I listened to/watched some bits and pieces of both sessions. In summary, let me just say this:
What a fucking travesty this has been.
I really think that Dr. Ford has been a victim of this whole mess as well. She may well have been assaulted at some time in the past; but there’s no evidence that it was Judge Kavanaugh that did it. But the way Senate Democrats have cruelly and cynically used her for political gain is nothing short of disgusting. When she initially approached her Congresscritter and then Senator Feinstein, she asked for anonymity and wished to have her privacy respected. She was thrown to the wolves. She was used just as cruelly by the Senate Democrats as she claims to have been used back in the summer of 1982.
But Judge Kavanaugh has been raked over the coals on the flimsiest of pretexts. In yesterday’s session, Senate Judiciary Democrats harped on the FBI issue; “why won’t you allow the FBI to investigate?” Chairman Grassley finally shut them down by quoting daffy old Uncle Joe Biden, who oversaw the Clarence Thomas approval hearings, stating that the FBI “do not investigate local crimes… (the FBI) does not reach conclusions, does not make recommendations.”
I could spend some time decrying the embarrassing mess this confirmation process has become, but I’ll let Judge Kavanaugh, in his remarks from today’s hearings, do it for me:
This confirmation process has become a national disgrace. The Constitution gives the Senate an important role in the confirmation process, but you have replaced advise and consent with search and destroy. Since my nomination in July, there has been a frenzy on the left to come up with something, anything to block my confirmation, shortly after I was nominated, the Democratic Senate leader said he would, quote, oppose me with everything he’s got, a Democratic senator on this committee publicly referred to me as evil … evil, think about that word. And said that those who supported me were, quote, complicit in evil.
Another Democratic senator on this committee said, quote, “Judge Kavanaugh is your worst nightmare.” A former head of the Democratic National Committee said, quote, “Judge Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come.”
I understand the passions of the moment, but I would say to those senators, your words have meaning. Millions of Americans listened carefully to you, given comments like those, is it any surprise that people have been willing to do anything, to make any physical threat against my family, to send any violent email to my wife, to make any kind of allegation against me or against my friends to blow me up and take me down
You sowed the wind, for decades to come, I fear that the whole country will reap the whirlwind. The behavior of several of the Democratic members of this committee at my hearing a few weeks ago was an embarrassment, but at least it was a good old-fashioned attempt at “Borking.” Those efforts didn’t work when I did at least OK enough at the hearings that it looked like I might actually get confirmed, a new tactic was needed. Some of you were lying in wait and had it ready. This first allegation was held in secret for weeks by a Democratic member of this committee and by staff. It would be needed only if you couldn’t take me out on the merits. When it was needed, this allegation was unleashed and publicly deployed over Dr. Ford’s wishes. And then, and then, as no doubt was expected if not planned came a long series of false last minute smears designed to scare me and drive me out of the process before any hearing occurred. Crazy stuff. Gangs, illegitimate children, fights on boats in Rhode Island, all nonsense, reported breathlessly and often uncritically by the media. This has destroyed my family and my good name, a good name built up through decades of very hard work and public service at the highest levels of the American government, this whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election. Fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons, and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups. This is a circus.
What a clusterfuck. What a fucking disgrace. What a goddamn shambles. I’m afraid our nation is permanently damaged by this horseshit. And, as Senator Graham has pointed out, it’s all because Democrats think they can use shenanigans to delay until after mid-terms, in hopes of grabbing off a Supreme Court seat for themselves.