Disclaimer/Trigger Warning: Sorry for another political rant, but I’m so astonished at the total farce of the Kavanaugh hearings and what all this means for America going forward.
I totally didn’t see this one coming. As far as I could tell, Brett Kavanaugh went down in flames yesterday. True, it was easy to see how the Democrats manipulated the situation and their delay tactics, so I guess the Republicans felt they had no other way to go then to call for an immediate vote.
According to the live blog at Fox News (I know, but it’s the only one I could find), Grassley called for a vote at 1:30 PM today Eastern Time. It was approved 11-8, so I guess it’s going to happen, and all eyes are on Jeff Flake, a Republican Senator from Arizona (a state a lot more conservative than Idaho).
I had a hard time finding a text version of the story (though there are plenty of videos), but apparently two rape victims confronted Jeff Flake in an elevator yesterday, blocking the doors and refusing to let him leave for five minutes. This was after Flake announced he would vote to confirm Cavanaugh.
In a separate incident, another rape victim confronted Lindsey Graham as he was talking to reporters. The belief that Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh are true is so strong, that for a lot of people, a vote to confirm him would be a vote to harm rape victims.
I’ve also been following the discussions about the hearing and its aftermath on twitter and opinions there also seem heavily against confirming Kavanaugh.
Whether he’s confirmed or not, I can’t see anyone winning here. Even if Kavanaugh is confirmed, his reputation is destroyed. He and his family, including his two little girls (one is age 10 and I can’t immediately find the age of the other child) have received death threats (and what sort of person goes to war against children?). Christine Ford, who testified to being sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh over 30 years ago, has also received death threats (which is just as heinous as the threats against Kavanaugh).
Here’s a few examples of the threat’s against Kavanaugh’s family from the USA Today article:
“My condolences to you for being married to a rapist. Although you probably deserve it,” one person wrote in an email obtained by CNN.
Another message sent this week said “F*** YOU AND YOUR RAPIST HUSBAND,” according to CNN.
The Wall Street Journal cited two other emails sent to Ashely Kavanaugh’s government email account. She works as town manager for a suburb of the Village of Chevy Chase. A phone number listed for her office went straight to voicemail and a message from USA TODAY was not returned.
“May you, your husband and your kids burn in hell,” one message read. Another said she should tell her husband to “put a bullet in his … skull,” according to the WSJ.
And then there’s this:
Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, viewed as a potential swing vote against Kavanaugh, has reported receiving threatening calls and letters as well as more than 3,000 wire coat hangers in grim a reference to the unsafe, illegal abortions that abortion-rights defenders say would follow the end of Roe v. Wade.
Collins told The Wall Street Journal that she finds “the out-of-state voicemails being left on the answering machines of my state offices” to be “incredibly offensive.”
“In one case – and we are going to turn this over to the police, but unfortunately, of course, the person didn’t leave a name or number – but they actually threatened to rape one of my young female staffers,” Collins told the Journal.
One incensed voter left a voicemail for Collins, which her office shared with USA TODAY, in which he repeatedly screamed insults while wondering how Collins could accept Kavanaugh’s statement that he considers Roe v. Wade to be “settled law” when he was “handpicked by the Federalist Society specifically to overturn” that decision.
“You will go down in history as the most naive person ever to be in Congress you (expletive), (expletive), feckless, naive woman!” the caller yelled.
No one wins here. This is the worst travesty in politics I can remember in my over six decades of life.
I know that before this three-ring circus occurred, Democrats opposed Kavanaugh’s stand on a number of key issues and protests against him were particularly impassioned. Now it would be easy to say that the Dems were sufficiently and even passionately motivated, especially given a Republican majority in the Senate, to do absolutely anything in order to prevent Kavanaugh from being confirmed to SCOTUS, but imagination and innuendo isn’t proof, and I have none to support the allegation. Certainly Lindsey Graham believes the Dems are participating in a political lynching and ritual defamation of Kavanaugh, but yet again, these are matters of opinion and subjective viewpoints, not fact.
If Kavanaugh fails to receive sufficient votes for confirmation, Democrats will be emboldened next month to turn the conservative tide and replace as many Republicans with Democrats in the Senate as possible in order to further thwart any of Trumps nominees for SCOTUS. I predict record high voter participation of both Republican and Democrat citizens.
If he’s confirmed, he still doesn’t win. Democratic/liberal outrage will go through the roof, and that rage will also fuel a Democratic surge at the polls in November. There will be more protests and more marches. There will probably be more violence as the political and social schism that began in this nation in 2009 continues to widen into the Grand Canyon.
My Mom is 86 years old, in an assisted living home, and has a failing memory. My Dad’s dead. Neither one has to go through this mess, but my wife and I do. My children are adults, and two of them are pretty liberal so I suppose they’ll be okay. But one son, who served in the Marine Corps, is conservative, and he’s the Dad to my two little grandchildren. I’m afraid for them, growing up in a topsy-turvy world where nothing makes sense, and where if you don’t like someone, the immediate response is to attack them.
As the divide widens, each side becomes increasingly afraid of the other, and as we’ve seen, fear drives anger, hate, and violence.
No, I’m not writing this in support of Kavanaugh’s nomination. I’m writing it because the political landscape, both sides of the aisle, has gone from contentious to insane.
I created this blog so I could write fiction. Unfortunately, real life has become far more dramatic.