I cleared my calendar completely yesterday and watched every second of that Kavanaugh hearing, often with my jaw on the floor, and almost as often with my eyes wet with tears.
I am a man, but Dr. Ford’s testimony was no less heartwrenching, and Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony no less shocking.
As it turns out I was not alone.
Courtesy of CNN:
Across the country, millions of Americans sat riveted Thursday as Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh gave dramatic testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations that he sexually assaulted her when they were in high school.
Some viewers fought back tears, Others grew angry. The future of the Supreme Court, and of our country, seemed to hang in the balance as we paused to watch history unfold live on Capitol Hill.
People watched the testimony in bars, in restaurants, in hospitals, in airports, and even on airplanes.
And though the response was often mixed based on political points of view, rarely did we hear of anybody outright saying that Christien Blasey Ford was not being truthful.
And her testimony most certainly had an impact.
Also courtesy of CNN:
The American Bar Association is calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to halt the consideration of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until an FBI investigation is completed into the sexual assault allegations that have roiled his nomination.
In a strongly worded letter obtained by CNN Thursday, the organization said it is making the extraordinary request “because of the ABA’s respect for the rule of law and due process under law,” siding with concerns voiced by Senate Democrats since Christine Blasey Ford’s decades-old allegations became public.
“The basic principles that underscore the Senate’s constitutional duty of advice and consent on federal judicial nominees require nothing less than a careful examination of the accusations and facts by the FBI,” said Robert Carlson, president of the organization, in a Thursday night letter addressed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein.
“Each appointment to our nation’s Highest Court (as with all others) is simply too important to rush to a vote,” Carlson wrote.
“Deciding to proceed without conducting an additional investigation would not only have a lasting impact on the Senate’s reputation, but it will also negatively affect the great trust necessary for the American people to have in the Supreme Court.”
This, as you might imagine, is unprecedented.
Kavanaugh often hid behind his religion during the hearing, but even a national religious magazine wants to know more.
Courtesy of HuffPo:
A national Catholic magazine had endorsed Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in July because of his views on abortion.
But after Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, testified Thursday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegation of sexual abuse, America Magazine revoked its endorsement.
Now the editors are denouncing Republicans for not investigating the research psychologist’s claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers and are calling for his nomination to be withdrawn.
“If Dr. Blasey’s allegation is true, the assault and Judge Kavanaugh’s denial of it mean that he should not be seated on the U.S. Supreme Court,” the magazine’s editors wrote on Thursday.
“But even if the credibility of the allegation has not been established beyond a reasonable doubt and even if further investigation is warranted to determine its validity or clear Judge Kavanaugh’s name, we recognize that this nomination is no longer in the best interests of the country,” they added.
Even some Republican Governors are asking for the Senate to slow things down.
Courtesy of The Hill:
Multiple Republican governors called on the Senate to delay its confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to allow for an investigation of sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him.
The governors of Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Vermont, who all serve in blue or swing states, called for the delay Wednesday or Thursday, according to The Associated Press.
Hell, even the Dean of Brett Kavanaugh’s Alma Mater is calling for an FBI investigation.
Dean Gerken Joins the ABA in Calling for Further Investigation. pic.twitter.com/SYAsVHwsi7
— Yale Law School (@YaleLawSch) September 28, 2018
Sadly despite all of this, the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee appear determined to move forward with the Kavanaugh nomination, which should send a strong message to women, and sexual assault survivors, all over the country that they do not matter, and that even if they are willing to put their own lives, and the lives of their family members in jeopardy, that it will not be enough if it stands in the way of the GOP agenda.