I’m reading Justice on Trial, a new book about the Kavanaugh hearings, and it’s fascinating. Turns out all those additional allegations (grabbing a woman aggressively and pushing her against a wall, the boat incident, etc) were released – not made, released – by Republicans. They did it on purpose, to make Blasey Ford sound moronic. It was a manipulation strategy. And please don’t say you already knew it because you didn’t. Unless you have interviewed people in Grassley’s office and they confessed this to you.
Another interesting thing is that the questioning of Blasey Ford by the Arizona prosecutor during the hearing sounded so weird because Republicans were performing for the audience of two: senators Flake and Murkowski. Republicans didn’t give a toss what you thought, what Twitter thought, or what the CNN reporters thought. They concentrated on the only two people who were actually in a position to give them the confirmation. And remember what happened?
This is a great lesson for us. Democrats keep trying to convince a bunch of utterly irrelevant folks who are already fanatically on their side. When was the last time they tried to appeal to the unconvinced, the vacillating, the unwilling? Never. It’s always, “if you aren’t 100% with us all the time, screw you, you bigoted evildoer.”
And that’s not how you win.