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I Believe Christine Blasey Ford

Posted on: September 28, 2018

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Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

I must confess that watching the Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh testimonies left me feeling hopeless. I don’t know if I’ve felt this depressed since election night and inauguration. What we saw was such a horrific display of partisanship from Republicans, such naked thirst for power, such terrifying absence of decency, that I don’t know if we can ever truly recover from where we are now. And, frankly, the weak performance of Democrats against Kavanaugh revealed that we don’t have strong leadership. Yes, there may be flashes of it here and there, but in the second half of the day Democrats surrendered all control to Republicans. Lindsey Graham goes on a full frontal attack on Democrats and their only response was Cory Booker calling Graham his friend. Every Republican attacked Diane Feinstein. And Democrats remained silent. Democrats kept hammering on about the FBI investigation: important yes, but the point was made already and repeatedly, and anyone who mentioned it after Dick Durbin drew blood by getting Kavanaugh to fall speechless on the subject was wasting time. They let so many things fall through the cracks because they harped on that single issue. They also kept quoting Kavanaugh’s former roommate who said he saw Kavanaugh get very drunk many times: yes, we heard it and Kavanaugh dismissed that story pretty easily. Yet they kept returning to it Kavanaugh swatted them away just as easily each time. It was a waste of time.

Democrats should have pursued Rachel Mitchell’s questions about the July 1st party on Kavanaugh’s calendar – which perfectly matches Dr. Ford’s description of the party where she was assaulted, including the guest list and the timeframe where she ran into Mike Judge in a grocery store approximately 6 weeks later. The Republican prosecutor seemed to accidentally stumble on the actual date of the party where Ford was attacked! She had Kavanaugh read the first and last names of all his friends who were going to attend this party. The names match everyone Ford names, including the man Kavanaugh’s friends tried to pin the assault on (but who denied any involvement in a letter to the judiciary committee.) The date of the party – July 1st – also matches Ford’s story that she ran into Mike Judge in a grocery store approximately 6 weeks later. But because she wasn’t sure when the party was, knowing when Judge worked in the store would help. Well, Mike Judge wrote in his book that worked in that grocery store in August of that year. It matches perfectly the time-frame Ford laid out. A party Kavanaugh attended, the guest list of friends that matches Ford’s list of those present, and the 6 weeks before seeing the eye-witness in a store. Rachel Mitchell – intentionally or not (probably not) – laid this out for Democrats. Democrats did nothing with this information. As soon as Mitchell asked these questions about the July 1st party, Grassley called for a recess. They returned and Graham went for the Democrats’ jugular. Mitchell was not heard from again. Every Republican after that went for the same jugular. And Democrats did nothing. They didn’t fight back, they did not pursue the line of questioning that quite literally may reveal the date – on Kavanaugh’s own calendar – of the party where Ford was assaulted.  The hearings ended as a disaster for Democrats.

Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony was astonishing. With strength and courage she arrived to tell the truth. And she did. What was striking about her answers is that she didn’t try to be right. She knew there were gaps in her story, she willingly acknowledged the limitations of memory. Contrast this with every Kavanaugh testimony: in his desire to be right and perfect, Kavanaugh lies. He lies easily and repeatedly. Republicans don’t care that Kavanaugh has committed perjury numerous times already. But we know that he has. And we know that Dr. Ford has not. This extraordinary woman has upended her entire life – the persecution of Dr. Ford will continue forever – because she wanted to do what is right. She faced the lions and went in. She did it for all of us. She said that her greatest fear is that she would do all this, put her family and herself through hell and it would not matter. She is probably right, that Kavanaugh will still be appointed to the Supreme Court. But her testimony matters. It matters to countless women and men who have been abused and who have been too afraid to speak up. People who have blamed themselves for the attacks. Christine Blasey Ford showed us that sometimes we must do what is right, even when we know it may not make the difference we seek in the moment. Dr. Ford and her courage do not exist in a vacuum. She has already changed the lives of countless victims of sexual abuse. May she take some comfort in that. And may we all hope to have that kind of courage.

