Today is a day marked in her-tory forever on how women have been and will be treated by men, moving forward. Being sexually emancipated by men, for women to no longer feel that they need to keep quiet and have their matters swept under a rug; sexual predators and assaulters will be held accountable. Doesn’t matter if you are rich, poor, black or white and especially young or old, men will have to change their mind set on the value of women and give them their equal rights.
It could be one of those Washington days that define a political era….
) When Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh and his original accuser Christine Blasey Ford deliver dueling testimony on Thursday, they will conjure drama of an intensity unusual even in the Trump administration.
Take it from the commander in chief himself, who said of a day steeped in political, legal and judicial consequences: “I think it’s going to be a very, very, important day in the history of our country,” President Donald Trump said in New York on Wednesday evening.
In Room 226 in the Dirksen Senate Office building, Kavanaugh will effectively stand trial after three women came forward with accusations about his conduct as a teenager in the alcohol-fueled youth party culture of the early 1980s.
“I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process. This effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out,” Kavanaugh will tell senators,
while denying all the accusations against him, according to an advance excerpt of his remarks. Kavanaugh also denied new accusations
released in Senate Judiciary Committee transcripts Wednesday night.
“I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified,”
Ford will tell the committee, according to an early copy of her testimony
. “It is not my responsibility to determine whether Mr. Kavanaugh deserves to sit on the Supreme Court. My responsibility is to tell the truth.”
A person involved in Kavanaugh’s preparation for the hearing with senior White House officials said the judge was deeply angry and could show more emotion at the hearing than in his rather stilted interview on Fox News this week. The source added that for the judge it was now as much about clearing his name as a spot on the court.
Samantha Guerry, a friend of Ford, meanwhile told NBC’s “Today” show that although Ford was terrified, she was ready for the hearing. “She’s spent quite a bit of time centering herself, and she is fierce and determined and undaunted, so we shouldn’t underestimate her. When she shows up this morning, she’ll be ready,” Guerry said.
Thursday is about far more than a painful and compelling human drama that will be decided not by a jury, but the votes of 100 senators. It is the culmination of decades of political and societal forces that have led up to a political pivot point.
The Judiciary Committee hearing will not only seal or doom Kavanaugh’s hopes of reaching the Supreme Court: It will decide whether he becomes the vote that could shape how the nation lives for a generation by enshrining a conservative Supreme Court majority.
If his nomination fails, the partisan bitterness that has festered over the last few weeks will likely be a preview of an even more damaging political breakdown during the search for a new nominee to fill the crucial swing seat on the court. That fight would weigh heavily on the last weeks of the midterm election campaign, in which Democrats are aiming to at least take back the House — a scenario that could impose a vise on Trump’s presidency, and even lead to impeachment proceedings.
Another leading character in Trump’s churning political melodrama, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is waiting for his fate
to be decided. Speculation has been rife all week that he will be fired or resign in a meeting with the President on Thursday — but Trump said at his news conference he was thinking of postponing
their chat so he could concentrate on the Kavanaugh hearing.
It’s not surprising since Trump often acts as the executive producer of his own presidency, so why would he not wait for a quiet moment to spin out another drama that will transfix Washington? As with Kavanaugh, the uncertainty around Rosenstein is not just about the threat of one man’s meticulously built Washington career being destroyed in a matter of moments. If he is removed by Trump, in what some critics have branded a “slow motion Saturday Night massacre,” a Watergate-era purge at the Justice Department, special counsel Robert Mueller’s job could also be at risk since Rosenstein also oversees the Russia investigation.
And yet as the President has presided over the uproar raging around both men, he set off new uncertainty about Kavanaugh’s fate Wednesday, despite calling the allegations a “big, fat con job”
and strongly siding with his nominee. As Senate Republicans are pushing for votes on the nomination starting Friday, the President confused the message by saying he could change his mind after the hearing.
“They’re giving the women a major chance to speak. Now it’s possible I’ll hear that and say, ‘Hey I’m changing my mind. Hey, that’s possible,’ ” Trump said.
The President might not have been serious, since he also lashed out against women who have made accusations of sexual assault against him personally. But he can hardly have pleased Republican senators with his intervention.