Kavanaugh’s Crocodile Tears

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Brett Kavanaugh must believe he’s a way better actor than he actually is. I don’t know how anyone could be swayed by his performance in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. It was just bad acting, plain and simple. He kept doing that thing people do when they pretend to cry: twisting his face up and sniffling and sighing, but no tears. I don’t know about you, but when I cry, the tears come first.

Kavanaugh didn’t cry on Thursday, not during the part of his opening statement when he spoke of his character and denied the allegations against him. You can tell he really wanted to cry–he must’ve known actual tears would’ve really boosted his defense–but the tears never came. The only time he really cried was when he mentioned his parents, but those tears were tears of shame. (We’ve all had those.)

Apparently Senator Jeff Flake bought the whole thing though, saying this morning that he’ll vote to confirm Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. That’s upsetting. A lot of people might think Flake’s just another Republican, toeing his party’s line, but the Arizona senator has been a maverick for years (like that other, late Arizona senator, John McCain). Flake’s one of the few Republicans who’s been pushing for environmental protections and land conservation, the one who’s supported the cause of Central American refugees seeking asylum on our southern border, who’s been calling for an end to the embargo against Cuba, and who gave that brilliant speech late last year in which he blasted Trump and his “new and undesirable order,” while announcing his retirement from the Senate.

I don’t know why Flake has decided to confirm Kavanaugh to the highest court in the land. I can’t believe he–or anyone–believes Kavanaugh. It could be Flake doesn’t want to make any enemies on his way out, but what a better time to make enemies by doing the right thing as you take your final bow.

As for the GOP in toto, clearly it no longer cares about its principles, if it ever truly did. Republicans are willing to shoehorn another likeminded culture warrior into power no matter what, allegations of sexual assault be damned. They don’t care if Kavanaugh did any of what Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick say he did back in the eighties. And the Republican Party clearly doesn’t care about women or their rights, not as much as it cares about tax cuts for the rich, deregulation for bankers and industrialists, White Supremacy, Christian Supremacy, and a man’s right to choose what women can or cannot do with their bodies.

Have you seen the video of that Montana mom, apparently a Trump supporter, telling MSNBC that groping a woman isn’t “a big deal”–and in front of her two young daughters to boot? It’s disgusting.

Poor women.

Poor us.

Poor country.


Featured image: New York Times/YouTube

Hector is the founder and editor of MANO magazine as well as the host of the LATINISH podcast. A Chicagoan living in Las Vegas, he's also the senior editor of Latino Rebels as well as a former managing editor of Gozamos, an art-activism site based in his home town. He was a columnist at RedEye, a Tribune-owned daily geared toward millennials. His work has been mentioned by The New Yorker, Good Morning America, TIME and other outlets, and his writing was featured in Ricanstruction, a comic book anthology whose proceeds went toward recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. He studied history at the University of Illinois-Chicago where his concentration was on ethnic relations in the United States.

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