McCONNELL, GRASSLEY, HATCH, GRAHAM. . . .

must all be investigated for their roles in the criminal cover up of Brett Kavanaugh’s history of sexual assault and abuse.

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER

Color us unsurprised that the Grassley staffer in charge of defaming Dr. Blasey Ford has himself been accused of sexual assault in the past and has now been forced to resign.

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KAVANAUGH’S DIRTY TRICKS

The doppelganger stunt smacks of the types of sabotage and orchestrated abuse Kavanauigh has deployed during his entire career in government.

As Sen. Schatz said, Kavanaugh is a political operative masquerading as a judge.

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McCONNELL HAS DONE THIS TO THE SENATE

The lawless, hyper-partisan tribalism which has now, under McConnell’s heinous direction,  become the Senate GOP’s MO is unprecedented in modern U.S. history.

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MAKING WARFARE SYMMETRIC

It’s time to take off the gloves:

Dr. Blasey Ford and her attorney must schedule a press conference concurrent with the sham Kavanagh recusatio set-up scheduled for Monday. He’s being coached all week in what to say, and we all know the value of skilled artistic direction.

So make the “mainstream” media do its job, and listen to what Dr. Blasey Ford has to say and why she is the one with no objections to a full legal review and investigation.

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WHY DON’T KAVANAUGH & THE GOP WANT THE FBI INVESTIGATING?

Because Dr. Blasey Ford’s allegations are true.

She has full confidence in that, and knows that an FBI investigation would vindicate her (unless Trump interfered again.)

Kavanaugh and his friends know that he’s guilty, and that’s why they’re refusing to testify, since to protect their boy they would have to lie to the FBI and thus face criminal charges.

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THE SUPREME COURT IS DELEGITIMIZED THE MOMENT KAVANAUGH IS SEATED

If he gets on, the already-politicized institution has become so corrupt it is time to ignore it until some type of reformation can take place.

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SILVER LININGS PlAYBOOK

One pleasant upshot from the squalid, sordid debacle the GOP is staging is that Sen. Susan Collins, should she choose to press her luck and run for another term, will not be re-elected.

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WHY WOULD ANY WOMAN VOTE REPUBLICAN?

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“WE DON’T WANT OUR GIRLS TO GET A SWELLED HEAD”

Three days ago was my birthday, and it was also my mother’s mother’s, born in 1903, fifty-six years before I came along.

The last time I was saw her was in 1990, a year before she died. I’m so glad I had that visit, because, for whatever reason, she let down more of her reserve than she ever had with me.

In a charming way.

She was living in a senior residence in northern California. After two strokes she was in a wheelchair, but mentally mostly there.

“”We don’t want our girls to get a swelled head’–and they’re stoic, they never complain. . . ” my aunt  who lived nearby, had been saying at dinner. The two traits went hand in hand from both Grandma and Grandpa, who had died two years earlier.  Modesty and forbearance were watchwords for them; after all, Grandma had grown up in South Africa, daughter of missionaries. She came back when her older sister began college at Oberlin, attended a local high school and then went to Oberlin herself. So had their mother, back in the horse and buggy days.  That’s where she met Grandpa, who’d come a long way frorm the rubber factory he’d worked in as a kid after his father became disabled. That’s what America with no safety net was like–and will be again.

“It was a letdown sometimes,” my aunt said, the way her parents couldn’t be more demonstrative when she’d achieved something.  Which isn’t to say that they didn’t both have a twinkle about them; they laughed and enjoyed life. I don’t want to unfairly make them seem unduly dour. But they were indeed both descendants of Mayflower Puritans!

One day I was visiting Grandma with my brother and his friend, with whom we’d come out West.

I decided to eat my sandwich outside, then went in, and the first thing out of Gma’s mouth was, “Congratulations, Joel. We never say it, but congratulations.”

“What was that about?” I asked my brother after we’d left.

My first book had just come out, and it seems that, direct-action as usual, he’d said something admonitory to her while I was outside, how they never gave people compliments to their faces. Gma objected vehemently, but then she came out with what she came out with.

It obviously stayed on her mind–she said it to me a few days later, when my aunt and I dropped in for a brief visit.

You see–even at age eighty-seven, you can still evolve!

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