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So far, 2018 Republicans look much, much worse than 1991 Republicans.

The crime alleged in 1991 by Anita Hill was sexual harassment. The crime alleged in 2018 by Christine Blasey Ford is sexual assault.

The FBI investigated the 1991 incident at the request of the Republican White House. The investigation took three days. The 2018 Republican White House is not asking the FBI to investigate. Trump and his Republicans aren't concerned enough about the possibility of admitting a perpetrator of sexual assault (and liar) to the Supreme Court of the United States of America that they would ask the FBI to check it out, something perfectly within their power to do. The Republican media and echo chamber are even dishonestly circulating the idea that it can't be done.

It is important to note that Kavanaugh himself has not endorsed that the FBI background investigation be reopened, a strong indicator that he is guilty of what he is being accused of. Not endorsing the FBI investigation is also a strong indicator that Trump and his Republicans in Congress are guilty of trying to cover up Kavanaugh's likely crime.

Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans are trying to arrange to be able to hide behind an outside counsel (likely a woman) during the hearing next week. Indeed, rather than simply asking Dr. Blasey Ford what her preferences would be and attempting to accommodate them, Republicans have thrown together their own list of "reasonable" options (all self-serving to them) and pressured Blasey Ford to accept them, not just in private but in releases to the media. That is, they are using the media to bully and pressure someone whose only offense is that she is trying to keep a guy who very likely committed sexual assault off of the Supreme Court. She's a good American, therefore. They simply are not.

Trump and his 2018 Republicans in Congress are (and I use the word very rarely) disgraceful.

Machiavelli: "Genuine Virtue counts in Difficult Times, but when Things are going well...

…, it is rather to those whose popularity is due to Wealth or Parentage that Men look."

If Machiavelli's insight is true, it explains how Republicans like Dubya I and Dubya II make it to the Presidency. Dems like Clinton and Obama get us out of difficult times and into times of prosperity. The prosperity makes people less anxious, so a lot of them possibly become less concerned about virtue/competence in their leadership. They then let unworthy, mouthy, spoiled screw-ups like Dubya I and Dubya II have power. The unworthy guys push everyone back into difficult times, and the cycle continues.

Are private companies like Facebook and Twitter allowed to decide what will be on their platform?

Wow. It looks like Kavanaugh really did it.

And followers of Republicanism are blind to it. Kavanaugh should welcome the investigation. The guy's supposed to be a developed enough human being to sit on the Supreme Court, but he can't just say, "I'm sorry, but I didn't do this, and, of course, I welcome any and all investigation into the matter. I want there to be no doubt in any American's mind that I am both honest and did not sexually assault anyone."

But apparently he can't say that. Followers of Republicanism look like they are going to leave that doubt in the minds of everyone, including themselves. They really have gone around the bend if so. Way around it.

If Kavanaugh doesn't also call for an FBI investigation, it is a sign he is guilty.

The FBI does background checks of people all the time regardless of whether a criminal case is being built. Kavanaugh needs to show he doesn't fear the results. It would mean a lot for his credibility. If Kavanaugh doesn't actively join in the call for an FBI investigation, it shows he is very likely guilty of what he is accused of.

Does Trump believe conspiracy theories or just promote ones he doesn't believe?

Obama wasn't born in the United States? Three to five million illegals voted, costing Trump the popular vote win? Democrats faked the Puerto Rico death toll numbers to make him look bad? Do you think Trump believes these things himself, or is he just shoveling it out there for others to believe.

Should Trump circle his properties with replicas of the wall he is forcing onto others' properties?

In my never-ending series of polls on Trump's keeping his own skin out of every Trump game...Should Trump be expected to put "electrified, razor wire, radar, video droned, armed guard walls" around his own properties like he expects landowners on our Southern border to do?

Republican farmers must be getting sick of Trump

First Trump cut their soybean prices. Then he had the nerve to offer them a pittance of government charity extracted from U.S. taxpayers. Does Trump care that these farmers may have lost market share for good?

Then the laws of probability caught up with a Republican farmer in Iowa who hired the (apparently) confessed murderer of a young woman. Trump is, of course, happy to have a bell curve tail case to use as "proof" (which it isn't even close to being) for his stupid wall idea. But Republican farmers? I doubt they are happy. Thanks to Trump they are now going to be held accountable for the behavior of any current or past hires they have made. All in the service of mathematically greasy ignorance, racism, and hucksterism.

If only Obama could take credit for his economy...

Unfortunately, Obama may feel he can't loudly take credit for the Obama/Dem economy we are all enjoying. If he did, it would remind those who follow Republicanism that they gave the world leadership example Dubya. The very worst thing Obama did from the true perspective of those who follow Republicanism is be a lot better than Dubya. Obama succeeded immediately after their huge failure, in other words. That's his unforgiveable sin.

Suppose you hired a guy to brick your new patio. He goes out there, breaks all of your expensive bricks, digs a hole in the middle with his backhoe, and cuts through your sewer line and TV cable. He gets "done," and you've got a shambles in your back yard and a huge bill. That's what the Republicans did with Dubya.

But now your brother-in-law (the successful one you don't like) hires another bricklayer. The new bricklayer cleans up the mess and leaves the patio spotless and ready for use. He charges a fraction of the cost of the incompetent bricklayer you hired. Your brother-in-law's bricklayer was plainly better.

Still, you complain about the patio. You are careful not to talk about the bricklayer you chose, because that would only show you for a fool and make your brother-in-law feel superior. So you dump the used oil from your last oil change on a section of patio and complain that it has an oil stain. You take a pick to another section in the middle of the night and complain the next morning that there are cracks. Finally, you call in your incompetent bricklayer's twin brother and ask him to "fix" the problems you have "found."

The new bricklayer goes out on the perfectly good patio and takes a long nap in one of the hammocks. You fall all over him in praise. The bricks stayed where they were! My goodness! The new bricklayer deserves huge credit, you say. And, of course, you deserve credit for picking him. (The real payoff in this scenario.)

The good bricklayer? You still have nothing but bad things to say about him. He's taking heat from you because you can't admit you were wrong. You so can't admit you were wrong that you would rather be wrong again then give your brick projects to the better bricklayer.

You give the work for your chimney tuckpointing to the bad bricklayer. You come home and find a giant crater in your patio. The chimney fell on it.

If you wanted moral guidance, would you be able to trust an Evangelical Trump supporter?

I'm not talking about Evangelicals in general, of course, and I have absolutely nothing against them. On the contrary, I have a great deal of respect for Evangelical Christianity. My question is, "What have Evangelical Trump supporters done to their faith's moral and religious credibility?"

Suppose someone were seeking guidance and fellowship and needed or was leaning toward Evangelical Christianity. Then they find out that a very substantial number of Evangelicals supported (and some continue to support) Donald Trump. What if that seeking person turned away after seeing this fairly apparent display of wanton principle hedging and faith underperformance.

Is Trump worth it? If not, how can Evangelical Trump supporters undo the damage they have done?
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