Open Post: In Opposite World, the Brett Kavanaugh vote is ‘the Atticus Finch moment’

Doctor Christine Blasey Ford testifies to Senate on Kavanaugh Assult

Here is your Open Post for the Kavanaugh Vote. I wish we weren’t going through this. I wish Brett Kavanaugh was not forcing himself on America, unwilling to take “stop” or “withdraw your nomination” for an answer. Kavanaugh hasn’t stopped, because he believes he’s entitled to a Supreme Court seat simply because he’s an angry, drunk white man of unearned privilege.

I was going to do this in a separate post, but these people make me sick and this is all connected anyway. Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review, and he’s been making the argument that… what has “happened” to Brett Kavanaugh is just like what happened to Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird. I sh-t you not. He casts the Senate Republicans as Atticus Finch, the only ones willing to stand up for this poor maligned victim of a “false accusation.” Republican Senator John Cornyn picked up on Lowry’s argument and said this ON THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE:

“Our colleagues across the aisle claim to be looking out for the victim. They claim to be on the side of empathy. But there’s nothing empathetic about the cruelty that they have shown Judge Kavanaugh, his wife, and their children. There’s nothing empathetic about presuming that somebody is guilty without evidence.”

“There’s nothing consistent about our colleagues who forget many of their standard refrains about our criminal justice system convicting too many people when the evidence is thin. Some commentators have called this our Atticus Finch moment, recalling the famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. We all remember that Atticus Finch was a lawyer that did not believe that a mere accusation was synonymous with guilt. He represented an unpopular person who many people presumed was guilty of a heinous crime because of his race and his race alone. We could learn from Atticus finch now during this time when there has been such a vicious and unrelenting attack on the integrity and good name of this nominee.”

[From Mediaite]

White men, amirite? Not only are they overeager to cast themselves as the most aggrieved participants in the Oppression Olympics, but they would easily flunk a ninth grade English class. One could possibly draw parallels to the politics of To Kill a Mockingbird, in that Brett Kavanaugh is such a turdburger that he would easily usher in a second Jim Crow South wherein the “word” of a lying, abusive, drunk white man (WEIRD!) was enough to send any black person to jail. But I still don’t understand how Tom Robinson being on trial for HIS LIFE is equal to Brett Kavanaugh being accused of serial perjury and sexual assault. No one is trying to throw Kavanaugh in jail – they’re trying to keep him off the Supreme Court.

Anyway, this vote should be apocalyptic either way.

Update: Susan Collins & Joe Manchin are both voting “yes” on Kavanaugh. He will be confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice tomorrow. This is difficult & I don’t have the words, any words. It’s awful and I hope everyone takes care of themselves.

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  1. HK9 says:

    Cruelty to his wife and children??(That’s ridiculous) Atticus Finch moment?? (they’re really reaching with that since the GOP has build their existence on the oppression of black and brown people.) They are ridiculous. Kavanaugh is simply reaping what he sowed.

    • Megan says:

      I am so filled with rage I can barely function.

      • Tayspilled says:

        I feel completely hopeless. I feel empty and hopeless. And I just need something good to happen because the United States is a disgusting scourge of corruption. On the upside my passionate speeches have gotten to my often conservative dad and he’s going democratic this election. So one flutter of hope. I will obviously as well.

      • LadyLilith says:

        Same… this is hell we are in. Actual hell.

      • emma says:

        Be angry cry. Wake up tomorrow, there elections to be won. Doors to be knocked on. Turn your TV’s off.
        50 yrs ago they were murdering civil rights protesters and that didn’t stop them. We are women, we clean trash all the time. Time to roll our sleaves and get to work.

    • jay says:

      My thoughts exactly. How has anyone shown cruelty to his wife and children? He’s the one using them as human shields, constantly referencing himself as a dad and father…as though that matters?

    • Mari says:

      Yet no consideration at all for the fact that Christine Ford has had to relocate with her family to protect them from Trumpets. Well, at least they aren’t comparing themselves to Jesus. That’s what I always seem to see narcissist do. It’s like a thing with them.

  2. Reef says:

    So they have the votes for confirmation right? McConnell never holds votes on anything he doesn’t know he’ll win. I’ve been actively avoiding the internet for awhile so I haven’t been keeping up closely.

    • Jenns says:

      Yes. He’ll be confirmed.

