Republicans Have Lost Their God Damned Minds, a Continuing Story

He’s referring to Ed Whelan, who is now theorizing it was a classmate of Kavanaugh’s (AND THEN FUCKING NAMING THE GUY AND POSTING HIS CHILDHOOD ADDRESS AND PICTURE)and the little lady is just confused, which makes total sense if you think women forget who sexually assaulted them and if Ford had not previously stated that she knew Kavanaugh prior to the incident.

And if the name Ed Whelan sounds familiar, he is the fellow who apparently loses his shit every single time a nomination is made to the Supreme Court, having his last brush with notoriety during the Sotomayer nomination when he outed Publius at Obsidian Wings. Whelan, of course, is the President of the ironically named, given his behavior, Ethics and Public Policy Center, one of many wingnut welfare ventures that makes regular contributions into the right wing puke funnel.

*** Update ***

187 replies
  1. 1
    Hunter Gathers says:

    1st stage – he wasn’t there

    2nd stage – boys will be boys

    3rd stage – it was the one armed man

    4th stage – the liberals made him do it

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    dmsilev says:

    @Hunter Gathers: 5th stage: Hillary did it.

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    Yutsano says:

    Wait…if Whelan wants to run with this theory, then an investigation HAS to be done. This would be having the opposite effect of what he wants, which (I assume) is to get Kavanaugh on the court. If there’s now this uncertainty, how else does Kavanaugh clear his name?

    Of course this is also chaff so Republicans can shrug, not worry about it, and vote Kavanaugh in. That perjuring ass.

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    Jeffro says:

    Kathleen Parker had the very same theory in her column yesterday in the Post. The Post!!

    It’s literally the only way that Trumpov enablers can square the circle, bite their lip, and let this disgusting crap happen – they just want their conservative judge on SCOTUS before it all goes to hell. Kavanaugh is obviously lying, Ford is obviously not, so the only way for this to happen and still seat Kavanaugh is…oh hey lookee…the little lady got the wrong guy. We feel SO. BADLY. for her, almost being raped and all. But let’s not delay in seating this awesome judge guy*!

    *meaning, let’s not put the witness to all this under oath, let’s not bring the FBI in…we’ll just go on his word and her untrustworthy, wrong-rapist-remembering word. We certainly wouldn’t want to leave a seat on SCOTUS open for a while for any reason, would we?!?!?

    Wrong hill to die on, GOP. Just like your AL Senate candidate, just like all the rest. Let us know if you discover a principle of any kind whatsoever guiding your life other than IGMFU

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    Amid the maneuvering, the nomination was roiled further late Thursday by incendiary tweets from a prominent Kavanaugh friend and supporter who publicly identified another high school classmate of Kavanugh’s as Ford’s possible attacker.

    Ed Whelan, a former clerk to the late justice Antonin Scalia and president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, pointed to floor plans, online photographs and other information to suggest a location for the house party in suburban Maryland that Ford described. He also named and posted photographs of the classmate he suggested could be responsible.

    Ford dismissed Whelan’s theory in a statement late Thursday: “I knew them both, and socialized with” them, Ford said, adding that she had once visited the other classmate in the hospital. “There is zero chance that I would confuse them.”

    Republicans on Capitol Hill and White House officials immediately sought to distance themselves from Whelan’s claims and said they were not aware of his plans to identify the former classmate, now a middle school teacher, who could not be reached for comment and did not answer the door at his house Thursday night.

    Whelan did not respond to requests for comment. He had told people around him that he had spent several days putting together the theory and thought it was more convincing than her story, according to two friends who had talked to him.

    Whelan has been involved in helping to advise Kavanaugh’s confirmation effort and is close friends with both Kavanaugh and Leonard Leo, the head of the Federalist Society who has been helping to spearhead the nomination.

    Washington Post

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    jimmiraybob says:

    “Suggesting Ford confused the two and more.”

    Sounds like Orin Hatch’s, she’s “confused” and “mixed up” line which I thought oddly out of left field until now. Now I know its oddly out of right field.

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    WaterGirl says:

    This all reeks of desperation by Team Special K.

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    Hunter Gathers says:


    6th stage – we must sympathize with rapists

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    lamh36 says:

    Feinstein’s office receiving ‘threats of bodily and sexual harm against staff’

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    dmsilev says:

    Can we call this particular side-plot Zillowgate?

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    Corner Stone says:

    I wonder if Kavvy is an active participant in all this nonsense, or rocking back and forth in a dark corner somewhere with his head in his hands and praying they will stop “helping”.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Cheryl Rofer:

    Post doesn’t come out and say it but seems overwhelmingly likely Kavanaugh knew about Whelan’s nutbar theory, possibly played some role in concocting it.

