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As the Kavanaugh Turns

I knew I shouldn’t watch As the Kavanaugh Turns, but I ended up watching it anyway.

Watched it with Ed who is very much the Centrist Democrat.

I figured we’d disagree about what we were watching.

But, in fact, we were pretty much on the same page. Which was reaffirming: I know I tend to interpret the political circus in an odd way, but if someone more mainstream sees it in the exact same way I see it...

Christine Blasey Ford: Extremely sympathetic.

But Kavanaugh salvaged the partisan moment. He behaved exactly as I would expect someone to behave whose life had been destroyed by an unjust accusation: He was furious; he was tearful.

If one was predisposed to believe Ford, one believed Ford; if one was predisposed to believe Kavanaugh, one believed Kavanaugh.

My own understanding—and I may be incorrect here—is that Ford's memory of the events was actually a repressed memory that reemerged in 2012. Inference on my part: In the story published by The Washington Post that first leaked Ford’s name, one line stood out to me: "Years later, after going through psychotherapy, Ford said, she came to understand the incident as a trauma with lasting impact on her life."

Sure sounds like recovered memory to me.

(Ford, by the way, provided only portions of her psychiatric records to WaPo, which sure seems preemptive from any defense point of view. If the FBI is ever allowed to do an investigation, I would like to see all those psychiatric records examined.)

Repressed memories are wonky things. I remain troubled by the lack of situational markers.

And the test I apply to situations like this one is this: What if the accusations were being made against someone I liked? Or what if Kavanaugh was black? Would I be so quick to condemn him on the basis of a recovered memory?

And the answer to that is, No.

Of course, Kavanaugh should have been disqualified long ago on the basis of that wonky disappearing credit card debt. And he should also be disqualified on the basis of what happened yesterday, not because of the sexual assault allegation but because it’s very clear that he hates Democrats. I might, too, in his situation. But he’s clearly no longer capable of rendering impartial and fair judicial decisions.

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The sickening part was the subsequent communal bloodbath on social media.

The shrieking harpies on the Left went after Kavanaugh. The howling Maenads on the Right dismembered Ford.

"BTW, I raped your 15 year old daughter last night"
"WTF?"
"Hey, chill out. Here's your Tax Cut...
"Wow... Thanks!"


I really need to think about deleting my Facebook account.

The polarization is just so weird, and the only people profiting off it are the media outlets who are whipping people up into a frenzy. I keep flashing on those lines from The Z Blog: I slowly came to the conclusion that the whole Right-Left dynamic was just a myth… If the Right-Left construct is just a version of good cop/bad cop where the people in the media hustle the rest of us so they can live above their utility, then what’s really going on in the world?

Here’s what’s going on in the world: The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.

And it really doesn’t matter what hype they’re dangling in front of you to get you to vote for them.

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I had to watch all three episodes of PBS’s mediocre remake of Little Women to feel even remotely human again. And it’s rilly bad.

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lifeinroseland
Sep. 28th, 2018 02:30 pm (UTC)
Omg this title lol! I was really hoping you’d unbite your tongue, on at least this, but enough, back under the covers, just no one could escape yesterday. Then Law & Order, SVU, did you see it? Ended up being TOO MUCH.

mallorys_camera
Sep. 28th, 2018 03:01 pm (UTC)
OMG! Law & Order is back! Be still my beating heart!

Running off to submerge myself in television bliss!
lifeinroseland
Sep. 28th, 2018 03:17 pm (UTC)
Noah cliffhanger LOL.

Enjoy. It was too much for me.
mallorys_camera
Sep. 28th, 2018 03:21 pm (UTC)
Noah! UGH.
mexpatriot
Sep. 28th, 2018 02:42 pm (UTC)
I don't follow any of this because I live in another country and could not care less. But...I am a shrink and what you describe is interesting. Many shrinks are married to their modes of working or their inherited theories. It is quite common for a shrink to impose their interpretation of a situation on their patient. I would not be surprised if that was the case here.

Things, as you know, are seldom black and white. And the socio-political orientation, gender, ethnicity, et al., of the shrink will all contribute to how a situation is interpreted.

Memory is also faulty. There are therapeutic models, like Narrative Therapy, where the patient’s narrative of a situation is re-written to better support the patient. So, all of this is pretty subjective.