      • Jan90067 says:

        I’ve been sending emails and tweets to the three holdouts, stating that women WILL remember, we WILL vote, and with the exception of Flake, I will be amongst the first to donate to their opponents in their next race.

        I AM IN A RAGE watching the floor vote right now. I truly am scaring myself because I never thought I could feel this much anger in myself; I consider myself a peaceful person in general.

        I need an Ativan 😬. It’s too early to start drinking here.

      • Reef says:

        *sigh* Ok. I figured. Gonna disengage from the Internet for the weekend.

      • Esmom says:

        There’s a still a slight chance he might not be confirmed if any senators who voted yes today vote no tomorrow. It’s not likely but also not an impossibility.

      • Jenns says:

        And there it is.

        His confirmation was never not going to be confirmed.

    • mint says:

      I am not American and do not live in the states. But to all the American women out here: I feel your rage. And to all the suvivors: I see and feel your pain, having to witness this

      • Still_Sarah says:

        @ mint : I am not American either but rage is the right word for what I feel.

        And to compare a stupid rich white boy like Kavanaugh to the accused in Mockingbird? He was a poor black man who lived in a time when racism was legal and he could be killed for being on the wrong street at night or for looking at a white woman “the wrong way”. Not much of a comparison if you ask me. And the GOP as Atticus Finch? Not really. Did any of them actually read the book or are they just remembering the movie incorrectly? Their high school English teachers would be appalled.

      • Rene Besette says:

        I am with you in Canada. I am in rage for you all. I believe you and I cry for you all. You never forget a rape, never. This disgusts me to no end.

      • Trashaddict says:

        I am an American. But this is not my America. Someday I hope it will be an America for everybody again, not just the angry, the deliberately ignorant, or privileged few.

      • LahdidahBaby says:

        It feels as if America is not my country anymore, and maybe it never was, since I’m a female. I felt hope for a while as a feminist—I really thought things might get better—but nothing ever changes here, really. We still have old self-important, hypocritical white men telling us what we can do with our bodies.

        And so many women in office sell out for the sake of holding on to the little power they’ve managed to grab. Susan Collins is a sellout. Commentators were saying all week that if she voted no on Kavanaugh it would be “the end of her political career”…I guess she was listening.

        I have this to say to Susan Collins: Why have this power if you don’t use it for what’s right?

        I thought on the early morning of November 9, 2018, when the final election results came in, that it was the worst day of my life as an American, but Trump, hideously corrupt and incompetent as he is, won’t be in power for generations. Kavanaugh will.

      • Really? says:

        Honestly, this all started during the last mid-terms in 2014 when some state seats flipped from Dem to Repub. Then, when the 2016 election happened, privileged men like Kavanaugh didn’t want to stand up for women even with wife, daughters, mothers. Everyone, vote Dem this mid-term, please. If you care about the state of the US, you will take the time to fill in the bubble with the Dem candidate. The executive and judiciary branches have already been compromised; the legislative branch is the only hope for the US not to become a totalitarian state.

    • Guest says:

      He has been confirmed

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        Not quite; they’ve voted to allow the confirmation vote. It’s likely to be the same tomorrow. The Republican party is a party of terrorism.

    • So angry right now... says:

      Senator Collins can go fuck herself for voting yes on Kavanaugh.

  3. Rapunzel says:

    And Grassley is saying that the senators should say “no to mob rule” because apparently the voice of we the people is now a mob which our elected and paid for representatives can just ignore.

    • Robot Dog says:

      That’s exactly how they are us, they’re not even pretending anymore. This nomination has ripped the facade off of everything Republican. This is who they’ve been all along.

      • Lady2Lazy says:

        They have always been a party of no scruples and a party of underhanded behaviour. Remember when Scantalia died, and Mitch wouldn’t allow O’bama to propose a replacement? For almost one full year we had only 8 member on the SC. Mitch was boasting how he made it his mission to create as much blocking as possible against O’bama. Truly a despicable human being.
        This is Anita Hill 2.0 people. We will be paying for their antics for generations to come. I hate the entire bunch of them. Plus, the female republiCAN’T senators should be ashamed of themselves!! Clearly sending a message to their daughters and sons that this type of behaviour is acceptable. I haven’t been able to read the news fo the past few days as it sickens me to my core.

      • Trashaddict says:

        Mitch McConnell burn in hell.

