hristine Blasey Ford is an American hero. She retains a life, but had stolen much of her liberty and the ability to pursue happiness when she publicly called out Brett Kavanaugh. Her courage matches that of any Special Forces member.
But the focus on her face off with the prep school judge over sexual assault, as dramatic and important as it is, has eclipsed three other vital points:
1) Kavanaugh has already disqualified himself for a seat on the court. Lack of necessary temperament may be the social way of putting it, but plainly said, the guy is a raving, partisan lunatic. His role in disrupting the 2000 presidential vote in Florida…and then helping lead the preposterous inquisition of Bill Clinton…were proof enough. But his opening comments to the Judiciary Committee, delivered amid sniffles and spittle, left little doubt about his inability to judge things even-handedly:
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…”
Does this sound like someone capable of dispassionately deciding any future matter that comes before him pitting Republicans against Democrats? Of course not. But predictably, the Democrats got so tangled in their own ineptitude that they failed to press him on this.
2) Uniformly, there is remorse and condemnation about what’s become of the Senate. There are so many villains to choose from--Trump, the GOP committee members, Kavanaugh himself. But we shouldn’t forget the most hideous man in America—Mitch McConnell. He is the cur whose treachery was unmasked when he said in 2010, “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term President”. How bipartisan of him.
And he made good on it by refusing to even allow a hearing for Obama’s Supreme Court pick, Merrick Garland—a choice who DID have support from both sides of the aisle. For this alone, he deserves to burn forever in hell. But he wasn’t done.
He then (in my entirely unsubstantiated opinion) came up with the plan to persuade/force Anthony Kennedy to resign before the October term began…in order to force feed another hideous far-right robot to the court, prior to the midterms. The man has singlehandedly destroyed the Senate.
3) The media’s obsession with Kavanaugh’s drunkenness and assaults should not consume 100% of all words and pictures, as it is on several news outlets. While this charade plays out, this week the House of Representatives voted to make Trump’s obscene tax cuts permanent—and another to slash Social Security and Medicare. One of Trump’s former cabinet members admitted that one of his counterparts did, indeed, steal documents of Trump’s desk in order to prevent a disastrous trade deal from going through. Also, hackers invaded Facebook, putting the personal information of 50 million users at risk.
Did you know any of this? These things are newsworthy, too. It’s the media’s job to tell you ALL the news.
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