Rep. Kevin Cramer, the Republican nominee for Senate in North Dakota, is not sure it would be a problem to put an attempted rapist on the Supreme Court. Sure, he told an interviewer, “it’s tragic, it’s unfortunate, it’s terrible” if Brett Kavanaugh pinned Christine Blasey Ford to a bed, covered her mouth so she couldn’t scream, and tried to tear her clothes off. But “even if it’s all true, does it disqualify him? It certainly means that he did something really bad 36 years ago, but does it disqualify him from the Supreme Court?” 1.) Yes. Does it disqualify him from leading a productive life in any way? No. But we’re not talking about that. We're talking about one of only nine jobs on the most powerful court in the nation. It’s not like everyone who doesn’t get to be on the Supreme Court has been ruined for life. 2.) If it’s “all true,” then Kavanaugh has been lying about his history of sexual assault. Wouldn’t that be disqualifying? Cramer allowed as how that’s true, that if “it’s found that he knew, that he recalls it, he knew it happened, and lies about it, then I think that would disqualify him.” But if he did it and he doesn’t recall that, then he lied on Fox News about never having been blackout drunk. (Also. Kavanaugh already lied repeatedly about several other things under oath at his first hearing and Republicans didn’t think that was disqualifying.) Cramer also kinda sorta clarified his earlier remarks that “nothing evidently happened” because “it was supposedly an attempt or something that never went anywhere,” after interviewer Chris Berg prodded him that “I think most people would say something definitely happened.” “Right. That, I get,” replied Cramer. “My point was is that there was no type of intercourse or anything like that. That was my point, that nothing happened in terms of a sexual, um, event, beyond, obviously, the attack.” That’s why it’s attempted rape, genius. Is this yet another double bind for women on rape—that if you don’t fight off an attacker, everyone asks why you didn’t fight harder, and if you do fight off an attacker, then “nothing happened” so why does it matter? It cannot be repeated often enough that Kevin Cramer, the man both suggesting that attempted rape (and lying about it) doesn’t disqualify someone from the Supreme Court and that attempted rape doesn’t matter because it’s not rape, is both an elected member of the United States House of Representatives and a top Republican recruit to run for Senate in 2018. This is the Republican Party. We have to fight tooth and nail to keep this party from continuing to control the Senate. Can you give $3 to elect Democrats in Nevada and Texas?
Look, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), it really isn't hard. At all. Here's your colleague and supposed bff in the Senate, Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaking about the allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. «We are now in a place where it’s not about whether or not Judge Kavanaugh is qualified. […] It is about whether or not a woman who has been a victim at some point in her life is to be believed.» And you're out there playing dumb. Literally. xSusan Collins on Brett Kavanaugh's yearbook entries: «At the risk of sounding naive, I don't know what many of the references are ... I don't know what to make of somebody's high school yearbook.»— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 25, 2018 You might try Google? Of course, it might just not be an act. You're still stuck in the timeline where all that we were worried about with this guy is whether women will still be able to decide what could happen to their bodies medically. The first thing out of your mouth: «First of all, I do not believe he's going to repeal Roe v. Wade.» Catch the hell up with life! We're now at the point where it's pretty damned clear that the man cannot be trusted PERSONALLY with women's bodies! Set aside the fact that he's lied through the whole damned process, beginning with his very first public appearance. He's lied about torture. He's lied about stolen documents. He's lied about his work to put anti-choice judges in the judiciary. He lied about his underaged drinking!
During his years as a judge on the D.C. Circuit court, Brett Kavanaugh has dedicated a solid amount of time to writing extremist dissents to show us just what kind of a deciding vote he would be on the Supreme Court. One of those is his notorious SeaWorld v. Perez dissent, in which Kavanaugh said SeaWorld shouldn’t be held responsible for the killing of a trainer by an orca. Steven Greenhouse writes that the dissent is “remarkable because Kavanaugh shows far less sympathy to the whale trainer who was dismembered and killed than he shows to SeaWorld for being the victim of what he sees as government overregulation and overreach,” and that he “seemed to lack an empathy gene.” It’s not just a lack of empathy, though. Kavanaugh’s dissent, Greenhouse suggests, is either profoundly ignorant of history or is an active attempt to undo historical progress: He said that state tort law—for instance, lawsuits that workers bring against their employer because a machine chopped off an arm—would pressure SeaWorld to assure safety to its workers. But Kavanaugh bafflingly fails to realize that the workers compensation system was set up in the early 1900s in large part to prohibit workers from filing tort lawsuits against their employers. Moreover, state tort law compensates employees only after an arm is amputated or a worker is crippled, while government regulation in the form of OSHA aims to prevent such horrific injuries from ever happening. In likening Dawn Brancheau to NFL players and NASCAR drivers, Kavanaugh essentially embraced a pro-corporate legal doctrine that was prevalent in the 19th century—that workers assume the risks inherent in a dangerous job. In other words, if Brancheau got killed or injured, well, tough luck. It’s on them. David Michaels, the head of OSHA under President Obama, criticized Kavanaugh for making “the perverse and erroneous assertion that the law allows SeaWorld trainers to willingly accept the risk of violent death as part of their job.” Is Kavanaugh that ignorant of history or is he fully aware of the brutal past of American workplaces, and knowingly trying to drag us back to that brutality? Given the totality of what we know about him, the latter seems the safe bet.
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