Monday Open Thread | They Are Treating Dr. Christine Blasey Ford Worse Than They Treated Anita Hill

Yeah, I know it’s hard to think that’s possible, but it’s true.

Anita Hill got an FBI investigation.

Anita Hill got witnesses called in her case.

Dr. Blasey Ford is not getting any of this.

Unlike, the Hill/Thomas case, this isn’t a case of ‘he said/she said’.

Because, there was a third party involved – Mark Judge – who Dr. Ford wants subpoenaed , but the Republicans are refusing.

WHY don’t they want the FBI to investigate?

WHY don’t they want to subpoena Mark Judge?

WHY don’t they want to allow for other witnesses to be called?

Could it be that they know that lying to the FBI isn’t something that will be forgiven. After all, it’s pretty clear that Kavanaugh perjured himself when he has testified at previous confirmation hearings, and the GOP has poo-pooed that. But, they know that the FBI won’t excuse Kavanaugh or Judge lying to them. They don’t want to put Judge under oath, because lying to them would be perjury too, that could be taken up at a different time if the Democrats take back the Senate.

They don’t want for other witnesses to be called because they don’t want to give out the context of Dr. Blasey Ford’s accusations, and her reluctance to come forward.

There were a whole Twitter hashtag that developed after Dolt45 tweeted offensively that if it had been ‘ so bad’, then Dr. Ford would have reported it then..back when she was FIFTEEN YEARS OLD.

#Why I Didn’t Report

Go through that hashtag and prepare to cry at the pain that you will read about. The isolation. The terror. The fear that they would not be believed. Each story I read was heartbreaking and unique, yet common threads ran through them.

Why do I believe her?

Because, I do. Because, I have heard the story too many times. Because, I went to school in that kind of environment, and the story is not unfamiliar. Because, she’s told too many people of her reactions to things, and how she has to have certain things in her life as a result of this incident. The story about remodeling her house to make sure that there were two exits everywhere is too deep for words, and proves the lifelong impact that an incident like this can have on someone’s life.

Because, nobody would voluntarily put their children through this:

Dr. Ford’s husband says he struggled to explain the situation to his children. “I said that Mommy had a story about a Supreme Court nominee, and now it’s broken into the news, and we can’t stay in the house anymore,” he recalled.

— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 23, 2018

And….Kavanaugh has his nerve…so upset about getting ‘private questions’?



Reports that Kavanaugh is getting frustrated at being interrogated about his private life. Take a look at the questions he wanted asked of Bill Clinton.

— Mark Elliott (@markmobility) September 22, 2018

And, previous Right-wingers are warning Dr. Ford about what is upcoming (but, I think she knows that.)

Study Joe McCarthy’s techniques. Study Roy Cohn’s techniques. Study Roger Stone’s techniques. They will all be brought to bear. They wrote the GOP textbook on undermining, insidiously weakening and destroying damaging witnesses. Fox and Drudge will echo them everywhere.

— Bruce Bartlett (@BruceBartlett) September 23, 2018

Uplift Dr. Blasey Ford in your prayers. They don’t want the truth, and are mad that this woman is speaking her truth, and coming forward. They are livid. Let them stay mad. This woman is an example of what Kavanaugh thinks of women and there’s nothing in his judicial decisions that says he’s ‘evolved’ from his high school years. Don’t think that he’s a threat to women? As the undocumented teen who became pregnant via rape that he tried to force to give birth, and who had to sue to be able to get an abortion. This didn’t happen 5 years ago. This was THIS YEAR.


I hadn’t planned on this being the Monday post. But, while I was writing this post, and doing laundry on Sunday, all hell broke loose.

Well well well…there are others….you don’t say….

This is the tweet that made me go WHUT?!?!?! And, what did I miss in my hours offline?

NEWS: Feinstein writes to Grassley asking for “an immediate postponement of any further proceedings related to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh” and calls on him to support an FBI investigation jnto the sexual misconduct allegations by Deborah Ramirez and Christine Blasey Ford.

— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 24, 2018

WHO is Ramirez?

Senate Democrats are investigating a new allegation of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh, dating back to his college years, when he was a freshman at Yale University:

— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) September 23, 2018

Also got another answer as to why the GOP doesn’t want to put Mark Judge under oath:

There is a gang rape allegation against Mark Judge in the story about the second misconduct allegation against Kavanaugh

— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) September 24, 2018

Remember…the GOP knew about Dr. Blasey Ford, and brought out that bullshyt letter signed supposedly by 65 women. They brought that up quite quick.

So, when they find out about Ramirez? What is their instinct to do?

Just in case this wasn’t clear the first time: When Republicans learned of Deborah Ramirez’s allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, they tried to speed up the process of confirming him.

The GOP is a sexual predator protection racket.

— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) September 24, 2018

And THEN, I find out that it’s NOT JUST RAMIREZ.

My client is not Deborah Ramirez.

— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) September 23, 2018

Avenatti has to know that if he doesn’t bring the goods, he’s done. He better bring the real thing. This isn’t time for nonsense.

And, the entitled nominee?

Have you ever seen a better example of White Male Entitlement than Kavanaugh?

So to recap:
–It never happened.
–My blackout-drunk bestie can confirm it never happened.
–It was horseplay.
–She is confusing me with my non-biological identical twin.
–I do not have it in the datebook I kept for 36 years.
–Please stop interfering with my destiny.

— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) September 23, 2018

Never forget the seed was planted by Senator Hirono:


3m3 minutes ago


FLASHBACK: Hirono asks Kavanaugh if he has ever committed sexual assault, harassment, he says no