September 26, 2018

I'm about to put up a series of Kavanaugh posts.

There are so many bloggable Kavanaugh headlines right now. I was going to collect them all in one post, but I want to react to them separately, so I'm going to string them out to avoid one long post. And this post is just a place-keeper to tell you that's what I'm about to do.

So when you see the first in the series, don't see it as a signal to dump everything you currently have to say about the ongoing Kavanausea.*

As these posts go up, please react to the specific post and, especially, please don't initiate discussion of another article that I haven't gotten to yet. If you're seeing an article you'd like to see in this forthcoming series of posts, you can drop the link to that on the comments on this warning post.

This is, I think, the first time in the 15-year history of this blog that I've ever done a post like this.

* I was going to TM that word but I see that ZeroHedge noticed the portmanteau potential yesterday.


Sharc 65 said...

Okay ... go!

rhhardin said...

Pussygate, pussygate, where have you been?
I've been up to London to visit the Queen.
Pussygate, pussygate, what did you there?
I frightened a little mouse under the chair.

Achilles said...

Trump knew his comment about his accomplishments would be attacked.

He is forcing people to reflect on this.

We were very close to the dystopian state 1984 describes. Everything that is described in the VDH article linked.

Trump is a singularly strange vehicle to bring destruction to the progressive machine.

Did the river of history produce Trump?

rhhardin said...


rhhardin said...

It's not a dystopian state, it's just soap opera women driving the news, and dems free-riding.

stevew said...

So you're saying it's not Thursday yet?


Michael The Magnificent said...

Ritmo grabbed my man-boob back in 1974!

Not only does that automatically make Ritmo guilty, you are now all "witnesses" that can submit "declarations" to back up my story at Ritmo's trial.

traditionalguy said...

I just want to know whether the witnesses will have to pass a Breatholyzer Test. No Testifying while under the influence. That might eliminate them all.

Known Unknown said...

Have you been Kavanaughty?

Henry said...

Someone needs to do a Kavanaugh / Panama Van Halen parody.

The problem is that no one knows the verses. They're utterly unmemorable. But crass for the moment.

HoodlumDoodlum said...

Ann Althouse said...This is, I think, the first time in the 15-year history of this blog that I've every done a post like this.

Well sure, but considering the stakes you should be willing to do all sorts of things for the first time, change your previous habits or patterns, and so on.

The Crack Emcee said...

I know Ann has to cover this, but there's nothing actually there, which is the reality I cover:

This never-ending parade, of nonsense and misinformation, is how black people's lives are wasted while seeking justice to move forward.

Who will cover an *unimportant subject* like the reparations for blacks when this "drama" - which will end exactly as I've long predicted - is unfolding for the white majority? They want to play "pretend" right now, so who can stop them? Common sense has no place with them. Reality doesn't matter. Blacks definitely don't.

Whites are just wasting our lives until no one knows anyone existed to complain.

rhhardin said...

A man, a plan, a canal: kavanaugh.

Matt Sablan said...
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Matt Sablan said...

No. A man, a b2ag, a kava. Kavanaugh. Damon auto correct.

Phil 314 said...

So don’t shoot your wad on the first post.

My name goes here. said...

Jump back, what's that sound
Here she comes, full blast and top down
Hot shoe, burnin' down the avenue
Model citizen zero discipline
Don't you know she's coming home with me?
You'l lose her in the turn
I'll get her!
Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh
Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh
Ain't nothin' like it, her shiny machine
Got the feel for the wheel, keep the moving parts clean
Hot shoe, burnin' down the avenue
Got an on-ramp comin' through my bedroom
Don't you know she's coming home with me?
You'll lose her in the turn
I'll get her!
Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh
Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh
Yeah, we're runnin' a little bit hot tonight
I can barely see the road from the heat comin' off of it
Ah, you reach down, between my legs
Ease the seat back
She's blinding, I'm flying
Right behind the rear-view mirror now
Got the feeling, power steering
Pistons popping, ain't no stopping now
Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh
Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh

Michael K said...

