Watched much of the Blasey Ford vs. Kavanaugh epic throw-down yesterday. The story melted the news. All top ten “trending” stories on the New York Times website were about this meltdown yesterday — very unusual.
I hope the Senate votes to confirm Kavanaugh, and does so very soon. Reason: This will almost certainly guarantee a major Blue tidal wave in November, possibly also sweeping in the Senate, not just the House.
Why do I say that? It’s because of a story I heard on NPR this morning. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who listened in yesterday, who found Blasey Ford to be an honest, intelligent, kind and sympathetic figure, and Kavanaugh to be a petty liar (re his yearbook page, whether he watched the testimony of Blasey Ford, etc.), a jerk, and almost certainly a perp.
Turns out that millions of women watched too, many of whom had been the victim of sexual assault themselves, at some point of their lives. The NPR story posited that the proceedings yesterday served to cause these women to “relive” their traumas, bringing up to consciousness the helpless fear they felt during the assault — no matter how long ago it occurred.
As if on cue, the very first caller to the show was a middle aged mom who said she had been sexually assaulted by a basketball player boy when she was 14 and they were both students at an elite New England prep school. She said he went on to play basketball at Princeton that was “nice for him”.
She said that the proceedings yesterday served to bring back all of her terrified emotions from that terrible day when she was 14. Her thoughts turned to her own daughter, now 14. In her reawakened terror, she worried about the world her daughter was now entering as a sexual target for predatory boys.
Now that’s a passionate November midterm voter for you. Not only her, but her circle of friends and family who she almost certainly will implore to vote.
Look, the progressive giant that is America was already “woke” for the November midterms.
But this kick in the pants that is the poisoned Kavanaugh confirmation should be plenty enough to wipe away any residual lethargy in this giant. I mean after 2 years of Herr Trump’s outrageous Twitter postings, we’re now bored of it. We needed a swift kick in our collective behind.
Confirming the perp Kavanaugh is just what we progressives need.
“Thanks! We needed that.”