Fallout from Kavanaugh hearing.

By | 2018-09-28T08:28:31+00:00 September 28th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |29 Comments

I cleared my calendar completely yesterday and watched every second of that Kavanaugh hearing, often with my jaw on the floor, and almost as often with my eyes wet with tears. 

I am a man, but Dr. Ford’s testimony was no less heartwrenching, and Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony no less shocking. 

As it turns out I was not alone.

Courtesy of CNN:

Across the country, millions of Americans sat riveted Thursday as Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh gave dramatic testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations that he sexually assaulted her when they were in high school.

Some viewers fought back tears, Others grew angry. The future of the Supreme Court, and of our country, seemed to hang in the balance as we paused to watch history unfold live on Capitol Hill.

People watched the testimony in bars, in restaurants, in hospitals, in airports, and even on airplanes. 

And though the response was often mixed based on political points of view, rarely did we hear of anybody outright saying that Christien Blasey Ford was not being truthful. 

And her testimony most certainly had an impact.

Also courtesy of CNN:

The American Bar Association is calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to halt the consideration of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until an FBI investigation is completed into the sexual assault allegations that have roiled his nomination.

In a strongly worded letter obtained by CNN Thursday, the organization said it is making the extraordinary request “because of the ABA’s respect for the rule of law and due process under law,” siding with concerns voiced by Senate Democrats since Christine Blasey Ford’s decades-old allegations became public.

“The basic principles that underscore the Senate’s constitutional duty of advice and consent on federal judicial nominees require nothing less than a careful examination of the accusations and facts by the FBI,” said Robert Carlson, president of the organization, in a Thursday night letter addressed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein.

“Each appointment to our nation’s Highest Court (as with all others) is simply too important to rush to a vote,” Carlson wrote.

“Deciding to proceed without conducting an additional investigation would not only have a lasting impact on the Senate’s reputation, but it will also negatively affect the great trust necessary for the American people to have in the Supreme Court.”

This, as you might imagine, is unprecedented. 

Kavanaugh often hid behind his religion during the hearing, but even a national religious magazine wants to know more.

Courtesy of HuffPo:

A national Catholic magazine had endorsed Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in July because of his views on abortion.

But after Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, testified Thursday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegation of sexual abuse, America Magazine revoked its endorsement.

Now the editors are denouncing Republicans for not investigating the research psychologist’s claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers and are calling for his nomination to be withdrawn.

“If Dr. Blasey’s allegation is true, the assault and Judge Kavanaugh’s denial of it mean that he should not be seated on the U.S. Supreme Court,” the magazine’s editors wrote on Thursday.

“But even if the credibility of the allegation has not been established beyond a reasonable doubt and even if further investigation is warranted to determine its validity or clear Judge Kavanaugh’s name, we recognize that this nomination is no longer in the best interests of the country,” they added.

Even some Republican Governors are asking for the Senate to slow things down. 

Courtesy of The Hill:

Multiple Republican governors called on the Senate to delay its confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to allow for an investigation of sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him.

The governors of Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Vermont, who all serve in blue or swing states, called for the delay Wednesday or Thursday, according to The Associated Press.

Hell, even the Dean of Brett Kavanaugh’s Alma Mater is calling for an FBI investigation.

Sadly despite all of this, the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee appear determined to move forward with the Kavanaugh nomination, which should send a strong message to women, and sexual assault survivors, all over the country that they do not matter, and that even if they are willing to put their own lives, and the lives of their family members in jeopardy, that it will not be enough if it stands in the way of the GOP agenda.

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29 Comments

  1. Anonymous September 28, 2018 at 8:43 am

    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/09/kavanaugh-lied-senate-judiciary-committee.html

    1. “It’s been investigated.” “No honest judge would say that. None of the alleged witnesses, other than Ford and Kavanaugh, has been interviewed. Instead, the alleged witnesses have issued short statements of nonrecollection and have asked not to testify. ”

    2. “All four witnesses say it didn’t happen.”
    3. “I know exactly what happened that night.”

    +
    Kavanaugh wrongly claims he could drink legally in Md.

    There was a grandfather clause in the Maryland law, but only for those who were 18, 19 or 20 on the day the increase went into effect, thereby not including Kavanaugh.