    • Sue Denim says:

      Worth watching Trevor Noah’s piece re the brilliance of reframing victimhood around losses for those in power, with compelling references to South Africa too. Devastating times…

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/10/05/trevor-noah-calls-out-trump-for-trying-to-convince-men-they-are-the-true-victims-of-the-metoo-movement/?utm_term=.bb82907fd166

    • isabelle says:

      Republicans are authoritarians, of course they do believe this. If they had their way 100%, we would be under iron fist rule and be forced to believe into their invented god.

      • Jerusha says:

        And the fools believe they are the party of small, hands off government.

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        They used to be that party but haven’t been in several decades. They’re the party of hands-off government for the rich and crooked.

  4. Lenn says:

    Is everyone mentally prepared for him being approved? I’m scared ofhow angry I am going to be!

    • boredblond says:

      I thought I was, but I was wrong..I’m just so horribly sad for this country, for all victims who will keep suffering, for the loss of any moral sense of doing the right thing.

    • Angel says:

      I’m not prepared… The thoughts that have been running through my mind are horrifying. I actually want to cause pain and destruction to these men. How dare they do this! Everything women have fought for they are taking or trying to take away! I want to hurt them and I’ve never felt like that before… I want to burn this whole country to the ground and start over again, leaving the corrupt, entitled, old white men out completely. I take solace in knowing that myself and other women will not go without a fight…

  5. Jerusha says:

    Keep Harper Lee out of your filthy mouth, John Cornyn.

    • Hope says:

      Exactly. I remember the first time I read the book and then saw the movie. My dad encouraged me to read it (I exclusively read mysteries in high school) and he said it was important that I read the book and see the movie. It was the only book he ever suggested to me and it’s stuck with me ever since.

    • CharlieBouquet says:

      Exactly. This book lives on my nightstand and has since reading it as a kid. Comparing the drunk lying raping white father…to Tom…Just no words. Will avoid news this weekend.

    • Ladiabla says:

      Really. Don’t delude yourself Cornyn, if you’re any character in that book you’re Bob Ewell, acting out of pure self-interest and malice, just complete utter trash. You’re just utter trash with money and a powerful position.

  6. Jb says:

    I am in awe of the protestors. Thank you. I am ostriching so I appreciate Kaiser keeping us updated. I keep thinking what will I do if… and can’t finish the sentence.

  7. MCV says:

    This is giving me anxiety and I’m not even American. I really don’t know what is going to happen. Thinking of all the American woman today, don’t ever give up.

    • Biggles says:

      Both of your sentiments mirror mine: all of my thoughts and best wishes go out to American women today, and (to a lesser extent) to the men amongst them that have learnt to look further than their own interests.

      And Atticus Finch would be horrified at that comparison.

    • Still_Sarah says:

      To the American women in this troubling time : Keep fighting!

      • hunter says:

        Why? It hasn’t done any of us any good at all. See? It destroys our lives every time we speak up. Why keep doing it? So you can look at us and think we are noble?

      • Eden75 says:

        @hunter: I am not an American and I think that everyone needs to realize that this does not just effect American women, this effects all of us. This thought process is breeding everywhere. Now that the US president has publicly made fun of someone who came forward, it is now ok for everyone to be open about it. Those that privately thought the same but never spoke it allowed are now going for it. I am disheartened and saddened by this because there is not one female that I know that has not been sexually assaulted in some way, some violently, others less so. This last bit of business has made it ok to call us liars, conniving bit@hes, gold diggers, career sandbaggers, pick a name.

        Because this is happening in the US right now, all we can ask of you there is to keep fighting your fight. The time will come when those of us in other countries will have to call on you for your support because it WILL happen in our countries as well.

      • Trashaddict says:

        hunter-
        Don’t stop fighting. Don’t lose your beliefs. This is awful, it’s terrible and it’s sad. Remember in many other countries it’s so much worse. There are people in other countries who are putting their lives on the line every day for human rights. Women have suffered terrible things in this country but we don’t face the degree of atrocities that occur in other countries. If a woman like Nadia Murad still has enough hope and energy to speak out, then we can do it, too.
        Live your life in the certainty that you are morally right and keep striving.
        Do not let your hope and your beliefs die, or they will have won.

