I’ll give it to the Democrats, they play to win and don’t break ranks. The Republicans, by contrast, are split between complete losers who haven’t got over the fact that Trump beat Jeb Bush to the nomination and those who ought not to be losing but somehow always manage to. Sure enough, rather than wrap up the entire farce by confirming Kavanaugh in the Senate, the Republicans have decided to ask the FBI to investigate what they’ve been saying all week doesn’t need investigating, and the FBI can’t even if they wanted to. We’ve at least moved forward a little bit, the senate committee voting 11-10 to put Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Senate, but the reason why we’re delaying indefinitely while the FBI does it’s stuff is because some hysterical women were mean to Jeff Flake, a senator from Arizona who claims to be Republican:
Now Jeff Flake had never met this woman before; he is not responsible for whatever happened to her, assuming anything did. There is no excuse whatsoever for cornering someone in a lift and screaming at them like this, and a serious man would have ordered her to shut up and get the hell out of his way. Instead, he stood there and let himself be verbally abused before wringing his hands and asking for an FBI investigation into Kavanaugh in return for securing his vote in the Senate. If so-called Republicans are voting for people like this, and the Republican party is happy to have him in their tent, then they deserve to have Democrats are running rings around them. By delaying the vote further, the Republicans are handing the Democrats the victory they sought when they first raised the name of Christine Blasey Ford. That Trump has acquiesced to this demand beggars belief. I expected better from him.
I watched some of Ford’s testimony and she came across as reasonable a person as you could hope to meet in California. She certainly didn’t come across as a deranged harridan, anyway. The problem was, she couldn’t remember anything except that it was Kavanaugh that assaulted her. Coincidentally, this is the one and only detail the Democrats think important. There’s no chance Kavanaugh did assault her – there isn’t a shred of evidence to support the claim, and plenty to suggest he didn’t – and unless she’s simply being paid, there must be some other motive. If I were to guess, I’d say Ford had been sexually abused and has never got over it. She probably even knows who did it, and loathes herself; in all likelihood she got too close to him because he whispered the right political viewpoints in her ear. Then with some seriously warped logic she’s sought relief by accusing Kavanaugh, someone she thinks represents the man who assaulted her and she’s so messed up she can’t see the difference. If she can bring down the man who is about to reverse Roe v Wade, her dignity will be restored. It’s borderline insanity, but then look at that woman in the lift.
I also watched a fair bit of Kavanaugh’s testimony, and before it started everyone was saying he cannot come across as smug and arrogant or he’s toast as Ford’s was a tough act to follow. They needn’t have worried: he was mad as hell, as anyone in his shoes would be. Bear in mind the original accusation was he’d tried to take off Ford’s bathing suit which was under her clothes. By the time he testified, thousands of people were openly calling him a rapist and newspapers were running articles on how he organised gang rapes of teenage girls based on fantastical stories from professional liars and attention-seekers. He then broke down in tears, which delighted the liberals who mocked him, ridiculed him, and said this meant he is unsuitable to serve on the Supreme Court (as if any behaviour on Kavanaugh’s part would have satisfied them).
The conservative response to Ford’s testimony, at least on Twitter, was a broad agreement that she came across okay. The liberal reaction to Kavanaugh was to ramp up the scorn and abuse to eleven. We now have national newspapers implying he’s a paedophile. For the Republicans to now delay his confirmation further is nothing short of betrayal, both for Kavanaugh and decent Americans. Half the problem is their supporters are so limp-wristed and dim that they still believe the Democrats are acting in good faith and will be satisfied once the FBI investigation is complete. Anyone with half a brain knows they’ll never be satisfied, and next week a slew of accusations will come forth that Kavanaugh ran a secret underground kidnapping ring which murdered children and sold off their body parts. And conservatives will um and ah and say perhaps it’s better we nominate someone else, a woman who the Democrats will have to accept. Good lord, they’re thick. As I said, say what you like about the liberals but they at least they turn up to the fight and bring all weapons to bear; the Republicans seem only capable of surrendering before they’ve even put the gloves on.
Regardless, this is a seriously worrying development in American politics. Right from the start the Democrats decided they were not going to allow Trump to have a second Supreme Court pick and they vowed to oppose anyone he chose. It beats me why they even bothered to have the senate hearings at all, if the Democrats had decided before anyone was even nominated they were going to vote no. Perhaps the only purpose is to flush out dithering Republicans? Between this and the hysterical reaction to Trump’s election, which shows no sign of abating, it’s clear the liberals don’t want to take part in any political process they’re not in charge of. Whether in or out of power, it’s equally clear they don’t want to make any compromises or even live around those they consider their enemies. The ZMan is fond of saying there is no way back towards reconciliation, and that some sort of separation is the only solution. Watching the Kavanaugh debacle plumb new depths over the past few days, I can only agree with him. This morning I came across this video:
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 28, 2018
Any society in which women approach men they don’t know and jab fingers in their face while screaming hysterically is not going to last very long. Egged on by one another, Democrat politicians and their lunatic supporters are slowly pushing ordinary people into a corner from which the only escape will be overwhelming violence of the sort not seen since the guns fell silent in 1865. Any decent book on the American Civil War takes a couple of hundred pages before the shooting starts because it was a long, slow march towards it, full of incidents both big and small which shoved the country a little further along each time. Philip Scott Thomas on Twitter specifically mentioned the caning of Charles Sumner, an incident widely considered to be symbolic of the breakdown of civil discourse. Will the treatment meted out to Brett Kavanaugh and his family, which is still ongoing, be seen in a similar light in years to come? Perhaps not, but I am certain it will be one of several milestones on a road which is inexorably leading towards violence and tragedy.