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Bonfire of Republican Vanities

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'The house just passed a 3 trillion $ tax cut while this drama plays out. 'The bargain was simple: the GOP would get tax cuts for the well-connected and a right-wing majority on the Supreme Court, and in turn would overlook every assault on decency, truth, our oldest allies and most venerable principles as Trump to governed by grudges, lied eight times a day, called women dogs, acted as a useful idiot for foreign adversaries, made himself a laughingstock to the world.  In the end, they would get what they wanted a court to return America to one imagined by the elites who put forth the lifetime protectors of the permanent class. They would get justices who came through a laboratory of privilege, someone “who was born for” a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court, as Trump said of Brett M. Kavanaugh.'

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From this beautifully written essay that nails this debacle that we have seen our Congress put on before our eyes comes the words that echo my sentiments:

"Story follows character, as the Greeks knew, and what we're seeing now is the predictable outcome of those who enabled the amoral presidency of Donald Trump: If you put a man in the White House who openly boasts of being a sexual predator, a president credibly accused by more than a dozen people of misconduct, you are no friend of women and the good men who love them.

If your rallies are highlighted by "lock her up" chants against a person who has never been charged with a crime, you cannot wrap yourself in due process or presumption of innocence.If your men of God, led by the Rev. Franklin Graham, say attempted rape is not a crime because "if it was true, these are two teenagers, and she said no and he respected that," you need a new faith in which to cover your hypocrisies."

In the end, they would get what they wanted -- a court to return America to one imagined by the elites who put forth the lifetime protectors of the permanent class. They would get justices who came through a laboratory of privilege, someone "who was born for" a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court, as Trump said of Brett M. Kavanaugh.

"What they hadn't bargained on was Christine Blasey Ford staring down a wall of men in power, a private woman in the most public moment on earth, recounting a horror that "drastically altered my life."

"When Republicans made this pact with Trump, they did not expect that the lab for long-term governance -- elite prep school, Ivy League college and law school, the right mentors, think tank promoters, lawyers and judges -- would be shown as an incubator of social pathologies."

"How did the party of family values get behind a self-proclaimed "p*ssy grabber," a Senate candidate from Alabama who hits on teenage girls, a Supreme Court nominee who, his friends say, was a mean, aggressive drunk? And how many Trump insiders are now wearing GPS ankle bracelets?"

"One good thing to come out of this debacle is the shining of a light on the policy shops promoting and protecting their own, the Ivy Leagues and fraternity of connected clerks. The gold standard."

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