“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

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66 Responses to "I Believe Christine Blasey Ford"

D, well said. i’m so depressed. God knows what will happen tomorrow.

Flake, of course, says he’ll vote yes.

You are right D, we will need the courage and inspiration of women like Dr. Ford and Anita Hill in order to survive this time in our country.

Last night I yelled at my husband because I was so triggered by every man at work who expressed doubt about Dr. Ford’s testimony. We all were talking about it and I heard things like “I think Avenatti confuses things” and “the timing is suspicious.” Hubby said something about how he is going to be confirmed and I lost it.

I said last night that I feel the same as when Drumpf stole the election. A large portion of the country is comfortable with taking a giant shit on women. It is terrible to live in a country with such entrenched misogyny.

But we must be courageous and focus on getting ourselves and others to the polls in November. Changing Congress is required.

Remember to that the new freshman class has a ton of women in it, and a lot of fresh liberal blood.

2020 is another story. I have to worry about one problem at a time to get up in the morning.

MB and others, I too feel your pain and anger and frustration.

1:30 pm East Coast time will either be a close call or our decent into Hell.

Is this what it will take to wake the Sandman supporters up? Will those damn young women pay the price in the future for their ignorance?

DYB

You picked the perfect photo up top for this day.

DYB, you’ve voiced what I feel.

I think the Dems keep trying to take the high route. They thought with how authentic Dr. Ford was and with how petulant, vicious, and unhinged Kavanaugh was along with his blatant refusals to answer, and his obvious lies, that it was obvious how unsuited he was for a seat on the highest court in the land. They continue to underestimate how the Republican’s depraved lust for power causes them to ignore everything except what they want.

Did any of the Dems say something like “Look at how unhinged Mr. Kavanaugh is!” or “Come on, your own calendar and your college friends say you drank to blackout many many times” or “How dare you interrupt the Senator!” or — in the words of Al Franken — “Were you lying then or are you lying now?”

I don’t know if I’ve felt this depressed since election night and inauguration.

This.

Several Democrats walk out of Kavanaugh meeting in protest.

Senate committee decides along party lines to vote on nomination this afternoon.

That decision and an earlier vote rejecting Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s motion to subpoena a witness in the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh sparked outrage from Democrats and prompted several senators, including Blumenthal, Kamala Harris and Mazie Hirono, to leave. “This is just totally ridiculous. What a railroad job,” said Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii).

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-committee-prepares-to-vote-on-kavanaugh-nomination-as-key-senators-remain-silent/2018/09/28/0b143292-c305-11e8-b338-a3289f6cb742_story.html?utm_term=.6d0d4951baf3

I considered exposing my rapist. Then I thought about his wife.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2018/09/28/feature/i-considered-exposing-my-rapist-then-i-thought-about-his-wife/?utm_term=.f99ff5c6527c

Oh really? Did you ever think he might be still raping — his wife, and other women? I’m sick of these rape apologists, and the women are the worst.

Well, today is my birthday and it’s officially the shittiest one, ever. Like all of you, I’m in despair. Between the snarling and the weeping, Kavanaugh’s tantrum should have buried his chances forever. Time to dust off my The Republican Party: A Weapon of Mass Destruction bumper sticker.

6 Luna

Ditto

in the second half of the day Democrats surrendered all control to Republicans. Lindsey Graham goes on a full frontal attack on Democrats and their only response was Cory Booker calling Graham his , friend. Every Republican attacked Diane Feinstein. And Democrats remained silent.

Was that accidental? Does this maybe show that we women just can’t trust men, even those who are supposedly our friends? Sure, DYB wrote this great post, but he’s in no position to prevent Kavanaugh from being confirmed to the SCOTUS. So the men who can help suddenly become too weak to do so, and the men who do not become weak are in no position to do so. Is there perhaps a pattern here?

Branjor

I blame the Republican men and Dump.

I do not blame other men nor do I think men can’t be trusted nor does it mean that they are all too weak to help.

Republican women are just as bad.

