Republicans are literally saying that they don’t care how credible Dr Ford is because even attempted rape won’t stop them from putting Kavanaugh on the court.
For years, liberals have said that the GOP is singularly interested in acquiring power, not any kind of principle or governance. Nothing validates us more than their behavior in this moment.
And I’d like to remind everyone that the bad actors in this - Whelan; Leo; Kavanaugh himself - are decades-old GOP operatives. This isn’t new behavior or signs of Trumpism. This is who they have always been.
Now the ground has been softened for gently questioning whether Dr Ford really understood her own assault, while also keeping Kavanaugh from having to walk back his unequivocal denial. Except that it blew up everywhere. Because these guys are not used to explaining themselves.
What is amazing is that this stunning, spectacular failure of judgment isn’t going to affect perceptions of his reliability, intelligence or the allies who spoke highly of him just hours before he revealed this absurd and defamatory theory.
I will day for the “wait for both sides” crowd, it looks pretty bad that the people defending Kavanaugh aren’t even positing that he’s innocent.
In the right wing circles, it’s mostly about discrediting or minimizing the accusation not demonstrating that Kavanaugh couldn’t possibly do something like that...because they really believe he could do something like that.
People who like him are conceding the idea that he’s guilty this is so bad just give up
If nothing else, the Kavanaugh confirmation saga makes clear that our system is not well-built and will not endure much longer.
This man is going to be given a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court with the votes of only one party who represent less than half the country - and shrinking.
He does not represent good conduct, top tier intelligence, or diligence. He neither reflects most Americans nor interprets the law for them. This will be even more true in the coming years, as the country becomes more diverse.
I am well known on this platform for arguing in good faith but I am real close to cancelling men.
There are so many ignorant-ass takes on assault and trauma, and a refusal to even try to understand why Dr. Ford has acted as she did, or why her accusation is credible. No empathy. Are cismen fundamentally broken?
I just had a man on my TL saying that this is an intellectual exercise. The fuck? He wouldn’t be so calm about it if it were his wife or daughter but it’s an abomination that it would have to be that close for him to see it as it truly is.
So to make this farce obvious: if Kavanaugh is such a good nominee and this is such a farce, what’s the harm in letting it play out? Why not let the Dems get caught chasing a ghost? Why not eradicate every argument against him?
An FBI investigation not only would spare GOP Senators the optics of a bunch of hostile men interrogating a woman (or worse, getting their women staffers to do so), but make it impossible for Democrats to contradict their findings.
Call all the witnesses and put them under oath. Nothing would be a stronger demonstration of Kavanaugh’s character than people testifying under threat of perjury that in the darkest hour, Brett Kavanaugh is exactly the kind of man you can rely on.
If you need a political reason to back Franken’s resignation from the Senate (because being a good person isn’t enough for you): we don’t have that creep on the Senate Judiciary Committee undermining our high ground on sexual assault.
It always pays off to get rid of abusers, even if they write funny books and make you hopeful about winning presidential elections.
Democrats made a sacrifice because we legitimately care about women, their autonomy and their right to consent. And it turned out not to be a sacrifice at all. We should always be proud to fight for what we believe in, because what we believe in is good.
For example: acknowledging all the damage he could do and then being like “but lots of people agree with him so guess he has to be confirmed” is a bad take. And I don’t see a problem with barring conservatives if they don’t imagine law protecting liberals.
Also it is extremely easy not to hold someone down and attempt to take off their clothes. I feel incredibly comfortable saying that none of the women justices on the court have done such a thing. If it’s so widespread among men, maybe we should bar them from the bench.
Some people are deliberately interpreting “believe women” as “stone men immediately.” When in reality, it means looking into it while 1. Not empowering the man further 2. Respecting the privacy of the accuser
It is not hard to look into this allegation against Kavanaugh. It doesn’t mean he should be immediately voted down (though there are many other reasons why he should be), but maybe something as simple as delaying the vote to let us make sure we have the full truth?
If it were exposed as a lie, even Democrats would be pressured into voting for him. Instead, everyone’s acting like it’s not worth looking into while assembling a list of 65 women to attest to the character of a man who attended an all boys school.
This same group that refused to meet with or hold a hearing for Merrick Garland but we're supposed to believe that asking tough questions and inquiring as to whether the nominee has tried to rape someone is outside decorum.