  8. Jerusha says:

    “But I still don’t understand how Tom Robinson being on trial for HIS LIFE is equal to Brett Kavanaugh being accused of serial perjury and sexual assault. “

    They’ve never read the book. Probably not even the Cliff Notes. But, since their acolytes aren’t the brightest bulbs either, it makes them sound smart.

  9. TheHeat says:

    I am absolutely gobsmacked!
    It would be impossible for me to try to describe how utterly disgusted I am.

  10. Ennie says:

    He is more like those awful father and daughter who were telling lies and had skeletons in their closet.

  11. Nicegirl says:

    I can’t even

  12. Steff says:

    To me there is very little difference between a republican senator and serial killer. Both scum of the earth, both power hungry, both incapable of empathy, only a senator kills people by their shite policies.

    • isabelle says:

      Both are probable sociopaths. I’m convinced the Republican Party is full of narcissist and sociopaths.

    • Angela82 says:

      Republicans probably do more damage and kill more people than a serial killer if we are being honest.

  13. Tallia says:

    #whyIdidntreport

  14. Annie says:

    Yesterday I had to finally turn off the TV, stop reading FB posts about Kavanaugh, stop reading articles. I hit the wall and simply could take no more. When Trump did his thing to Dr.Ford at that rally, and those horrible deplorables laughed and cheered, it broke me.

    I don’t know where this country is headed. I honestly don’t know and I really worry for the mental health of so many if this election doesn’t produce the blue wave and change in power to at least the House.

    When I learned Trump won, the morning after the election, I vomited and wept in a way I haven’t since my Dad died. …That kind of of deep wail that comes from depths you didn’t even know you had. But it is so much worse than I even imagined.

    • CityGirl says:

      I feel you Annie and me too on all of what you said
      + the middle aged white woman running for something who got on stage after IQ45 and amped up the crowd with “Isn’t he the best president we ever had?”

    • Mari says:

      Oh, Annie. Just seeing what you wrote made me tear up for you. Having lost my parents, I know the pain and empathize completely. It made me miss mine again. As for me and this Trump craziness, I recall feeling sick–almost like a hangover, except that I hadn’t had anything to drink–after the election. And the rage now is reaching peak proportions. I don’t understand how this can be happening, but we’ve been heading this way since the late 60s and Nixon’s election, IMO. Sending hugs.

    • Juls says:

      Annie I wailed too. From somewhere deep and primal. Uncontrollable. My husband held me with tears in his own eyes. My children cried too. What a horrible day.

  15. Jerusha says:

    For a laugh, check Buzzfeed, DM, other sites for IQ45 boarding AF1 with TP on his shoe.

  16. isabelle says:

    Yesterday as I was working, 3 older men in their 60s were walking past. I heard them talking about Ford/Kavanaugh. One of the men whipped out, “the next thing you know they will be calling him racist, its what thy do to US eventually”. All 3 men laugh at his gross so called joke. It was infuriating to me. these men probably have wives, daughters, sons….no wonder we are mess-up as a country. We have been raised by sexist, entitled fools of men. This country is deeply deeply sexist and the men in it think its hilarious.

    • Trashaddict says:

      When they don’t think it’s hilarious they are defensive and somehow, I don’t know why, that feels just as bad. Hard to know who your allies are these days.

  17. Nicegirl says:

    Wtf Manchin

  18. homeslice says:

    I have no sexual abuse in my background, but I am so sad and gutted today. I can only imagine how women are feeling who do have to deal will those kinds of scars. Take good care of yourselves. Will we continue to fight!

  19. Lightpurple says:

    Innocent until proven guilty and due process are irrelevant to job interviews. And none of them are Atticus Finch.

  20. Aerohead21 says:

    I just can’t. I’m at a total loss here.

  21. Kitten says:

    I know this is so painful and excruciating. I know that we all feel so betrayed right now, but here is a theory that doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibilities:

    https://twitter.com/AngrierWHStaff/status/1048223832178348032

    It is just SO hard to not feel hopeless but let’s all *try* to be cautiously optimistic until the final votes come through. And I’m telling myself this as much as I’m telling everyone else…

  22. Veronica S. says:

    Just f*cking imagine it. F*cking imagine the audacity it takes to compare a wealthy, white man who has been accused of this kind of behavior by multiple people to the historical abuse of blacks by white accusers.*

    *THE BOOK DOESN’T EVEN CAST HER AS A VILLAIN, FOR THAT MATTER, IT’S MADE CLEAR THAT SHE’S AN ABUSE VICTIM AT HER FATHER’S HANDS AND DOING THIS OUT OF DESPERATION AND FEAR OF HIS WRATH, EVEN AS IT IS WRONG.

