Over the last two days, the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for nominee Brett Kavanaugh have proved riveting, dramatic television, while at the same time, causes this correspondent to despair about the future of our Republic and curse the state of our current modalities of practicing politics and executing policy. But, one item about this I haven't heard anyone pick up on yet. And I'd like to illustrate this and ask, what do you think about it?
OK, so we know the Two Faces of Kavanaugh. The first time he appeared he was polite, calm, confident. He demonstrated capability, competence, and a decidedly conservative bend.
Then there was the second appearance on Thursday. And a much different Kavanaugh appeared. This one was angry, defiant, partisan, mean. And yeah, you could much more easily see THIS guy, 30 and 35 years prior, sexually abusing women. That wasn't a great leap at all.
Some people say that "the real Kavanaugh" showed up. I'm not too sure. Very few people that age, and certainly, having achieved what he has, openly carries so much anger. I'm much more willing to believe something else said by many pundits-- that the Thursday eruption was conducted for an "audience of one", that being President Trump. As in, Kavanaugh needed to show Trump he had some fire, that he really wanted the appointment, or else Trump may leave him hanging and basically, end his career. Yeah. I definitely see that.
And, that being said, how pitiful and pathetic it is that such is the case? Why does a Supreme Court nominee have to become an ass, in part as a show performance for maybe the most well-accomplished sexual predator of all time? (Mind you, this does not excuse Kavanaugh for being an ass. He's made his own decisions and I hope that he gets what he deserves for what he's done.)
But I will hold this to you, True Believers, as the latest example of Trump making the political class in Washington jump around like untrained monkeys, cheeping and tumbling to do his bidding. And that's pathetic. The last two days of acrimony, people at each other's throats, tears, anger by protestors in the halls of Congress and on the National Mall? That's all on Trump. It's all on him because he makes so many people so afraid and angry and also, proud and feeling like he's fighting for them. While, the reality is-- and I've said this before and I'll say it again-- this man is no conservative. He is a right-wing anarchist and any conservative with an ounce of morality would and should disown this fool in a second. Except they don't.
However, insight was given this week on how to fight Trump Evil. Remember, earlier this week, when Trump stood before the UN General Assembly, boasting about being the most accomplished first two years of an administration in history, and dozens of UN Delegates laughed? Openly laughed? And Trump was taken aback and later sloughed it off?
I guarantee you that angered him more than anything that's ever happened to that man. Because if Trump is one thing, he is an A-1 narcissist. And the way to destroy a narcissist, to undermine their confidence like a swarm of termites and to cause is house to fall-- is to laugh at him. Is to expose him for the insecure, childish boor that he is. Not by debating. Not by getting angry. By laughing. By mocking. And not of the late night monologue variety, either. By taking that of which he is most proud, taking it apart, and diminishing it. That's how it works.
Hopeful of more of that over the next 26 months or so.
Let's be careful out there.
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