I assume Kavanaugh will be harassed by leftists for years after this. He will be on the Court but will be unable to take his wife out to dinner in a restaurant.

Maybe the Republicans will need to start private dining clubs like those in London.

rhhardin said...

Whites are just wasting our lives until no one knows anyone existed to complain.

So do not believe the monster when he tells you that he is monstrous because others treat him as monstrous. He is monstrous because he lets the task of becoming human wait upon how others treat him. Circumstances may have forced this upon him; he may have a chance to rebel; part of what he will rebel against will be his own monstrousness. For a hild, a correct waiting here is necessary, it is legitimate. It is part of the monster's monstrousness that he was never a child; he therefore has not lost what human grownups have lost.

Stanley Cavell "The Claim of Reason" p.462

Left Bank of the Charles said...

Kavanazi is also already taken. But I claim first rights to Judge McPenis O’Rapey.

readering said...

Michael K Google Yale Club reciprocal clubs

Browndog said...

Did Ford's crack legal team submit 4 statements by 'corroborating witnesses' so she won't have to testify?

traditionalguy said...

To honor Justice K and his posse of accusers, we can Drunk Blog his weird confirmation hearing. Everytime she bravely sobs on cue and says she is to upset to continue, we take another shot of Old Liar Bourbon. Within an hour it all just won't matter anymore.

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

After Kavanaugh is appointed or rejected:


rehajm said...

Kavanaugh: (KAE-vuh-naw) verb (anglicized Irish/Gaelic)

1. Destroy the reputation of an individual because your pet political issue is 'important'.
a. by making unsubstantiated and unverifiable accusations.
b. by dragging a hundred dollar bill through the psychology department.

2. Develop a formidable socio-political weapon and utilize from a weak political position.
a. by destroying hundreds of years of legal and moral precedent.
b. with questionable effectiveness.

3. Suspend reason, logic, civility, in the name of a questionable cause (temporary).

Quaestor said...
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Quaestor said...

Well, there's ad Kavanauseam™ which is arguing that #MeToo demands inquisitorial jurisprudence until normal folks vomit.

Quaestor said...

Sierra fought me tooth and nail over that neologism.

Achilles said...


Now that Ann and the feminists have humiliated themselves on the subject and completely destroyed their credibility they are sick of the subject.


narciso said...

How can one spend so much time talking about something that never happened meanwhile Keith Ellison there is photographic and audio proof.

William said...

Spielberg has already cast the movie version. Saoirse Ronan plays the young Dr. Ford and Charlize Theron is the older version. Danny Trujillo has been cast as the high school Kavanaugh and Kevin Spacey is coming out of retirement to play the mature Kavanaugh. The movie will take a hard, unbiased look at this great morality play.

Mr. Majestyk said...

"about to"?

traditionalguy said...

The Dem's new tactic seems to be slandering all heterosexual men who have ever shown an interest in a woman since puberty; and they are therefore presumed Rapists. And if they deny the charge the are presumed guilty of obstructing all females right to mob justice.

AllenS said...

What we are witnessing is the Salem Witch Trials 2, where you are guilty when an accusation is made against you.

AllenS said...

In both cases, women are responsible for this miscarriage of justice. No assumption of innocence for those accused is allowed. Shame on people for not calling this out.

Ann Althouse said...

"Who will cover an *unimportant subject* like the reparations for blacks when this "drama" - which will end exactly as I've long predicted - is unfolding for the white majority? They want to play "pretend" right now, so who can stop them? Common sense has no place with them. Reality doesn't matter. Blacks definitely don't. "

I agree that a big part of the Kavanaugh subject is that it sucks up attention. The question of how that works and who is helped and who is hurt by this dynamic is something that I am trying to examine. That is, I don't see myself as someone who is being distracted and doesn't care about the things that aren't getting attention. I see myself of an observer of how attention-paying works. This is something what I'm paying attention to: the process of paying attention.

