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More Thoughts on the Flaming Disaster of Kavanaugh’s Nomination

September 30, 2018 31 comments

Let me be upfront about something before we proceed any further. I had no real desire to write another post about the latest train-wreck in DC aka Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to Supreme Court. There are so many other interesting and consequential topics which I could have written about. Sadly, the shitshow surrounding nomination of that worthless loser has become national news and could have some pretty significant effects on immediate future- specifically outcome of November 2018 elections.

With that in mind, let me revisit what I wrote about that rich rapey mediocre prep-school jock a few days ago. It is my firm opinion that the idiots in Republican establishment should never have nominated somebody as widely despised as Kavanaugh. The recently publicized sexual assault accusations against him are only a small part of the litany of reasons he is seen in such poor light by establishment Democrats. Kavanaugh was, after all, part of the Kenneth Starr “investigation” as well as Bush43’s administration. But why is that such a bad thing?

This is where I start telling stuff you might not want to hear. You see.. protection of the rich and capitalist class from average people has always the main function of Supreme Court and through most of its history it has been a highly regressive institution. The Warren Court was perhaps the only time in history that it consistently ruled in a quasi-progressive manner. But how the court has ruled since the 1980s? Long story short, it has consistently ruled in favor of the rich, powerful and corporations and against average people- with exception of social issues.

But why do establishment Democrats care about who is appointed to the Supreme Court? As you all know, both establishment Democrats and Republicans are corporate whores. But, then shouldn’t their choice of candidates for that court be almost identical? Well.. for a long time that was indeed the case. There is a reason why most Supreme Court nominees, as late as the 1990s, were confirmed by an almost unanimous Senate vote. Sure, some were a bit to the right and some to the left – but by and large, they were predictable “centrists”.

Then the presidential election of 2000 happened and we know the role played by a slim majority of that court in appointing Bush43 as president. From that moment onwards, the Supreme Court (and appointments to it) were irreversibly politicized. Of course, there were other reasons for that change- ranging from changing demography of USA, irreversible decline of white male privilege, establishment Democrats support of identity politics to cover up their neoliberal belief etc.

And this brings us to why the nomination of Kavanaugh was such a bad idea. Once again to make a long story short, he was always seen as a rabid partisan figure by Democrats and there was no way they were going to confirm him. But could things have gone differently if that orange-haired buffoon had nominated a less controversial figure? What about somebody like Thomas Hardiman? For starters, the guy is a good corporate whore- just like his appointed predecessors. More importantly, his wife and in-laws are of Mexican descent and prominent democrats.

In other words, Hardiman in addition to having a compelling life story and being a good corporate whore could be relied upon to support progressive social causes. Sure, he would have only been 90% of the corporate whore Kavanaugh would be, but let us be realistic- it would be way easier to confirm him. In fact, even sad turtle face aka Mitch McConnell conveyed that to Trump on more than one occasion. But the dumbfucks in White House thought they knew better than everybody else and decided to nominate that post-menopausal woman-faced loser.

But why so much hate for this guy? Well.. it is way more than hate. I can foresee very plausible scenarios in which his confirmation (or even failed nomination) could have large impacts on the results of 2018 and 2020 elections. But before we go there, let us talk about why the sexual assault charges against him are so sticky and problematic. I kinda hinted to that in the previous paragraph by calling him a ‘post-menopausal woman-faced loser’. Still confused at what I am hinting at? OK.. let us do a thought experiment.

Imagine that the person nominated to the supreme court had the looks of a handsome masculine actor, rock star or sportsman. Now ask yourself, would sexual assault accusations by Christine Blasey Ford have been more credible or less credible? Would she have even accused him of sexual assault in the first place? Ok.. let me ask you a question, which might seem odd. Have you noticed a common thread running through almost every man who has lost his career because of accusations of sexual assault or harassment. Anything..

What about their looks or lack thereof? Have you noticed that the most famous scalps taken by the MeToo movement have been mediocre to ugly-looking men (Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Charlie Rose, Roger Ailes etc) with either a lot of power or money? For some “odd” reason, handsome men with complicated sex lives such as such as Rob Lowe and Charlie Sheen (in their prime), music icons (Lenny Kravitz and almost every other famous male musician) and sport-stars just don’t seem to end up on MeToo lists. It is always the mediocre-looking guy (usually white) who got lucky and made a lot of money or came into some power.

But why is that so? The simple answer to that question is that looks, physicality and attitude are attractive to women in a way that money and power are just not. That is why the white wife of a white physician will gladly cheat on him with some mediocre musician- but the reverse will never happen unless money changes hands. Kavanaugh, you see, comes across an effeminate white guy who was born to rich parents, got into an expensive prep school and ivy-league university because of parents’s connection and glided through life despite his utter mediocrity.

To put it another way, this guy has not made many (if any) pussies wet- even in his twenties. And this is why those charges of sexual assault and general rapey behavior have turned out to be so sticky. He really looks like the rich but mediocre looking white guy who has to sexual assault women or otherwise compensate them to get laid. It does not help that he is such a terrible liar. To summarize, he instinctively looks and behaves like a mediocre-looking prep-school rapey asshole and most women are viscerally repulsed by guys like Kavanaugh.

But why does this matter? The simple answer is 2018 and 2020 elections. The slightly longer answer is that the Democratic party had been unable to come up with a program or issue which was strong or visceral enough to increase turnout among likely voters in the 2018 mid-term election. All that constant talk about Russia, Putin, Collusion was simply not influencing voters who are not already partisan. Then Trump gave them an unexpected gift by nominating an hypocritical and effeminate prep-school asshole who just happened to have done some pretty repulsive (at least for women) things when he was younger.

