On Kavanaugh, Reflublicans and civic cowardice

Required reading by anyone with any sense of truth-talking.

Men Are More Afraid Than Ever Why Kavanaugh advocates would rather defend malfeasance than deny it.

No joking here. There are things we as a people should not under any circumstances trivialize or brush aside. No particular politics is valid if the adherents insist on a partisan-only presentation to the rest of us that ignores the reality of an event in the life of someone else.

Run-and-hide politics and chauvinism evident here does not honor who we think we are as we propagandize it to the world. Why can’t we grow up?

Many wise folks have pointed out the silliness of trying to portray the victim as an opportunist and I’ve added a link in my first comment.

On the lady’s so-called opportunism …

John Pavlovitz: Why I Believe Christine Blasey Ford

“It is clearly, they claim—nothing more than opportunism.

Let’s look at her expansive list of “opportunities” here:

She’s getting the opportunity to have her successful career immediately derailed.

She’s getting the opportunity to have her personal information: address, phone number, and family information—disseminated to millions of people on social media by anonymous trolls.

She’s getting the opportunity to be forced to move out of her house in the middle of a school year.

She’s getting the opportunity to have her life completely and permanently turned upside down in every possible way.

She’s getting the opportunity to be publicly humiliated by old white men, who have zero regard for the veracity of her claims or the severity of her trauma or the cost of her speaking.

She’s getting the opportunity to be the object of sick jokes on the Twitter account of the supposed adult son of the President.

She’s getting the opportunity to have her character assassinated, her past unearthed, her credibility questioned, and her safety threatened.

She’s getting the opportunity to relive her most painful and personal moments in front of the watching world.

She’s getting the opportunity to be injured a second time.

Sounds like a great “opportunity.” – John Pavlovitz

On male grownups …

Mazie Hirono Demands Men ‘Shut Up And Step Up’ In The Face Of Kavanaugh Accusation 

“I just want to say to the men in this country, just shut up and step up. Do the right thing for a change,” Hirono said during a press event on Tuesday. 

 

The Grand Old Perpetrator Party and the Christian Social Conservatives who voted for Trump … this is why running and hiding from the Kavanaugh allegations is an ultimate hypocrisy.

If there’s smoke, you are obligated to make sure there is no fire.

Here’s How Trump Responded Each Time A Woman Accused Him Of Sexual Misconduct President Donald Trump has been accused of inappropriate conduct and sexual assault by 20 women. These are their stories.

 

Let me get this straight.
Kav has denied that the attempted rape ever happened to a 15 – year-old teen.

“Yet, Interesting and perhaps disturbing moment a short time ago as Carrie Severino, spokesperson of the Judicial Crisis Network, was interviewed on CNN. The JCN is the central campaign arm for Republican judicial nominations. The Federalist Society grooms and chooses the nominees. The JCN runs the campaigns, runs political ads in Senators’ states, as necessary.

Here Severino argues that it’s not clear that what Ford describes wasn’t simply “rough horse play” as opposed to attempted rape.”

Looks to me like Kav’s team is saying that that which never happened . .. happened in that room.

Kavanaugh Backer Says Sexual Assault Allegation Could Have Been Just “Rough Horseplay”

Washington’s Fifth Congressional District election is becoming a microcosm of what what is slouching toward the G O P’s Bethlehem with every party misstep.

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I know, I’m showing no mercy. I believe that if the narcissist-in-chief and his party are not on the run, they are on a path getting to that point.

The party continues to lose credibility and cave to it’s white nationalist dominators. The G O P is accomplishing very little of socially or civically redeeming value right now – trying to survive headline after headline. All they can do in every direction is damage control, not effectively manage the country.

Washington’s Fifth Congressional District election is becoming a microcosm of what what is slouching toward the G O P Bethlehem with every party misstep.

Boomers who paid attention 45 years ago will remember the famous Saturday Night Massacre.

