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The Borking of Brett Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh did not impress me when I listened to the Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings on NPR.

I mean that he did not impress me positively, and he did not impress me negatively. He was a nothing. A complete nonentity. A burp from the rumen and reticulum of the Patriarchy. A white man molded from privilege like a butter statue at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Plus I have extreme misgivings about whether a President under investigation for treason should be allowed to nominate a Supreme Court justice in the first place.

Nevertheless, this whole 11th hour derailment of the confirmation process fills me with consternation.

I am really fucking tired of being told I must stand on one side or another of the lines various maneuvering politicians are drawing in the sand.

I have no idea whether Kavanaugh groped the redoubtable Dr. Ford at a drunken party when they were both 15.

If he did, I guess my feeling is, So fucking what?

Bad behavior on the part of the boyZ? Well, sure.

Certainly very common behavior, however.

Everything inside me just loathes this practice of applying today’s behavioral standards to incidents that took place 36 years ago. Hello! The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.

I happily embrace the concept of a zero point in time! From now on, no 15-year-old boy gets to grope a girl at a party. From now on, the rule of consent prevails.

But this whole weird retroactive policing reminds me a bit of the Victorians dressing up the naughty bits of Greek statuary in crinoline petticoats.

It’s the mark of a self-righteous, reactionary culture.

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That said, if the allegation turns out to be true, and the behavior can be proven to be part of a pattern of behavior, then yes, Kavanaugh should be disqualified.

The operative word there being “proven.”

And, no. Unsubstantiated allegations are not proof.

Apparently, nobody in the #MeToo movement has either read or seen a live performance of The Crucible.

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The other highly annoying thing about this whole thing is that it’s such an obvious ploy on the part of the Democrats to derail a process whose outcome they don't like. A blatant power play!

To my mind, Democrats are only marginally more palatable than Republicans at this point. They are not the good guys.

When God finishes testing me and lifts me from my present humble circumstances to assume my rightful position as World Dictator, I swear I’m gonna line them all up against a wall and shoot them. Bam! Bam! Bam! No blindfolds! No cigars!

I heard Maizie Hirono on NPR yesterday say (words to the effect): And if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, every woman in America is going to rise up against it and protest!!!

And I thought, Not me, be-atch!

One of the only interesting things about Brett Kavanaugh, by the way, is that while both were on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, he and Merrick Garland voted the same way more than 90% of the time.

Merrick Garland, of course, is swathed in the rosy pink aura of Obama Nomination, and he does appear to lean left on gun rights and abortion. I’m wondering why Democrats assume Kavanaugh wouldn’t too, although of course, I am way too lazy to look that up.

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This is almost certainly gonna blow up in the Democrats’ face.

The smart thing for Republicans to do at this point, of course, would be to have the goon squad persuade Kavanaugh that he needs to spend more time with his family. He steps down; five minutes later, Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination is announced.

I don’t think Amy Coney Barrett groped any girls at drunken high school parties; furthermore, her ideas about abortion are a lot more inflexible than Kavanaugh’s. Though she did tell the student newspaper at the University of Notre Dame where she once taught, "The fundamental element, that the woman has a right to choose abortion, will probably stand.” Note her intriguing use of that word “probably.”

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cah1470
Sep. 19th, 2018 01:52 pm (UTC)
I feel like there is probably some truth to why Diane didn't disclose at first but she should have stuck with it since the minute she disclosed the letter found it's way to the press and any chance of anonymity was blown. I think people forget just how gross the whole Anita Hill affair was and she was not the only one who reported inappropriate behavior. Clarence Thomas was not a teenager so there is that but most women have these stories. It's hard not to be infuriated we are either cry babies or enablers but always come off poorly for having a vagina males can't seem to leave alone. I think it's awful Garland was held off for a year but people didn't vote punitively so we have to move on. I don't think Clarence Thomas should have been confirmed but he was and Kavanaugh will too. The coverage is more outrage porn because the media has sold their souls for click bait. Most of the reports I've heard always end with the inevitably of Kavanaugh's confirmation so the rest is just theater no?
mallorys_camera
Sep. 19th, 2018 02:28 pm (UTC)
I don't think Kavanaugh's confirmation is "inevitable."

Feinstein is fighting for her political life. I'm sure that more than some newly discovered fervor for #MeToo motivated her to produce The Letter! (Rabbit from the magician's hat!) She's trying desperately to prove her relevance to CA's Democratic party, which views her as too old and too conservative.

And I don't see a parallel between Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas. Clarence Thomas behaved in a disgusting manner toward his female subordinates and ought not to have been confirmed.

It's hard not to be infuriated we are either cry babies or enablers but always come off poorly for having a vagina males can't seem to leave alone.

I hear you. And as the mother of sons, I started educating them about consent at a very early age, long before their first sexual stirrings. Consent applied to sharing toys and to taking turns on playground equipment.

