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Most people watching last month’s Kavanaugh confirmation saw a group of elderly white men putting on a hypocritical spectacle, certainly not an honest, impartial and open hearing. After Dr. Ford was questioned by a woman, Rachel Mitchell — a female prosecutor of sexual crimes, who was brought it specifically to tone down the bad optics of a group of clueless old men on the Senate Judiciary Committee grilling a survivor of sexual assault, things got interesting.
Starting with a recess featuring Senator Graham's over the top display of fake outrage, followed by Kavanaugh’s testimony. The angry face he presented to the world in his opening rant … I mean statement wasn’t something new; with classmates from his Yale days describing him as a belligerent heavy drinker. So it came as little surprise to watch him shamelessly lie under oath about his drinking and about the meaning of words in his yearbook.
And if you were wondering why Senator Lindsay Graham suddenly took over the questioning of Kavanaugh from Ms. Mitchell, it was because he realized that after she asked a few basic questions, that Kavanaugh had already committed perjury. And given her line of inquiry, he was about to perjure himself even further.
Mitchell wasn’t just interrupted by Graham; her questioning was completely terminated by him and his GOP colleagues. That was the whole point of Graham erupting in fake outrage and his Senatorial buddies conspiring to make sure that Mitchell did not get another crack at Kavanaugh.
The melodrama behind Senator Graham's fake outrage was to distract the public from what he was really doing. Like a good magician; with lots of smoke and fire so you don't pay attention to the little man behind the curtain. Graham could not directly silence Mitchell, so he silenced her in another way to prevent her from asking relevant questions.
A point touched upon earlier by former FBI director, James Comey in a New York Times op-ed, where he sais that Kavanaugh’s testimony regarding comments in his high school yearbook, (detailed here) amount to a “flashing signal to dig deeper.” The reason is simple: “Little lies point to bigger lies.”
Which brings up, what else is Kavanaugh lying about, and why is this administration and the Senate Replicant’s so desperate to keep his records from being publicly available?
One clue comes from one of the few documents that the Drumpf administration made publicly available, a memo to Ken Starr, where he went out of his way to harass Bill Clinton —declaring that “it is our job to make his pattern of revolting behavior clear” — a clear sign that the rage we all saw during his testimony was not an aberration, but rather a life long pattern of behavior.
What we saw during his testimony was a view into the soul of Trumpism. It’s not about “populism” — it would be hard to find a judge as anti-worker as Brett Kavanaugh. Instead, it’s about the rage of white men, upper class as well as working class, who perceive a threat to their privileged position. And nothing makes a man accustomed to privilege angrier than the prospect of losing some of that privilege, and in his case, those privileged roots are precisely why he’s so angry.
And despite Dolt45’s assurances after Kavanaugh’s testimony that he would give the F.B.I. “free rein” in its week long probe of Ms. Ford’s allegations, it was another one of his lies. With the New York Times reporting that the White House had asked the F.B.I. to question only four witnesses, and neither Kavanaugh nor Dr. Ford were on the list.
As far as anybody outside of the White House, and Senate Judiciary Committee circles can tell, this is who the FBI’s “limited in scope” investigation actually interviewed.
A point made clear by Senator Harris’s subsequent post confirmation interview with current FBI director, Christopher Wray this week.
At this point, you’re probably asking, with all that baggage, why didn’t the Replicant’s just go with another conservative Supreme Court candidate?
Because Kavanaugh is a life long political operative; who’s Forrest Gump-like encounters included representing Texas Gov. George W. Bush in the court case which ended the Florida recount in the 2000 presidential election, and has been involved in nearly every ideological flash point since 2000, and likely why he was promoted from clerk to circuit court justice during the Bush era.
More importantly; are his beliefs that nothing the president does is illegal, that they can’t be investigated, sued or indicted. Deep seated ideological convictions which were first outlined in an article that he authored in 2008 for the Minnesota Law Review. Where he stated that certain burdens should be “excused” for sitting presidents, burdens like indictments, and civil suits. Kavanaugh believes that presidents should be free from being sued while in office—a position he, rather inconveniently, did not hold while working for Ken Starr.
And with the Gamble vs. US case coming up during the Supreme Courts current session, and with likely investigations of the president, his staff and Republican members of Congress, along with Presidential pardons also likely to wind up on their docket, it’s clear that not just any Federalist Society stooge could assure them that they never will be held accountable or prosecuted.
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