Yes, I watched Thursday’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. I watched every excruciating minute of it. Well, I missed the part where Judge Kavanaugh blamed the Clintons for his current predicament. In fact, I thought it was a report from The Onion when I first heard about it. Like, really????
Please bear in mind that I am a lifelong Republican, NeverTrump from the start, and even defended Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Democratic candidate in my district. But regardless of who may or may not be telling the truth, there were several aspects of this entire procedure that troubled me greatly.
First, several Republicans on the Judiciary Committee publicly stated that it didn’t matter what was said during Thursday’s testimony, they were going to vote “yes” on Kavanaugh. Looking at you Lindsey Graham, Orrin Hatch, and Chuck Grassley.
Second, the FBI investigation. Ford reaffirmed that she welcomed an FBI investigation. Kavanaugh affirmed that he liked beer. Not until Senator Jeff Flake made it clear he would not vote for Judge Kavanaugh unless there were an investigation by the FBI, did the White House cave – “sort of.” The investigation was limited to 5 days and severely restricted to whom it could interview.
The Republicans could do it fast or they could do it right. They chose fast.
Third, whilst I am not a lawyer, even on Twitter, nor have I ever served on a jury, there was a phrase that resonated in my brain. Cui bono? That’s Latin for “who benefits?” Between Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh, who would benefit from lying, because it is obvious that one of them was.
Dr. Ford has nothing to gain from coming forward. It was not her fault if the Democrats played games with her charges. But the Republicans played their games as well. Bringing in a “female assistant” which is how they described an Assistant Prosecutor, to hide behind while Dr. Ford was being questioned. They dropped her like a hot potato when Judge Kavanaugh was being asked questions.
Judge Kavanaugh, on the other hand, had a great deal to lose. Such as an appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States. It seems obvious he lied about small things, such as the meaning of “boofing” and “Devil’s Triangle” in his responses to Senator Whitehouse. I believe there is another legal phrase also in Latin that translates roughly if someone lies about little things, you shouldn’t believe him about anything.
Sadly this entire affair is being tried in the court of public opinion. I think it likely that Judge Kavanaugh will be appointed to the Supreme Court, because instead of stepping aside for the good of the country, he will continue in his quest.
That we have reached such a place in our country makes me very, very sad.
Author’s Update: In an atmosphere of fairness, I make the following disclaimer:
I do not like beer, I do not like it at all.
I don’t like it in the summer, I don’t like it in the fall.
I don’t like it in my food, I do not think that beer is good.
I saw some beer again today. I wish that it would go away.