Wedge Issues

October 18, 2018. It’s a wedge anniversary day. October 19, 1987. The market crash. October 17, 1989. The Big San Francisco World Series Earthquake. Anything can happen before the mid-terms.

As for wedge issues. The media squawks over every Trump tweet & soundbite giving him the constant spotlight. Even if mostly critical of everything he does, he gets the daily limelight. In the meantime, average American voters go to work and school. Drive their kids to games and other activities. Worry about mortgage payments, health insurance. Their issues rarely intersect with what’s on the news. That’s why polls are no longer reliable predictors.

Pollsters stab their tarnished forks into a leftover slice of old pie.

Yesterday’s Couple

President Clinton’s tag line. Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow. Yet. Bill & Hill will not leave the stage. Yesterday’s couple. Going on tour for high stakes conversations as has-been pols. Always in search of the next buck. As the Democratic party desperately needs new blood.

Bill’s past antics fodder for #MeToo ads. A new Broadway Show with Laurie Metcalfe and John Lithgow. Hillary & Clinton. Really? Guess the over-65 crowd will go. What’s next? Go Joe! Biden. Yay! Pelosi. No.

Let’s start thinking about tomorrow.

Two Stateswomen

Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski. From Maine and Alaska. Close colleagues who took very different votes on Brett Kavanaugh. Both made deliberate, diligent, thoughtful, non-partisan decisions. Collins supported his nomination in a factual studied listing of his centrist opinions on the bench. She cited the presumption of innocence as a critical component of American values. Murkowski agreed with much of Collins’ reasoning, yet felt that in the end Kavanaugh has the wrong demeanor to be a Supreme Court Justice for this time.

Both Republicans. Different conclusions. Both stateswomen.

New Justice

There may or may not be a new Justice on the Supreme Court named Brett Kavanaugh. However, there is a new justice in the country. Maybe it is necessary to swing the pendulum toward taking accusations of sexual assault more seriously. Yet it’s a dangerous precedent.

Overreach has again taken over a valid debate. Media interviews with roommates and classmates whose sources are neither vetted nor corroborated have thrown journalism standards out.

Ben Sasse of Nebraska took to the Senate floor to rail against the mishandling of the Kavanaugh nomination. He said he’d suggested nominating a woman before anyone was chosen because he knew the current cast of characters couldn’t have a nuanced discussion of sexual harassment issues. He was right. Overreach usually begets backlash. We’ll see in the mid-terms.

Fiend or Foe

Brett Kavanaugh may or may not have been a drunken aggressor in high school or a frat fiend in college. If so, he should be disqualified for a seat on the Supreme Court. My experience with DKE, of which he was a member, is that it was a notoriously nasty fraternity of jocks who behaved badly toward outsider men and women alike. 

That said, what’s going on in our country now is scary. If a person can accuse another person of a serious action or even crime by writing an anonymous letter, which is immediately published or read on national television, we should all be very afraid. Get into your bunkers and hide. One phone call to Ronan Farrow can ruin the reputation and career of anyone. Innocent until proven guilty is gone. No one is safe.

Senate Coots

Sad in and of itself. Same guys who were less than gracious to Anita Hill are still around for the Christine Ford – Brett Kavanaugh fiasco. Sitting on the Judiciary Committee were/are Patrick Leahy, Orrin Hatch, Chuck Grassley. Potential Presidential candidate Joe Biden also on the Committee then wasn’t woke either. After they trashed Hill, they voted for Clarence Thomas.

There is no equivalency here. Anita Hill had grievances as a professional employee. Christine Ford loosely recounts Kavanaugh’s alleged behavior at a drunken party in high school.