    • Kitten says:

      Some days there isn’t anything I can do except just shake my head at their utter GALL.

      https://twitter.com/ScottHech/status/1048219302887870464

    • Jerusha says:

      Just like Emmitt Till. The woman, who recanted a few years ago when it was too late, was under her husband’s thumb. Not excusing her, though. I was two years younger than Emmitt and I’ll never forget that picture of him in his coffin.

      • Veronica S. says:

        Emmitt Till was far worse, though, because (beyond it being fictional) the daughter in the book was literally beaten to an inch of her life, and her father used the black man as a scapegoat. Carolyn Donham was just a vile monster who used a lie to justify the torture and murder of a literal child and paid nothing for it.

    • isabelle says:

      Just imagine if Kavanaugh was a woman aggressor, the Republicans would want her out and wash their hands of her.

  23. Dara says:

    I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but we all need to VOTE! In every election, not just the one in a few weeks. The politicians we elect, even the ones at the local city level, will be the ones making the laws this turdburger will be ruling on for the next 30 years. He may overturn a few on appeal, but in the meantime if we have decent people in office maybe we’ll get some laws on the books that will actually do something to mitigate the damage.

    If your senator is one who votes to confirm, please let them know your displeasure, and that how they vote has consequences to their own political future. If they won’t take you seriously, gather a group of your friends and neighbors and work like hell to defeat the incumbent jackass.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      My Senators are both Republicans and don’t care because they are both leaving the Senate when their terms are up. There is literally no way to punish them.

  24. OriginalLala says:

    I was in a meeting when my friend texted me that Kavanaugh had been voted in to the final vote. I literally said Fuck NO out loud, then told the room (it was all my female colleagues) and then we just sat there in shock, trying to digest this news. I’m filled with rage, and I wish I could come down to the US to protest this with you all

  25. WingKingdom says:

    I know that nobody is going to read this, but I’m going to rant anyway. This is what gets me about the whole “due process” and “innocent until proven guilty” stuff. The white republican men are actually accusing Dr. Blasey Ford of lying. SHE should be presumed innocent. SHE is being accused of lying to Congress without any evidence that this is true. Where is the presumption of innocence for her? This is true for every woman who comes forward- why is it okay to assume that she is guilty of lying and falsely accusing someone? Every woman who comes forward is immediately accused of this, yet the presumption of innocence only applies to the men.

    F–k this f–king universe.

    • Trashaddict says:

      This. And why should it take 5, 10, 20 women to come forward about one perpetrator, before they are believed? F-k this $h-+

  26. ladida says:

    opposite world, lmao. Sums it up perfectly!

  27. Maria says:

    The creep is getting death threats. That will escalate once he is
    nominated. Seriously, he should withdraw for the good of the country. I know, I’m in la la land!

  28. Reindeer says:

    Murkowski has said she’ll vote ‘NO’ on the Senate floor!!!!!!!

    • Aang says:

      Her vote won’t stop this but the one very thin silver lining is that Murkowski had to consider the native vote when making her choice. That is something we almost never hear.

    • Trashaddict says:

      On some level very disappointed in her, she voted “present” so Daines wouldn’t have to come back from his daughter’s wedding (their yae and nae votes would have cancelled out). I e-mailed her that I am disappointed.
      He should have had to freaking crawl onto the Senate floor on his knees. They should have forced his hand anyway. There was NO reason to push this vote over the weekend – except that I’d bet they were hoping to avoid weekday rioting, and that the rage will die down to a whimper by Monday. God dammit, I am so mad!
      Stay Angry

      • jwoolman says:

        They could have done the vote Sunday to let Daines vote or been sensible and wait for Monday. She just wanted it both ways: get credit for wanting to vote “no” but not be on the record for voting “no”. They all seem to be gutless wonders.

        Flake is just a hypocrite in all this. He accepted a clearly extremely restricted sham investigation and ignored every single woman who told him her own story of assault. He needs to be told again and again that we know he doesn’t give a damn about us and will remind everybody when he runs for another political office.

        All of them who voted for the drunken lying pervert need to be reminded again and again of what they have done and what it means.