There are so many things that we do not see, and the not-seeing is part of how we get along. You might ask yourself what is it you are not seeing and, also, how could my effort to make people pay attention to what I want be more successful. I'd suggest that forefronting "reparations" is repelling. You can be mad about that, but I think it's true.

Browndog said...

We no longer talk of a man that is a judge, and how he will perform as a judge. We talk of a man that could have been Bill Cosby's wingman--even as a minor child.

I said last week the democrats will have us so far down the rabbit hole people will start to forget Ford's name.

tcrosse said...

It's the Voyage of the Kavanaughts.

Andrew said...

This is, I think, the first time in the "15-year history of this blog that I've every done a post like this."

I, for one, felt a disturbance in the force this morning.

Or as George C. would say, "Worlds are colliding!"

Andrew said...

"I agree that a big part of the Kavanaugh subject is that it sucks up attention."

Something unappreciated about Trump: he likes things that way. While the media goes insane, he gets things done.

Whether K is confirmed or not, Trump will make use of it. He has the long game in mind. The Dems don't even know what the rules are.

gg6 said...

Althouse to Crack Emcee: "I'd suggest that forefronting "reparations" is repelling. You can be mad about that, but I think it's true."
What's so 'true' about it? Isn't 'forefronting reparations' what the Feminist movement has become all about? And THAT certainly seems to be working so far...more hopefully, thy may eventually even get what they deserve.

readering said...

I don't think it POTUS has anything in mind, but agree he will make some use of confirmation failure by Senate Republicans.

CStanley said...

To put a finer point on my prediction posted at 8:03:

If, as I’m positing, the next step is for media and other K opponents is to admit that they haven’t found evidence or witnesses to say that Kanavangh ever blacked out from drinking, they’ll then imply that they were being charitable in offering him that excuse but now that it isn’t substantiated they will have to assume he’s lying.

readering said...

Another article to examine is in (on?) Vox this morning: "Kavanaugh's slippery answers about high school partying matter" .

Darrell said...
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Darrell said...

A law was made a distant moon ago here:
July and August cannot be too hot.
And there's a legal limit to the snow here
In Kavanaught.
The winter is forbidden till December
And exits March the second on the dot.
By order, summer lingers through September
In Kavanaught,

I know it sounds a bit bizarre,
But in Kavanaught
That's how conditions are.
The rain may never fall till after sundown.
By eight, the morning fog must disappear.
In short, there's simply not
A more congenial spot
For happily-ever-aftering than here
In For happily-ever-aftering than here
In Kavanaught..

gg6 said...

LESSON #1 on The Feminist Art of Paying Attention: If it's a Male, it's Guilty as charged.
LESSON #2 on The Feminist Art of Paying Attention: You disagree? Shut up.!

CStanley said...

I’m not sure if this is the best place to leave this comment but it is is relevant and if it also applies to later posts I may make the point again if time permits....

I am the same age as Kavanaugh and his classmates. I attended a prep school, though not an “elite” one in terms of money and privilege (it was a top ten ranked high school, and we were heavily recruited by the ivies but it was a public charter school in New Orleans so students were from all over the socioeconomic spectrum.)

The culture of that time for high school and college students definitely included a lot of alcohol. I was in many ways a straight arrow but did not consider it immoral to drink, even fairly heavily, as long as one could still be accountable for actions done while under the influence (I look back and think it was naive to think we had that ability to draw the line.)

But this makes me relate to Brett Kavanaugh. I don’t see his squeaky clean image being at odds with drinking at parties. I also know that even as a kid who feels comfortable being “square” (that wasn’t our term, I think we’d have said “nerdy”) there was still always pressure to fit in to social norms and to reiterate, that included going to keg parties. I can also imagine for guys, if they were virgins, it might have included making claims that weren’t true that would make other guys believe you weren’t a virgin.

