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It just occurred to me…

… that the reason Brett Kavanaugh thinks he can claim that he didn’t lose his virginity in high school or for years after that is because he was counting on his “partners” to not realize what was happening to them. He’d have a reputation if he slept with someone close to home. But a beach babe not from his caste that he and his friends had a turn with? What are the chances that she’s going to want to challenge his version of how he lost his virginity?

Oh, yeah, that’s clever all right. Diabolical even.

And the guy most likely to be able to resolve any of this is holed up in Bethany Beach like a terrified chicken.

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What happened to Julie…

It wasn’t rare. Maybe it’s still not.

When I was a student, I went to a few frat parties during the 80s. My friends warned me not to drink anything with grain alcohol in it because there were rumors that it was spiked. I didn’t.

I met a nice guy who was a member of a frat and went out with him for about a month. One night, he told me that he’d been part of a “train”. He was number 3… and number 14. I was disgusted. Oh, he said, she was completely willing.

Was she really drunk, I asked?

Of course, he said.

Then she couldn’t give consent, I said. It didn’t matter that she was a townie.

Also, we’re done. Sorry (not sorry).

So, my point is, we know these things happened to people. We know that the drinks were frequently spiked.

The question remains, can we show with some kind of certainty that Kavanaugh was involved? That would require a bona fide, good faith investigation and statements from witnesses under penalty of perjury. Julie Swetnick has given such a statement and has undergone background checks for her jobs in the intervening years.

What it all comes down to is this: one of these people went on to become a trusted governmental employee. The other is lying.

I know Brett Kavanaugh has lied before about other things, like using stolen emails and being a choir boy in high school when so many people who knew him remembered him as a frequently belligerent drunk.

Until Kavanaugh and the Republican lead judiciary committee agree to an investigation and hearing from witnesses, I’m inclined to believe Julie.

Regardless of his youth at the time these things happened, trying to rush this nomination through sends a dangerous message to all women and girls. It says, we excuse men who do this. We won’t hold them accountable. We will think of them as good and decent because they cleaned up their act (allegedly) and their accusers are trying to ruin their lives. The lives of the targets? Well, they are of no consequence.

Do Republicans really want to send that message to voters with daughters, sisters and wives?

We’ll see.

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Apparently, they do…

And then they decided to hold a vote on Friday morning!

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Diane Feinstein LBJ’s Lisa Murkowski

The $64000000 question

After Senate Republicans put up a sham hearing and determine to vote for Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court, at the behest of a president who wants to double down against women who have legitimate complaints of sexual harassment, leaving millions of American women with little recourse when accusing men of sexual misconduct (we aren’t going to believe you, we’re not concerned with how YOUR life has been ruined by coming forward and we’re going to vote any way we damn well please because you are of no concern to us), why would ANY woman of sound mind vote for a Republican ever again?

I only ask.

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Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) was heard saying that he didn’t want the Republicans to look like a party of “creepy old men”.

Too late. That ship sailed when Trump was “elected”.