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Christine Blasey Has Agreed to Testify, Much to the Consternation of Republicans

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | September 20, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | September 20, 2018 |


Christine Blasey absolutely does not owe us or the Senate or anyone else her story, but goddamn, I am glad that she’s decided to call the Republicans’ bluff and go through with her Senate testimony on Monday, so long as the “terms that are fair and … ensure her safety.”

The GOP thought that by not meeting her wishes for an FBI investigation that Blasey would bail, and while they were all publicly telling her that they welcomed her testimony, they were privately hoping that she would not follow through. That they wouldn’t face any more uncomfortable questions. That they could quietly vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh and move on to the midterms.

No doubt, they will still vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, but Dr. Blasey is going to make goddamn sure that they won’t be able to do so quietly, that she will get her say, that the nation will be able to put a voice and a face to the accusations — because too many people don’t see it as human until they confront the human — and she’s going to make them have to choose between believing Dr. Blasey — who has no reason to lie — and Brett, who has already lied.

Meanwhile, to add fuel to the Kavanaugh trash fire, the Guardian is reporting that Amy Chua — a Yale professor who advised women on how to conduct themselves in interviews for clerkships with Kavanaugh — also suggested that it was “not an accident” that Kavanaugh’s female law clerks all “looked like models.” She told them how to exude “model-like” femininity, while her husband — another Yale professor — suggested that Kavanaugh liked female clerks who had a certain “look.”

However, the remarks from Chua and Rubenfeld raise questions about why the couple believed it was important to emphasize the students’ physical appearance when discussing jobs with Kavanaugh. The couple were not known to do that in connection with other judges, sources said.

“It is possible that they were making observations but not following edicts from him,” said one student who received such instructions. “I have no reason to believe he was saying, ‘Send me the pretty ones’, but rather that he was reporting back and saying, ‘I really like so and so,’ and the way he described them led them to form certain conclusions.”

That certainly merits further investigation, as well.

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