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The death of due process, Senate-majority-style

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27.09.2018

They came with their signs and slogans, “Kava-Nope” and “I Stand With Brett.”

They were ready to cheer on their team, the women of #MeToo and the Trump-haters on one side, the protectors of the judge and the GOP Kool-Aid drinkers on the other.

They gathered outside the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington like a throng lining up for standing room tickets to a Stanley Cup final. Millions more watched on television; the fascination of the abomination. The TV news was telling them they were about to witness an “historic” hearing.

It was not a hearing at all, but a sham of monumental proportions — quasi-judicial pornography. Call it the death of due process, Senate majority-style.

And as with most news these days, the sheer entertainment factor of what was to come eclipsed the fact that this was a day when no facts would be discovered — unless one counted the subjective choice of who to believe.

The TV hosts called Prof. Christine Blasey Ford and her testimony “stunning” and “credible.”

No argument from me. She was the girl next door, nicely turned out in a dark blue jacket, sporting nerdy glasses that slipped down the bridge of her nose when she referenced her notes.

Even the soda swigging and gum chewing seemed endearing. She was not pretending to remember everything, nor trying to exude a sense of poise. She evinced what she was really feeling: terror.

Terror, yes, at the hate calls, the death threats, the hacking of her email, the harassment of her friends and colleagues, and the awful loss of privacy America inflicts on anyone unfortunate enough to stumble onto centre-stage of a national scandal.

One thing was paramount in Ford’s testimony. It was Brett Kavanaugh who is alleged to have sexually assaulted her, and who laughed “uproariously” about it while he was pinning her down under his weight, and trying to pull off her clothes, with his hand clasped over her mouth.

When asked how certain she was that Kavanaugh was her attacker, Ford left the people who have ludicrously suggested that this was a case of “mistaken identity” zero wiggle room. “One hundred per cent” she answered.

Judge Kavanaugh was as impressive to his followers as Prof. Ford was to hers. He deployed all the right words. “The truth is, I have not assaulted anyone, not in high school, not in college, not........

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