Devin Nunes

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Susan Walsh / AP)

I really like Shawn Vestal’s writing in the Spokesman-Review.

Shawn Vestal: Ruckelshaus reminds us what Nunes and company have forgotten
Boomers who paid attention 45 years ago will remember the famous Saturday Night Massacre.

Forty-five years ago, the president tried to fire an independent special prosecutor who was investigating him.

Two men of principle – the attorney general and his deputy – refused. They quit rather than carry out President Richard Nixon’s clearly improper order, an order later ruled illegal.

They stood on principle against a president who had none.

The question of principle versus political self-interest is hotly relevant in light of the release of comments made by the president’s chief congressional justice obstructer, Devin Nunes, at a recent Spokane Club fundraiser for 5th District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. Nunes talked about how important it is for the GOP to keep Congress in order to “clear” the president, and his desire – which is surely no secret – to impeach the deputy attorney general, Ron Rosenstein.

“If Sessions won’t unrecuse and Mueller won’t clear the president, we’re the only ones, which is really the danger,” he can be heard saying on the recording, first aired by “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

“I mean, we have to keep all these seats. We have to keep the majority.

On the recording, Nunes talks about blocking the Mueller investigation as if he were plotting an advertising campaign. Just political spadework. Nunes has been shoveling continually as the chief misleader in Congress on behalf of the president’s frantic “witch hunt” hysteria.

He’s done all this, remember, about an investigation into the possibility that the president teamed up with a dictator who was manipulating our elections – a possibility that seems less preposterous every day. Even if turns out to be nothing, though, the only way you could know right now that the president should be cleared is by having inoculated yourself against hearing the facts when they emerge.

Further down …

“The question of principle versus political self-interest is hotly relevant in light of the release of comments made by the president’s chief congressional justice obstructer, Devin Nunes, at a recent Spokane Club fundraiser for 5th District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. Nunes talked about how important it is for the GOP to keep Congress in order to “clear” the president, and his desire – which is surely no secret – to impeach the deputy attorney general, Ron Rosenstein.

‘If Sessions won’t unrecuse and Mueller won’t clear the president, we’re the only ones, which is really the danger,’ he can be heard saying on the recording, first aired by “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

‘I mean, we have to keep all these seats. We have to keep the majority.’

On the recording, Nunes talks about blocking the Mueller investigation as if he were plotting an advertising campaign. Just political spadework. Nunes has been shoveling continually as the chief misleader in Congress on behalf of the president’s frantic “witch hunt” hysteria.

He’s done all this, remember, about an investigation into the possibility that the president teamed up with a dictator who was manipulating our elections – a possibility that seems less preposterous every day. “

this Reflublican Party keeps getting it’s team All Stars thrown out of the game and penalized to miss more than a few of their team’s games. These guys are set up to miss a few years.

Manafort, Collins, Ross. Photo: Getty Images

Let me get this straight …

The Whole Republican Party Seems to Be Going to Jail Now

“Some level of corruption is an inescapable part of political life in general, and certainly Democrats are not (and never have been) immune to it. But it has been especially chronic in the modern Republican Party, whose last experience with control of government ended in a series of corruption scandals so blatant they provoked widespread soul-searching on the right as to how the party and the conservative movement could so easily open itself up to grifters. ” – nymag.com

And what were the Trump-worshipping MAGA-types shouting to the world? Oh yeah, I’d rather be Russian than a Democrat. Well I think most of us are glad we are not Republicans nor Russians.

Let me get this straight about this no collusion stuff.

I need help from conservative writer David Frum, a senior editor at The Atlantic. In 2001–02, he was a speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

“They knew they would be meeting with representatives of the Russian state.

They knew they were being offered Russian state intelligence.

They intended to use Russian intelligence offered by Russian agents against an American opponents.

They did not alert the FBI.”
– Frum,Tweet 8/5/18

Collusion Is Worse Than a Crime To debate whether Trump acted criminally is to miss the greater point: He’s a national-security threat.