Did the bed break?

Why aren’t you watching the Brewers game?
And drinking beer with your friends, like Judge Kavanaugh!

Did the bed break? 

Is that a fair question? Wish the Republican senators’ designated questioner had asked the Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser last week.

Christine Blasey Ford testified that the Supreme Court nominee lay on top of her in that bedroom when another 17-year-old named Mark Judge jumped on top of them. And they all went tumbling down.

Marx

We’re trying to picture that. Question under oath: Did the bed break like something in a Marx Brother movie? (Harpo would be charged with third-degree sexual assault today. Then again, he was never nominated to a federal judgeship.) How did Mark jumping on top over everyone spill you out from the bed. Could we re-enact that here in the committee room?

And Christine makes a run for the door, which (after all) was locked from the inside. Question under oath: Did either boy pursue? Did they run after you? Was your escape narrow or uncontested? You locked yourself into the bathroom immediately across the hall. Question under oath: did they bang on the bathroom door, attempt to break it down? (The implication is that they did not because you testified that the two boys went “ping-ponging down the stairs.”)

Steal a kissQuestion under oath: How long was he on top of you? 10 seconds? 2 minutes? (Either can seem like a long time.)

You remember the boys’ laughter. Question under oath: Is it possible that the boys thought they were engaging in harmless horseplay? 

Dr. B-F: You said you screamed and Brett put his hand over your mouth, at which point Mark Judge jumped on top of you and you all went tumbling down. Is it possible that — until that point — they thought you were playing along and that your scream surprised both boys? 

Question under oath: Is this the only time in your life a boy — or man — tried to touch you? Steal a kiss? 

Thank you, Dr. B-F. for your testimony. You are excused. 

It’s Roshomon

(… depending on your point of view.) Judge Kavanaugh, you are under oath. Is it possible that you remember very well what happened at that house (wherever it was) 36 years ago but that, in today’s hyper-sensitive climate, to admit to even the slightest indiscretion so long ago and so young would undo 36 years of responsible citizenship? Fatherhood? Mentoring? Judicial achievement?

Believe what you want. I do believe Christine Blasey Ford. I do. (It helped that she had that little girl voice and the nervous, darting eyes behind those glasses.) I do believe Brett Kavanaugh does remember it but remembers it differently but, in the current super-heated, hyper-partisan era, does not want to commit professional suicide over an incident that would have resulted, even today in Madison, in “restorative justice” and no permanent blot on his record.

That’s the problem, isn’t it? It is a matter of belief and belief is always voluntary. One believes what one wants to believe. (One does.) A small industry has arisen proposing that the Twin Towers was an inside job; that Jews were given advance notice. MSNBC believes the ir-reverend Al Sharpton is credible. Tawana Brawley, anyone? 

What a time, those late 1970s, early 1980s: Movies like Revenge of the NerdsAnimal House, Risky Business, Sixteen Candles, Porky’s, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Debbie Does Dallas, Playboy magazine, National Lampoon, even Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying. Russ Douthat’s “An age divided by sex,” is today’s must-read.

That “Believe All Women” button you’re wearing. Did you convict the Duke lacrosse players? Join with Rolling Stone magazine to condemn the University of Virginia fraternity brothers? 

We’ve moved from uncovering accusations of criminal behavior (Harvey Weinstein) to criminalizing behavior that we previously regarded as presumptuous and boorish ([NY Times reporter] Glenn Thrush). In a climate in which sexual mores are transforming so rapidly, many men are asking: If I were wrongly accused, who would believe me? 

A New York Times writer (of all people!) wrote that — last November. 

‘Doesn’t remember 1983’

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona did the right thing to grant the Democrats’ demand for an FBI investigation. That investigation will prove nothing and change no votes. No DNA. No witnesses except Mark Judge who, mutual friend P.J. told Martha MacCallum on Fox last week, “doesn’t remember 1983.”

Sen. Lindsay Graham was correct. Asked if an FBI investigation would make America feel better about Kavanaugh’s likely confirmation, he answered that the number of people those minds will be changed could fit in a phone booth. (Whatever that is.) What is important, Graham said, was whether it makes Jeff Flake feel better.

Senate Democrats, every one of them with the possible exception of Joe Manchin, will vote against Kavanaugh because he pulls the high court to the right. It was always about politics — abortion, gun rights, federalism, and police powers. But nothing is more political today than identity — gender, race, privilege, xxx

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Like Lindsey Graham said, “But what do I know. I’m only a white, male from Sun Prairie.

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12 Responses to Did the bed break?

  1. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting an investigation these days.

