Today was a pivotal day in American politics.
There were two online photographs of Dr. Blasey Ford and no one knew a lot about her or what to expect.
She appeared – hair colored well, perfect blow out, sensible Armani or Ralph Lauren conservative blue suit. Spectacles. She’d been well-prepared and was a good study. She was warm, appropriately demure, approachable and more importantly believable; both intelligent and fragile.
Dr. Ford wasn’t comfortable with the eye glasses and her fancy blow out kept getting her stuck in her face. It was like watching an actor who doesn’t really smoke puff away onscreen. It’s not real.
Dr. Ford succinctly went through her experience. Although viscerally painful Dr. Ford’s testimony wouldn’t substantiate a search warrant or arrest warrant let alone a civil or criminal case in any court. There was no who, where, when or really why. The only constant was Judge Kavanaugh.
Intriguingly in the press it has always been Dr. Ford or Dr. Balsey Ford vs. Kavanuagh, while he was Brett to her but never Judge Kavanaugh.
Perhaps Dr. Ford did suffer a sexual assault at some point; however no evidence, more importantly no further evidence was offered that it was at the hands of Judge Brett Kavanagh.
Dr. Ford’s lawyers were appropriately and expensively litigious despite their assurances this was pro-bono representation. It was difficult to reconcile specifics about some parts of the described night with her inability to remember where she was or how she got home. Her repeated recollection of laughter after the alleged assault was especially jarring.
Senators on both sides of the isle were deferential. But Democrats quickly pontificated about the harmful affects of sexual assault treating Dr. Ford as a hero lauding her bravery and praising her guidance for all Americans
Mid-day approached with hesitancy to see Judge Kavanaugh come on board. The Democratic “machine” worked providing a hard performance to beat.
Outfoxed, outsmarted, out-messaged, out-socialmedia-ed, out maneuvered AGAIN?
Rachel Mitchell was hired to ask questions on behalf of the Republican Senators. The format was difficult with five minutes in between questioning. It was fractured and didn’t allow for rapport-building. However the visual could have been a lot worse with the “old white guys” asking the fragile Dr. Ford personal questions on the floor.
Then Brett Kavanaugh strode in.
He boxed, he ducked, he punched and rolled and then he cried. It was one of the most startling things ever seen. His opening statement was remarkable and more importantly not what anyone expected.
It was a mixture of anger, disbelief, defiance, visceral pain but it was relatable, it wasn’t scripted. Real is compelling.
Kavanaugh talked about his professional career, accomplishments, relationships, his wife, his children and his family and prayer. His rage gave way to tears and this disarmed his opponents – they were lost in his unanticipated grief. One of the most touching moments was when he talked about how much he loved coaching and would likely never do so again.
After a rocky first questioning by Senator Diane Feinstein Kavanaugh called for a recess. This was wise – he needed to collect himself.
Then, realizing the tepid questioner Rachel Mitchell wasn’t helping, Senator Lindsay Graham rode into town. Mic drop…if you haven’t seen it here it is: Senator Lindsay Graham at Kavanaugh Hearing
“You got nothing to apologize for. When [you see Justices] Sotomayer and Kagan, say hello because I voted for them. I’d never do to them what you’ve done to this guy. This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics and if you really wanted to know the truth, you sure as hell wouldn’t have done what you’ve done to this guy. Are you a gang rapist?” Senator Graham asked.
“I cannot imagine what you and your family have gone through. Boy, you [Democrats] all want power. God, I hope you never get it. I hope the American people can see through this sham. That you knew about it and you held it. You had no intention of protecting Dr. Ford. None.
She’s as much of a victim as you are. God, I hate to say it because these have been my friends, but let me tell you, when it comes to this, you’re looking for a fair process, you came to the wrong town at the wrong time, my friend. Do you consider this a job interview?”
Senator Graham wrapped up with:
“One thing I can you should be proud of: Ashley, you should be proud of this. That you raised a daughter who had the good character to pray for Dr. Ford. To my Republican colleagues, if you vote no, you’re legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics. …
I hope you’re on the Supreme Court. That’s exactly where you should be. And I hope that the American people will see through this charade. And I wish you well. You well. And I intend to vote for you, and I hope everybody who’s fair minded will.”
Truthfully it took Kavanaugh a minute to understand what was happening. It took the bloviating Democrats a moment to understand how fortunes had turned.
There’s the Saul Alinsky playbook – the smug superiority with which the Democratic party operates.
Today was a page out of the Donald Trump playbook – the unexpected. The defensive. The willingness for people to fight for which they believe. The love of country, the belief of patriotism, family, tradition and America. And God.
The alt-Left is unfamiliar with this. They do not know what to do when called out regarding their blatant deceptiveness of holding back Dr. Ford’s accusations from due process.
The likelihood of Judge Brett Kavanaugh now being appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States at 90+%.
An article in the Wall St. Journal by Peggy Noonan on February 1, 2018 entitled The Left’s Rage and Trump’s Peril made observations which seemed to make particular sense today:
“Here it should be said of the rising left of the Democratic party that they are numerous, committed, and have all the energy – it’s true. But they operate at a disadvantage they cannot see, and it is that they are loveless. The social justice warriors, the advancers of identity politics and gender politics, the young who’ve just discovered Socialism and they run on rage.
But rage is a poor fuel in politics. It produces a heavy, sulfurous exhaust and pollutes the air. It also gets few miles per gallon. It has many powers, but not the power to persuade, and if anything does them in it will be that.”
Is this a new beginning?