Everything is just so topsy -turvy and mixed up.
Michael Cohen, who was once prepared to take a bullet for The Don, is now talking to Robert Mueller and may be the one doing the shooting. (You dirty rat!)
And then the brave, non-rat, Paul Manafort, in a two for one deal, decided to swap his Blue Lizard Jacket and Ostrich Coat for a rat outfit. Manafort entered a guilty plea in a separate case in a Washington federal court, relating to his lucrative lobbying work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. He copped to charges of conspiring to defraud the United States and to obstruct justice, each of which carries a sentence of up to five years in prison. Manafort also agreed to forfeit $46 million in cash and property derived from his crimes. So sad that he won’t be able to drive up to his Hampton’s home and be greeted by the Giant M on his front lawn. So sad!
But what made him a rat was that he also agreed to cooperate “fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly” regarding “any and all matters” with the special counsel, Robert Mueller.
Man am I all mixed-up or what, as using the word truthful and forthright are not things one would associate with a sociopath. But as I said everything is so out of whack. After all, The Don is the president!
Mr. Manafort will hopefully bring the truth and shed light on the 80-plus contacts between the campaign and other associates and Russia-linked individuals; the campaign’s possible collaboration with WikiLeaks; and the amendment of the Republican National Committee platform on arming Ukraine. Also, do you think The Don knew that Manafort promised a cabinet position to a Chicago banker for millions in loans?
And how about those Republicans? I am so confused.
Our president is in bed with Putin and they just think it’s another one of his silly affairs?
Oh, and let’s not forget that Bill Clinton was impeached over a consensual affair, because Republicans insisted that the president’s personal behavior must be above reproach.
Lindsey Graham, who once made an impassioned speech favoring impeaching Clinton on moral grounds, must be all mixed up, as evidenced by his fling with the Predator-in Chief.
All this mix-up brings us to another moment of truth taking place on the battleground of Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court.
I watched the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings and was horrified as the all male Senate Judiciary Committee devalued and bullied M.s Hill and dishonored themselves and our country, in a shameful and disgusting display of misogyny and sexism.
Now in an eerie Anita Hill redo, Mr. Hatch, Chuck Grassley (also present at the Hill hearing) and 9 other white male senators are showing that actually they are not mixed-up at all. That despite the progress that has been made in treating women who have been sexually assaulted with respect and dignity, despite the fall of powerful men like Bill O’Reilly, Harvey Weinstein and most recently, Les Moonves and the Me Too movement (which should actually be called ‘The About Time Movement”), these 11 white men have decided it is still ok to bully and devalue Dr. Blasey in order to get Kavanaugh put on the Supreme Court.
Is it possible that Hatch and Grassley actually said that Blasey’s request for a formal F.B.I. investigation in to her allegations that our lovely Catholic school boy, Brett, attempted to rape her when they were in high school was not necessary? Who needs witnesses when you are trying to ferret out the truth? Even Anita Hill had witnesses called. Man am I mixed-up or what.
And here’s what our forked tongued Lindsey Graham had to say about the possibility of Mark Judge (the other guy in the room) testifying as a witness: “he already said what he’s going to say” and there’s “no reason to” hear from him under oath. Really, Lindsey, you just take everything people say as truth? Even if Mark Judge has said this:
“And if that man is any kind of man, he’ll allow himself to feel the awesome power, the wonderful beauty, of uncontrollable male passion.”
On his 1983 Georgetown Prep yearbook page, he included a quote from playwright Noël Coward that condoned violence toward women — “Certain women should be struck regularly, like gongs.”
Let’s leave Lindsey alone for now and move on to Orin Hatch. With an assist by our darling Brett (who whispered sweet nothings in Orin’s ear), Hatch stated that he believed Brett was telling the truth and Ms. Blasey was just “all mixed-up.”
The case of mistaken identity theory!
15 year old girl claims 2 guys trap her in a room, one gets on top of her, tries to take off her clothes, she tries to scream, they turn up the music and the guy on top of her puts his hand over her mouth. I guess it is possible that you could finger the wrong guy if you never had met him before, but when you know him, I don’t think so.
In support of the mistaken identity theory longtime conservative operative, Edward Whelan, posted a series of tweets offering up the name, photo and other private information about a former classmate of Judge Kavanaugh’s, whom Mr. Whelan claimed might be the real attacker. The tweets were deleted after they prompted a massive backlash on social media. Dr. Blasey stated, believe it or not, that she knew them both and definitely couldn’t mix them up.
It was disturbingly comical that the media was singing The Don’s praises because for a few days he was almost serene and able to withhold saying something disparaging about Dr. Blasey. I guess the Valium drip wore off, as The Don, our Predator-in Chief, couldn’t hold back any more.
“I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with Local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”
The why didn’t you tell anyone until now theory. Without getting too long winded about it, it has been known for a long time that most women who have been victims of sexual assault do not report it at the time because of many reasons: shame, fear of reprisal by the perpetrator, the erroneous belief that they did something wrong, the fear that others won’t believe them, blame them and will turn against them. The Don should know this from personal experience. Look how long it took some of the women he preyed upon to tell their story about being groped and worse.
And then we have the outrageous statement by our man of great faith the Reverend Franklin Graham regarding Kavanaugh’s interaction with Blasey: “Well, there wasn’t a crime committed. These are two teenagers and it’s obvious that she said no and he respected it and walked away.”
The chivalry argument! In Mr. Graham’s religious world, men get points and even promotions for not “finishing” the deed. Takes a page right out of the sexual predator Catholic priests who have been shielded and even promoted by the church. Makes me want to get up and swallow an entire box of holy wafers. Maybe hang myself with some rosary beads.
Whether its priests sexually abusing little boys, Roy Moore preying on teenager girls, a teenager sexually assaulting another teenager or Louie C.K. getting aspiring comediennes to perform oral sex on him, sexual assault is always about power. Almost always it is about men asserting their power and dominance over the more vulnerable. Dr. Blasey was one of those vulnerable women.
So when we witness Mitch McConnell telling evangelical activists that the senate was going to “plow right through” and getting Kavanaugh on the court; or Mike Davis, a top Republican staffer for the Senate Judiciary Committee, tweeting “Unfazed and determined. We will confirm Judge Kavanaugh,” we are once again witnessing the powerful asserting themselves of the more vulnerable.
Yes, let’s “plow through,” “unfazed and determined” as we have our way with Dr. Blasey, as we stifle her right to have witnesses (hold a hand over her mouth), while we bully and demean her, blame her, question the validity of her experience, praise the guy for showing restraint, question her capacity to identify her assaulter. In other words, let’s treat her the same way Kavanaugh did.