One-Liner Thursday — Mazie Barr the Door

90A0CA11-BB85-44ED-AAF4-6D04FE62BE84I know that I usually post one-line quotes on Wednesday in response to Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt. But yesterday, at the televised Senate Judiciary Committee hearing involving Attorney General (and Trump ass-kisser William Barr), Democratic Senator from Hawaii, Mazie Hirono, said this to Barr:

“Mr. Barr, now the American people know you’re no different than Rudy Giuliani or Kellyanne Conway or any of the other people who sacrificed their once-decent reputations for the grifter and liar who sits in the Oval Office.”

Oh Mazie, you go, girl!

But she didn’t stop there. She went on to say:

“But now we know more about your deep involvement and trying to cover up for Donald Trump. Being attorney general of the United States is a sacred trust. You have betrayed that trust. America deserves better. You should resign.”

Oh snap!

Unfortunately, the President believes that he is a dictator who is above the law and who can do whatever he wants to do — legal, ethical, moral, or otherwise. And the Attorney General of the United States, along with the Republicans in Congress, are his enablers. Barr isn’t going to resign, Republicans are not going to suddenly develop spines and scruples, and Trump isn’t going away anytime soon.

Sad.

I Should Have Known Better

6603165A-34CF-4E7A-B2DC-863815E4DB48I was eager to watch today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing where Christine Blasey Ford testified about her accusation that she was sexually assaulted by Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, and where Kavanaugh testified to his being innocent of the accusation.

I was hoping that, by the end of today’s hearing, it might be clear what was true and what was not, and that it wouldn’t just remain a he said/she said scenario. I was also hoping that both the Democrats and the Republicans would adopt a nonpartisan stance and would create a collegial alliance in order to get to the truth.

I should have known better. Republicans were certainly not interested in getting to the truth. They refused to even consider allowing the FBI to conduct interviews with relevant witnesses. All they did was express their unwavering support for Kavanaugh and their anger that anyone, particularly the Democrats, would have the nerve to attempt to sabotage Kavanaugh’s nomination.

And, as of right now, despite the highly emotional and heated hearing today, the Senate Judiciary Committee is going to proceed with a committee vote at 9:30 in the morning ET.

So, after spending the entire day watching the hearing, do I now know what is true and what is not? No, I can’t say that I do. But what I can say is that I believe Dr. Ford and I believe that Judge Kavanaugh is a lying sack of shit, very much like the man who nominated him.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge eager), Scott’s Daily Prompt (true), Daily Addictions (adopt), and Word of the Day Challenge (alliance).

Political cartoon by Jim Morin, MorinToons Syndicate.

 

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BA828CC8-4C13-4277-9734-F91CB29E468EWow. What a day. I’ve been glued to the TV all day. I thought that Christine Blasey Ford came across as a very credible, sincere witness.

Brett Kavanaugh, on the other hand, has bounced back and forth between being a vicious attack dog and a whimpering little puppy. Oh, we’ve also learned how much Brett really, really likes beer.

I’m watching Brett Kavanaugh testify now and it’s pretty clear that he came out with both guns blazing, having taken Donald Trump’s advise to stop being such a choirboy wimp and to defiantly fight back vigorously.

The hearing is not yet over, but I don’t see any movement from either side of the aisle. All of the Republicans remain staunchly supporting Kavanaugh and all of the Democrats remain equally opposed to Kavanaugh. Bottom line, because the Republicans hold the majority on the Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh’s nomination will make it out of the Committee and be brought before the full Senate, which also has a Republican majority.

So despite questions about his potential sexual assault in high school, despite his having been caught lying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in prior hearings for lower court judgeships, and despite his documented positions on women’s reproductive and abortion rights, Brett Kavanaugh will likely be the newest Supreme Court Justice.

Which, in my opinion, is a sad state of affairs.