Yesterday I watched the Kavanaugh Senate hearing. There were some important moments, including the fact that Kavanaugh arrived wearing his game face and Sen. Graham gave the Dems a piece of his mind. Turning points, both.
Amusing moments: Sen. Whitehouse walking into the “year book” sawblade. Sen. Blumenthal, having fibbed about Vietnam, having the temerity to invoke (poorly): “Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus“. Sen. DiFi’s bluster at the end about who leaked Ford’s letter.
What was particularly interesting was watching the testimony of Prof. Ford, as well as Kavanaugh’s, in the company of someone who would by all accounts considered an expert on sexual assault and related crimes and how they are investigated.
I am visiting my mother in Florida. She was the 1st woman on the Minneapolis Police Department. For 12 years of her time on the job, as a detective, she investigated “sex crimes”, which included rape and all the other disgusting things that happen. She had some pointed insights during the proceedings, particularly about Prof. Ford’s time in the hearing and about how she was questioned.
In any event, a major step will be taken today. We are moving to toward the end of this painful process. I think Judge Kavanaugh will wind up as a SCOTUS Justice, but I will wait to believe it firmly when they have the group photo in the robes. Even then, I suspect some ideological hacks will try to have him impeached.
I am genuinely worried about the state of political and cultural division in this country right now. But, as Kavanaugh mentioned, we are reeping what has been sown over years and years.
Sadly, because of the long-term effects of dreadful declining quality and standards in education, the general public is more and more ignorant and distracted and incapable of grasping the basics of the issues today and the processes by which with work through them. Hence, I am not strongly optimistic that we can turn this boat around any time soon.