Sunday, October 7

Remember Kavanaugh

As we approach the midterm elections, Kavanaugh is going to remain a significant talking point for candidates.

Senator Grassley (R, IA), who suggested women might not be up to the task of working on the Senate Judiciary Committee because it's a lot of work, also said that he believes the "battle cry of Republicans" will be 'Remember Kavanaugh.' So, yes, he walked back his statements about women and made it clear they have trouble recruiting anyone to that committee and then they had to point out how few women Republicans are in the Senate, which makes it hard to recruit them when there are other committees they might prefer to serve on.

But it's this battle cry that interests me. Yes, let's remember Kavanaugh. Let's remember how the Committee wanted to ram through his nomination even as other people said "Wait," and much has been made of that as metaphor for sexual violence against women.

Let's remember Kavanaugh's passionate outburst on that Thursday when he seemed to lose his mind just a little bit as he suggested Clinton-aligned conspiracy and actually called out Democrats.

Then let's remember his op-ed in the Washington Post declaring that he is an independent and impartial justice, a piece that would not have been necessary if it weren't for his outburst on that Thursday. And isn't the Washington Post one of those many bastions of "fake news" as ascribed by 45? I'm not sure how to reconcile that.

Let's remember the 2,400 law professors who believe Kavanaugh is unfit for the Supreme Court.

Let's remember the likelihood he lied under oath about ridiculous things so chose an inordinately absurd path when he could have said,
Look, I drank a lot when I was Georgetown Prep. I behaved badly. And I wish I had simply said to Dr. Ford at the beginning of all of this that while I don't recall this incident and I stand by my assertion that I am not guilty of what she has alleged of me, I'm horrified on her behalf that this happened to her. I'm horrified that any women believe they have no voice if they have been the victims of sexual assault. I'm horrified our justice system does not do more for women while, at the same time, carefully protecting the rights of the accused who may be unjustly accused. The law requires balance. Justice demands balance. If I have the honor of being confirmed as a justice to the Supreme Court, I pledge that I will do my best to be that representative of Justice who seeks balance while affirming and upholding the Constitution. I will do my best to ensure that the Constitution, designed to represent all Americans, does, in fact, represent, protect, and support all Americans, regardless of political affiliation, gender, race, or creed. Because that's what Justice demands.
But he couldn't because most of that would not be true, but dang, it would have been an awesome sound bite!

Instead the Committee wasted time inquiring about his drinking and ralphing (weak stomach? really? that's the best you could do? dude, you had better not eat anything spicy while on the Court for the next 30 years) when he could have handled that without pretending he was some weak-stomached angel. He could have asserted he made bad choices when he was young, as many of us did, and then said he learned from his errors and has worked hard to become a man of integrity.

But he didn't. He and the GOP played an entirely different hand.

Let's remember this was the closest vote in history.

Let's remember that Manchin abandoned his party to get re-elected so it will be fun to see how that works out for him.

Let's remember how hysterical Lindsey Graham got, even as he accused women of being too emotional and hysterical.

Let's remember how the president mocked Dr. Ford in his support of Kavanaugh, perhaps not realizing though likely not caring that when he mocked Dr. Ford, he mocked every sexual assault survivor.

Let's remember how the Democrats were not blameless in this fiasco. Though Feinstein claims her office did not leak Dr. Ford's letter, just as we have to wonder if Kavanaugh told the truth, we have to wonder if Feinstein told the truth.

Let's remember that Democrats and Republicans are going to do their best to cash in on this Kavanaugh mess and try to leverage it like crazy to their own advantage, adding more bricks to the incivility walls and pretty much ensuring bipartisanship hasn't a snowball's chance in hell.

But more importantly, let's remember that all of these clowns--Republican, Democrat, and any other label--work for us. Our taxes pay their salaries. Don't let them tell us what we need to believe.

Let's tell them what we believe and make it clear what we want them to do.

We won't agree on abortion. There are those on the right who believe abortion should be banned at all costs. I'm not a proponent of abortion but I still have to wonder why the federal government thinks it has any right to tell a woman what to do with her body. If they want to "protect" women's bodies from abortion, they'd better first protect women from sexual assault.

We won't agree on guns. I can't even begin to attack that morass but we have to be clear that no one wants to abridge anyone 2nd Amendment rights, but there are a lot of us who have to wonder why you need a semi-automatic weapon to go hunting if the whole point of hunting is to prove you're smarter than the animal and if part of hunting is the rush of tracking and making that single shot. Seems like a semi-automatic weapon means nearly any numbskull can kill a deer, but also wreck the skin and the meat in the process.

We won't agree on immigrants although all of us are immigrants, even if we have to count back several generations.

We won't agree on gay rights. We won't agree on a whole host of things, but we ought to agree that in this country, unlike in any other country, we have the right and freedom to be who we are.

Unless we've completely forgotten why the early colonists fought the American Revolution, have forgotten why they wrote the Declaration of Independence, and why they drafted the Constitution.
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Yes, remember Kavanaugh.

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