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    dmsilev says:

    @WaterGirl: Truly. It’s very throw-shit-aginat-wall-and-see-what-sticks.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: Man, with friends like that…

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    jake the antisoshul soshulist says:

    “Lost” is doing a lot of work here, Cole.
    Most have been crazy as long as I can remember. They ran the few sane ones off years ago.

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    dmsilev says:

    @lamh36: Fortunately, he’s agreed to answer questions under oath on Monday….

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    Corner Stone says:

    If all these QAnon conspiracy nuts could have just kept their stupid mouths shut, Kavvy may have struggled through this. The funny thing is it includes Bari Weiss at NYT and Kathleen Parker at WaPo, in addition to Whelan and Erickson. They refuse to stop the puke funnel.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: If Kavanaugh does testify on Monday…at least one Dem Senator, need to ask Kavnaugh about this theory and how Whelan came about with it

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    WaterGirl says:

    This is such a clusterfuck that I find it hard to believe that K. will not just withdraw his nomination at some point just to make all this stop.

    A lot of daughters have been learning some very unpleasant things about their Republican fathers this year.

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    Soprano2 says:

    Fucking loons, the lot of them. Now there has to be an investigation!

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    jl says:

    @Hunter Gathers:
    7th stage: you didn’t do exactly as we told you to do to cooperate with our bogus investigation so your out, and you’re a nut job anyway.

    This one of the two major political parties, and the one that effectively runs two of three branches of the federal government, and maybe all three soon.

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    lamh36 says:

    Follow Follow @dmartosko
    Trump with Hannity, on the Kavanaugh/Ford story: “Why didn’t somebody call the FBI 36 years ago? ”

    9:03 PM – 20 Sep 2018

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    @Hunter Gathers:
    7th stage: There’s nothing wrong with raping women because they are only sex objects. Except said out loud and unequivocally.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Hunter Gathers:

    6th stage – we must sympathize with rapists

    T-shirts that say, “Rather R Rapists than a DemonRat!”

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @lamh36: Holy God, and he’s about to have one of his logorrhea rallies

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    SRW1 says:

    Most charitable explanation is that Trumpism causes brain rot in his supporters.

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    6th stage (on the Faux News Channel): Arglebarglebfiptsplk.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @WaterGirl: I want someone to ask every parent of the girls’ basketball teams Kavvy coached how they feelin’ now?

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    scav says:

    @Hunter Gathers: All those poor sexually anxious white men need support! They’ve been ignored and opprssed for so very long . . . .

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:


    “Why didn’t somebody call the FBI 36 years ago? ”

    That’s a good question, Trump. Ford didn’t because she was afraid of the blowback/Kavanaugh and was scarred.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Corner Stone: I would watch that!

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Cheryl Rofer:

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    YetAnotherJay formerly (Jay S) says:

    I had forgotten the Publius kerfuffle. Was that before or after the Tacitus no outing pledge drive?

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    Another Scott says:

    This is the future: blind, grasping partisanship underwritten by QAnon level insane conspiracy theory bullshit. Even once Trump is gone, we all still have to live in this cesspool.

    This is exactly backwards.

    That was our past. And a few want to return to the time of neckbeards, bad hairstyles, and perverted white male “honor”.

    Our future will be much, much brighter if people get out and vote for sensible candidates. Yes, work will be required, but we know what needs to be done and how to do it. We don’t have to invent new politics to fix our government and make things better in the USA (and the world).

    Dunno if Brent “Excitable Boy” Kavanaugh will go down in flames on Monday, or whether he’ll withdraw on Sunday, or what. But it’s very good to see all of the push-back he and the Teabaggers and Trumpists are getting. I remember the Thomas hearings. The momentum feels different this time…

    46 days to go!!


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    Barbara says:

    It’s like they never left high school, because you can definitely see HS boys concocting this kind of story when their parents confront them about reports of bad behavior. “No, really mom, they must have confused with someone else smoking MJ after school.” Said with the kind of bravado that comes with being high as a kite.

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    @dmsilev: …and it all in the missing emails on her server.

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    scav says:

    @Corner Stone: Or, what about the t-shirts reading “Fuck Your Daughters!”

    Trump would be all obpver that.

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    lamh36 says:

    6h6 hours ago
    BREAKING — @SenWhitehouse, D-RI, says “as soon as Democrats get gavels“ (retake the House or Senate) they will “get to the bottom” of what happened between Kavanaugh and Ford and “why the FBI stood down” in background investigation of Kavanaugh given new allegation

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    Yutsano says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: This mishegas is bringing out the worst in a lot of them.

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    eemom says:



    his all reeks of desperation by Team Special K.

    It is, as the BlogLord says, utter insanity. When Dr. Ford testifies, if one of the interrogators is dumb enough to actually ASK her the idiot question of whether she might have the wrong guy, she’s gonna vaporize him/her.