I imagine that Brett Kavanaugh was viewed one way by kids who knew him well (the squeaky clean oersona) and another way by people who socialized with him only at parties. It doesn’t surprise me that the latter group might assume that he was more like them than he really was, and confronted now by claims of a different sort of character they see disparity.

Fernandinande said...

I'm about to put up a series of Kavanaugh posts.

Repeating libelous rumors is not a bad habit, but it makes me wonder about the dark side.

readering said...

CStanley: the captain of the Georgetown Prep bball team and member of the Yale jv bball team would not have been "nerdy".

Andrew said...

Ann, here's a suggestion for something to blog about. It's a Twitter thread about a conversation about K among women in a nail salon. Very insightful about what "regular people" are thinking.

Beginning of thread:
"At the nail salon today. Things were hopping all the pedicure chairs were full, all the seats at the nail bars, and ladies were waiting. I'd say there were about 35 of us in there, including the nail techs."

Ray - SoCal said...

Interesting all the Yale connections, and it seems a network has been looking for dirt since July.

And Yale is very liberal.

I wonder if this is going to scare some potential applicants away?

CStanley said...

Blogger readering said...
CStanley: the captain of the Georgetown Prep bball team and member of the Yale jv bball team would not have been "nerdy".

That is my point. He is described that way by numerous people that knew him well, includ8ng high school girlfriends and close friends. But he also had to have maintained a reputation for fitting into the social circle of the jocks.

readering said...

Ray: neo clearly not a lawyer.

Ralph L said...

I put this one on the witness prep thread:
10 red flags about sex assault claims
By an employment lawyer.
Commenting discipline won't last long. We're not blogtrained.

Craig said...

This is all so stupid and irrelevant. Sonia Sotomayor's plainly racist "Wise Latina" views are fine, but Kavanaugh's cryptic high school yearbook statements are supposed to be disqualifying?

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

maybe you are suffering from Kavanosis, and need a Kavanectomy

readering said...

I guess the thread should include an article on Julie Swetnick's sworn accusation.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

re: Van Halen reference

In addition to the other conditions, Ford will demand no brown M&M's at the hearing, and will trash the oourt room after

wildswan said...

There's a accusation from Michael Avenatti from a woman named Swisher, I think.
Anyhow this is accusation of a culture of gang rapes some of which were led by Kavanaugh and Judge.

First, dropping this the day before the hearing. Obviously, delay till just before the vote, then utterly sensational accusation.

Problems with the story.
The story itself claims that the woman attended "many" parties where she saw guys lined up at a door. Then one day it happened to her. Why was she, by her account, going to parties like this?

She is claiming that there were many house parties all across Montgomery County where Kavanaugh and Judge were preying on girls. This is a large county poorly served by bus and subway lines even now. At the time the subway didn't run to Gaithersburg which is quite a distance from Bethesda where Georgetown Prep is located and on a different bus line. The private schools were in their own sports league, different from the up county high schools. Most of these high school students didn't have their own cars, especially up county where they had to earn the money for them. None of them had cell phones, obviously, and no Facebook, again obviously. Gaithersburg and Bethesda had different country clubs. In short, there was no way for these two groups of kids to find out about each others' "private house parties." It would be illegal for most of them to drink and in those days many up county towns were dry. While I realize that none of that would stop a teen-age party it is impossible to believe that an unchecked culture of gang rape and drinking was going on between Bethesda and Gaithersburg teens.

Third The timing shows that the Dems have been building to sensational accusations just before the hearing and the vote. It The Big Lie and it makes me angry.

rehajm said...

In addition to the other conditions, Ford will demand no brown M&M's at the hearing, and will trash the oourt room after

I love The Brown M&Ms Story.

wildswan said...

In every high school there is and always has been a group of wild kids. And, shall I put it this way, - they usually aren't the studious ones. Kavanaugh was one of the studious ones although he also played football. He couldn't have been going out and getting wasted constantly and practised for football and kept his grades up.

readering said...

