assaulted?
She's already said she did her best to conceal what had occurred.
This hollow, politicized rhetoric, coming from the top of his lungs, is not the antidote to Dr. Ford's calm, direct testimony.
The CA1 judge I clerked for said we could say that we'd drafted opinions for him bc everyone knows that's the deal.
This is not a jurist's rhetoric, not the statement of an independent person capable of deciding cases impartially and without political influence.
Says the man against whom allegations have been leveled.
"I'm not questioning that Dr Ford may have been assaulted by some person at some place at some time."
Jesus. Take a minute.
Don't talk to me about how women are so emotional.
Christine Blasey Ford held it together while talking about the worst night of her life. He couldn't make it five minutes.
It is, however, evidence of what a deeply partisan creature you are.
I hope she's enjoying a stiff whiskey on a plane back to California.
I hope she's surrounded by people who love her.
I'm not someone who believes that tears show weakness.
That said, don't @ me ever again about how women are too emotional for, say, the presidency. Or anything else.
Also, going to church is like brushing his teeth.
Definitely wrote it himself. Definitely shouldn't be writing Supreme Court opinions. Or any opinions.
Or at all, Brett. You are a lawyer, right?
That we went to the same law school is a source of unending shame.
Just like he listed the names of his basketball players.
Just like he listed the first names of women at a party he went to to prove...?
But so did other people sometimes!
But he never drank beer to the point of blacking out!
Kavanaugh conflates being accused of drinking too much with being accused of sexual assault.
Like it's (a) the same thing and (b) what's going on here.
He's still trying to sell "Renate Alumnus" as a term of affection.
As he fucking should.
How about some tears for the woman who came forward to testify on national television about being sexually assaulted?
He's now literally reading text messages from women.
It's The Onion. Except you couldn't make this up.
Christine Blasey Ford didn't do any of those things.
Any urge to be complimented's easily overcome by reality: Men like Brett also clerk for federal judges.
Hyper-privileged white men whose path to those jobs was inherited, not made.
He's ALREADY hired his law clerks for the Supreme Court. They're all women--it would be a historic first.
Okay--can we go back to how you feel entitled to that seat without confirmation?
You could absolutely teach again so long as you submit to an investigation that exonerates you.
Is he conceding that's not going to happen?
Mere refutation is inadequate. That's literally why the justice system exists. The justice system you won't submit to.
Given that he's already cried ~3 times, I'm guessing he's not going to hold up well even if Mitchell takes it really easy on him.
Hearing what he's accused of again reinforces the sense of gravity.
He also knows more about Judge than a casual acquaintance would, i.e., he's been near death multiple times.
If you're confident of your position, why wouldn't you also want the FBI to investigate these claims?
Kavanaugh: I'll do whatever the committee wants.
He's shouting about how cable news is claiming he's in a gang, on a boat in RI.
DiFi doesn't waver.
"It seems to me when these allegations came forward you would want the FBI to investigate these claims and clear it up once and for all."
He actually shouts at DiFi: "You're doing it, senator! You're interviewing me!"
DiFi: "Would you like to say more about it?"
Kavanaugh spits out "no" and leans back with a spectacularly petulant expression on his face.
He just repeats himself.
"We like beer! We drank beer!"
"What do you consider to be too many beers?"
"I don't know, whatever the chart says--the blood alcohol level chart."
"Well I've gone to sleep but I haven't blacked out--that's, that's the allegation--that's wrong!"
"Do you remember your clothes being in a different condition?"
Stuttered and unconvincing nos to both.
"No, we drank beer, like a lot of people....we still do."
He keeps going to "We drank beer, I like beer, I still drink beer."
Seriously, he's repeated this multiple times.
Now Kavanaugh's giving a firm no to each, because these are questions he was expecting.
It's much easier to lie when no thought is required to process the question.
Brett's morphed from weepy into smarmy, replying to a question about whether he's changed the calendar and why he kept it with his father having kept *even older* calendars--from 1978!
"He's a good role model," chased with a smirky smile.
Sort of like how being called a racist is worse than being the target of racism.
Here's the contrast.
"Unfortunately, the FBI has never interviewed [Mark Judge]....The chairman refuses to call him."
He's building up to something. He's so good.
"Would you want him called as a witness?"
Kavanaugh keeps interrupting Leahy w/ how this should go, claims against Dems, indignation.
Leahy smacks him down: "I've been on this committee 40 years."
"Would you want [Mark Judge] called as a witness?"
Kavanaugh starts wriggling. He's trying to go back to his political TPs.
Kavanaugh cannot answer a question organically. We saw this during the original hearing: He just repeats the same snippets.
Example: Out of nowhere, he accuses Leahy of mocking Judge, a man with an addiction.
"I'm trying to get a straight answer under oath. Was that you?"
"You'd have to ask him."
That's a stunningly bad answer.