Consent is sort of anathema in a culture that's based on competition, of course. And I wonder whether that isn't one of the problems with teaching clueless males about sexual consent.
cah1470
Sep. 19th, 2018 02:41 pm (UTC)
I will admit I really don't know much about Feinstein. I know there is still backlash in the party over Bernie and so I am not surprised a lot of the old guard are facing tough primaries with new blood. I wish there was more of that to be honest. I didn't mean to imply Thomas and Kavanuagh are the same after all Hill and Thomas were both federal employees and he was truly awful as you said. I was referring more to the whole theater of a hearing and if Anita Hill's testimony didn't derail Clarence Thomas I can't imagine how something Kavanaugh did when he was 17 would stop his confirmation.
mallorys_camera
Sep. 19th, 2018 02:48 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine how something Kavanaugh did when he was 17 would stop his confirmation.

Times have changed. :-)

And, you know, that is one good thing that has come out of icky President Spanky's Presidency.

Had HRC been elected, I doubt that this outrage over Baaad Male Behavior would ever have fomented. But it doubtless would have continued.
cah1470
Sep. 19th, 2018 05:47 pm (UTC)
It's hard to envision a million women protesting in those awful hats if HRC were POTUS. Then again among white women she was not very popular. I would dare say those most vocal in the #metoo movement hated her almost as much as they hate pussygrabber.
mallorys_camera
Sep. 19th, 2018 06:08 pm (UTC)
I seem to recall that you and I had many—uh—heated discussions about HRC during the election. :-)

I don't hate her.

I do think she enabled her husband's predatory behavior toward women. Which amounted to a lot more than groping someone at a drunken party when he was 17. Enabled it and downplayed it. So in my eyes, she's a hypocrite, and I certainly was not about to vote for her. I voted third party.

Honestly, I can't believe she was touted as a feminist candidate. Not after how she went after her husband's victim.

It's bizarre how I always find myself in the minority in any conversation about how people should react to predatory male sexual behavior.
cah1470
Sep. 19th, 2018 07:38 pm (UTC)
Maybe the feminist candidate title came in the context of compared to pussygrabber. I know a lot of my peers chose Obama over her and chose Bernie over her but just couldn't pick pussygrabber over her or say never HRC. I didn't take issue with HRC but I am more forgiving of women in general. I don't think we will advance if we don't support each other more. Someone I follow on Twitter posted the statement 1600 black women placed in the NYTimes after Anita Hill's testimony. Reading it reminded me of just how upset I was during those hearings. My mom and a lot of other black women her age and older saw it completely differently. They felt any black man should be supported and we were doing our community harm by speaking out against him. In politics that sort of divisiveness leaves us vulnerable to always losing ground. I am not sure if Kavanaugh's confirmation being derailed will be a win for women and I do think a #metoo backlash would be inevitable. Of course that is just my opinion.
mallorys_camera
Sep. 19th, 2018 08:58 pm (UTC)
They felt any black man should be supported

That's interesting.

I do think Kavenaugh is being railroaded for political purposes, but like I say—he's not someone I particularly want to see as a Supreme Court Judge. So I'll write about my opinion here and shut up about it in more public places. Even though I think all those people turning this into a Holy War are deeply deluded.
millysdaughter
Sep. 21st, 2018 02:58 am (UTC)
I don't love K.
He is weak, spineless, chinless on the 2nd Amendment -- of the the entire short list published before the nomination, EVERY OTHER NAME was strong on the 2nd.
K is part of "the swamp" -- old guard business-as-usual Washington DC.
HOWEVER -- this is a shitty hatchet job at the 11th hour, a Hail-Mary pass of the worst type.
mallorys_camera
Sep. 21st, 2018 11:53 am (UTC)
Agreed.
lifeinroseland
Sep. 19th, 2018 02:00 pm (UTC)
Five minutes later lol.
mallorys_camera
Sep. 19th, 2018 02:29 pm (UTC)
Say whaaaaaa? :-)
benicek
Sep. 19th, 2018 08:58 pm (UTC)
A butter statue; what an image. Yellowy-white, impermanent and fatal.
mallorys_camera
Sep. 19th, 2018 08:59 pm (UTC)
An apt metaphor for male privilege. :-)
signorinakatina
Sep. 19th, 2018 09:49 pm (UTC)
the main emotion I feel about all this and the rest of the news is TIRED. I feel bombarded daily by new headlines. Some are really important, but some seem gossipy and some are simply tragic (the environment!). And of course the important stuff is often contained within the gossip/politics/drama. I try to keep up, and stay involved and informed, but there is a breaking point.

mallorys_camera
Sep. 20th, 2018 12:04 pm (UTC)
I know, right?

ENOUGH
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