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Republican chauvinists won this battle against women but won't win the war

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Yes, they won this battle, "Republican chauvinists versus the women of America", by using their power and control to stifle the FBI's ability to conduct a thorough investigation. The FBI was prevented from investigating all aspects of Doctor Ford's allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the exercise was a complete failure.

The fact is that Republicans have won most of the battles against the women of America. But we have now arrived at the point where they have gone too far and women are going to fight back with all their might. They are going to use the massive power of their votes to offset the political power of the GOP, something they should have done in past years; but it's never too late to rectify a deplorable situation.

One thing that could not have been more clear in the recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearings is that political chauvinism is alive and well as it was practiced in the recent hearing by 11 angry old men, in particular, Republican Senators Charles Grassley, Orrin Hatch, and the highly irritating Lindsey Graham.

Doctor Ford, Kavanaugh's accuser, poured her heart out when describing what this individual had done to her years ago. She told this group of senators how Kavanaugh had attacked her and the agony she has endured since then.

She did this at the risk of great harm to herself and her family but did so because she felt that a highly faulted person should not be elevated to the Supreme Court.

She might just as well have saved her breath because these Republican dinosaurs were determined to dismiss everything that she said. Right from the start, it was obvious that they fully intended to ignore her accusations in order to get Kavanaugh confirmed.

The Republican message to the women of America is just this: "nothing is going to change and you better resign yourself to this fact of life. We are going to continue to protect the men of America in these matters of sexual abuse. It's time you accepted your place in this society."

As we know the preponderance of chauvinists in America are men but there are also females who "believe that one gender is superior to the other." So maybe we should refer to Sen. Susan Collins as a female chauvinist.

I watched her eagerly expected statement made on the Friday before the actual confirmation vote. As I thought, Collins warmly extolled the virtues and supposed great accomplishments of Kavanaugh including all the wonderful things he has said and done relative to women in this country. I thought I was going to gag the way she described what she saw in him; a modern-day version of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.

However, she somehow left out how evasive and obviously untruthful Kavanaugh had been in answering Democrat's questions and how very angry and insulting he was when he returned to the committee after Doctor Ford had provided her testimony.

She and Sen. Flake, who both voted yes to confirm him, should both hang their heads in shame because of their very apparent dismissal of Ford's testimony.

Flake who sometimes likes to play the role of Trump's conscience took a new stance this time and decided that he just didn't want to go against the party line, and so he caved in.

Flake should, after his upcoming retirement from the Senate, go to Hollywood where he can continue his acting career. He did a brilliant acting job when near the end of the final Senate Judiciary hearing he suddenly left the room with his Democratic friend, Senator Coon. He gave the impression that he was in great agony over what he should do. He had this highly pained look on his face.

Sens. Murkowski and Heitkamp should be commended for having the courage of their convictions and voting no. Heitkamp, who is down by about 12% to her opponent in the North Dakota senatorial race may have doomed her own chances by taking her strong stand against him. But, then again, it's possible that her courage could rally a great many women in that state to stand with her.

Democrats, who already were working hard on campaign strategy for the November elections will now be able to further mobilize and energize women voters to turn out in massive numbers to pay back these GOP chauvinists for their shameful behavior.

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