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A Judicious Wise Woman Shames an Emotional Muddle-Headed Man: Blasey-Ford for SCOTUS!

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Did you watch the Brent Kavanaugh confirmation hearings yesterday? I couldn't help myself. I watched much more than I at first intended. I found it all quite fascinating and very conclusive in terms of filling the Supreme Court post left open by the resignation of Anthony Kennedy.

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Surprisingly, I decided that if presented with the improbable choice, I'd vote to approve Christine Blasey-Ford, not Brent Kavanaugh, for the vacant post. Her testimony yesterday exhibited the qualities I expect in a judge. She also evidenced a sharper legal mind than the actual nominee.

Let me explain.

At issue, of course, was Dr. Blasey-Ford's accusation that 36 years ago, when she was 15 and he was 17, Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at a drunken high school party. Perhaps even more importantly, the issue has become whether or not Judge Kavanaugh is lying about the event in question.

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Dr. Blasey-Ford's couples-therapist has notes to prove that the alleged crime remained a disturbing issue long after the event and well before Kavanaugh's nomination to fill the soon-to-be-vacant SCOTUS position. Blasey-Ford says she is "100% sure" that Kavanaugh was her attacker. She has also taken and passed a lie detector test to that effect.

Her request is that the F.B.I. investigate her allegations -- specifically that they take a deposition from the only witness to the crime, one Mark Judge who, she says, was at least an accessory to the crime, if not an active accomplice of the young Kavanaugh she describes. Blasey-Ford alleges that Judge egged Kavanaugh on and that he ended up jumping on top of the pair as the future SCOTUS nominee attempted to disrobe her.

Throughout her testimony, I found Dr. Blasey-Ford's testimony low-key, measured, open, matter-of-fact, and un-defensive.

For his part, Judge Kavanaugh denies the whole thing. His testimony was loud, aggressive, angry, extremely emotional, tear-filled, defensive, and punctuated by snorting, huffing, puffing and frequent pauses for long gulps of water. With raised voice, he repeatedly talked over his inquisitors. At points, it appeared that he was having a nervous breakdown.

Along with his Republican male colleagues, the judge painted himself as the innocent victim of a calculated smear campaign. Though Dr. Blasey-Ford may well have endured the horrific attack she describes, Kavanaugh maintained that she had mistaken the identity of her attacker.

He further argued that there was no need to depose Mark Judge. It was good enough, Kavanaugh said, that the one Dr. Blasey-Ford had identified as his accomplice or accessory had submitted a statement swearing to the innocence of Kavanaugh (and, naturally, of Judge himself).

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Similarly, for Kavanaugh, further F.B.I. investigation would be pointless. Much less would it help for him to take a lie-detector test. He intimated that his detailed calendar from 36 years ago, along with his own interpretation of its meaning was more credible than any such testing might ever be.

And that brings me to the conclusion I mentioned earlier. I thought of the whole spectacle in terms of a job interview. After all, that's the bottom line here. Regardless of his guilt or innocence, Brent Kavanaugh is interviewing for a position on the highest court in the land. The real question here is not about the alleged event of 36 years ago, but about hiring him for a life-long job with iron-clad tenure.

To help answer that question, I recalled my years of work at Berea College in Kentucky and of the innumerable job candidates I interviewed there. What if Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh were applying for a job there? How would I and my colleagues evaluate their performances? Who would be most the most effective candidate.

It would not be Kavanaugh.

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Mike Rivage-Seul is a liberation theologian and former Roman Catholic priest. Retired in 2014, he taught at Berea College in Kentucky for 40 years where he directed Berea's Peace and Social Justice Studies Program.Mike blogs (more...)
 

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Before Kavanaugh's testimony, one conservative commentator referenced Blase-Ford's "quavering voice" as a Democratic attempt at playing the unbeatable "crying woman" card. Kavanaugh's embarrassing performance left Blase-Ford in the dust.

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While the media focusses on the sexual impropriety of young Brett Kavanaugh, there are other issues that should also concern Americans about this potential Supreme Court justice:



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This appointment and his views on the Fourth Amendment could ultimately have wide-ranging impacts on the American surveillance state.

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to the shame of the Republicans in the senate, they embrace what we see as flaws. To them, they are his strengths.

Shaming via sex is the thing they do respond to.

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The reason they respond to shaming via sex is that they are stunted emotionally at the puberty stage. It shows in their war mongering too.

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Not for much longer. Democrats efforts at desensitizing us is working.

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Mike, I am hoping your misspelling of Dr. Blasey-Ford's name is neither a Freudian slip nor intentional.

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Thanks, Meryl Ann. I've made the correction.

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Thanks, Mike, and thanks also for your valuable contributions here, including this one! ;-)

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Meryl Ann, You are such a gentle and helpful editor. You have saved me more than once from embarrassing mistakes. I'm grateful.

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Thanks! ;-)

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The Democrats should likewise focus on his past decisions. It sounds like he protests too much. His High school year book and history indicate he is a typical loud aggressive frat boy, many such obnoxious and non self reflective shallow people are all too frequent in leadership positions.

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I would like to hear what people think about Bret Kavanaugh's demeanor during the hearing on Thursday.

I thought his demeanor was inconsistent with a person qualified to serve on the supreme court. During his opening statement he was nervous and agitated, during questioning from Democratic Senators he was belligerent and evasive. I think he was in deep emotional conflict between being a man of the law committed to truth and having to lie in order to move forward in his confirmation.

I hope he does not make it to the Supreme Court.

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I think you are right!

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Maybe it's because I'm English, and not a USA citizen that, I have difficulty understanding why any man of honour could contemplate accepting such a high level nomination burdened as he is with the reputation of an abuser of women, and of a bully nominated by a bully.

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She did not shame him at all. What she did was unlawful character assassination which may get her sued which is not enough. She shamed herself in more ways than one.

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Obviously, we disagree. I'm sure, however, that we're (like the whole country)both anxious to see what the F.B.I. probe finds. Somebody's not telling the truth.

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