Sweet Sue, you are a sweet light on this day. The fight will continue, no matter what happens in the vote today. I hope you do enjoy people in your life, and have a good Birthday.

Branjor, I took your words to mean that empathetic, good hearted men-allies-seldom ascend to seats of power. I think you’re really on to something there.

Shadowfax

No argument on the republican women, but I think you may be wrong about the men.

Oh, and I didn’t say they were “all too weak to help”, just that they are all or mostly too weak to help when it matters and they are in a position to do so.

Sweet Sue, happy birthday!!! I’m sorry it’s getting ruined by all this nonsense. Do try to enjoy it, do something you love. Turn off the TV. Play music, read a book, watch a favorite movie, have some ice cream!

Branjor, I took your words to mean that empathetic, good hearted men-allies-seldom ascend to seats of power.

Sweet Sue, yes, that may often be true. But look at men like Cory Booker and the democratic leadership – they are supposedly our friends, said beautiful words to Dr. Ford yesterday – and then ceded control to the republicans in the second half of the hearings.

I think you’re really on to something there.

Thank you. I wish I wasn’t, but I think I am.

Talks are still going on behind the scenes to help stop the vote.

DYB- re: your insightful description of lost opportunity regarding the calendar entry, did you see Sheldon Whitehouse this morning. He brought up that very point, albeit belatedly. Also, his entire speech was an inspiring example of restrained righteous anger, in graphic counterpoint to Kavanaugh, for what it is worth.

I bet Kabincrap is going to enjoy quite a few beers today. He is probably going to get investigated by the FBI.

More R’s are starting to support a week delay and an FBI investigation.

[Insert Birthday cake for Sweet Sue]

Did Jeff Flake put out this statement today before or after he called for a delay of the vote?

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) today released the following statement:

“After hearing more than 30 hours of testimony from Judge Kavanaugh earlier this month, I was prepared to support his nomination based on his view of the law and his record as a judge. In fact, I commented at the time that had he been nominated in another era, he would have likely received 90+ votes.

When Dr. Ford’s allegations against Judge Kavanaugh surfaced two weeks ago, I insisted that she be allowed to testify before the committee moved to a vote. Yesterday, we heard compelling testimony from Dr. Ford, as well as a persuasive response from Judge Kavanaugh. I wish that I could express the confidence that some of my colleagues have conveyed about what either did or did not happen in the early 1980s, but I left the hearing yesterday with as much doubt as certainty.

What I do know is that our system of justice affords a presumption of innocence to the accused, absent corroborating evidence. That is what binds us to the rule of law. While some may argue that a different standard should apply regarding the Senate’s advice and consent responsibilities, I believe that the constitution’s provisions of fairness and due process apply here as well.

I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.”

https://www.flake.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=D00A6D7D-91F1-483C-90A4-7E75B604B3DF

Happy birthday, Sue! Do something nice for yourself. Go get a pedicure or buy yourself a pretty scarf!

Ditto everyone’s Happy Birthday wishes Sue! I hope you have a special day in spite of everything.

So, we have a weeks reprieve. Hopefully the next few days will bring more dirt on Krapinaugh. Really bad, nasty dirt.

Thread:

in the second half of the day Democrats surrendered all control to Republicans. Lindsey Graham goes on a full frontal attack on Democrats and their only response was Cory Booker calling Graham his , friend. Every Republican attacked Diane Feinstein. And Democrats remained silent.

So what’s with this shit?

The dudes and I thought this was hilarious:

We won a huge victory today, so Sue, you should have a wonderful birthday!

It seems to me the Democrats’ strategy about the FBI worked. There is zero chance the FBI will come out with findings that favor Kavano, since he is guilty as shit. Drumpf has thrown him under the bus too, saying it’s all up,to the Senate.

It’s over for the Rethugs and SCOTUS.

30
Anne, that is funny. He drinks his beer with a straw 😉

It’s over for the Rethugs and SCOTUS.

Wow, that’s really good news! 😀

Happy Birthday, Sue!

Thanks, Branjor. It turned out to be not as shitty as I thought it would be.

