“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 Craigart14 on September 29, 2018 at 11:39am

They were cagey enough not to give democrats a lot of misogynistic sound bytes for the coming elections and cagey enough to attack the democrats rather than Dr. Ford. It was a show trial anyway, scripted so they could later claim they treated her fairly. Kavanaugh and Graham really lit into the democrats, a strategy that has worked quite well for the Trump cabal. It was all calculated and pre-planned. 

Comment by Loren Miller on September 29, 2018 at 11:02am

Craig, the GOP senators weren't so much cagey as they were cowardly, and when they weren't cowardly, they were indulging in the same kind of testosterone-laden rants that Kavanaugh opened the session with. The only Republican on that committee with any semblance of integrity was Flake, and that only after the encounter in the elevator with the two sexual assault victims. That Flake was able to negotiate a reopening of the FBI investigation into Kavanaugh may be the pivot point of this whole matter.

Give it a week and we'll know if his efforts were worth it.

Comment by Craigart14 on September 29, 2018 at 10:45am

I posted this to Facebook yesterday: The Gopers are pretty cagey. They probably didn't want to be seen badgering a sympathetic and credible woman in the age of #metoo, so they hired another woman. They actually were quite fair in their questioning of Dr. Ford, though Grassley (sp?) kept inserting some untrue conclusions. (First he quotes Joe Biden saying that FBI investigations accomplish nothing. Later he cites the FBI investigations already conducted on Kavanaugh, failing to mention that the FBI didn't have Ford's testimony for any of them.) Lindsey Graham was quite embarrassing as an attack dog, but part of the plan. Treat Ford with respect and pack all your vitriol into a pretty wild conspiracy theory. Heap as much (un)righteous indignation as you can over the facts and hope nobody looks too closely. It's really a simple situation: She said, he said. She has nothing to gain. He has plenty to gain. She wants a thorough investigation. He doesn't. She says it was him. He says he never met her. She dated one of his close friends, someone he had beers with on July 1, 1982. He says he didn't know her. She says he tried to rape her at a party. He says he wasn't at the party. She says he and Mark Judge and PJ and perhaps others were at the party. He says he likes beer, but he wasn't at the party. His calendar includes a note for that day saying he was going to Timmy's for skis with Judge, Tom, PJ, Bernie, and Squi (the guy Ford "went out with"). She says "100 percent" sure. He says he was too busy to party during the week and his weekends were booked up. She wants an investigation. He wants to know if Democratic senators drink beer. She wants an investigation. He wants to keep the GOP owned committee happy. One of them is lying. My money's on the guy who claims he's a victim and defends himself with shouting between his tears and who uses crappy logic and the DARVO defense. And who paints himself as a saint. So why not have the FBI look into it? Kavanaugh might not get the job he wants. Women might not have to deal with another conservative anti-abortion judge with a lifetime gig deciding on their rights.

Comment by Michael Penn on September 29, 2018 at 9:38am

I cannot post this enough. It is a rule of law that was used to explain why Nixon could not pardon himself. Trump would like to see this re-done to work in his favor. Let's not allow him to do that. Kavanaugh would be instrumental in a new vote to change things.


Comment by Michael Penn on September 29, 2018 at 9:33am

I have no reason to believe that Ford or any of the women are lying. I'm also aware that the Dems want to hold this vote back until after the mid terms. They might have an equal chance in votes at that time. The importance is in restoring a balance of power.

Kavanaugh may have said that he considers Roe v. Wade as "settled law" but that doesn't mean the GOP will let it remain so. Kavanaugh is also important in voting again on whether or not a president can pardon himself. This last idea has worried Trump for many reasons. 

These two are the real issues that all the Dems are working on right now. It hinges on Kavanaugh's nomination. Right now I'm seeing changes in the Trump camp. He has to change slightly to convince people that the Dems do NOT have blue collar workers in mind, and that only the Republicons do. Some say it is working.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 29, 2018 at 7:03am

No great surprise that Portman is there.  I've already tattooed his ears about this, and to be honest, I don't think he's listening.  The only solution there is to kick his ass out of office, but we don't get to do that until 2022.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 28, 2018 at 5:56pm

Bertold, it might just be that Donnie has some semblance of an idea of how fragile his nominee's status is. For myself, I'm hoping there's time to look at at least some of the other women who have come forward as well. With luck, we can close the book on Kavanaugh in OUR favor.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 28, 2018 at 4:28pm

LATE NEWS!  The Senate Judiciary Committee has proposed and the White House has approved a reopening of the FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh!  This process is limited to a week, but it's a week more than we had 24 hours ago.  That Trump gave ground on this is a huge shift for him ... and it may be that this particular nominee is now more vulnerable than at any previous time.

Here's hoping.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 28, 2018 at 3:18pm

I saw that, GC.  Especially noted was Jeff Flake's flaking out and voting to support Kavanaugh, despite previous statements regarding his questions about Kavanaugh's suitability to the court.

I can only hope now that Collins and Murkowski can wake up and smell the coffee and vote AGAINST this douche bag.  The whole go-along-to-get-along crap has gone on long enough!

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 28, 2018 at 3:13pm

The Senate Judiciary Committee proved itself a Rethuglican kangaroo court this morning, voting along party lines to advance "Above the Law" Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate. This without hearing from Mark Judge or any other witnesses, this without an FBI investigation into these credible allegations, which could have cleared Kavanaugh.

Related: the message to my senators in Writing to Congress.

... Sometimes the bible actually gets it right.

Reminds me of the article "As Authoritarians Band Together, We Need a Global Opposition Movement" (Truthout) -- Israeli authoritarians don't see hard-right Holocaust denial as a deal-breaker in foreign leaders; plus discussion of Trump, Putin, Erdogan, etc. The photo of Israeli protesters features signs in English with "Stop the Killings!" and signs in Hebrew with what turns out to be a Bible quote, from Psalms: "Turn from evil and do good."

(Good advice, when removed from its context of seeking and fearing "the Lord".)



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