Which is to say like every other Republican senator but Murkowski they voted yes, for Brett Kavanaugh, accused rapist, to sit on the Supreme Court. I’m sure they’d default to the FBI investigation finding nothing, ignoring that the investigation was sharply restricted, because (according to one of the White House lawyers) a full investigation “would be potentially disastrous for Judge Kavanaugh’s chances of confirmation to the Supreme Court.” So several people who might have been a problem for Kavanaugh weren’t contacted. Heck, they didn’t even contact the two guys who supposedly told Senate Republicans that they might be Ford’s attacker. Why it’s almost like there’s no proof they even existed!
The truncated investigation we got is enough for the right wing to claim vindication, which is all it was meant for.
But I’m with slacktivist Fred Clark: “Kavanaugh’s denials expose the specific shape of what he’s denying like a cloth draped over a statue.”
Multiple prominent Republicans such as Franklin Graham have declared even if Kavanaugh did it, it doesn’t matter. 48 percent of evangelical voters also think it doesn’t matter. Neither does this guy. Not when they have the chance to shut down abortion, inflict pain on gays and funnel more taxpayers’ dollars to religon. If that means telling 17 year olds who rape 15 year olds “bygones! you get a mulligan!” (and we’re not even talking about the other two allegations against Kavanaugh), hey, no big! It’s worth it to get a reliable right-wing judge on the court. And I’ve seen very little blowback from other conservatives insisting that yes, it would matter (there are exceptions).
And Trump has mocked the Dems for being wimpy sissies who dumped Al Franken for a bit of groping.
I’ve had right-wing friends sharing the rape-apologist meme that Christine Ford was too ugly to be raped. They are now blocked.
A Florida Catholic, Donald Sanborn says we should believe Kavanaugh because he’s superior to Ford. Sanborn calls himself a bishop, but he is not, in fact part of the Catholic hierarchy.
Lili Loofbourow points out the absurdity of “the three women were conspiring against him” — what kind of dumb-ass conspirators would report public assaults rather than somewhere nobody else can be a witness for Kavanaugh? She also suggests the public nature is the point — it’s how Kavanaugh and his bros bonded. Hey, for some guys drinking and brawling is what makes them awesome! For others, including President Shit-Gibbon, the cruelty of humiliating women (or blacks or gays) is just too much fun.
The network of “information terrorists” involved in Gamergate and Pizzagate were also active supporting Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh’s very sexist buddy Mark Judge sided with GamerGate.
Along with “those other two guys attacked Ford” the right-wing has also pushed “Ford was hypnotized” to lie as a defense. Or the classic, claiming other accusers were sluts.
Senator Cory Booker groped a young woman as a teenager, but there are significant differences: he went public of his own volition, acknowledged he was wrong, and says he behaved better after that. Which noted at the link doesn’t make it okay, but it’s not comparable to Kavanaugh.
Some conservatives did object to appointing Kavanaugh.
In other related thoughts:
Women talk about what they’d do at night if men were kept indoors.
Paige Patterson, a Southern Baptist leader who told abused women to stay with their husbands, is teaching a class on ethics.
The religious right talks a lot about how abortion is an American Holocaust, millions dead! But even though reliable contraception reduces abortion rates, they oppose it.
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