They are on a 15-minute break, so just some quick impressions:
- Ford is totally credible, and while poised, she clearly is shaken recounting what happened.
- The pursuit by the press seems unreal. At least one reporter confronted her in her classroom and in front of her students.
- The laughter of Kavanaugh and Judge during the assault are her strongest lasting memory. So callous.
After the break:
- Sen. Whitehouse has white-hot rage that the FBI was never called into investigate.
- Grassley continues to defend his decision to not investigate, by using timelines saying that there wasn’t enough time.
- Sen. Blumenthal introduces Lindsey Graham’s book into the record. It supports Ford’s claim about victims trauma. Blumenthal also introduces the idea that Trump blocked the FBI investigation “amounts to a cover-up.”
- The polygraph line of questioning at the AIRPORT when Ford is afraid of flying AND after her grandmother’s funeral AND SHE PASSED IT, blows up what I think she was trying to do.
Next break… But some thoughts. I think that the prosecutor is trying to establish that Ford in an unreliable witness. She’s afraid of flying, but she flies. Doesn’t know how she got home after the assault, etc. But the thing is that if you are afraid of being trapped (hence wanting there to be multiple entrances to rooms), it is not unreasonable that she would be afraid of being trapped on a plane. The lie detector test was held at the airport following Ford’s grandmother’s funeral, and even with all that stress she passed the test. The whole subtext of Ford being a neurotic person actually blew up on them.
This could signal a shift from Prznint Stupid: If he hears this on Fox:
“This is a disaster for the Republicans” Chris Wallace on FOX just now (when I switched over to see if the conservative channel had a different opinion from the others), says Democrats have been “landing haymakers … building her [Ford’s] credibility.”
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) September 27, 2018
Oops, sounds like he hear it:
Trump telling people he’s furious that WH aides didn’t have advance knowledge of how credible Ford would seem, per 2nd source
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) September 27, 2018
One of the lines of questioning of Ford was trying to establish who is paying for her lawyers, the lie detector test, travel costs, etc., which is just outrageous.
And the Ford testimony concludes; Kavanaugh’s testimony will be after they have a longish break.
And now Kavanaugh speaks. He’s shouting and it’s only the opening statement.
Here’s my take-away: the GOP senators did not talk to Dr. Ford directly (they were afraid of the optics of a bunch of old white men ganging up on a woman… again), but the moment that they could, they tripped over themselves to apologize to Judge Kavanaugh for the way he’s been treated, and as an afterthought add something about Dr. Ford’s personal Hell.
We were treated to the spectacle of aluminum magnolia Lindsey Graham auditioning to Prznint Stupid for the role of Jeff Sessions, though Ayatollah Ted was doing his best Atticus Finch impersonation, too, probably as an insurance policy for when Beto wins.
And lastly, we got exactly 1 minute of Jeff Flake doing the Hamlet soliloquy about indecision before he runs off and votes the party line as usual.
As Churchill might say, it was not Wingnuttia’s finest hour.
(Sorry for the lack of posts today, but I was glued to watching the hearings from gavel up to gavel down. We’ll try to be back to normal tomorrow — TG)