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Mother of All Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

The Anita Hill- Clarence Thomas hearings were noteworthy for introducing us to pubic hairs on coke cans and letting us know just how deep the bench of clueless, sexist male senators was on *both* sides of the aisle.

But yesterday, that was epic. And I don’t say that with any sense of satisfaction. I mean that Dr. Ford was steady by clearly unnerved. Brett Kavanaugh was completely unhinged.

It looked to me like he was personally coached by Donald Trump. Yep, if Donald Trump were ever nominated to the Supreme Court, this is exactly how he would behave. He’d cite his high school GPA, talk about team meetings at Timmy’s house, rage about how “disgraceful” all of this was, and get up into Amy Klobuchar’s grill about HER drinking habits.

I can’t imagine a candidate ever doing this at a job interview and getting hired. It boggles my imagination.

You know, I get it that he’s upset that his reputation is now in question. It must be very difficult for his family. But he didn’t have to go this route and have all of his past misdeeds laid out for all the world to see. All he had to do is ask the president to reopen his FBI background check and let the professionals investigate and take statements. Then, if there was something he didn’t want to get out, he could have withdrawn quietly with some kind of statement like, “I would like to spare my family the trouble and stress of a protracted hearing and confirmation process. I have informed the president that I am withdrawing my name from consideration.”

Instead, he doubled down, went into a partisan rant and disgraced himself better than any Democrat on the committee could have done.

But I don’t think he was ambushed at all. In fact, I think the Republicans knew all along that Brett had allegations of sexual misconduct. That’s why the statement from 65 female high school contemporaries of Kavanaugh coming out the very first day looked so weird. And all that BS about coaching the girls’ basketball team was intended to be his buffer from the very start. If you bring up his past, you risk making him look like a sexual predator of all these girls. Do you really want to go there, Senator Booker?? Really??

He was problematic from the beginning. Sooner or later the truth will come out. Nicole Wallace said the other day that she’s known the Kavanaughs for 20 years and they are pillars of the community. But I suspect that the people who met with him during the 90s know a much different Brett Kavanaugh. You know, the political operative who met with the elves and planned how they were going to take down Bill Clinton. That guy, I’ll bet he was quite a different person at work or in the bars and restaurants where the Starr investigation met to go over strategy.

We saw that part of him yesterday.

I don’t want him on the bench specifically because of the way he went on the attack yesterday. He has shown that he can’t be a fair or impartial judge on the court. And while I know that the idea of a non-partisan court is a fantasy, Brett Kavanaugh is going to be particularly notable because he will be the critical 5th vote. So every opinion he writes or joins is going to be filtered through the specter of what we witnessed yesterday. That right there is alarming.

Last year, Rebecca Traister said there would come a day when the #metoo movement faced a backlash and it would be horrific. After this confirmation process, I almost believe that it was the Democrats who were set up. Kavanaugh was specifically chosen to shut the movement down or at least stop it in its tracks. The Republicans picked a guy who they knew had issues that happened a long time ago and the Democrats took the bait.

The roots of misogyny run very deep in this country and the president appears to hate women with a passion. It’s a theme that runs through his supporters as well. They picked Trump, an ugly, ignorant, cowardly, temper tantrum throwing bully because they hated Hillary Clinton. And now the monsters of hatred of all sorts are allowed to run amuck and drag us all down with them.

There is a reason why the world is laughing at us but after yesterday, they must be looking at us not with pity and amusement but horror and shock. It could happen anywhere. The barriers between us and the rest of the world are going to go up.

We might be the country that faces sanctions in the near future. The only thing we can do at this point is vote. But I predict that this November, it will be women who get challenged at the polls. Women change their names throughout their lives and poll watchers are going to be looking for any opportunity to get rid of any threat to their minority party dominance.

And Brett Kavanaugh is their guy.

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Before we get into what happened yesterday…

Let’s have a few moments to unwind. This is the Paris Opera Ballet’s rendition of The Concert, choreographed by Jerome Robbins.

It’s not what you think. The best part starts at about the 11:00 minute mark. Enjoy: