“Are you willing to request that the White House direct the FBI to investigate the current allegations against you?”

I hadn’t watched most of the hearings that were conducted Thursday, with Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh as primary witnesses. I figured that I’d catch the evening news and hear the wrap-up at that time, but when I dialed up CBS at 6:30 PM Thursday, I was confronted with the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, still in full swing. Senators Feinstein, Grassley, and Cornyn were having a discussion regarding whether the Senate in the person of one of its members, had been responsible for the outing of Dr. Ford. Once that issue was resolved, questioning of Judge Kavanaugh was passed to Senator Kamala Harris. Her first question was the one listed above. I listened as Kavanaugh answered in virtually every way possible, except to say simply “Yes” or “No.”

Maybe this is too obvious to be bothered with, but let’s be real here. Christine Blasey Ford did NOT want to come forward. She presented herself to Senator Feinstein and asked her to maintain their communications and Ford’s status as secure and private, until her name found its way to the press. At that point Dr. Ford came forward and the process of her being admitted to testify before the Judiciary Committee began, culminating in the meeting referred to here. Nota bene: She really didn’t want to do this. Indeed, early in her prepared statement, she declares bluntly: “I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified.” Nevertheless, she was motivated to expose herself to that scrutiny anyway, because she thought her experience of 36 years ago was a crucial datum which she was obliged to provide to that committee. In addition, as has been reported by multiple sources, she has received death threats and been forced to evacuate her home, along with her children, to maintain her own security … when she could have just as easily stayed at home and done nothing.

Dr. Ford and at least three other women have been exposed to light they did not seek out for themselves. They did so because their experience with Supreme Court Justice Candidate Brett Kavanaugh sufficiently disturbed them that they could not remain silent. Because of this, their lives will be dislocated, at least temporarily if not over a considerable length of time because they chose to speak up. CNN reports that Dr. Ford’s testimony earlier Thursday was “credible” and consistent with her previous statements. She has taken and passed a polygraph test. Calls have been made even before the aforementioned question for the FBI to reopen its investigation into Brett Kavanaugh’s history, yet no such inquiry has been initiated. And Brett Kavanaugh will apparently not answer a straightforward question which would lead to such additional research.

Why is that? I have an idea:

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
-- John 3:20

Sometimes the bible actually gets it right.  ’Nuff said.

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Comment by Loren Miller on October 25, 2018 at 7:58am

Ahhh, "affluenza," that ailment unique to the moneyed and over-privileged.  The one that's supposed to grant the infected anything he or she wants, for no other reason than Because They Want It.  Chris, you have no idea how much I would love to inoculate the rest of the world against that malady and the blind presumption it inflicts on the rest of us.

Comment by Chris on October 25, 2018 at 3:25am

If I may,

It seems to me that Kavanaugh and his privald upbringing granted him - even in high shcool to act out with afluenzenza.

Bla Bla Bla

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-03/man-who-used-affluenza-drunk...

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 1, 2018 at 1:16pm

Amen! (In the original meaning of "I believe it! What he said! Hear, hear!") I too will do my bit towards bypassing, avoiding, and defeating "Above the Law" Kavanaugh -- much worse than "just another conservative nominee", as bad as those would be -- and the Republican Party in general (may they be forgotten in ignominy :-).

BTW, I agree with Bergen Woods in not using the usual initialism, because there's nothing "grand" about the party that has become the party of gun care and health control, of "I've got mine, screw you", and that with candidate Trump's "jokes" about "Second Amendment" solutions completed its about-face from the "party of Lincoln" to the party of John Wilkes Booth.

If we must use GOP, let's redefine it: Greedy Old Party, and as revealed in the last couple of years, Grabbers Of Pussy. Any other expansions that describe it accurately?

Comment by Loren Miller on October 1, 2018 at 11:43am

Tom, there are all sorts of things we CAN survive if we have to, including Kavanaugh and the current GOP. If we can bypass / avoid / defeat either or both of them, I for one would be glad to, and good riddance to bad governance. Regardless, I have NO intention to just lay back and take their crap.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on October 1, 2018 at 11:25am

Two lessons from history:

1) America survived the Civil War

2) Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the other forms humans have tried.

Two conclusions:

1) We will survive Brett Kavanaugh.

2) We will survive the present GOP.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 1, 2018 at 8:30am

Michael, those have been my two major concerns about Kavanaugh since he was nominated.  Add his utter lack of judicial demeanor and the increasing numbers of women with whom he has had something LESS than cordial relationships with, and his disqualification for ANY bench, never mind SCOTUS, should be a moot point.

I've said it before and will say it again: I want him GONE.

Comment by Michael Penn on October 1, 2018 at 8:19am

Here is Kavanaugh in a nutshell. This is why there is a rush to nominate him as SCOTUS. Many do not see it.

1. Kavanaugh is all about Roe v. Wade all over again.

2. Kavanaugh does not believe a sitting president can be indicted.

Understand the above and realize what Trump has in store for America.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 30, 2018 at 12:41pm

Sorry, gang ... this isn't EXACTLY on point, but it's too good to leave out:

Comment by Loren Miller on September 29, 2018 at 4:17pm

Between Kavanaugh's two-faced BS regarding Roe v Wade and his radical views regarding whether a sitting president can be indicted, I've had no love for him since Letter A. Add Dr. Ford's accusations and testimony and Kavanaugh's disqualification SHOULD be an automatic. That he is still in the running is more indicative of the GOP's blind support for him.

Is ANY of this news? No, not really.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 29, 2018 at 3:57pm

Among Kavanaugh's other lies, he lied about respecting Roe v. Wade as "settled law". In an email of his, that was "committee confidential", he wrote that "I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent, and three current Justices on the Court would do so." (Not to mention the very fact of working for the Bush White House that was dedicated to, among other things, overturning Roe.)

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/405335-kavanaugh-questioned-if-...

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/09/leaked-email-shows-kava...

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