Something else I was going to comment on. From a tweet made by the organization
"Time's Up" in response to the Kavanaugh appointment:
It’s heartbreaking but not surprising that this small group of largely white men
made a decision that valued the career of one man above all else.
My immediate reaction to this was that it was a serious mischaracterization of
the motives of the Republicans, one that might hamper efforts to deal with them.
It isn't about individuals at all. The Republicans didn't value Brett Kavanaugh as an individual above Christine Ford because he was male in addition to being white. They would easily have thrown him away like a piece of wet tissue paper if it suited their purposes.
No, this was all about the Republicans seizing control of the Supreme Court,
getting someone in there who would vote the way they wanted while they still
could - before the midterms.
Senator Orrin Hatch's remark - "grow up" - to a woman protesting his appointment
while it was still prospective gives the game away.
And so, if the Republicans had heard of the allegations earlier, with enough
time to swap in another candidate with a cleaner record, they would have done so
in a heartbeat.
But this means that the Democrats aren't angels either. Or at least they aren't
_all_ angels, since there's *one* Democrat who isn't an angel: Dianne Feinstein.
She was the one who heard from Christine Blasey Ford. And who sat on her
allegations until the right moment, until it was much too late for the
Republicans to start the confirmation process, and have it conclude in advance
of the midterms, for another appointee.
So doing maximum damage to the Republicans, and stopping them from appointing a
conservative jurist, was more important to her than simply keeping one woman's
assailant off the Supreme Court.
American politics has become toxic. But that toxicity is present on both sides.