    Alcoholic consumption by Kavanaugh also would have been illegal during notorious Beach Week, an annual trip to the Eastern Shore that involved heavy drinking, according to numerous eyewitness accounts.

    https://apnews.com/e4a48c01f3bf4094b9faea33cd049729

    • Anonymous September 28, 2018 at 12:56 pm

      He also lied about the fact he didn’t watch Dr Ford’s testimony.

      He didn’t even answer most of their questions, in fact, I can’t think of any question he actually answered, most of the time he was spewing B.S. that had nothing to do with the question.

      He also perjured himself several times in the first hearing, for example not stealing emails, leaking grand jury information.

  2. Pic? September 28, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Kavanaugh Didn’t Watch Ford’s Testimony (Updated)
    Among those watching Dr. Ford’s testimony was Judge Kavanaugh, a committee aide said, from a monitor in another room in the Dirksen Senate Building, where he awaits the opportunity to tell his side of the story later today.

    UPDATE: Later, Judge Kavanaugh said during his own testimony that he didn’t watch Dr. Ford, contrary to what the aide said earlier. He said he had intended to watch it but was preparing for his own testimony.

    — Jess Bravin WSJ

  3. Eye Roll Troll September 28, 2018 at 9:04 am

    In my 29th year of working for a major city government. This shit would not be tolerated from a simple peon as me.
    It all depends on who you ARE.

  4. a NO vote September 28, 2018 at 9:15 am

    “U.S. Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly, who had been considered a potential swing vote in the consideration of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on Friday said he would vote against President Donald Trump’s court pick absent an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations facing the nominee.

    “While I would gladly welcome the opportunity to work with President Trump on a new nominee for this critically important position, if Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination comes before the full Senate for a vote under these circumstances, I will oppose it,” Donnelly said in a statement posted to Twitter.”<rawstory

  5. anonymous September 28, 2018 at 9:27 am

    “For Supreme Court, Kavanaugh marks partisan turning point”

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/28/politics/supreme-court-partisanship-kavanaugh/index.html

  6. Beaglemom September 28, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Kavanaugh, like Don the Con, lies almost every time he opens his mouth. He doesn’t know what truth is. He probably believes that, if he says it, it’s true. He’s been lying for years and getting away with it. But this week’s lies are the worst yet.

    Despite all of that, it’s his ideas about jurisprudence and about the Constitution and the role of the courts that are the greatest danger. He opposes Roe v. Wade, he opposes Brown v. Board of Education. He opposes any law that improves the lives or the civil rights of others. He would like, along with his fellow GOP tyrants, to reverse the 250-year history of this country. It must have really bothered Republicans whenever President Obama talked about the inevitable forward direction of the “arc of history” and how it despite roadblocks along the way. I think that President Obama was right and we must fight this monumental effort to erase all the positive achievements of our history. Otherwise, we’ll be yet another failed state – with the 21st century GOP force marching it in retreat.

    PS And no, I do not expect any redemptive miracles in the coming Kavanaugh vote. Republicans are beyond redemption.

    • Anonymous September 28, 2018 at 4:14 pm

      He also in in favor of FOREIGN campaign contributions.

  7. Anonymous September 28, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Kavanaugh could shoot someone to death on the steps of the Senate office building and he’d still be confirmed. This confirmation fix was in the second his nomination was announced in July. Done deal.

  8. Anon September 28, 2018 at 9:41 am

    The lOOks on the faces…
    CNN live…
    No vote yet…

  9. Anonymous September 28, 2018 at 9:43 am

    The GOP took Christine Blasy Ford’s testimony, and pretended to be gentlemen and then they unleashed Kavanaugh and the attempted rape from thirty years ago was completed. This is how I see it. Now we have a pussy grabber as a president and 2 supreme court judges (Clarence) who have abused women and will sit in the higher and mightier than thou bench for a very long time. The system is now rigged to work against women. The Handmaidens tale come true for the GOP.