    Oh excuse me. I mean HIM….unless the p*ssies that are the majority on the Judiciary Committee actually do hire an XX lawyer whore to do the interrogating for them, lest the public catch on to the fact that, even though they’re p*ssies, they all have dicks.

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    Ken says:

    @Cheryl Rofer:

    he had spent several days putting together the theory and thought it was more convincing than her story

    I’m imagining a giant bulletin board covered with 3×5 cards with “Kavanaugh”, “CIA”, “Roswell”, “Queen Elizabeth”, etc. written in various colors of Sharpie, all connected by strands of yarn in even more colors. Either that or a sculpture made of mashed potatoes. But really really convincing.

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    geg6 says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Yup. I would like to hear that, too.

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    ascap_scab says:

    Since you didn’t link, did Whelan actually put a name to that classmate he is now accusing of attempted rape? Sounds like a lawsuit to me.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    I’m sitting here steaming because the NYT has a FULL SECTION today devoted to Russian meddling in the election. This would have been helpful in SUMMER 2016. But they were too busy investigating her e-mails.

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    @lamh36: @Adam L Silverman:
    Yes, I’m seeing more of that on Twitter. Stand back from the morals of attempted rape and coverup, do we really want a Supreme Court Justice who deals in conspiracy theories this way? And is willing to smear someone who is (probably) innocent? Reports are that the person who Whelan named is a middle-school teacher. So ruin Blasey Ford and this other guy. No biggee when you want that lifetime appointment. 🤢

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    chris says:

    Ed Whelan makes upwards of $320,000 from conservative donors. This is what they pay him to do. This is what the conservative movement is.— Zach Carter (@zachdcarter) 20 September 2018

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    lamh36 says:


    1h1 hour ago
    Jesus Christ, the dude Whelan suggested might be the real attacker is a middle school teacher who now has reporters crawling all over his house.

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    Juice Box says:

    6th Stage: Why wasn’t Bill Clinton ever investigated? Did you even think about that, Libtard?

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    Mp says:

    @Another Scott: @Another Scott: Let’s not judge him too harshly. He’s just an excitable boy.

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    geg6 says:


    LOL! 🤣

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    jl says:

    @Ken: ” a sculpture made of mashed potatoes. ”

    Thanks. That could actually work. New hobby for new millennium. Could have local mashed potato sculpture clubs and contests.
    Some good, however small, comes out of most every situation.

  53. 53
    Schlemazel says:

    Dump is the symptom, the disease that gave rise to him has been with us in ascendancy since 1992 and will be with us long after Dump is on the ash heap of history. How strong the disease is remains to be seen

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @ascap_scab: he did, the thread is still up, and he posted the guy’s high school yearbook picture

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    lamh36 says:

    @Cheryl Rofer:

    Follow Follow @jaybookmanajc
    More Jay Bookman Retweeted Josh Marshall
    Kavanaugh will be, and should be, asked about this under oath. That should be interesting.
    The only way to avoid it would be to withdraw.

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    Dog Dawg Damn says:

    This is a sign of their desperation. His chances are weakening by the hour.

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    dmsilev says:

    @ascap_scab: Yes he did. The guy he accused is apparently a middle school teacher, meaning that even an allegation could potentially ruin his life. Modern conservatives are truly vile people.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @lamh36: no, he will lie about it and get away with it because republicans control all branches of the government and are entirely amoral.

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    banditqueen says:

    Along with other Georgetown Prep classmates, Chris Garrett signed a letter of support (p 4) for Special K. Garrett teaches at a small private school in Georgia. Garrett’s name wasn’t randomly selected from the yearbook.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Adam L Silverman: @Cheryl Rofer: The only question is…which Dem Senator will it be one to ask Kavanaugh about this if he testifies on Monday (unless he withdraws his nom)…hmmm

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    sukabi says:

    @dmsilev: who’s Kavanaugh’s Kavanaugh?

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    Cacti says:

    Other person should sue Ed Whelan for libel.

    This is about as close to a slam dunk case as these things ever get.

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    lamh36 says:

    @banditqueen: Welp…the question is…does this mean he’s willing to let his name be muddied in association with this accusation?

    He’s a middle school teacher and apparently has a family…so what other than money or stupid incentive would make him willing to take the fall?

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    jimmiraybob says:

    I wonder how many in the Federalist Society list Georgetown Prep on their resume?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @lamh36: This is the thing that needs to be impressed upon Judge Kavanaugh. That if his nomination does go through, eventually, whether starting in January 2019 or January 2021, the Democrats will get the majority back in the Senate. And when that happens they are going to subpoena him every week to appear before the Judiciary Committee for hearings on these allegations, for hearings into his long history of documented perjury before the Judiciary Committee going back to 2004, and for hearings into his being a party to the theft of confidential Democratic emails and work product in the mid 00s. That they can and will issue so many subpoenas and require his presence before them so often that he may technically be on the Supreme Court, but he’s going to spend all his time at the Capitol.

