This Is the Only Story Now

From Common Dreams:

by Abby Zimet,
Wednesday, October 03, 2018

More and more sentient beings are now abandoning the Kavanaugh debacle. Over 650 law professors have condemned his “lack of judicial temperament” – aka dry-drunk shrieking, crying and attacking his questioners – as disqualifying for any court position, also any job at Burger King. Also bailing are former law clerks and law school classmates, a former roommate who slams his “contempt for the truth” and pointedly notes, “We are deciding if a man is suited to judge others,” and Brookings fellow Benjamin Wittes, who initially praised ole Bart as “a thoroughly decent and honorable person (and) not a liar,” but recently decried his testimony as “an unprecedentedly partisan outburst…which was raw, undisguised, naked, and conspiratorial,” also disqualifying. And over 600 female Yale alumnae signed a letter of support for Deborah Ramirez and Christine Ford, citing their “shared experience” of Yale’s misogyny.

On Wednesday, the National Council of Churches, representing over 40 million people and 38 Christian denominations, also called for his nomination to be withdrawn, citing his behavior and “political record.” And a new poll found opposition to him has grown by 4 points – a number likely larger now that the Times’ unearthed a crude letter to his bros on their plans for 1982’s Beach Week in which he sounds like every other jerky entitled high school boy wanting to get laid, never mind all that ostensible church-going and service-project-boasting. “I think we are unanimous that any girls we can get to stay there are welcomed with open…” he sneers. Later, he helpfully suggests someone should “warn the neighbors that we’re loud, obnoxious drunks, with prolific pukers among us.”

The fact the public tide is turning against a right-wing hack who’s also an entitled asshole, a serial liar and a blackout sexual assaulter is welcome news. It may or may not have any bearing on the outcome. And it still barely makes a dent in our ongoing horror and rage at Tuesday’s abomination that was our vile pig of a “president” mocking a sexual assault survivor as his mindless, enabling buffoons guffawed. We know we’ve seen many low points, but Jesus. Those ugly, braying faces. In their acquiescence they are the guilty bystanders everywhere – the good Germans, the lynching apologists, the white racists who defiantly insist all lives matter, the lackeys and bootlickers without whom Trump would not survive.

But he does. There he stood, writes Charles Pierce, a “hopeless, vicious buffoon” and a searing snapshot of “where we are as a nation at this moment in history,” the end result of a civic disengagement that has “allowed our republic to fall into the hands of a sociopath…an empty man who feels nothing but his own imaginary greatness, and who cannot find in himself the decency simply to shut the fuck up.” Still, writes Connie Schultz of the ugly scene and cackling crowds, “Millions of women are not fooled.” On “these men screeching like neutered roosters (in) their animosity and privilege,” she says, We have known men like this all our lives. They are as common as mud after a hard rain. Our memories are long, our resolve unshakable…We will prevail. And we will vote.”

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