  10. anonymous September 28, 2018 at 10:04 am

    ‘“Kavanaugh dodged and dissembled, ranted and raved, filibustered — I did not find him credible,” Whitehouse said. “I don’t believe ‘boof’ is flatulence, I don’t believe the devil’s triangle is a drinking game, and I don’t believe calling yourself a girl’s alumnus is being her friend, and I think drinking until you ‘ralph’ or fall out of the bus or don’t remember the game or need to piece together your memory the next day is more consistent with Dr. Ford’s and others’ testimony than his own.”

    “If Dr. Ford’s testimony is true, I hope we can all agree Kavanaugh has no business on the court, and I for one believed her,” ““The greatest legal engine ever invented for the discovery of truth is cross-examination,” Whitehouse said. “Mark Judge is in hiding instead of under subpoena, and that greatest legal engine has been deliberately disabled in this matter.”

    Whitehouse pointed to a calendar Kavanaugh kept as a teenager, which lists a party on July 1, 1982, that matches up with Ford’s testimony about who was present the night she was assaulted.

    “We know ‘Bart’ Kavanaugh was there because it’s his schedule, and here’s Judge, and here’s PJ, here are all those three named boys and others at a house together just as she said,” Whitehouse said. “She said Kavanaugh and Judge were drunk and that she had a beer. (The calendar shows) skis — (or) brewskis, beer. They were drinking, just as she said.””

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/sen-sheldon-whitehouse-vows-complete-kavanaugh-rape-investigations-coverups-never-last/

  11. Anon September 28, 2018 at 10:09 am

    teddy the ‘KINK’ cruZZer

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/internet-scalds-ted-cruz-fretting-kavanaugh-might-never-coach-girls-basketball-rape-claims/

    .@TedCruz just used Kavanaugh’s daughters as political props. Then went on to talk about how sad it is that Kavanaugh might not be allowed to teach at Harvard Law. And how sad it was that he might not coach little girls basketball. Translation: He’s Calling Dr. Ford a liar.

    Oh boo fucking hoo, Ted Cruz says he may never get to coach girls’ basketball again.

    He’ll still be rich and privileged beyond belief.

    These people have no perspective on consequences.

    Ted Cruz is actually lamenting Kavanaugh’s loss of the pleasures of coaching girls basketball as one of the horrid outcomes of these hearings. Not women’s loss of sleep, schooling and ongoing mental and physical health. Vote him out. Thank God for #BetoForSenate.

    This is free advertising for Beto O’Rourke

  12. anon September 28, 2018 at 10:21 am

    trump>”compel·ling>”I have no message to Murkowski”
    “Something I haven’t seen before” “interesting things going on”

  13. Old Redneck September 28, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Last night and this morning I chatted over the phone with two Republican friends of mine. Both of them brought up the Kavanaugh hearings, both said they agreed with Kavanaugh, attacked Dr. Ford. I calmly explained to both of them to forget my phone number; walk the other way when they see me; do not acknowledge me in public; take me off their Christmas card list, their hunting buddy list, and their golfing buddy list. They were shocked – – – both said “I just don’t understand.” Well, I do. Kiss my ass.

    • Anon September 28, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      Good for you!

  14. Old Redneck September 28, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Look carefully at the photo accompanying this item. The dark-haired woman to his right (our left as viewing the pic) is his wife. She’s not buying it. Several of the other ladies in the pic are not buying it, either. But no one is asking them.

    • Anon September 28, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks for pointing this out. Gryphen, we could have a field day with the photo and video of what he was saying with his bombastic attitude. All of these women look stunned to horrified.

  15. White Rabbit September 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    He just doesn’t have the temperament or mental toughness to decide cases on the Supreme Court. He’s a lying, entitled, whiny partisan hack. He’s too stupid to be on the Court.

    I hope the FBI flips that Mark Judge ASAP. Oh, Kavanaugh says, he’s sick, he’s an addict. All the more reason for Judge to tell the truth and make amends to Dr. Ford. That’s how addicts/alcoholics get and stay sober. Maybe Judge should try it. Might find it helpful

    • Anon September 28, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      One of my friends in recovery said that Mark Judge needs to fo step 4 and 5 in his recovery. I guess that is asking forgiveness of Dr. Ford?

      • Anon September 28, 2018 at 2:30 pm

        A nephew in recovery wrote he recognized what he learned that you can be an alcoholic drinking beer and be an asshole.