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    geg6 says:

    @Juice Box:

    Honest to god, like picking at a scab, I engaged some wingnut crazy on my sister’s FB feed who was crowing about how this was all gonna circle back to Hillary and maybe now that they’d have a majority on the Court, she could finally be investigated and hung as a traitor, along with Huma Abideen (sp?). And how I was a Marxist because I was a liberal, case closed. Oh, and I’m too stupid to argue with him because he’s superior and I’m a stupid feminazi Marxist liberal. So there! Hilarious but sad.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @zhena gogolia: “Meddling” is when your Aunt Mildred has one mimosa too many at brunch, waits for a pause in the conversation and asks you too loudly when you’re finally going to settle down with that nice hand surgeon and give your mother some grandchildren.

    Criminal interference in another country’s elections is not meddling, it is war by unconventional means/

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    chris says:

    Alternate horror show time. is watching and tweeting the Las Vegas rally. Blech.

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    SRW1 says:

    Has that Whelan fellow by any chance studied advanced conspiracy theory at the blackboard of the grand master Glenn Beck?

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    sukabi says:

    @Jeffro: sure that’ll work…now what’s their explanation for Judge being there?

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    Another Scott says:

    SupersedingHat Retweeted Kilgore Trout @KT_So_It_Goes
    3 hours ago

    the biggest winner here is elon musk for no longer holding the distinction of worst case of twitter defamation in history

    Amazing times we live in. :-/



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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    SupersedingHat @ Popehat
    In which someone apparently wants me to lawsplain “can you be an accessory after the fact to defamation”?
    Have these people just been driven mad by these circumstances?

    Erick Erickson @ EWErickson
    What if @EdWhelanEPPC came to his conclusions because classmates from Ford’s high school have been pointing the finger in that direction all week…

    I’m guessing Popehat law-planation would be “yes”?

    Richard M. Nixon @ dick_nixon
    Obviously Erickson drinks. I think we agree on that. And this Whelan, I don’t know what the hell he is. I take no joy in it. The total disregard for politics. My God, they could get the same vote tomorrow five times over! When you no longer care for politics, it’s trouble.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @ascap_scab: Yes. He also tweeted out his picture next to Kavanaugh’s – then and now, the address of the house the guy grew up in, a map of it on google maps, floor plans of it, pictures of the inside apparently taken from Zillow, and he ties him to Mark Judge by posting screenshots of Facebook interactions between this guy and Judge from 2012. Here’s the link:

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    Dog Dawg Damn says:

    The next Dem President should classify the Federalist Society as a Terrorist Org and end the madness.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: Yep.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Corner Stone: Coin toss.

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    Suzanne says:

    No house is designed that way.
    Aside from the fact that the floor plan looks like it was drawn with MS Paint, no house was designed with that floor plan.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @lamh36: Harris. She’ll be doing her prosecuting attorney thing.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @lamh36: Fuck you!

    Not you, lamh36. But you knew that, right?

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    Mary G says:

    All of the senators, of both parties, should be asking him this tonight. If he was not involved, he should distance himself from it publicly and firmly and we should move ahead with Ford. If he *was* involved, he should withdraw. Not tomorrow, not after breakfast, but right now.— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) September 21, 2018

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    Mary G says:

    It’s worse than that. If he was involved with Whelan in cooking up this completely nutty defense, maybe he ought to be impeached right off the appellate court. Whether he was involved with this is a question that needs to be answered right now, and it is answerable – right now.— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) September 21, 2018

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Suzanne: What would you know about that being a woman and shit?

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    Mary G says:

    White House logs. Phone records. What matters *right now* is whether Kavanaugh was part of a scheme to concoct a story. This is answerable and verifiable.It’s a yes or no question. Ask it, now. Democrats, if you have an ounce of sense left, focus on this.— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) September 21, 2018

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    sukabi says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: bet that classmate is thrilled to be pulled into this. Sounds like he may have a libel suit.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Adam L Silverman: hey Adam…wait…the link above to the statement of support for Kavanaugh…really the same guy who Whelan name dropped?

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Corner Stone: Shit, ask the girls directly. I’m guessing more than a few are mentally revisiting the way he looks at them, talks to them, any physical contact.

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    scav says:

    Love it, the FTFNYT is saying Evangelical leaders are now threatening to take their prescious prescious votes home if the GOP don’t deliver their legal Moses aka Kavanaugh, that shining exemplar of foretold Christian manhood.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @lamh36: Yep.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    This interesting thing happened today, for those of you who go off-line (I envy you)

    Jesse Ferguson
    Alaska’s GOP-I GOV OPPOSES confirming Kavanaugh:
    “nation’s healthcare & labor laws may be at risk if Mr. Kavanaugh receives a lifetime appt”
    “we believe a thorough review of past allegations against Mr. Kavanaugh is needed before a confirmation vote takes place”

    Governor is an ex-Repbulican, elected as an indy

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    dmsilev says:

    @Suzanne: You’re just an architect; what would you know about designing buildings?

