Ugly

Susan Collins called the whole thing an “ugly confirmation process.” Yep. It was ugly alright. Especially the way it ended, with her confirming a man credibly accused of sexual assault and who, it is now well known, told some strange whoppers to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

What Collins didImage result for susan collins and joe manchinn’t bother to say was that the confirmation process was ugly because ugly Republicans ran it, from start to finish. And what she didn’t say was that Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony before the committee was itself ugly, filled with vitriol and phony accusations and partisan nonsense, which by anyone’s standard should disqualify a candidate from assuming a lifetime appointment to the world’s now-phoniest “impartial” tribunal.

But most of all, what Senator Collins didn’t say is that her career in the Senate is ugly, as she has somehow gained an undeserved reputation for “moderation,” for being a champion of women. If it weren’t such a serious matter, we could all LOL. But it is serious. And a man, a dishonest man, a dishonest man who lied several times to Senators, will reshape our jurisprudence longer than I will live partly because a so-called champion of women put him there at the request of the Groper-in-Chief.

Senator Collins was right. This was an ugly process. And it was an ugly process because the fix was in from the start. Anyone who thinks that these were earnest Republican senators (and a very politically ugly Democrat named Joe Manchin) just trying to get to the truth, just trying to do the right thing, doesn’t understand anything about our politics, and certainly doesn’t understand anything about the Republican Party or about a Democrat-in-name-only trying to keep his job in a reactionary red state.

The truth is, and we have to face it again and again, is that Republicans, as they now have organized themselves, are an ugly, ugly group of people. And that there are some Democrats, like Joe Manchin, who are almost as ugly as they are.

Kavanaugh Is A Liar. Period.

Maybe it was his phony act of outrage that was clearly put on to impress Tr-mp and rally the cultists who surround him. Maybe it was his flippant discussion of drinking beer and his inability to know when too many is too many, were it not for some blood alcohol chart. Maybe it was his loss of composure throughout his testimony, hiding his dark deeds behind a wall of theatrical anger, unfit for a judge at any level. Maybe it was his invoking the Clintons and a left-wing conspiracy. Maybe it was his embarrassing evasion of asking for, not to mention demanding, an FBI investigation into the matter. Or maybe, just maybe, it was the moment he swore to God he didn’t do it, didn’t do any of what he was accused of doing. After all, what Jesus-loving, Jesus-obeying Christian would do that? Consider the words of Jesus from Matthew Chapter 5:

Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

There you have it, as far as I’m concerned.

Image result for christine fordAs for our new cultural hero, Christine Blasey Ford, her testimony was both breathtaking and heartbreaking. One cannot do, as Republicans all did yesterday and continue to do today, say she was credible and also defend Brett Kavanaugh. It simply isn’t possible. You cannot believe she was the victim of a sexual assault and also believe that Kavanaugh was telling the truth. Why? Because she clearly and with a sound mind named him as her attacker. To try to have it both ways, to try to say she was credible and also to either believe Kavanaugh or give him the benefit of the doubt, is logically and morally inconsistent. If you credit her and then give him the benefit of the doubt, you are necessarily saying she is either a liar or is suffering from a serious mental disorder causing her to believe a lie, causing her to publicly name Kavanaugh as her attacker in a case of a deranged mistaken identity.

Yet today, the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee ignored all decency, ignored what they saw and heard, and voted to move his nomination to the full Senate, where we will now find out whether there are any Republicans, including Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, who have even an ounce of decency left in their tanks.

After Jeff Flake’s vote this morning, my expectations are not high.

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