We see this all the time in daily life. You say something and I take what you say as an insult. You didn’t mean an insult, but that’s the way I read it, and so that becomes my narrative, my truth…even though it is incorrect.
mallorys_camera
Sep. 28th, 2018 03:13 pm (UTC)
Well, exactly. In real life, Ford is a psychologist who specializes in—guess what? Repressed memories! :-)

I only care because it's inescapable here.

And the social media reaction is deeply disheartening. You have all these males, many of whom I know for a fact used to be d-a-w-g-s, who absolutely know Kavanaugh drank to blackout and groped whatever pussy was available because it's what they used to do. And, of course, every woman in America, myself included by the way, has had to fend off some sort of sexual assault, so we know he jumped Ford.

So much projection!

It's deeply creepy.
ocean4one
Sep. 28th, 2018 04:56 pm (UTC)
Kavanaugh would do much better by recognizing and apologizing for a "young, stupid boy".
He could clear his name today instead of carrying the load till the end.
But we are who we are :) - coward with no vision, a loyal dog.

mallorys_camera
Sep. 28th, 2018 05:55 pm (UTC)
I know quite a few drunks, and they are not sexually assaulting women.

This was a politicized spectacle.
ocean4one
Sep. 28th, 2018 06:46 pm (UTC)
I remember myself at 17
Party environment, hormones, alcohol … kids get crazy and do stupid things.
I believe majority can relate to that.
Bad? Yes. On the bright side humankind doing just fine and far away from extinction.

I agree on spectacle.
But I also believe that Dems were trying to avoid that by negotiating first.
That’s why this came into light so late.

mallorys_camera
Sep. 28th, 2018 06:55 pm (UTC)
Not following your "Dems were trying to avoid that by negotiating first" comment. Explain please.

Kavanaugh should have been disqualified the moment he perjured himself in front of the Senate judiciary committee when he claimed he hadn't received stolen emails that clearly he did receive. Plus: Wonky retirement of credit card debt!

But I'm not sold on the sexual assault allegations.
ocean4one
Sep. 28th, 2018 07:32 pm (UTC)
"Dems were trying to avoid that by negotiating first" comment. Explain please.

Fellow I’m working with is blaming democrats for this ugly last minute spectacle.
But Im convince that before drawing last card they were trying to negotiate.

For sure he was heavily coached, - to deny everything cuz GOP has majority of votes so who cares, just deny and stay clean.
And he did say all the right words... sort of.
It’s just was not convincing at all.

ocean4one
Sep. 28th, 2018 06:52 pm (UTC)
In yesterday spectacle Kavanaugh was pretty much himself.
Leave alone Dems and GOP playing they own games there would be none to blame for loss.
mallorys_camera
Sep. 28th, 2018 06:56 pm (UTC)
Kavanaugh was pretty much himself.

Oh, I don't think so. I think he was heavily coached by his handlers.
cah1470
Sep. 29th, 2018 01:46 pm (UTC)
"So much projection! It's deeply creepy." I think this sums up my feelings about the whole thing best. I don't even know how we get away from the vicious cycle. It's almost like the faked orgasm, men deny it's ever happened to them, but every woman has done it at least once. Of course there is much more trauma involved but the simple awareness of it all. Men know this happens and women get triggered because it's happened to them.
mallorys_camera
Sep. 29th, 2018 02:47 pm (UTC)
Are you triggered? Serious question.

'Cause I've been fending off aggressive sexual advances my entire life—well: until I got too old to be a sex object—and I'm not triggered. I just thought to myself, Yeah, there are a lot of assholes in this world. Here's what you do to avoid those assholes in the future, and got on with my life. I never felt like a victim.

Is something wrong with me 'cause I didn't feel like a victim?

Edited at 2018-09-29 02:48 pm (UTC)
cah1470
Sep. 30th, 2018 01:42 am (UTC)
"Are you triggered?" Probably. I remember I laughed at Wanda Sykes leave your pussy at home joke a little too much. I just thought what a relief it would be. A large percentage of encounters with men have the potential to go left and the dance required to come out of them safely is exhausting. When Mollie Tibbetts was found all I could think about were the times I've said no thanks and it was taken badly. I wouldn't dream of confronting a senator in an elevator but I definitely can relate to the young woman that did.

Edited at 2018-09-30 01:46 am (UTC)
mallorys_camera
Sep. 30th, 2018 12:52 pm (UTC)
I am really sorry you've been made to feel that way.
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