Fri Sep 28th, 2018 at 08:34:16 AM EST
In all of his earlier testimonies, Trump's pick Kavanaugh managed his composure as a SC nominee. When under pressure from testimony of Christine Blasey Ford who alleged an assault by Mr Kavanaugh 36 years ago had "drastically" affected her life, he returned mad as hell that in such a late stage he could be upended by a woman. That's life Brett. A Supreme Court Justice appointment is a life sentence.
Oh btw Cat, do YOU like beer? Ever had a few too many or can't remember where you were the night before? Passed out on top of a half clad girl or young woman? Consent or no consent or was she intoxicated too? Worked my ass off for academic honors, top of my class, kept a calendar of my activities in 1982, put a fictional entry in my yearbook, helped many women throughout my career, am loved by my mom and dad. Even the US president loves this type of guy to put him on the highest court of law in the exceptional United States of America. Wow, wow!
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Brett Kavanaugh's credibility has not survived this devastating hearing | The Guardian Opinion |
They say there are no heroes and no leaders left in Washington. Well one showed up in front of the Senate judiciary committee, and her name is Dr Christine Blasey Ford.
Victims are supposed to be many things: suffering creatures who struggle to withstand the klieg lights of a court, or a hearing. Ford was something else entirely.
Her pain was clear each time her voice cracked and her eyes welled with tears. But her courage, decency and honesty were even clearer as she walked carefully over ground she plainly never wanted to revisit from her teenage years.
The contrast with the US supreme court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, could not have been greater. He was hot and bothered from the outset, fiddling with his shirt cuffs, sniffing incessantly, anxiously unscrewing small bottles of water, spraying accusations across the political landscape.
He lapsed into his old role as a political hack, accusing a wide range of actors for his suffering: the media, the Democrats on the judiciary committee, a vast leftwing conspiracy, the Clintons. He predicted political Armageddon as sex was weaponized to destroy reputations, notably his own, as he was just on the verge of success.
"For decades to come I fear the country will reap the whirlwind," he declared. "When I did at least OK enough at the hearings that it looked like I might actually get confirmed, a new tactic was needed. Some of you were lying in wait and had it ready."
As a federal appeals court judge, Kavanaugh's performance was jarringly unbalanced and at times unhinged.
As a former staffer to Ken Starr, the man who investigated Bill Clinton's sexual scandals in excruciating and public detail, Kavanaugh seemed oblivious to his part in the very whirlwind that swept him up.
Brett Kavanaugh's role as deputy to Alberto Gonzalez and the rules of torture | ADA Watch - April 2006 |
American Bar Association: Delay Kavanaugh until FBI investigates assault allegations
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 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."
[Update-1] A Friend Named Judge …
More than just symbolism!
Those who knew Brett Kavanaugh during his youth have described his hard-drinking habits — but he portrayed himself differently during his Senate hearing | Business Insider |
Judge wrote a book, “Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk,” chronicling his struggles with alcoholism when he and Kavanaugh were both at Georgetown Prep, one of the most prestigious high schools in the Washington, DC, area.
The book includes a character named “Bart O’Kavanaugh,” [NYT] who was described as a heavy drinker who at one point puked in someone’s car.
Kavanaugh also made references to drinking in his high school yearbook, including that he was the treasurer of the “100 Kegs or Bust” club.
James Roche, who was Kavanaugh’s roommate at Yale University during their freshman year, recently described him as someone who was “frequently unusually drunk” [NYT] and sometimes “belligerent and mean” when inebriated, The New York Times reported.
Similarly, Elizabeth Swisher, who also knew Kavanaugh at Yale, said it would be a “lie” if someone claimed Kavanaugh never blacked out from drinking during his college days.
According to The Times, a group of Kavanaugh’s Yale classmates also claim he once got so drunk he tried to break into the back of a friend’s pickup truck and subsequently refused to cover the cost of the damage.
[Update-2] The Jesuit Challenge – Second Thoughts
○ The Editors: It is time for the Kavanaugh nomination to be withdrawn | America the Jesuit Review |
h/t Cat @EuroTrib
[Source: The Jesuit Curia in Rome]