Kavanaugh’s display of elite white male privilege was on full display at Thursday’s hearing when he shot back at Senator Klobuchar’s questioning of his drinking by demanding to know if she had a drinking problem.
The entitled prep school boy, quick to anger and disdain when challenged by a woman, is still in there, and not very far from the surface.
I wish Senator Klobuchar had called him out on his disrespect, but then, we women don’t. We are reasonable, and calm, and civil, and understanding. Dr. Blasey Ford was like that, although deeply emotional when recounting her assault by Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. Women can’t win no matter what stance we take. An outburst like Kavanaugh’s or Lindsey Graham’s would have labeled either woman “hysterical”. But our calm and civility doesn’t inspire respect either.
I was devastated after Thursday’s hearing, and felt no better on Friday. Republicans are going to ram this nomination through, regardless of the circular reasoning. “We won’t look for corroborating evidence, therefore can’t hold Judge Kavanaugh responsible because there is no corroborating evidence.” Jeff Flake folded — although he later rebounded a bit by saying his vote will not be forthcoming without a week’s delay for an investigation. I imagine Murkowski and Collins will ultimately fold too, although I can’t imagine how they can look their female constituents in the eye ever again if they do.
Mark Judge has faded into Brett Kavanaugh’s past, but Kavanaugh will soon have a new buddy bro — Clarence Thomas — with whom he can swap war stories and laugh over their shared proclivity to abuse women.