Literally interrupting Leahy and shouting "no" at him when Leahy tries to get back to the question and press him to answer
He steps in again to say Kavanaugh gets to finish with his non-responsive stream of consciousness re: high school.
"Yes or no, you don't have to filibuster."
Grassley intervenes so there's no yes or no.
Kavanaugh repeats parts of his opening statement.
But sending teenagers of color to jail for life for what they do as teenagers is fine.
He gives a flat 'no.' Which is another thing that is very easy to disprove if not true.
"Under oath, she said clearly and unequivocally that she was the victim of sexual assault at your hands. She answered our questions directly and she didn't flinch at the prospect of...FBI investigation."
So, money --> mouth, Durbin suggests.
Where he's going: So, ask for an FBI investigation.
Grassley interjects to stop the clock.
NO ONE ELSE IS IN CHARGE OF THIS HEARING, he tells us.
"Regardless of what you say to McGahn, we are not suspending this hearing!"
"If you, Judge, turn to Don McGahn and say for the sake of my reputation...I want an FBI investigation....I can't think the committee wouldn't support that."
"I'm telling the truth."
"I want to know what you want to do"
"You can't have it both ways...you said you welcome any invesitgation."
No, but they find and produce evidence.
"Judge, will you support an investigation right now?"
"I will do whatever the committee wants."
Kavanaugh folds his hands and smirks.
"You're not going to answer?" Durbin's incredulous.
Even for Kavanaugh, wow.
He. Is. Losing. It.
Finger pointing. Hand waving. Yelling at Democrats.
"You want to keep this seat open and pray you win in 2020."
Jesus, that DOES sound sketchy. Who'd do that?
There's no way to capture just how crazed Graham is. Wait for the clip.
Glad we settled that.
"This crap!" In reference to his yearbook being reviewed in relation to Kavanaugh's candidacy.
"You should be proud you raised a daughter to pray for a woman like Dr. Ford."
"To my Republican colleagues, if you vote no, you'll be contributing to the most despicable thing I've ever seen in politics."
This is what fear looks like.
Kavanaugh starts babbling about how he has a weak stomach, that's why he was asked about ketchup on spaghetti, blah blah.
Another filibuster, as Leahy would say.
"Sir, I was number one in my class...I got into Yale."
None of that's responsive.
Did "ralph" relate to alcohol?
"I like beer! I don't know if you like beer! What do you like to drink!?!"
Kavanaugh just refers to his opening statement, goes off on the media and Dems, and reiterates he's really sorry about what everyone else has done to Renate Dolphin.
"How's it played?"
"Three glasses in a triangle."
Fluid like he played yesterday.
"Do you want any more on 'the Fs"?"
Kavanaugh is trying to be funny/cute.
It would not surprise me if he'd had some liquid courage.
It's worse than the McCarthy hearings, he says.
He's a lot calmer than Graham, but it's the same playbook.
Not so, Cornyn, not so.
"Correct," says a suddenly somber Kavanaugh.
"So we'd have to conclude you're a serial liar."
"Stormy Daniels' lawyer"
"even the New York Times"
"burden of proof"
"36 years ago"
"I appreciate what you said about Dr. Ford that perhaps she's had an incident at some point...and you're sympathetic to that but your reputation is on the line and I hope people understand the gravity of the charges against you" and how much it affects poor Brett.
Kavanaugh, again: You're doing the investigation!
Also, I ❤️ you, Amy.
Because complimenting a lady senator means he didn't assault any women ever.
He says he's here now to talk about high school and sports and his yearbook and whatever.
Which, come on.
You've said you've never blacked out, but your roommate and a ton of other people have said you did drink heavily.
Whatever Kavanaugh told the committee about his freshman year roommates that's supposed to discredit them, he's not willing to say it publicly.
Which is fishy AF.
Kavanaugh turns the question on Klobuchar and demands, "have you?"
Her face is amazing.
He does it again.
"Have YOU ever blacked out?"
This is a nominee questioning a U.S. senator.
"I don't have a drinking problem, Judge."
@SenWhitehouse: "Actually, I have...we have."
Also: "The FBI does find incriminating or exculpatory evidence."
Grassley: The FBI sent a letter to the White House saying the investigation was closed! 15-minute break!
There are a few variations, but here you go, any who like me either erased it from memory or missed it.
Maybe I've missed some of these references because I'm gay.
Women don't treat one another the way men treat women.
Mitchell had no problem asking Kavanaugh about waving his penis in Deborah Ramirez's face.
When you're dealing with sexual assault, clarity takes precedence over nicety.
He absolutely owed her an apology.
More to the point, even the misogynist Republican men surrounding Kavanaugh had to have recognized how bad that exchange was for Kavanaugh to apologize.
Every time one of these Rs sputters or raises his voice on the words "high school" to express incredulity that Kavanaugh could be called to answer for his behavior I wonder how many of them did something similar.
Clearly, they're identifying with Kavanaugh
Despite Dr. Ford having asked for confidentiality.
