Caveman Kavanaugh: Character Counts

College Days of Brett Kavanaugh (ALLEGEDLY).

The LATimes email thingie tells us…

In hopes of saving Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court bid, Trump has accused Democrats of “playing a con game” and attacked Deborah Ramirez, the second woman to publicly accuse the judge of sexual misconduct, as being “totally inebriated and all messed up.” Meanwhile, Republican leaders have scheduled a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination for Friday, even as he and professor Christine Blasey Ford are set to testify Thursday. In that hearing, the toughest challenge he may face is explaining why he now says he was a churchgoing, studious high school and college athlete when earlier descriptions of himself refer to much hard partying and heavy drinking.

And thus we are arriving at the part of the program where we note that character counts.

And character witnesses count, too. A notable liar and notorious sexual abuser himself, Comrade Trump pinch-hitting for Kavanaugh is, well, problematic.

From the NYTimes, we get this more credible character assessment from Brett ‘Caveman’ Kavanaugh’s freshman roommate, James Roche:

I was Brett Kavanaugh’s roommate at Yale University in the Fall of 1983. We shared a two-bedroom unit in the basement of Lawrence Hall on the Old Campus. Despite our living conditions, Brett and I did not socialize beyond the first few days of freshman year. We talked at night as freshman roommates do and I would see him as he returned from nights out with his friends.

It is from this experience that I concluded that although Brett was normally reserved, he was a notably heavy drinker, even by the standards of the time, and that he became aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk. I did not observe the specific incident in question, but I do remember Brett frequently drinking excessively and becoming incoherently drunk.

I became close friends with Debbie Ramirez shortly after we both arrived at Yale. She stood out as being exceptionally honest, with a trusting manner. As we got to know one another, I discovered that Debbie was very worried about fitting in. She felt that everyone at Yale was very rich, very smart and very sophisticated and that as a Puerto Rican woman from a less privileged background she was an outsider. Her response was to try hard to make friends and get along.

Based on my time with Debbie, I believe her to be unusually honest and straightforward and I cannot imagine her making this up. Based on my time with Brett, I believe that he and his social circle were capable of the actions that Debbie described.

Roche isn’t saying that Kavanaugh is a liar, but it does say that Ramirez is not a liar. You can draw your own conclusions.

Then Buzzfeed has this bit:

Chris Dudley — a close friend of Kavanaugh’s from Yale, and a former NBA player and Republican gubernatorial nominee in Oregon — strongly disputed that characterization to BuzzFeed News. “When he went out Friday nights, I was usually with him,” Dudley said of Kavanaugh. “I never, ever saw him blacked out, never… Brett would drink, but he’d also be the guy who never missed a class. There’s a reason he was top of his class.”

What we are seeing is almost uniformly that Brett Kavanaugh was a sloppy drunk, and when drunk was not the nicest guy. It doesn’t sound like a Jekyll and Hyde thing, just his nasty personality is more pronounced when drunk.

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6 Responses to Caveman Kavanaugh: Character Counts

  1. ming says:

    It is not that the R’s and conservatives don’t believe Dr. Ford, or Ms. Ramerez, or Ms. Swetnick. They absolutely do and don’t care. They just need a little cover to do what they want.

    I hope that there are a lot of people as tired of the kakastrocracy as I am this election cycle.

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  2. Bruce388 says:

    Brett was at the top of his class in blood alcohol level.

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  3. 9thousandfeet says:

    OK, let’s take a step back and look around. Trump is a political moron, this we know, but McConnell is not. He’s an undiluted asshole, but he knows his shit when it comes to playing political hardball.
    McConnell is fully aware of what slamming the Kavanaugh nomination through is likely to cost politically. He has access to internal polling which paints the picture more clearly than anything available to us down here in the cheap seats, and unlike Trump he’s not the kind to retreat into delusional denial.
    So he’s calculated that the price of having K on scotus come hell or high water is worth an electoral shellacking, possibly even on an epic scale, in November.
    A trade like that only makes sense if there is a plan to utilize the much more compliant scotus that installing Kavanaugh will create.
    McConnell is not the kind to make plans that are not targeted at maintaining power, so going forward I think we’re looking at possible challenges to the validity of the election outcome, or a program of ongoing “governance” via judicial activism at scotus level, or maybe both. Either way, it’s really starting to look like McConnell is eyeing strategies which advance the fascisti agenda while bypassing Congress, and thus “the will of the people”, by going straight to lawsuits which would engender customized scotus rulings which continue to dismantle everything that people of goodwill tend to prefer. And these will be legally uncontestable rulings, let’s observe.

    And if the GOP holds the Senate in November, which I think is still more likely than not, there’s a good chance that Trump might get yet another scotus pick before 2020, and that almost certainly won’t be to replace a conservative Justice. And even if they do lose control of the Senate, we still won’t have a Senate that would convict Trump in any impeachment process, so he or Pence will still be there declining to sign anything they don’t like.
    An administration which controls around 40% of the electorate and 80% of the voter base in the party which currently controls both Houses in Congress is not really in a position of weakness, especially if they are led by amoral fucking gangsters for whom a constitutional crisis is not a boogyman to be avoided, but rather a necessary and desirable “cleansing” element in their overall agenda. And even if the electoral rout we’re all hoping and working for does come to pass, they’ll still have several weeks in full control to engage in who-knows-what kind of scorched earth madness.

    We ain’t seen nothin’ yet, methinks. Buckle up.

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    • tengrain says:

      9K –

      Well said.

      I’ve long believed that if there is any kind of plan in all this, it must be coming from McConnell, who is, as you state, an amoral asshole. Trump’s the product, he’s not a mastermind. I agree with your broad outline, but I still don’t understand what Mitch gets out of it. And if there’s one thing I know about Republicans there is always the selfish angle motivating them.

      The thing to me is to try to understand what outcome McConnell wants. Sure, power, but to do what? He’s already rich as a sultan (and lots of shady deals with his wife’s family got him there). I don’t think that he’s a classical fascist, per se. So I don’t really get what his goal actually is. More money? More power, but to do what? Revenge?

      It’s the missing piece of the puzzle.




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