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Post-Debacle Kavanaugh Impressions October 6, 2018

Posted by geoff in News.
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My favorite part of Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Brett Kavanaugh was how it totally killed off his chance to provide an alibi.

“You want to claim you weren’t there on that date? Hah! I’m never going to give you a firm date or a specific location!! Now try to claim you weren’t there!”

Not that I cared much about the Animal House-era high school/college shenanigans of, well, anybody who’s had a long, successful career. People in college do crazy things just to push the envelope, but a decade later are locked into banal lifestyles, their excesses long forgotten. And one’s youth is supposed to be mistake-ridden – what happened to forbearance and understanding toward these kids who are learning about themselves and their relationship with others and society?

The big takeaway from the whole debacle is that Democrats and their constituents didn’t exhibit any appreciation for the American justice system.* They showed themselves to be completely unqualified to opine on judicial matters.

Diane Feinstein has joined Harry Reid on the list of “say anything” Democrat fabulists.

*Hiding behind the specious “it’s a job interview” argument is dishonest. Any claim against any person should be immediately rejected if it is as vague and unsubstantiated as Ford’s was.

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1. Sobek - October 6, 2018

I would love to think the debacle is over, and I know what you mean, but i don’t think it’s over. Too many Democrats have taken Obama’s “get in their faces” order to heart. The mass arrests on Capitol Hill aren’t the end of it.

There will be blood.

2. Mark in NJ - October 7, 2018

I fear you’re right that it’s far from over.

But you can’t single out Democrats’ (admittedly questionable) antics w/ Kavanaugh as the sole cause. The GOP stealing of Obama’s SCOTUS choice was guaranteed to produce this sort of backlash eventually.

3. geoff - October 7, 2018

…as was the Borking of Bork.

4. geoff - October 7, 2018

But more importantly, it was the nature of this “backlash” that lowered the bar for future appointments. Blocking Garland was politics – this was character assassination of a decent man.

5. Sobek - October 7, 2018

I get what you’re saying, Mark. Everyone is so angry because they feel their side got slighted in the past. I heard an NPR reporter almost get it right there other day when she noted that both sides were so angry … before getting all offended that Kavanaugh was upset about being called a serial rapist. She’s right about the first part. Both sides are really angry. Nothing in the Senate hearings could have made that better, but it sure could get a lot worse. Weaponizing anger can be good politics, but at some point it gets out of your control, and I fear we’re past that point.

6. Mark in NJ - October 8, 2018

I’d say Bork was politics — Garland was cheating. Imagine a game of monopoly w your chums and they decide they’re going to skip your turn because they have the numbers to do it. What are you gonna say? “No way, guys, that’s politics!”?

What’s doubly infuriating is, after pulling a move like that, we have to watch Kavanaugh, Graham & others blubber like babies about how unfair the process is. Sad!

All of which supports Sobek’s depressing conclusion that we probably haven’t yet seen the worst…

7. geoff - October 8, 2018

I never said that the Garland move was ethical. But the means used were completely different. Garland was blocked through the political process. Kavanaugh was attacked with a number of flaky, unsubstantiated accusations that were embraced by the Dems as “credible.”

Career/reputation/family-destroying accusations.

8. Mark in NJ - October 8, 2018

I wouldn’t say “destroying” (he is on the Supreme Court after all) – more like “calling into question”

And anyway, tough shit, because those are the risks of the game. To quote Super Chicken: “you knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred”

9. geoff - October 8, 2018

And anyway, tough shit, because those are the risks of the game.

No, that’s the point. This is a setting a new moral low.

And your attitude is a huge part of the problem.

10. Sobek - October 8, 2018

Also, I would like to once again thank Harry Reid for nuking the filibuster on judicial appointments, Joe Biden for creating the “no appointments in the run-up to a presidential election” rule, and Chuck Schumer for trying to block the unobjectionable Gorsuch so the filibuster rule was already gone when Kavanaugh came around.

11. Mark in NJ - October 8, 2018

Isolating this moment of lowness among all the lowness we’re seeing these days across the govt spectrum is highly selective and self-serving.

I’m sure you guys think this is petty BS but for me, the real insight into Kavanaugh was that yearbook/Renate business. Dude, I could be a jerk too in HS and we all know what those comments meant. But he had to fib about it instead of saying yeah, we were cruel sometimes. He might even have said that he feels bad about it today (although he probably doesn’t). That’s his character, regardless of any uncorroborated sexual assault allegations.

12. Retired Geezer - October 8, 2018

…but for me, the real insight into Kavanaugh was that yearbook/Renate business.

Granted it’s been a long time since HS, for me but I don’t know what those comments meant.
If it was that obvious, I expect the jackals would have hammered them more.

13. geoff - October 8, 2018

Isolating this moment of lowness among all the lowness we’re seeing these days across the govt spectrum is highly selective and self-serving.

Wrong again. This was qualitatively different and may have poisoned government forever. Screw your moral equivalency and your morally bankrupt “all’s fair…” attitude.

I’m sure you guys think this is petty BS but for me

I’ll leave it at that.


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