Special Opinion to the Mirror by Paul Plante
And actually, people there are a lot more than just five, as is made clear this morning, that being 28 September 2018, by CNN, which is advertising “10 takeaways from the Brett Kavanaugh-Christine Blasey Ford hearings,” the first one being “Beware the Woman Scorned” when that woman scorned happens to be none other than twice-failed Democrat presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has a long memory of every glove that laid her down or cut her til she cried out in her anger and her shame “I am leaving, I am leaving,” but as was made incandescently clear yesterday, the fighter still remains; but both Bob Woodward’s Washington Post (“democracy dies in darkness”) and ABC News are going with only five, so as to not overly tax the intellects of their readers and followers, so I thought I would lead in with the lesser amount myself, out of deference to the readers of Bob Woodward’s Washington Post who come here to get Bob Woodward’s editorial output properly fact-checked, even though I can think off the top of my head of at least sixteen or seventeen takeaways from the Brett Kavanaugh-Christine Blasey Ford hearings, starting with how very masterful and professional and scientific Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s performance was yesterday at the Senate hearing before several hundred million people here in America and countless other millions out there in the candid world, all of whom were riveted to their TVs, or hand-held devices, waiting for her story of childhood rape at the hands of a Republican Supreme Court nominee thirty-six (36) years ago, when she was just fifteen years old, an innocent young girl thrown like a piece of meat to a raging lion like Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a notorious drunk, by the country-club society in tony, Montgomery County, Maryland that she was able to escape from so as to be able to go out to California and re-invent herself as a surfer girl.
Not at all surprisingly, given the compassion the American people have for sex-crimes victims like Christine Blasey Ford, the praise for the masterful performance of Dr. Ford, yesterday, who was at the same time during the hearing the young girl about to be raped, scared for her very life, thinking she might die during the rape, and the grown-up psychologist who was able to act as the scared, young girl’s expert witness, explaining why the scared, young girl was able to vividly remember some things, but naturally would be fuzzy on others, is coming in from all quarters, as we can clearly see from this e-mail sent out yesterday to virtually everyone in America by Lauren Windsor, Executive Director, American Family Voices, where she tells the people of America as follows, to wit:
Today, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford displayed incredible courage in her testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and we believe her.
This week we released “Sex Abusers for Kavanaugh,” a parody video of the pro-Kavanaugh ad produced by the Judicial Crisis Network, to highlight the absurdity of moving forward with a Supreme Court nominee accused by multiple credible women of sexual assault.
You can watch it on YouTube.
We demand that President Trump withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination, and to ask the FBI to investigate these serious allegations.
If the FBI investigation finds credible evidence that Kavanaugh has abused these women, we urge the House to move forward on impeachment and remove him from his current position on the federal bench.
Call your senators NOW at 202-224-3121 and tell them NOT to #StandWithSexAbusers, and please like our video and share it on Facebook to urge others to do the same!
Now, people, is that a takeaway, or is that a takeaway, and don’t go looking for it at the insipid Washington Post, or ABC News, because you won’t find it there, only here in the CCM.
As an aside, if they are going to have Kavanaugh impeached, they should not stop there, but should demand the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, as well, if they truly want to see substantial justice done, which is another takeaway of the Ford hearings yesterday, but more on that for later, since this is about Dr. Ford, the brave and heroic victim and her steller performance yesterday, which has served to define what victimhood in the reality of modern America is really all about.
As to the incredible courage Dr. Ford displayed in her testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, that causes Lauren Windsor, Executive Director of American Family Voices to believe her, that subject is covered more than adequately by the famous and venerable “Grey Lady,” the New York Times, in the riveting, tear-jerker of a story entitled “With Caffeine and Determination, Christine Blasey Ford Relives Her Trauma” by Julie Hirschfeld Davis on 28 September 2018, where America and the candid world learned of the encounter as follows:
WASHINGTON — She was terrified.
She did not want to be there.
She was badly in need of caffeine.
Now tell me, people, is that a classic story opening for this dramatic story of courage and outrage and a quest for justice overcoming fear, or what?
That, people, is why the New York Times is so great – because it can come up with a such a dramatic lead-in to a story like that, while Bob Woodward’s failing Washington Post can merely struggle.
“She was badly in need of caffeine,” people!
Can you just feel the pain, yourselves?
Ah, the sheer poignancy in that line, where “poignancy” is defined as “the quality of evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret,” with synonyms such as pathos, pitifulness, piteousness, sadness, sorrow, mournfulness, wretchedness, misery, and tragedy.