Why is there even a time limit? How could Rosenstein know it could be done in a week before it’s started? I call BS.

@30 Annie, that Samuel Jackson clip is hilarious!

For what its worth:

Sue, here is another good thing that happened on your birthday. May he rot in jail, then in hell. (He won’t based on emolument violations but I’m holding out hope on laundering Russian mob money)

@37 NYT says the FBI investigation will be based on voluntary interviews. Mark Judge has agreed to cooperate, but we already know what his answers will be. I really don’t know, I was drunk at the time. He wrote a book about his blackouts, so what can they say?

37 | socalannie
September 29, 2018 at 1:30 am

For what its worth-

I am glad to hear the FBI is already jumping into action. One ex-FBI guy talking to Joy tonight said anyone that has something to report about Kabincrap can just walk into their local FBI office, they don’t need to wait to hopefully be contacted.

Another exFBI person said on CNN that the investigation on KabinToast is not a criminal investigation, but if they find that he testified and lied to the judicial committee or if he lies when talking to the FBI, THAT IS A CRIME, A FELONY.

Another tidbit that was said on CNN was that the FBI would jump at the chance to use the calendar he made as evidence. They could see if anything was added or edited recently vs written back in 1982. They also could use the names there and contact them and possibly use his timeline to get more info.

My heartfelt thanks to everybody who wished me a happy birthday and, you know what? It turned out to pretty good, after all.

Sue I’m so glad! You so deserve it!

Did anyone see this?

Belatedly, for Sweet Sue.

@46: Oh damn, I missed that!

Fredster, the show was good. I had no idea Hillary was going to be on it, I was sooooooooooo excited.

@45, madamab, excellent article. The quote from Eisenhower hit me —

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed…This is not a way of life at all…Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.”

Damn, a Republican president said that?

“How do you maintain hope?” an audience member asked me at the end of the talk. This is another question I get asked everywhere I go. I told her that I don’t believe in hope and I don’t believe in hopelessness; I believe in compassion and pragmatism.

I feel the same way about hope. And hopelessness. We keep doing what we can regardless.

Fredster-kisses, m’wah. So glad that you’re enjoying the Big Easy.

Is this true? And no one’s caught it before? Gods I hope it’s true.

@56 – I went to high school in MD from 1981-1985. The drinking age in DC was 18, and it was 21 in MD. A lot of kids went into DC to drink. I believe the drinking age was changed to 21 in 1984.

If the rape house was in MD and he was under 21, he was not of legal drinking age.

What a shame Al Franken was not there on the Judiciary committee. Things could have changed on a dime.

@55: Aw, thank ye Sue!

Well my Tigers won tonight against Ole Miss in Baton Rouge and now we’ll be in the thick of our SEC schedule. So I’ll celebrate this win.

And yes annie, we still have the “red tide” to face. Bleh.

@60 And congrats to USC too!

Adam Schiff really keeps trying and trying. But, Nunes…

House Intelligence Committee Republicans voted on Friday against releasing interview transcripts of one of their House GOP colleagues that Democrats consider significant for the panel’s now-shuttered Russia probe.

Two sources told The Daily Beast on Friday morning that Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee wanted their GOP colleagues to disclose an account given to the panel by Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), who is considered the Republican legislator closest to the Kremlin.

“The Republicans are trying to conceal from the voters their colleague Dana Rohrabacher’s Russia investigation testimony,” said a committee source familiar with the issue. “There were highly concerning contacts between Rohrabacher and Russians during the campaign that the public should hear about.”

As well, two sources said the Republicans denied release of an interview given to them by Florida Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who chaired the Democratic National Committee in 2016 when Russian military intelligence infiltrated the organization’s servers and exfiltrated for publication a large trove of internal communications.

“She has no objection to it being released,” said Wasserman Schultz spokesperson David Damron.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/house-intel-gop-withholds-rohrabacher-and-wasserman-schultzs-russia-probe-transcripts

{{{Fredster}}}

SNL Matt Damon did a great Kabincrazy…

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