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    Mary G says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Yes, I think it was Chris Coons that said he would give all his time to Kamala and Amy Klobuchar, because they have both been prosecutors and know how to get a witness to answer. They will also get under Kavanaugh’s skin.

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    sukabi says:

    @lamh36: this will become Hillary’s fault before it’s over. It would be sweet if she had charges filed against the douchebros in Maryland.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Suzanne: You’re the expert, and the positioning of the bathroom door seems very, very weird, but maybe the house was renovated??

    I’m not interested enough to click over to the 1/302 Twitter thread.

    (One of the houses we looked at years ago had two bathrooms right next to each other on the lower level. The doors were literally about 6″ apart. Very, very weird.)


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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Jesse Lee @ JesseCharlesLee
    Wow, via @ ScottCLandis, here’s a now-deleted tweet from OrrinHatch’s deputy CoS mattdizwhitlock previewing the Whelan hit job. Hatch has been in close contact with Kavanaugh, already floated odd “Kavanaugh says he wasn’t even there” defense. (Also fiercely defended Rob Porter.)

    Keep an eye on Ed’s tweets over the next few days

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    sukabi says:

    @WaterGirl: pretty sure the daughters already know their fathers are irredeemable assholes.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    Ventry doth protest too much. Apparently Orin Hatch’s staff have been busy little bees.

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    Mary G says:

    Somebody put a picture of Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau on Whelan’s Wikipedia page.

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    jl says:

    @Mary G: OK, I’ll watch for the clip.
    Harris was totally awesome when she questioned K on improper communications re Mueller investigation.
    And if Grassley tries to shut Harris down, Whitehouse will make just the right objections and points of order to get Grassley on the record admitting that the whole hearing is rotten and fixed.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Another Scott: I lived in an apartment which had two bathrooms back-to-back. The layout was
    hall hall hall hall hall
    bed bath bath bed
    where each bathroom had a door to the adjacent bedroom and a door to the hallway. It was a little weird, but with some locks on the bathroom doors to prevent accidental walk-ins it worked ok.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Oh Good grief.

    Follow Follow @joshtpm
    Good lord! This is too perfect. The guy they slimed as the real culprit is one of the alums who signed a letter to the senate attesting to Kavanaugh’s character!

    SMH…well now this just SEEMS it had to have come from Kavanaugh and allies…

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    banditqueen says:

    @lamh36: I don’t know–let’s see how the prep boys respond when the FBI has them under oath and asks about recent bank deposits. But this may involve one of these not-Special Ks.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

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    lamh36 says:

    @Mary G: PSHFTTT…was Nichols just days ago defending Kavanaugh with the “hey it was high school” defense…now…he suspicious…

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    B.B.A. says:

    New theory: The real culprit is Pepe Silvia.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Also, there was that column that Kathleen Parker had in the Post a day or so ago floating the same argument (though without putting a name on what she called Kavanaugh’s doppelgänger). This was a coordinated strategy, which has managed the neat trick of lowering my opinion of the conservative movement.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: This is their master plan to avoid antagonizing female voters. Rather than attack the victim, simply point at empty air and say ‘not me’. You know, like Family Circus brought to life.

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    Another Scott says:

    @dmsilev: Ok, that kinda makes sense (and is undoubtedly cheaper to build than having the bathrooms widely separated).

    It was a long time ago, but I think these two baths only had doors to the hallway.

    Another striking thing about it was that one of them was nearly original (mid-60s) and the other had been recently renovated and was quite nice. The juxtaposition of all those factors was kinda jarring. ;-)



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    Corner Stone says:

    @Gravenstone: Call me crazy, but I’m not asking underage girls nothing about nothing.

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    VOR says:

    @jl: The mashed potatoes sculpture reference is to the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” where the obsessed main character creates a sculpture of Devil’s Tower out of mashed potatoes at the kitchen table during dinner. See

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    NotMax says:

    464 in my high school graduating class. Sincerely doubt that in 2018 my name would mean anything to 462 of them and elicit nothing beyond a “Who?”

    Which, as it turns out, is a Good Thing.


    Meantime, Brewfest began in WoW today. Pleasant to escape for an hour or two to polka music, suds and pink elephants.

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    Corner Stone says:


    was Nichols just days ago defending Kavanaugh with the “hey it was high school” defense…now…he suspicious…

    You betcha. That mofo had to delete a few tweets where he was victim blaming/slut shaming/denying girls had autonomy/personhood.