  29. Ilive says:

    Just show you what kind of f–ked up world we live in, not much different from class based society after all

  30. nb says:

    This is disgusting and I am so angry. Last night we had the news on mute and a story came up about him and I just had to turn it off.

    I just…. I just can’t. Our justice system is completely f*cked up.

  31. Rina says:

    Collins is going on and on praising Kavanaugh. :(

    • homeslice says:

      just donated to crowd pac to fund her opponent in 2020! I

      • Cate says:

        Nice!

        While Collins is not up for re-election this year, there is a close US house race in ME-02. Wouldn’t it be a nice f*** you to Collins to make sure there’s a Dem in that seat? Consider writing some letters from home to help get out the vote!
        https://votefwd.org/district/ME02

    • Harryg says:

      She clearly loves to hear herself talk.

      • homeslice says:

        and my god, she has the worst voice/affectation ever. Shut up. You’re toast. Hope whatever McConnell promised you was worth it!

      • Veronica S. says:

        Seriously, stop f*cking around and pull the knife out already, jackass. We can already see it sticking out of our backs.

    • Natalie S says:

      Why was that speech so long? Adding insult to injury. Don’t act like you have principles Collins. You’re voting to put a rapist on the Supreme Court.

      • Rina says:

        :(

        I am crying.

      • Christin says:

        She is ridiculous. I didn’t watch her, because actions speak louder than many words. She always ends up walking the party line.

      • Giddy says:

        I believe that she is a huge hypocrite. She let everyone think that she was on the fence, but the truth is that she was McConnell’s closer. That ridiculous speech of hers praising Kavanaugh went on forever as she described his glory. I have donated to her future opponent also, and can’t wait to see her defeated.

  32. Crassino Royale says:

    This is it, dear Senators. The moment anyone with a conscience has been waiting for their entire friggin’ life: The moment you write your name in History. I’m screaming in my brain THIS IS IT, DON’T WASTE IT DAMMIT!!!! Voting No To Bread Kavan-UGH is that moment; they could look back on it and point to a screen, say You see that? THAT’S when I changed the world.
    (but Imma pull out my handy voodoo doll just in case we survivors need some back-up. The world we live in!)

    • Crassino Royale says:

      Angry AF.

      • homeslice says:

        Yep. Well you think women were fired up when Dump was elected…I feel like this is a tipping point unlike anything we have seen in recent history and I am all in.

    • isabelle says:

      Anger does nothing really, Republicans actually welcome it to ramp up their horrible base….. but your vote does count. Make sure to vote their asses out in November.

      • jwoolman says:

        Their base doesn’t care about Kavanaugh. Any conservative candidate would do for those who even care at all about the Supreme Court. Most of them don’t really know much about how the court works. They just cheer when Trump wants them to cheer at his rallies.

        Hopefully there will be people in the media and elsewhere who will continue to investigate the six accusers that have appeared so far. Three of them still want to be anonymous, and one of their stories is of a successful rape (Brett just didn’t use his penis and also forced a blow job). With his buddy in the back seat, wonder who that was?

  33. Jerusha says:

    Okay, Stephen King, you promised to lead the charge against Collin’s re-election. Time to gear up.

  34. Natalie S says:

    The ego on Collins to make that ridiculous, long speech. I want every Yes voter to never hold public office again. Go get your Russian money and billionaire funding and get out of the people’s government.

  35. Faithmobile says:

    “Susan Collins’ speech illustrates how women themselves have been used as powerful instruments in maintaining institutional patriarchy – even at the highest levels of power.

    Historically and today.”
    -Khaled Beydoun

  36. Rina says:

    A woman in whom many entrusted faith to set aside partisan politics. She (and all of the senators who voted in favor) hoisted Kavanaugh to the highest judiciary in our country. I knew all along that this would be the outcome, and yet I am completely heartbroken. :(
    #whyididnotreport

  37. Patty says:

    Here’s the thing that kills me about Kavanaugh. There lots of better qualified conservatives both men and women and minorities that could have been nominated. It’s like Donald Trump and the Repub’s went out of their way to find the most odious candidate possible to prove a point. I don’t want this frat boy on the Supreme Court for the next 40 years! I’ll neber forget two things: how they treated Merrick Garland and the 53% of white women who voted for Trump. Thanks! Ugh.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      They did want to prove a point – a point of being in-your-face with their cruelty and bullying. Everyone who works for Trump is the lowest of the low. He’s not happy unless they’re at least at his base level.

