Open thread—The denouement
I was gone all morning attending to liberry business, so I caught up on today’s hearing afterwards. A few takeaways.
Today’s hearing is why women don’t report rape / assault. Our patriarchal culture is conditioned to dismiss their stories. More so when their accusations impact a powerful member of that society, or that society’s vested interests.
And because of this, Christine Ford is a hero. As she said in her opening statement, she was terrified, but as I’ve written before, bravery isn’t lack of fear (that’s more like foolishness), but having that fear and facing it down.
This bravery is something not evidenced by Brett Kavanaugh. He has turned in a petulant, spittle-flecked, enraged performance, which is pleasing Trump, but indicates that the stories his accusers have lashed him with have more than enough merit. One has to wonder if he took some liquid courage before his testimony.
Even if every Republican falls in line (i.e. Collins, Murkowski, Flake, Sasse, etc.) and Kavanaugh gets ramrodded onto the court, this will be a victory which will turn to ash. This will mobilize women to vote Democratic like nothing else, and, as I’ve been saying, we may see Chief Justice John Roberts, who is concerned foremost with the Court’s legacy, start to vote with the liberal bloc to abate the taint of Kavanaugh.
Of course, in the eyes of some, we could have avoided all this if we hadn’t nominated a woman to follow the black guy into the White House. This is, simply, balderdash. White rage was going to erupt into full force eventually, and 2016 just happened to be the perfect storm. But it’s a last hurrah. As we’ve seen for the past two years, it’s really hard to impose a fascist regime on this country. A 200 year history of civil liberties is hard to overturn. Trump has scored some “victories”, but they just motivate his resistance all the more. Kavanaugh will be another log on the fire.
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