This entry is dedicated strictly to the Kavanaugh SCOTUS nomination spectacle. Most of images are not captioned. If interested in any of those, click on / download them for information contained in the file names.
Brett Kavanaugh's performance on Thursday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee -- and the nation and world -- was a show for the ages. It actually managed to overshadow Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's measured, heartfelt, and very believable testimony about the sexual assault she insists Kavanaugh perpetrated on her in summer 1982.
The big development was that retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R - Ariz.) insisted on a one-week FBI investigation into "credible allegations" before he would vote for cloture and allow the full Senate to vote up or down on the nomination.
This occurred after he (predictably) announced he would move the nomination forward and support it -- but before he was confronted on camera in that epic way by two women in a Senate elevator who said they were victims of sexual assault.
Their confrontation -- and the fact that Sen. Flake actually seems to actually believe all the high-minded stuff he says EVEN THOUGH he is a deeply conservative (rightwing) Republican who is a natural ally of someone like Kavanaugh -- seems to have made a difference.
As I see it, Sen. Flake did not have to do what he did -- since the GOP on the committee had the ability to ram through this nomination on Friday and be done with it. The fact that he did is quite remarkable. As George Orwell might have noted were he still around, power doesn't usually work that way. (Just FYI, Jay Willis thinks quite differently.)
Remember: Sen. Flake AGREES with Kavanaugh's worldview and "jurisprudence" -- and he was going against his allied Republican colleagues and in the face of the usual death threats from the usual array of ignorant fascistic fuck-wipes and assorted gun nuts out there in the AM radio hinterlands who respond in that fashion to things not going their way.
As a result of Flake's actions (and apparently Sen. Lisa Murkowski concurred), Mitch "The Bitch" McConnell's timetable -- and that of the grotesque GOP dinosaurs on that Committee such as Chuck Grassley (R - Jurassic Methane Gas) and Orrin Hatch (R - Nasty Octogenarian Fuck) got scrambled and now we have a highly limited but still highly valuable one-week FBI investigation into at least some of the claims including those of Dr. Ford.
What's more, this is the chance of a lifetime that the GOP has been awaiting for 40 years: Getting a sold five-member SCOTUS block to do every fucked up thing the Federalist Society has wet-dreamed for decades, but which can be summed up as creating a hybrid world that is part Montgomery, Alabama 1950 and 1895 Gilded Age economics.
Anyway, a week from now, we're going to be right back down to the usual cage match that is rigged for the GOP to win by a single vote (and in so winning, as Jay Willis wrote the first piece linked below, "own the libs" -- always a top priority for the GOP).
As for the Thursday spectacle, the Fox News Channel-fixated MAGA crowd is widely reported to be "giddy" and "scintillated" by Kavanaugh's aggrieved and enraged white male performance. That's because the GOP "base" is now in the throes of a frenzied mania that it is a hideously persecuted minority forever the victim of "vast leftwing conspiracies." In short, it's basic present-day Trumpian politics -- and it reflects the incredible paranoia, rage, racial panic, and a sense of lost entitlement on the American right that goes beyond class issues.
It also reveals another characteristic of the American right: Massive projection of their own motives and actions onto their enemies. Indeed, on the projection issue, you can INVARIABLY tell what the GOP political and media entertainment complex itself is doing by virtue of it being the thing about which it is howling the loudest that is supposedly being done to it.
For its part, the Democratic side of the country (tribe) was appalled by what has been variously described as a howling, raging, volcanic performance by Brett Kavanaugh that revealed him to be little more than a hard-right, conspiracy-mongering Fox News partisan totally unsuited to sitting on the United States Supreme Court for the next 30 to 40 years. Or rather, Kavanaugh would have revealed himself except low-IQ, zero-curiosity, zero-compassion Clarence Thomas long ago blew up any meaningful SCOTUS standard decades ago).
(The "volcanic" description was from the Washington Post's Ruth Marcus in a signed op-ed. Remember that Ruth "Mother" Marcus is on the Washington Post editorial board and co-writes the unsigned Post editorials that represents the interests and priorities of the Beltway Gang of 500, also known as the Professional Centrist crowd.)
What's more -- and EVEN IF Kavanaugh is totally innocent of the multiple sexual assault allegations against him from his hard-drinking, white upper class-entitled, asshole Catholic high school and undergraduate days -- Kavanaugh lies like a rug on everything big and small.
And the sense of white privilege entitlement is just off the charts.
Brett Kavanaugh's calendar and de facto diary, May 1982
Among the secondary big noteworthy stories to come out of Thursday's spectacle was to learn (for the American pop cultural historical record) the importance of terms such as "Devil's Triangle," "ralph," and "boofing" to upper class suburban Maryland rightwing Catholic high school teenage boys back in the early 1980s and it's Fast Times at Ridgemont High culture.
Brett Kavanaugh's calendar and de facto diary, June 1982
A second story was the Academy Award-worthy "vapors" performance by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R- Gay).
With his lady's panties knotted all in a bunch and his face wildly contorted, Lady Graham threw a real hissy fit that included the now-classic line "I'm a single white male from South Carolina, and I'm told I should just shut up, but I will not shut up."
As a Huffington Post commenter noted, "was that the start of a rant or a Grindr profile?" Haha …
Brett Kavanaugh's calendar and de facto diary, July 1982
Well, anyway, the shit-show has taken a bit of break for a few days and everyone can catch their collective breath, no matter what side you're on. And we can all go back to what's really important: Reading the Twitter feed of the Anti-Social Personality Disordered and historically mistaken President Donald Trump.
Pa and Ma Kavanaugh all emotional and confused about this inexplicable interruption to family entitlement.
Speaking of Trump, he was shockingly quiet through much of last week's spectacle with only a handful of half-hearted tweets that -- most noteworthy of all -- failed to grotesquely insult both Dr. Ford and the office he occupies.
Brett Kavanaugh's calendar and de facto diary, August 1982
In the end, I fully expect that we're going to have the same outcome: A 51-49 party-line confirmation or, more likely, a 50-50 tie broken by that Mike Pence piece of shit (half Christian supremacist fascist and half mediocre gameshow host).
You don't even need Kavanaugh to be blacked out drunk to see the Jekyll and Hyde transformation.
Once on the Supreme Court and in response to this process -- as Jonathan Chait laid out so well in the second piece linked below -- Kavanaugh is going to be the most hateful, vindictive, vengeful Justice ever, the distilled essence of a totally unaccountable Trumpism for decades to come.
As a conclusion, here are some useful pieces to read …
Jay Willis (9/25/18): Republicans Can't Abandon Brett Kavanaugh Without Confronting Their Own Depravity.
Jay Willis (9/27/18): Brett Kavanaugh Showed Us Who He Really Is.
Jonathan Chait (9/27/18): Why Brett Kavanaugh's Hearings Convinced Me That He's Guilty.
Jonathan Chait (9/28/18): Kavanaugh Would Be the Trumpiest Supreme Court Justice.
Charles Pierce (9/28/18): In Plain Terms, Judge Brett Kavanaugh Lies About Everything.
OK, that wraps up this entry. I'm going to try to post another entry tonight. If so, it would be a Saturday evening post-type entry on Sunday. If not, my next entry will be Monday night.