Yale was full of athletes who drank. Few joined deke

wildswan said...

"wildswan said...
There's a accusation from Michael Avenatti from a woman named Swisher,"

I meant Julie Swetnick

rehajm said...

There's a accusation from Michael Avenatti from a woman named Swisher,"

I meant Julie Swetnick

Topps should make trading cards.

Chuck said...

Althouse I am now through the fifth in your series of Kavanaugh posts.

Each and every one is as succinct as it is brilliant. This is the Althouse blog at its very best.


Ken B said...

The 11th hour gang rape charges.

Someone needs to go to jail. Either Kavanaugh and his advisors if he lied under oath about this, or the accuser and her attorneys and enablers.
Kavanaugh has already denied this under oath I believe, with his broad denials and claims of celibacy.

This has solidified my feelings about the election. I generally like divided government, and see pluses in a democrat house. But no more. At this point I think that regardless of what comes out in the Ford matter, these other attacks show a level of recklessness and dishonesty that cannot be brooked. I cannot imagine voting for a democrat craft now even if Ford proves her case.

rhhardin said...

Topps should make trading cards.

Hustler spread on Women of Brett Kavanaugh upcoming.

Althouse's plan was overtaken by third woman urgency. The headlines wait for no man.

readering said...

I still think none of these are as out there as accusing someone's dad of being part of the JFK assassination. Hard to top.

Andrew said...

Here's a good blog post (and comments) from Rod Dreher.

Chuck said...

There is a Kavanaugh-related story that I am honestly not seeing anywhere, even in the right-wing press. If anybody has a link to show me up on this, I'd actually be grateful.

But the story is this: Dr. Blasey Ford, by all accounts most particularly her own, really wanted to remain anonymous. But some people wouldn't let that go. So they leaked her story, and then dribbled out her name or some tipoff such that Buzzfeed had reporters knocking on her door at home and at work.

Who did that? We sort of know who did it; it was people working on or for the Democratic staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The same way they did it to Anita Hill, and baited her into testifying versus Justice Thomas.

There is no other plausible information. The information had gone to Sen. Feinstein. Feinstein is on the Committee. There is a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y no reason why any Republican would have leaked it; the only purpose and the only possible explanation was that it was Democrats with access to the letter, who wanted to block the Kavanaugh nomination.

The Democrats, in their zeal to discredit Kavanaugh, thought nothing of exposing Dr. Blasey Ford after Ford made it clear that she did not want to become public. The Democrats leaked it to the press, and press pestered and pressured her, until she finally relented. To the Democrats, the only imperative is to obstruct the Kavanaugh nomination by any means necessary. No victim (however genuine) matters in the least.

And as Michael Corleone said, "That's a terrific story. Now we have newspaper people on the payroll, don't we Tom? They just might like a story like that... It's not personal. It's strictly business."

As I say, I have not seen that story covered anywhere. Has anyone?

readering said...

It would have come out one way or the other. The real tragedy was the her congresswoman's office did not follow up asap before Kavanaugh was picked to let people in the position to make a decision know. There were plenty of articles indicating that other than the White House Counsel many top Republicans did not want Kavanaugh.

I have always been of the view that the next associate justice is going to be a conservative in the Alito/Gorsuch mold. Why go with a risky pick as McConnell tried to get across even without this info?

readering said...

And now we're up to a fourth allegation from 1998 sent to a Republican Senator from Colorado.

readering said...

He married in 2004. He was investigating Clinton in 1998.

readering said...

This one really sounds bogus but Reps did question BT for completeness I guess.

whiskey said...

This was a fun day of posts from Althouse. Not that every day should be like this. But this is a good format for major stories with lots of aspects that need discussing. I liked it.

Unknown said...

Only one thing is for certain with this whole mess. The 24 hour news cycle is a ravenous beast that cannot be sated!
All the best, willie.

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