There are so many unanswered questions about Brett Kavanaugh's conduct, so many documents we still haven't seen, and yet "respectable" conservatives are running around saying that we should just rubber stamp him already.
There is literally no affirmative conservative argument left for why Kavanaugh should be on the court other than the fact that he's basically a GOP operative and will vote the right way.
Like he has issues in every level of his life. His finances are a corrupt mess (best case scenario!); he lies repeatedly under oath and avoids hard questions when he can't; he spent millions of dollars pursuing Vince Foster conspiracy theories, and HE ASSAULTED A WOMAN.
So if you're still supporting Kavanaugh, be honest about why: he is not impartial and he is not viewing the law in the best interest of the country; he is a deliberately groomed GOP puppet who will enact policy from the bench and enforce conservative dogma for a generation.
There’s this kind of wild idea that Democrats are reacting to Kavanaugh as an existential threat as a form of theater and not because they legitimately believe he’s an existential threat. Almost to a person, the promoters of this idea are white men.
If you’ve never actually had state power deliberately arrayed against your interests or any attempt to change them, the only reason to act like something is an existential threat is to pretend. The whole conservative grievance movement is kayfabe.
I approached reading this in good faith, and it does effectively chastise white liberals on a handful of points. But from a black perspective this is just apologia for a movement that led to a 90% white party ruled by Donald Trump at the most diverse time in our history.
This is the annoying “Republicans were the party of civil rights” that Rand Paul tried at Howard. Black people are well aware of this history and the massive betrayal of Goldwater and the subsequent Southern Strategy.
No evidence is offered for this position because there is none. Buckley offered a minimum of an apology, never put any effort in directing his “movement” to correct his mistake, and supported Apartheid. He was racist, so was his movement and it led directly to Trump. The end.
This is commentary from a personal friend, who, having experienced the grace of this person believes that no matter what may befall the nation, they will continue to feel the safety of their friendship.
I don’t want to put a damper on things, but do you have any idea how many people turn in their friends in coups? Any idea how many betrayals there are involved in brutal power-seeking? This is not the West Wing; this is Game of Thrones.
“Brett Kavanaugh would personally never harm me” is a meaningless idea and we should be ashamed to tolerate such nonsense.
I hate the degree to which Republicans have numbed us to their egregious abuses of power. We’re all asking if Dems can stall Kavanaugh instead of asking how in the hell GOP can vote for him.
Just to remind everyone: the President is an unindicted co-conspirator in campaign finance violations and his campaign manager has been convicted for financial crimes and is possibly about to be on trial for state crimes.
The very same President (you thought I was done) is about to face a subpoena to answer questions about whether he fired the head of our domestic intelligence service for investigating his ties to Russian election interference (that has visibly succeeded).
If Malcolm Gladwell doesn’t use his influence to let me do this it’s because he’s an intellectual coward unwilling to face a courageous thinker.
Also: no matter how contradictory my argument may sound, I should be treated as though I am arguing in good faith every single time I posit a point, or else my opponents are intellectually and morally narrow.
It is as long as he, A UNITED STATES SENATOR, continues to sit passively instead of punishing the President of the United States for interfering in an investigation into the conduct of his associates and his own affairs.
“Oh the US is changing governments all over the world”
“So installing the US Executive would have a pretty widespread global effect, yes?”
“That’s so imperialist of you! Just like a USian to think that they’re the center of the universe.”
“I can believe the US is bad on scant evidence, but also Robert Mueller’s evidence isn’t specific enough to indict Russia.”
I don’t blame Davids for taking the position that a federal agency perpetuating suffering and acting as an unnecessary redundancy should stop existing. I’m annoyed that she didn’t build a policy argument around it that could be communicated to KS voters.
But also maybe don’t act like “Abolish ICE” needs to be explained when reporting in your own paper covers the horrific human rights abuses they’re carrying out.
Belated thank you to the media for turning the campaign for the most powerful office in the world into a popularity contest.
This was the ultimate result of treating DC like high school and letting all these upper middle class white professionals exercise their pettiness.
Obama was “cool”; Hillary was not. Conservatives are “serious”; liberals are “silly.” The obsession with finally being accepted as the cool kids over true comprehension of the issues affecting the nation led directly to Trump.