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What would be the downside for Collins, Murkowski, or Flake to vote down Kavanaugh?

The Trumpies will throw a fit? That's the downside? Because that's not much of a downside. They all three think the Trumpies need to be pushed back up in their attics and given a rubber band to play with. If Blasey Ford sounds believable, Kavanaugh is going down, and it looks to me like she is going to be very believable.

Suppose you were in Kavanaugh's shoes and were guilty. Would you...?

Suppose you were in Kavanaugh's shoes and were innocent. Would you...?

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?
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