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    @Adam L Silverman: In that thread, someone tweeted this:

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    Chip Daniels says:

    We need to start talking about impeachment of sitting SCOTUS justices.

    Not because we have the votes this term or the next, but to make it a part of our lexicon, and cement the idea in the public mind for when we do.
    Right now the rightwing has this notion that if they just win this battle, Kavanaugh is untouchable.

    We need to cure them of that.

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    Mary G says:

    @lamh36: I yelled at him about that tweet, along with a couple thousand other people, and he was not backing down until his wife lit into him.

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    Ken says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: What is it with so many criminals nowadays, that they record themselves committing the crime and put it on their Facebook page, or tweet about what they did?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Like Murkowski, he was pushed over the line in his election by Native Alaskans. The Native Alaskan community don’t want Kavanaugh confirmed. This will increase the pressure on Murkowski.

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    SiubhanDuinne, Badass Jackal says:


    Totally O/T, but I love your nym. LOL.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @sukabi: If you really wanted to monkey wrench this and/or Ford wanted to buy time for herself, she’d have her attorneys file a criminal complaint in Montgomery County, MD or with the Maryland Attorney General pertaining to her accusations against Kavanaugh.

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    jl says:

    @VOR: Thanks. Forgot about that. I didn’t like the movie that much and spent a lot of time scanning the audience’s reactions to the movie, wondering what they say in it, since doing that was more interesting.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @dmsilev: So bed bath bath bed and beyond?

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    Boy in NV, Trump’s support of Kavanope sure is sounding lukewarm.

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    TS (the original) says:

    @chris: Blech ain’t the half of it – but these continual lies and attacks on reality are why people still vote republican. They believe it – and nothing will make them change their minds.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @dmsilev: Yep.

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    Another Scott says:

    @TaMara (HFG): (snicker!)



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    banditqueen says:

    @lamh36: @banditqueen: yes–the letter of support was signed by Georgetown classmates in support of Special K:
    We, his classmates and fellow alumni, are confident that you will conclude what
    we already have known for approximately 35 years because of his character and
    intellect: Brett M. Kavanaugh is an excellent jurist who is singularly qualified to be an
    Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. We respectfully request that you promptly
    and fully consider his nomination as an Associate Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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    jl says:

    @Adam L Silverman: OH God, thanks I guess for reminding me about Kavanaugh’s disgusting opinions on Native Americans, and their legal, treaty rights, both as citizens of the US and members of their respective nations. Right up there with Andrew Jackson.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @VOR: As per tradition…//

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: who will have/get to ask him about “Devil’s Triangles” and “Judge, you boofed yet?”

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @TaMara (HFG): I saw that.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @TS (the original): Ignore them. They are lost. Get the left-leaning non-voters to the polls.

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    sukabi says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I personally think at this point, that’s her best option. File the complaint just prior to her congressional testimony.

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    tobie says:

    @Mary G: There are others I wish would yield their time to Kamala Harris than Chris Coons. As far as I could tell (watching the hearings on my phone on Amtrak), Harris, Coons, and Whitehouse were among the best questioners at the last hearing.

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    jl says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Since you can more or less put up links with pics, I have a request.
    Some commenter posted a youtube clip a while back of a guy trying to lance a bloated beached whale carcass, It did not go well. And I regret/don’t regret watching it.

    I hope there is an occasion to put a clip like on the top of the post in honor of a GOP defeat on Kavanaugh. I think it would be fitting.

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    tobie says:

    @tobie: P.S. I guess part of Coons’ logic is that women should be the one asking the questions. Sorry for missing that.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mary G: And Malcolm Nance.

    Nichols is a very smart guy, but like everyone he has blindspots. And his are doozies.

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    Redshift says:

    @Ken: Poor judgement is a common personality trait among criminals (especially the GOP variety.)

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    NotMax says:

    @TaMara (HFG)

    First Steeplejack, now Dolt 45.

    What the did Las Vegas do to deserve this?


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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Harris. And she’ll make him squirm.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @jl: I’ll take it under advisement.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    So bed bath bath bed and beyond?

    ‘Beyond’ was the dining room.

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    TS (the original) says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Maybe I just need some hope – but this little conspiracy theory may cause them more problems that either of the facts
    1. Dr Blasey Ford is telling the truth
    2. Kavanaugh is lying

    It is always the coverup.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @NotMax: Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn live there. The warm up speaker for tonight’s rally is Adelson’s preferred political commentator/analyst/editorialist Wayne Allyn Root.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @banditqueen: I bet Garrett will renounce that very quickly.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Jeremy Peters, NYT Correspondent from the Uncanny Valley, thinks the whole Kavanaugh debacle is a “net loss” for Republicans. I’ll bet his parents are glad they paid fore that sub-Ivy college education.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @TS (the original):

    When the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

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    TS (the original) says:

    @lamh36: Which supports the theory – often the coverup, not the crime that brings them down

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Adam L Silverman: That’s what I want to see happen. Is it wrong?//

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Miss Bianca: No. If anyone involved was asking me for advice, that’s part of what I’d be recommending. Want to show you’re serious and are sure you’re recalling this correctly, file charges.

