Late Night Horrorshow Open Thread: Nekkid Emperor Accepts the Public Submission of His New Lictor

#Bubbly4Brett is the #LetThemEatCake of this Backlash Decade. How, after all, could one expect the poor man to go through this farce with no alcoholic lubrication?…

Normalizing Anti-Semitism

Yesterday the President and the Chair of the Judicial Committee, Charles Grassley, repeatied lies about George Soros. Today Rudy Giuliani joined in this mainstreaming of anti-Semitism.

1) The accusations against Soros come out of organized anti-Semitism. They use Soros as a stand-in for the unacceptable formulations that have been used by anti-Semites for centuries. Don’t use these accusations, and don’t go to websites that promote this stuff.

2) I take this somewhat personally because back in the 1990s and early 2000s, when I was working in countries that had been part of the Soviet Union, the Soros Foundation funded work to help those countries become democratic. The foundation still funds work along those lines.

George Soros grew up in Communist Hungary. He knows what unfreedom is like, which is why he set up his foundation to do that kind of work.

Late Night Horrorshow Open Thread: Evil Old White Men in Cahoots

If Kavanaugh has the tiniest iota of self-awareness, tonight’s boozy TGIF should be as downbeat as the one at Trump Tower on the night of 11/6/16. Forty years of ‘youthful horseplay’ and a long history as a mid-level GOP apparatchik substituting effort for talent are about to be examined in a media glare to which twilight ratfvckers like Bart O’Kavanaugh are cruelly unsuited, and the blows to his lace-curtain Irish self-esteem will be severe and unrelenting. Millionaire parents and the best Beltway prestige upbringing, and the best he can aspire to is ‘bagman for Donald Trump!’

Unfortunately for all of us, one has to assume his personal security is poised to prevent him pulling a Richard Cory…

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The Laughter

The Wall Street Journal has a headline tonight.

Trigger warning: Talk about rape below the fold. I find this very upsetting myself.

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Collins Is a Yes on Kavanaugh

She hasn’t actually uttered the word “yes” yet, but her rambling soliloquy is leading inevitably to that conclusion. She’s going through all the arguments against Kavanaugh and dismissing them.

Shocked, gambling, etc. Fuckity fuck.

ETA: After blabbering on interminably, Collins made it official at 3:50, saying she hoped Kavanaugh would lessen the division on the court and restore public faith in it. What a fucking joke.

Senate GOP turns up music, clamps hand over America’s face

The senate voted 51-49 to hold a final vote on Kavanaugh. The Post:

BREAKING: Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Jeff Flake voted to move ahead. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin joined them in voting yes. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski broke with her GOP colleagues. The procedural vote in the Senate was expected to be a strong indicator of whether Kavanaugh had enough support to be confirmed.

Fuck fucking Manchin. I hope his gun explodes next time he films himself shooting a bill.

As Adam Serwer noted in The Atlantic, the guardrails have failed:

As for Kavanaugh, every opinion he writes, every decision he joins, and every day he sits on the bench will be tainted with illegitimacy. As senators who represent a shrinking portion of the population prepare to confirm a justice more Americans oppose than support, who was nominated by a president for whom most of the electorate did not vote, the crisis of American democracy comes into sharp relief. Whatever their self-perception, Republican control of the three branches of government is countermajoritarian. With the guardrails of separated powers broken, the last remaining defense for American democracy and the rule of law is the electorate itself.

And as we know, chipping away at the electorate through voter suppression has been a long-term Republican project. Will American democracy survive? We’ll know in 32 days.

“Never Again, Baby” (Open Thread)

Those familiar with abuser behavior will recognize where we are in the cycle with Brett Kavanaugh, who wrote an op-ed in the WSJ reassuring us that there will never be a repeat of last week’s unpleasantness:

I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been. I might have been too emotional at times. I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said.

Josh Marshall wonders if the op-ed is a sign that the GOP doesn’t have all the votes lined up after all. I’ve made my calls, written emails etc., and will continue to do so, but I’ve resigned myself to seeing two confirmed misogynists staring back at me when I see photos of the United States Supreme Court.

The op-ed is just the candy-and-flowers stage of the abuse cycle, and here’s the “never again, baby” paragraph:

Going forward, you can count on me to be the same kind of judge and person I have been for my entire 28-year legal career: hardworking, even-keeled, open-minded, independent and dedicated to the Constitution and the public good.

If we just give him what he wants — what he’s entitled to — he’ll stop hitting us. He promised.

Open thread.