Now they have a highly emotive issue to constantly beat republican candidates over the head with and simultaneously increase turnout of their own voter base. And this is not going away whether, or not, he is confirmed. Indeed.. confirming him might be the greatest gift received by moribund establishment Democrats since the election of Trump. And ya.. he will almost certainly be subject to multiple criminal investigations once confirmed resulting in his impeachment (or resignation) within 2-3 years. Establishment republicans, being as pathetic as their Democratic counterparts, still think they can wing it by getting him confirmed. I guess that stupid people cannot (or won’t) find out any other way.

What do you think? Comments?

How CONservatives Screwed Themselves by Nominating Kavanaugh

September 24, 2018 16 comments

I was originally going to post about something less topical today. Then I decided to quickly share my views on how establishment CONservatives truly fucked themselves over by nominating Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. Some of you might counter by saying that his nomination might still be successful, and you know what.. that might very well be the case. But mark my words- if appointed, he will also be the first supreme court justice to be removed (either through formal impeachment or via some underhanded method) within next few years.

How did we end up in this situation, anyway? And was it inevitable? In my opinion, it comes down to a unique combination of hubris, stupidity and magical thinking on the part of CONservatives. To understand what I am talking about, let us go back to 2017 and the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme court. You might recall that he was supposed to replace Antonin Scalia after that POS died in his sleep. Given that he was supposed to occupy the “CONservative” seat left vacant by Scalia, one might have expected stronger opposition from Democrats, especially given how republican senators scuttled Obama’s nominee for that seat.

And yet.. nothing like that happened. Heck, a few democratic senators even voted for him. So why did Gorsuch get such an easy confirmation, given all the issues Democrats should have had with his nomination? The conventional explanation is that they did not care much since he was a 1:1 replacement for a demented CONservative asshole- and there might be some truth to that. However, there is a far more obvious (and cynical) reason for their lack of ‘resistance’. Gorsuch, you see, was an otherwise non-controversial shill for business and corporate interests.

Sure.. he was also pro-gun, pro- “law and order” etc, but otherwise Gorsuch was just another establishment CONservative shill who could be trusted to reliably fellate the cause of corporate rights. Establishment democrats, being the pro-corporate whores they are, are perfectly fine with supporting plain CONservative supreme court nominees. Indeed, they prefer to have people like Gorsuch in the judicial system since it allows them to feign impotence in face of demands from their voter base. That is why they were so willing to speed up nomination of CONservative judges by the Trump administration in lower courts.

Then why was Kavanaugh’s nomination to the supreme court cursed from the beginning? Well.. it begins with his role in “investigation” of Clinton42 by Kenneth Starr in late 1990s. Kavanaugh’s senior role in that “investigative” team pretty much guaranteed that he would always be in the proverbial cross-hairs of establishment Democrats. His becoming a member of Bush43’s white house team, closeness to Karl Rove and subsequent appointment to a federal judgeship only increased the size of the proverbial red dot- and establishment Republicans knew that.

There is a reason why sad turtle face, aka Mitch McConnell, was not especially enthusiastic about Kavanaugh being nominated to the supreme court. He had a pretty good idea of the shit-storm this nomination was going to unleash, and frankly he did not see how Kavanaugh was a better corporate cock-sucker than other generic CONservative judicial nominees. But the idiots in the white house thought that his nomination would please their most delusional CONservative supporters. They just didn’t expect it to become such a big media circus.

So.. let us turn to the controversy surrounding his alleged history of sexual assault of women. What do I think about it? Did he do those things? Well.. given that he was a rich prep school kid from a white COnservative family, it is almost certain he did everything he has been accused of and worse. For example, I would not be surprised if tomorrow some woman accused him of date rape, drugging and raping, frequenting brothels which specialize in underage prostitutes, exchanging sex for professional favors etc.

That is how rich, white, allegedly CONservative men in USA with a drinking and gambling problem behave! I would not even be surprised if we someday find out that he molested one or both of his daughters. That guy has entitlement and poor impulse control written all over him. Those idiots should never have nominated somebody as intrinsically problematic and loathed by establishment Democrats as Kavanaugh. And it is not as if they did not have a stable of plain CONservative judges, who just love to fellate corporations, to choose from.

Which brings me to the hilarious and idiotic defenses of Kavanaugh’s character being mounted by CONservatives to save his nomination. As I have previously said, supporting a guy with so many skeletons in his closet is not the proverbial hill any sane person should be willing to die on. Then again, CONservatives seldom demonstrate an ability to think beyond whatever is immediately in front of them. They have also not fully understood why doing stupid things such as questioning the honesty of his female accusers in 2018 is such a bad idea. But why is that so?

Well.. it comes down to plausibility of those accusations, as opposed to their authenticity. As an example, if a woman accused Bill Clinton of staring at her body- we would all believe it without asking for further proof, simply because it fits with our previous experience and knowledge about his behavior and mindset. Similarly, an accusation of Trump cavorting with porn stars and washed-out playboy models does not require further evidence to be believable.

Kavanaugh’s public image is that of a spoilt and rich jock (with major alcohol problems) whose career trajectory was largely determined by the wealth and connections of his parents. Trying to rape a girl while drunk, or force another to blow him, sounds about right for a generic prep school CONservative jock. That is why, you see, those accusations are so sticky and will only get worse as time passes. Furthermore, they resonate very well with personal experiences of many women. Did I mention his alleged stance of Roe Vs Wade does not help his image. It will be interesting to see how much worse things will get if he is actually confirmed.

What do you think? Comments?