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    Mike in NC says:

    Greetings from Nantucket, where we arrived several hours ago. It’s apparently an island in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by water. That would be a big problem if they didn’t have these things called “boats”, and airplanes, too! Somebody clue in that stupid Fat Bastard, please.

    Anyway, we were at a party tonight with 50% Americans and 50% Australians, where everybody drank just a bit too much. The red wine ran out much too soon. Wedding will take place on Saturday.

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    banditqueen says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I hope he is looking for legal advice if the Special K team really thought they could kidnap his name.

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    eemom says:

    @Chip Daniels:

    We need to start talking about impeachment of sitting SCOTUS justices.

    Not because we have the votes this term or the next, but to make it a part of our lexicon, and cement the idea in the public mind for when we do.
    Right now the rightwing has this notion that if they just win this battle, Kavanaugh is untouchable.

    We need to cure them of that.

    I completely agree as a matter of principle, but in terms of the immediate issue, I’m pretty sure any argument that begins “and even if he IS confirmed” is a pathetic fantasy. Even in whatever semi-normal world this country once inhabited, it was incredibly rare for ANY federal judge to be impeached; and I don’t know if it has ever even been tried with a Supreme Court Justice. And even if we are blessed with a Democratic Congress, can anybody possibly realistically imagine they would risk all their fragile political capital on that? Four months from now, nobody’s even gonna remember this shit.

    No. We gotta stop that sack of shit from getting up there. Help us, Dr. Ford….you’re our only hope.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    The whole “eyewitnesses are always wrong!” crowd is getting on my last fucking nerve. Yes, eyewitnesses are frequently wrong WHEN THEY ARE TRYING TO IDENTIFY A STRANGER. It is very, very rare for an eyewitness to mistake one person they know for a different person they also know.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

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    Debbie(Aussie) says:

    @Schlemazel: How powerful the pathogen in the body politic. Or as Charlie Pierce called it, a prion disease.

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    Mike in NC says:

    Greetings from Nantucket, which is an island in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by water. Hard to get to unless you have a thing called a “boat”. Somebody hand a clue to stupid Fat Bastard.

    Went to a party where half the people were Americans and half Australians, and all drank just a bit too much. Wedding is on Saturday. Looking forward to seeing the sights, like the whaling museum.

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    debbie says:

    It’s more like a Neverending Story than a Continuing Story.

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    debbie says:

    @Mike in NC:

    Such a beautiful place, Nantucket is!

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    TS (the original) says:

    @Mnemosyne: And Dr Ford is not an eyewitness – she was the person being attacked – who knew her attacker.

    I think he will withdraw after this “it was someone else” debacle – unless trump/the GOP has such a hold over him that withdrawing his nomination is the worst option.

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    eemom says:

    @Mike in NC:

    There was an old man from Nantucket….

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    jl says:

    @eemom: I think Samuel Chase was impeached and tried for nakedly partisan rulings, and starting to act crazy and yelling in the court. I think he was acquitted in the Senate trial Wiki has an article… and let us see…

    Yep acquitted in Senate trial in 1805. Wiki article only mentions consistent pattern of highly partisan rulings. I think also he periodically went apeshit in the court room h and some thought he was going insane. I go read his bio later.

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    Chetan Murthy says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    She’ll be doing her prosecuting attorney thing.

    I sent her (staff) an email today. Basically saying “I’m so grateful that my senator is an ex-prosecutor, and that she’s on this committee, at this moment in our history”.

    B/c ya gotta be thankful for what you receive.

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    frosty says:

    @Suzanne: I love an expert response from someone who works with this stuff every day!

    You and I (stormwater engineer) don’t get as many opportunities as all the lawyers do.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    In the Hollywood version of this story, Garrett agrees to take the fall in exchange for large offshore payments to his family (after a touching scene in which he tells his wife she has to divorce him). Things go downhill for him after a young Montgomery County prosecutor presses charges, and he accepts a plea deal to avoid putting his wife through further pain. In a different scene, we see nefarious bag men planning to renege on the deal, knowing no one will believe Garrett’s wife. But in a surprise twist, the good guys kidnap Kavenaugh and substitute him to serve Garrett’s sentence, while Garrett is elevated to the Supreme Court and votes to overturn Citizens United.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @TS (the original):

    I think he will withdraw after this “it was someone else” debacle – unless trump/the GOP has such a hold over him that withdrawing his nomination is the worst option.

