I had thought that I wouldn’t be on this subject after my last post 2 days ago, but then the two words “I believe” started to get bandied about by both sides of the aisle with regards to Dr. Ford’s testimony. Both are wrong on some level for reasons that should be obvious, were it not for the glaring blind spots each side has.
I’ll start with the liberal side. To them “I believe” is as good as a guilty conviction, except that there were no charges involved in yesterday’s spectacle. As so many were quick to remind us yesterday, it was not a trial in a court of law. Belief is a good starting point during an investigation, but it’s not a substitute for facts and evidence. That is the basis of our entire justice system, at least when it’s applied correctly, and we would do well to remember that.
As for the conservatives, “I believe” is no more than lip service. To say that they believe Dr. Ford, but then turn around and say that they also believe it’s all just a case of mistaken identity is in fact the opposite of belief. The only part of Dr. Ford’s testimony that she claimed to recall with 100% accuracy was the identity of the offender, Brett Kavanaugh. One cannot rightly say that they believe her story if they selectively choose not to believe the most crucial aspect of it.
Then there were the beliefs espoused by the nominee himself, which should be the truly disqualifying testimony in my mind. He sat there and made unsubstantiated claims of his own, accusing the Democrats of conspiring to maliciously ruin his reputation. He not only chose a political side with those charges, he made it quite clear that he is absolutely biased and cannot be trusted to sit on the bench of the Supreme Court.
The Republican strategy is all rather transparent. While they say they empathize and believe Dr. Ford, they certainly aren’t going to let that deter them from their mission to install another far right conservative on the court before the midterm elections potentially denies them of that chance. Even though they speak so eloquently about truth, honor, and integrity, the real truth is they don’t give a shit about any of those things. In Brett Kavanaugh, Republicans see nothing more than the culmination of a decades long effort to radically shift the Supreme Court ideologically in their favor, period.
As for the Democrats, of course they are going to do whatever they can to tank this nominee. That is what they should be doing, and if the shoe were on the other foot you can bet that the Republicans wouldn’t hesitate to use the same tactics to prevent a far left nominee from ascending to the bench. All the Republican bellyaching and lecturing to the Democrats was hypocritical at best. Were the Democrat’s tactics dirty and underhanded? You bet, but that’s politics motherfuckers. If you don’t like it, step aside and let someone else make a run for your seat in Congress.