DiFi & co hadn't even asked you about any of these allegations until this hearing!?
It's a disgrace, Hatch says.
Kavanaugh literally just asked, "What are you talking about?"
Look at the rest of what Liz Swisher says, Kavanaugh says!
Coons replies calmly, "This is what stands out to me: 'Brett was a sloppy drunk, and I know because I drank with him.'"
(a) Coons is a man
(b) Rs told Brett to cool it
This is about the integrity of the Court; this could hang over your service.
So, yeah, why not delay for a week to clear your name?
He's emphasizing just how cooperative Kavanaugh has been.
Because cooperation with the processes that could land him the cushiest job in the country--one of the most important--means he'd never assault a woman.
"For the love of all that is sacred and holy, if you care, participate in the committee investigations that are going on!"
"If someone were really interested, this is what they would do, they would participate in the hearing!"
So true, @Devilstower.
"I think Dr. Ford's a victim and I think she's been through hell, but..."
Then another attack on DiFi and the Democrats for not coming forward sooner, for recommending a lawyer to Dr. Ford.
Again, despite Dr. Ford requesting confidentiality.
This is the second use of the word "crap" today by a Republican man.
I've never heard it in a hearing before.
You apologized bc it was a boast about sexual conquest.
Kavanaugh: The Ds are dragging her name through the mud! We never had sex!
Sir, the point is you and your bros lied about having sex with her. Which is awful.
Kavanaugh starts describing about the baseball game they went to see, I kid you not.
Also very reminiscent of his very painful original hearing.
Yeah, that sure sounds like a black out night.
Grassley is SO ALARMED: "Take your time to answer that question."
Keep in mind that almost all of the "beer" mentions were Brett's.
Also, it's more proof of how full of it Kavanaugh is.
Thank you to the women who've DMed today about this thread. It's a very difficult day for a lot of us.
Take care of yourself. Reach out to others who could use it.
The Rs are attacking Ds as if there's some kind of conspiracy.
That's because they want everyone to forget this morning.
"She is 100 percent sure it was you who attacked her."
Which of our Qs were embarrassing?
She lists questions.
"Are credibility, character, and candor traits that should be of interest to us as we contemplate putting you on the Court for life?"
Then he just repeats the second part in different ways at Hirono.
She reads a quote from his Yale roommate re: him being a heavy drinker.
Then Kavanaugh says, "I got into Yale Law School. It's the number one law school."
Because that also means he couldn't have sexually assaulted a woman.
"My academic record--I don't usually like to talk about myself this way..."
There's his most obvious lie.
OTOH, he's fairly eloquent and reasonably effective Republican mouthpiece.
Again, these Republican men are openly insisting that a woman's privacy comes second to a man's reputation.
"Did you drink on weekdays, yes or no?"
Booker rejected the run around.
The answer was yes.
Dr. Ford was not doing this for political gain or coordinating when she revealed the assault in therapy in 2012, when she told her husband, and so on.
Correct, Sen. Booker.
"Dr. Ford is not a political pawn, she is not orchestrating, she is not part of the Clintons' efforts to get revenge--she's a woman who came here with credible evidence to corroborate her claim."
It's Ted Cruz, but who else would say something that baldly absurd and vicious.
It was supposed to remind us of his humanity. Instead if just reminded me that he's procreated, so I guess I'm not eating dinner tonight.
He's attacking Senate Democrats, he's attacking Avenatti, he's attacking the women who've leveled accusations at Kavanaugh.
"Flailing" is the right word for this, I think.
So now the Republicans are back to directly attacking their Democratic colleagues.
This is even more direct than Graham.
Cornyn's badgering his Senate colleague and accusing her of lying, in essence.
Cornyn attacks DiFi, who responds equanimously.
"Senator, I don't think the letter was ever leaked."
"The FBI would gather witness stateme--"
"Are you willing to ask the White House to conduct such an investigation?"
He just goes back to the six background investigations he's had. Then, "no witness that was there..." He's bumbling.
"The only difference is you have been accused of sexual assault."
Shorter Harris: Gorsuch is just like you, but no one says he sexually assaulted them.
He has friends who are women he's had since high school!
He's worked with women who didn't accuse him of sexual assault!
He sent female law clerks to the Supreme Court!
Nor does it make sense.
Why else insist on going second? You listen to the argument you're going to rebut.
"Look me in the eye and tell me if Dr. Ford's allegations are true."
"They are not accurate as to me."
He can't even answer yes or no to save himself.
"I've never done this to anyone, including her."
"None of the witnesses in the room support that."
Which is not "no."
"They're not true...I never met her."
"None of these allegations are true?"
"No doubt in your mind?"
"100 percent certain."
"Not even a scintilla of doubt."
"100 percent certain."
""You swear to God?"
"I swear to God."
I'll do some quick round up, then put together a post I'll share here.
First things first, though: In case you doubted DiFi.
Best commentary on Kavanaugh's comportment.