The People to Convince

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?

They won.

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.

5 thoughts on “The People to Convince”

  1. Speaking of the Democrats, they just set up a ridiculously configured two-tier debate system AGAIN for next week’s debates (by being totally fair and impartial and randomly drawing names out of a hat, instead of ensuring that ALL of the candidates with a realistic shot at the nomination ended up on the same night).

    Now the race has the party’s two socialist loons (Warren and Sanders) facing no serious competition except each other on night one, and the two “moderate” candidates (Biden and Harris) again essentially alone together on night two.

    I’ll probably watch the debates anyway. Maybe Harris will knee Biden in the groin again.


    1. “by being totally fair and impartial and randomly drawing names out of a hat”

      Okay, let me correct my statement about the process: According to a Fox News article, CNN “tried to prevent an uneven spread of candidates this time by splitting the 20 candidates into three tiers and then dividing among the tiers” (what exactly does that mean??) before “randomly selecting each candidate and the night they’d appear from two sets of boxes.” Whatever, still didn’t work.

      Whenever I turn on the television today and it isn’t to a rerun channel, I keep having deja vu and thinking I’m watching the 23″ wall-mounted television back in the criminally insane ward at California’s Patton State Hospital.


  2. The man running for Kentucky governor, Andy Beshear, talks about this a great deal. But nobody’s paying attention to him even though that election is less than four months; national politicians decide what the party image is, and they’ve decided poorly.


      1. No, Bevin is way more vulnerable in KY than Trump could ever be. I feel like he’ll win but it will be competitive.


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