    Someone wants a return on their investment after covering his “baseball tickets.”

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    Ken says:

    @Bobby Thomson: Hollywood, or Alexandre Dumas?

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    Jay says:

    @Bobby Thomson:

    You forgot the swapping of faces part.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @TS (the original):

    In stranger rape cases, it is not unheard of for the victim to innocently misidentify someone as her attacker, which is why DNA evidence is so valuable. Humans are just not that great at identifying strangers based on a short, traumatic encounter.

    However, as I understand it, it is very, very rare for a victim to mistake one known person for a different known person.

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    Aleta says:

    Less than two weeks ago they had everyone convinced this was unstoppable as long as their majority hung together. Now they’re disorganized about who’s in charge.

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    Mainmata says:

    @Another Scott: Excellent post. My sentiments exactly.

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    Fair Economist says:

    @sukabi: I would like the idea of Ford asking the Republican Senators if they were willing to open an investigation of her allegations, or if they wanted her to file charges with the Maryland police. I’d love to see them sweat and she and the Democrats could really drag them over the coals with the stupid excuses they tried to come up with. The fact that Grassley and Hatch are both well past their mental sell-by date would add to the amusement factor. Gaffes guaranteed.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @Jay: oh, but that’s not necessary because they’re such dead ringers and all.

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    TS (the original) says:

    @Bobby Thomson: Wish there was a “like” option. That is one good story

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    Aleta says:

    What a piece of warped ambition is this Kavanaugh if by tomorrow he doesn’t denounce what Whelan etc. have done.

    Judd Legum

    ‏Kavanaugh should be asked, under oath, about his communications with Ed Whelan.

    Ed is a close friend of Kavanaugh and has been consulting with him on his confirmation strategy. Now he’s advancing a crackpot theory that Ford was assaulted by Kavanaugh’s doppelgänger.

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    danielx says:

    It amazes me to think of what could be accomplished with imaginations like this.

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    Aleta says:

    The credible allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee and Harvard Law School lecturer Brett Kavanaugh have left us with more questions than answers. Given that Kavanaugh’s class, “The Supreme Court since 2005,” is still on the schedule for winter term of this academic year, we have a few questions for the Harvard Law School administration.

    Will Harvard Law School … allow him to teach students without further inquiry—and continue paying him our tuition money? In 2018, he earned $27,490 for 9 days of teaching.

    Has Harvard Law School considered how this opportunity to learn about the Supreme Court might not be equally available to women because many will self-select out of a class taught by a credibly accused sexual assailant? Women at this law school are already forced to opt out of clerkships and employment opportunities in order to avoid alleged sexual predators; they should not also be forced to opt out of classes. The administration diminishes women’s access to education when they fail to address allegations of abuse.

    Does Harvard have a process for handling allegations of this nature, and if so, is Kavanaugh being treated as any other faculty member would be? …

    One would think that praising a president who is not only a known sexual predator, but who has even bragged about it, would at least call into question Kavanaugh’s stated commitment to gender equity.

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    TS (the original) says:

    @Mnemosyne: Agreed – It was the “who knew her attacker” – that sent this little story astray. That she also knew the substitute person was an added bonus that wasn’t expected by the story writer and his cohorts.

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    TS (the original) says:


    One would think that praising a president who is not only a known sexual predator, but who has even bragged about it, would at least call into question Kavanaugh’s stated commitment to gender equity

    Best sentence of the article – as can also be said about every member of the administration who has been falling over themselves to laud the wonderful president*

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    Aleta says:

    @TS (the original): Right from the start.

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    Suzanne says:

    @frosty: That floor plan is ridiculous and is not typical of any time period or typology, especially in that part of the country. And if it was a renovation, it’s terrible. I call faaaaaaake.

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    Aleta says:

    Is this all they could think of when Kav spent a day or more huddled in the WH?

    No, there’s probably more to come out of this 25 year old infection.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Dog Dawg Damn: Agreed. It needs to be annihilated. They hate The Enlightenment with every fiber of their loathsome beings.

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    patroclus says:

    Kavanaugh is an attempted rapist who wants to destroy women’s liberty rights, he helped design a torture policy and its legal cover, he helped pursue the Clintons over sex, he was complicit in stealing confidential documents and he has repeatedly lied about all of this and much much more. He is a despicable Republican apparatchik who should be nowhere near the United States Supreme Court. This whole spectacle is sickening.

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    dopey-o says:

    @Adam L Silverman: i phoned the Maryland Attorney General’s office this morning. The woman answering the phone seemed to have heard my message many times already.
    Curse you Jennifer Rubin!

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    J R in WV says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Now Whelan has deleted his Twitter thread… so obviously it wasn’t him that defamed the middle school teacher in GA. Couldn’t be. No thread there now!!!

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