  38. Digital Unicorn says:

    Collins has now come out and said she is a Yes, my heart breaks for you all.

    Am also reading online that a lot of people think that it was the Republicans who leaked Fords letter to the press. I dunno, it sounds plausible – esp as they seemed to be one step ahead of them. Someone needs to release whatever dirt they have on the Turtle – he really is Satan’s Little Helper. What was promised or used to threaten them with – Collins has thrown her seat away.

    You know what they say – hell hath no fury as a woman scorned. I don’t think even the GOP truly understand what is coming their way – burn them all ladies.

  39. Fluffy Princess says:

    I have no words. None. I am not surprised in the least, and I’ve been trying to craft a worthy, rage-y response, but I’ve got nothing but a bunch of Ef Words and middle fingers.

  40. Jerusha says:

    I absolutely believe that sarah F*cking palin will run against Murkowski. Just to ramp up the crazy in DC.

  41. Leah Ludwig says:

    I would like to invite Dr. Ford to come live in Canada. So many of us would welcome her with open arms and love.

  42. Lindy says:

    Y’all. What else is there that we can do? Feeling so sick. I’ve donated, I’ve worked on voter registration drives, I’ve marched. I’ve written and called. It all feels like too damn much. Like a freight train that can’t be stopped. Nothing evil Drumpf and his minions do matters. They get away with all of it. Feeling about as low as I’ve felt in a long time.

  43. Cuteeyes says:

    Am glad Brett won this and I know he’s going to do great..Wishing him all the best out there .. Proudly Republican 🎊

    • Lindy says:

      You have no humanity, morals, or decency. We’re going to take our country back from you and your people.

    • Natalie S says:

      Proud to be from a party that supports child molesters and rapists? How nice for you.

    • Jerusha says:

      Enjoy it while you can. There are more of us-intelligent, decent people-than there are of you morally degraded lemmings. Drink deeply when they hand you your glass of kool-aid.

    • Tiny Martian says:

      You mean proudly Fascist. Let’s be clear here and call a spade a spade. No more euphemisms.

    • Marie says:

      Glad to read and see different views on board. I am a registered Democrat who plans to keep voting for Independents, Republicans, and Democrats.

    • Trashaddict says:

      Bye troll

    • jwoolman says:

      Cuteeyes – Proudly Russian, more like it.

  44. why? says:

    There is something weird going on with the press lately. Why did the press put so much faith into Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, and Joe M( a democrat who always votes the same way as the republicans) to do the right thing, especially when Jeff Flake voted yes to BK in the first phase last week? There was a time when the press was calling these 3 out for their hypocrisy(they criticize the republicans, but continue to vote the same way as them), but since BK’s hearings, the press has been acting like they had no clue that they would vote for BK. Had the press stopped the “Jeff, Susan, Joe” is undecided on BK nonsense, would the results be any different today? I feel like a lot of this is the press’ fault. They gave these 3 much more credit than they deserved.

    • jwoolman says:

      They just couldn’t tell what they would do in the final vote from the votes to get it out of Committee and to the floor. People have done that before when they intended to vote no, just to make finally put it to rest.

      Collins makes no sense at all. She said support for Roe vs Wade as established law was the deal breaker for her, and we know what the frat boy intends to do with that if he can. She just had to look at his behavior with that 17 year old immigrant who had been given permission by another judge to make her own decision about an abortion, and the frat boy tried to delay it all beyond the time that such an abortion would be legal. Is Collins stupid or just a liar?

      Then she said if he lied under oath, that would be a problem for her. He repeatedly lied in verifiable way about so many things, and she still voted for the frat boy. Again, is she stupid or a liar? Or blackmailable?

  45. Kaitlyn says:

    You have written one of the most moving and accurate pieces on the situation our country is in. It is sickening and infuriating.

  46. Mary says:

    So very heartbroken. The only words I have to describe this feeling is raped all over again….this time by trump, Kav, Collins, old white guy senators…
    I just don’t understand how anyone at all could could feel ok allowing this to happen 😔

  47. CK says:

    Collins should have just said that she was going to vote for him and left. The drama and the nonsense of the speech just killed any sympathy that I may have for her for any of the heat that she is going to catch now. I hope she enjoys eating dirt and spit because like most elected republicans, she enjoys the fruits of the blue cities and blue workers that she stabs in the back.