    Cotton says Feinstein will be investigated over Ford letter

    (bolds/caps mine throughout)
    “Appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation, (Senator Tom) Cotton (R-AR) disputed the legitimacy of (Senator Dianne) Feinstein’s (D-CA) claim that she did not disclose Ford’s letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) because Ford had asked it remain private.

    ” ‘THEY HAVE BETRAYED HER (Ford). THEY POINTED HER TO LAWYERS WHO LIED TO HER AND DID NOT TELL HER THAT THE COMMITTEE WAS WILLING TO GO TO CALIFORNIA TO INTERVIEW HER. Now all of that is water under the bridge,’ Cotton said.

    ” ‘Those lawyers are going to face a D.C. bar investigation into their misconduct,’ he continued. ‘Dianne Feinstein and her staff is going to face an investigation for why they leaked that.’ ”
    https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/409153-cotton-says-feinstein-will-be-investigated-over-leaked-ford-letter

    The Gotch

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  2. coolkevs says:

    Leland what’s-her-face who supposedly was Ford’s best friend does not know Brett Kavanaugh and she was supposedly there. So, believe all women?? Something doesn’t pass the smell test.

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  3. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    An interesting take on Ford’s body language during her testimony by self-proclaimed body language expert <body language ghost:

    The Gotch

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  4. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    All the questions you would pose to Ford about her alleged time in the sack with Brett and Mark are perfectly legitimate and would be expected from a defense attorney in a court of law (well, for now, anyway). But in the three-ring circus of the Judiciary Committee hearings, they’re tantamount to hate speech. Ford herself reminds me of the typical upper-middle-class, college educated, privileged West Coast liberal white woman who’s had WAY too much therapy and consequently thinks of herself as a professional victim and a crusader for “women’s empowerment.” (Is anyone else as sick of hearing/reading that phrase as I am?) As for her “story”–and I use that term in its fictional sense–her supporters are cooing over its “incredible details” like the boys supposed laughter during the supposed incident. Well, if you’ve undergone years of therapy, you’ve had ample time to construct you story to make it seem credible. My guess is her story has had more revisions than the manuscript of “War and Peace.”

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  5. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Claire McCaskill’s apolling took one in the breadbasket for opposing the Kavanaugh confirmation.

    Trend?

    The Gotch

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  6. coolkevs says:

    Hmmm… Ford co-wrote some kind-of hypnosis therapy article – the way she looks and talks and the way she drove her car to the hearing, that sounds like she hypnotized herself beforehand.

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  7. Batman says:

    From the prosecutor (Rachel Mitchel) who questioned Ford:

    “Dr. Ford’s explanation of why she disclosed her allegations the way she did raises questions. ◦She claimed originally that she wished for her story to remain confidential, but the person operating the tipline at the Washington Post was the first person other than her therapist or husband to whom she disclosed the identity of her alleged attacker. She testified that she had a “sense of urgency to relay the information to the Senate and the president.” She did not contact the Senate, however, because she claims she “did not know how to do that.” She does not explain why she knew how to contact her Congresswoman but not her Senator.”

    She has a PhD and two Masters but couldn’t figure out how to contact her Senator.

    Ford showed her therapy notes to a WaPo reporter but refused to show any of them to the Committee according to Mitchel.

    Peculiar…

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  9. Batman says:

    Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell grilled Christine Blasey Ford on Thursday over her stated fear of flying, which was the ostensible reason her testimony had been delayed. Mitchell noted that Dr. Ford had traveled many times on airplanes, including to Thursday’s hearing in Washington, D.C.

    “May I ask, Dr. Ford, how did you get to Washington?” Mitchell asked.

    “In an airplane,” Ford replied.

    “Okay, I ask that because it’s been reported by the press that you would not submit to an interview with the committee because of your fear of flying,” Mitchell said. “Is that true?”

    “Well, I was hoping that they would come to me, but then I realized that was an unrealistic request,” Ford said, despite the fact that the Republicans had offered to come to her.

    “When you were here back in August, end of July, August, how did you get here?” Mitchell asked.

    “Also by airplane,” Ford responded. “I come here once a year during the summer to visit my family.”

    “I also saw on your — you talked about Hawaii, Costa Rica, South Pacific Islands, and French Polynesia,” Mitchell said. “Have you been to all of those places?”

    “Correct,” Ford replied.

    “By airplane?” Mitchell asked.

    “Yes,” Ford responded.

    “And your interests also include oceanography and Hawaiian and Tahitian culture, did you travel by air as a part of those interests?” Mitchell asked.

    “Correct,” Ford replied, saying it was easier for her to fly when it was a vacation.

    Peculiar…

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  10. madisonexpat says:

    Frequent Liar.

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