Except in this case, it was tragedy overcome, as we further learn from the New York Times as follows:
When Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old California university professor, entered a hearing room on Capitol Hill on Thursday morning — returning to a city she fled decades ago to publicly relive the sexual assault that first prompted her to leave — she was not sure she would make it through her opening statement.
But Dr. Blasey, surrounded by her lawyers, publicists and a sisterhood of friends who had convened to support her and zealously protect her privacy, said her piece.
She delivered a harrowing tale of casual teenage violence that put a human face on an allegation that has threatened a Supreme Court nomination and captured the attention of the nation in the throes of a profound reckoning with the realities of sexual assault.
Now, somebody out there tell me the New York Times does not know how to grab our attention, and then hold it there until we reach the end of the story, which follows:
Visibly anxious but firm in her recollections, traumatized but graphic in her description of what she called a life-altering trauma, Dr. Blasey testified over three hours of questioning about the night in the Washington suburbs 36 years ago when she said an incoherently drunk Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, pinned her down on a bed and ground his body against hers, trying to remove her clothing as he clamped a hand over her mouth to stifle her screams while a friend watched.
Now, here, people, and let me tell you, I WANT to believe Dr. Ford, we come to one of those nagging inconsistencies in her story, how the friend managed to get into the locked room she and the incoherently drunk Brett Kavanaugh were in, but the New York Times story anticipates our confusion over the shifting details, and explains it as follows, using the expert witness testimony of the grown-up trained psychologist Dr. Ford, as follows:
“Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter — the uproarious laughter — between the two, and their having fun at my expense,” said Dr. Blasey, a research psychologist, using the clinical language of neuroscience to describe a horrifying recollection of Judge Kavanaugh and the friend, in essence acting as both victim and expert witness in her own story.
That, people, is what made the testimony of Dr. Ford so very powerful, yesterday, beyond her impeccable victimhood – the uncontroverted scientific testimony of her on her own behalf as a famed research scientist in matters of trauma such as hers, as we again see from the New York Times article, to wit:
“I’ve had to relive this trauma in front of the world,” she said later.
There it is, people, instant stardom!
Overnight, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has become a celebrity, not only in America, but in the world, as well.
As the New York Times tells us:
Dr. Blasey, who is fearful of flying, made the journey to Washington without her husband, Russell Ford, who stayed behind in California to tend to their children amid security threats that have dogged her and her family since she went public with her allegation against Judge Kavanaugh nearly two weeks ago.
But she was accompanied by a phalanx of friends — many of them high school classmates from the all-girls Holton-Arms School — who have rallied to her side with offers of logistical help, public-relations advice, and even meditation and breathing techniques to calm her.
Now, here is another of those interesting details that is somewhat confusing, as we see in the following sentence from the NY Times article, to wit:
“I anticipate needing some caffeine,” Dr. Blasey told the Senate Judiciary Committee moments after she took her seat at a wooden witness table facing an array of senators and several ultrabright lights.
She would go through two cups of coffee and a bottle of Coke before her turn in the national spotlight was over.
When she was not fielding questions, Dr. Blasey — who was guarded by at least two large plainclothes officers as she made her way around Capitol Hill — retired to a small room reserved for her, to calm herself with breathing exercises and confer with her legal team.
I myself am a multiple trauma victim, having been wounded in the head and left for dead in Viet Nam in 1969, and not wanting to become some kind of drug addict or pill head as a result, I took the natural holistic path of learning to meditate and calm myself with breathing exercises, which are very effective if you can get your mind engaged, so to me, anyway, and no, I am not a trained psychologist like Dr. Ford, it seems to me to be kind of counter-productive to have gotten all hyped up in the first place and jazzed with all that Coke and coffee, but hey, that is just me.
Still, if I had been invited to testify before that same panel back in 2009 when the Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor was being discussed, as I actually thought was going to happen, me being a victim of her injustice as a circuit judge on the 2d Circuit Court of Appeals, I would have been using those breathing exercises before I started my testimony, not after I was all jazzed up from drinking too much Coke, but since it never happened, since I was never contacted by any Senate investigators to tell my story, that remains mere speculation.
Which brings this chapter of the Christine Blasey Ford story to a close, so we can pause for station identification.
But don’t touch that dial, and don’t go away, because this story hasn’t ended; to the contrary, it has just begun.