  48. Aang says:

    After a shot of Jameson I’m feeling a little less hysterical. This to shall pass. We are just a blip in time and most of the women that came before us suffered much worse. We will persevere like we have since the rise of the patriarchy and one day reclaim our rightful role as stewards of humanity.

    • Isabelle says:

      R versus wade will probably be overturned, its not going to get freaking better. It’s going to get worse in this country for women. We need to unite and vote out the republican trash, its the only way we can slow down the train.

  49. BaBaDook says:

    Just woke up here in Ireland to the news. I’m so sorry American celebitches. This whole shambles has been so painful to watch from an outsider perspective, I can’t even imagine how hard it’s been for those of you living under this government. From the bottom of my heart, I offer my condolences and I just want to say that women all over the world are watching and standing with you.

  50. Birds eye view says:

    Please don’t give up….don’t let them win..u r not helpless…u must use your vote and your voice. I live in th UK where I see th difference women make to society and politics…and i am sure our sisters in America want th same. There IS something u can do……punish them at th ballot box…question every move they make, keep fighting. Xx make the women who stood up for Cavanaugh suffer for it, they have betrayed the sisterhood..don’t let them win.

  51. MerryMerryMonthOfMay says:

    After today I never want to see that bloated asshole’s face again. I’m sure he will be confirmed, but I hope he drops dead right after the robe fitting.

    • jwoolman says:

      His liver may do to him what we couldn’t. I suspect he is still a heavy drinker and a mean drunk. He has given no indication that he has dealt with the problems that were so obvious in high school and college.

      The pervert belongs in rehab, not on the Supreme Court.

      May his term be extremely short, for whatever reason, and may he be pursued by rude protesters everywhere he shows his face.

  52. Trashaddict says:

    From BuzzFeed:
    Jackson Cosko, 27, allegedly broke into the office of his former boss, New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan — who had fired him in May — to gain access to the information before posting it. Cosko, who had worked as a systems administrator for Hassan, was arrested on Wednesday, Capitol Police said, and faces both federal and local charges. Republican Sen. Ron Johnson called posting the senators’ personal information “unconscionable.”

    Dear Senators:
    Welcome to our world. What you have experienced? It’s called S-T-A-L-K-I-N-G.

  53. Pinetree13 says:

    Not American but deeply depressed by this. All the dude bros are congratulating each other on Twitter….no one gives a shit about women

    • Isabelle says:

      America is a deeply sexist country still.

      • greenmonster says:

        It’s not just America. German dude bros are celebrating this on Twitter as well, because uhm… ‘justice and hysterical feminists’.

      • greenmonster says:

        I have to give an honorary mention to a couple of white women as well. Still trying to be cool with the boys.

  54. detta says:

    What a dark, dark day. When Trump was elected I hoped that some of the worst stuff could be avoided or cushioned… because must there not be some select few decent Republicans in house and senate? Clearly I was wrong. No decency or moral standard there whatsoever. And I really have no words for someone like Collins.
    I was so ragey inside over the past few days and depressed. Then yesterday read through the Russo brothers Twitter and it made me smile, because people were writing funny stuff and I was so glad something made me laugh. Then I went back on WaPo and got depressed all over again. What a shitshow. It is really unfathomable to me why so many politicians in American institutions are intend on hurting as many people as possible in their own country.

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      G.O.P = Guard Our Penises. It’s old white men holding on to their waning power by telling women what we can and cannot do with our own bodies.

      Susan Collins = a turncoat, a coward, an asskissing political hack.

    • Isabelle says:

      There is no such thing as a decent Republican politician. It doesn’t exist.

  55. Ellis says:

    Time to get rid of the Senate and House. From now on, the people get to go the polls and vote. All the money we save paying those useless “representatives”, can be put toward vote counting. And the Electoral College can go too.

  56. Harryg says:

    McConnell and Grassley both need to be reminded they actually work for the people. We pay their massive salaries! Their reprimanding, condescending tone was unbelievably disgusting. They way they talk to journalists is disgusting. They are disgusting.

  57. Rescue Cat says:

    Have there been any polls on whether or not this decision has changed people’s voting intentions?

  58. Lindy79 says:

    American Celebitches, please don’t give up. The world is with you and sees what is happening.