  16. Anonymous September 28, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Senator Amy Klobucher was on CBS this morning talking about her question about his drinking and how he got belligerent with her. She stated he would have been thrown out of court for that behavior, that he never answered her question and when asked if she thought his apology was sincere, she said she hasn’t had time to think about it yet.

  17. Anonymous September 28, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    You forgot the Mormon women who have contacted all of the Mormon senators demanding an investigation.

    Did you count how many times Grassley interrupted every woman that talked at the hearing?

  18. anon September 29, 2018 at 4:24 am

    What I have noticed most of all is how Washinton demographics need to change. All these old folks need to go Grassly, Feinsten, Graham, Hatch, McConnell. Your day is done. GTFU. It’s time for the Kamala Harris’s of the world to take over the power centers.

    • anon September 29, 2018 at 10:15 am

      “Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and other Republicans have said Blasey must be mistaken about what happened. But on Thursday, in a fiery speech from the dais during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing ― which had been precipitated entirely by Blasey’s testimony ― Graham ranted about a claim from another woman, who came forward this week.

      Julie Swetnick said in a sworn declaration that in the early 1980s, she saw Kavanaugh at parties where groups of boys would rape girls.”
      during a closed-door Republican meeting, Graham’s colleagues applauded him, as did conservative commentator Sean Hannity, who interviewed Graham on Thursday evening, when the senator railed against Senate Democrats some more.

      “Do you really believe that Brett Kavanaugh is a serial rapist? Do you believe any of this garbage?”
      “Blasey, the sole accuser who testified before the committee, did not say Kavanaugh drugged her or that he was a serial rapist.”
      “HuffPost asked Graham on Friday if it’s fair to say Democrats are claiming Kavanaugh was allegedly a serial rapist like Cosby, who has been accused of assault by dozens of women.

      “No, I’m not saying that,” Graham said. “I’m saying it’s fair to say that that’s the accusation that came from Mr. Avenatti.”

      Graham suggested that his Cosby comments perhaps shouldn’t be taken literally.

      “The process that we are engaging in has led to this accusation and nobody wants to talk about it because it is so over the top,”
      “I want to prove to people what this process is all about,” “It’s about buying time, throwing anything and hoping it will stick.” ”

      https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lindsey-graham-christine-blasey-ford_us_5bae8124e4b0c7575965031f

  19. barbara carlson September 29, 2018 at 6:10 am

    Did you hear F. Graham say in his pre-vote speech on Friday AM, “This hearing was NEVER about the truth!” wow
    So far, I have not seen this bald, revealing statement quoted anywhere on-line.

  20. Bern September 29, 2018 at 10:06 am

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/09/29/sanders-fbi-kavanaughs-lies.html

    In a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, Sanders wrote, “In order for the FBI investigation regarding Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to be complete, it is imperative the bureau must not only look into the accusations made by Dr. Ford, Debora Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, it should also examine the veracity of his testimony before the Judiciary Committee.”
    “The FBI must examine the veracity of Kavanaugh’s statements under oath in addition to the sexual assault allegations against him.”

    Not only does the potential 2020 presidential candidate want the FBI to look into the lies Kavanaugh told under oath, but he also doesn’t want the investigation to be limited to a week if the bureau needs more time.

    “If you are concerned with a delay in this confirmation process,” Sanders said, “Remember that Senate Republicans refused to allow the Senate to consider Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court for nearly a year.”

  21. Anonymous September 29, 2018 at 10:07 am

    “Michael Avenatti said:

    If the FBI investigation is not curtailed by the White House or others – if they are permitted to do their job as they do every day in this country – Brett Kavanaugh will not survive this process. He will not. If they are permitted to interview witnesses that know of these allegations, there is no way that Brett Kavanaugh will be placed on the U.S. Supreme Court, nor should he.

    The FBI will conduct the investigation that Republicans refused to”

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/09/29/avenatti-kavanaugh-fbi-fully-investigates.html

  22. CNN September 29, 2018 at 11:44 am

    “Liz Swisher, former Yale classmate of Brett Kavanaugh, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo she never saw Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh be sexually aggressive, but said that he lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee about his drinking habits.”

    https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2018/09/29/liz-swisher-yale-classmate-sloppy-drunk-bts-cuomo-vpx.cnn

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