[Rushtalk] Democrats really hate Kavanaugh / Is this credible????

John Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Tue Oct 2 00:57:40 MDT 2018

/*Personally, I think that Kavanaugh should have thrown a tantrum big 
enough to be measured on the Richter scale!*/

On 9/30/2018 3:00 PM, Carl Spitzer wrote:
>   *The Boys' Club That Protects Brett Kavanaugh*
> *By Emily Witt, The New Yorker*
> *23 September 18*
> **
> *C-SPAN clip has been circulating online. It dates from September 6th, 
> the third day of the Senate hearings to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the 
> Supreme Court. In the video, John Neely Kennedy, the Republican 
> senator from Louisiana, asked Kavanaugh about his time at Georgetown 
> Preparatory School, the Jesuit boys’ school he attended.*
> *“I can tell from your testimony those were formative years for you,” 
> Kennedy said, in his Southern drawl.*
> *“Very formative,” Kavanaugh replied.*
> *In a statement following his nomination, on July 9th, Kavanaugh 
> referred to the Georgetown Prep motto, “Men for others.” Several dozen 
> of his former classmates signed a letter to the leaders of the Senate 
> Judiciary Committee, saying that “he remains the same grounded and 
> approachable person that we met in High School.”*
> *“What was it like for you?” Kennedy asked. “What were you like?”*
> *Kavanaugh appeared to blush slightly. He made eye contact and nodded 
> at someone unseen. He half laughed, as if unsure whether the question 
> was serious.*
> *“Were you a John-Boy Walton type, or a Ferris Bueller type?” Kennedy 
> probed.*
> *Kavanaugh laughed more, encouraged by others laughing around him, but 
> he didn’t answer. By all indications, he was not the bookish, 
> responsible John-Boy Walton. (That more accurately describes Justice 
> Neil Gorsuch, who also graduated from Georgetown Prep.) Kavanaugh 
> said, “I loved sports, first and foremost.” He played football and 
> basketball. He furrowed his brow as he became more reflective. He 
> worked hard at school, he continued. He had a lot of friends. Some of 
> his friends had been attending the hearings.*
> *“You left out the trouble part. I was waiting for that,” Kennedy said.*
> *Kavanaugh looked uncomfortable. “Uh, right,” he said. “That’s 
> encompassed under the friends.” He tried smiling again.*
> *“Now, see, I was going to ask the judge, if not him but any of his 
> underage running buddies tried to sneak a few beers past Jesus or 
> something like that in high school,” Kennedy said. “But I’m not going 
> to go there.” Kavanaugh smiled.*
> *Ten days later, Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo 
> Alto University, publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her 
> at a high-school house party in Bethesda, Maryland. Ford described 
> Kavanaugh as “stumbling drunk” at the time of the assault. He has 
> flatly denied the accusation. His defenders point out that she dates 
> the assault to thirty-six years ago, when Kavanaugh was only a 
> teen-ager. But Kavanaugh has made his high-school years a very 
> prominent part of his personal narrative. In a speech three years ago 
> at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law, Kavanaugh said, “What 
> happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep,” adding, of 
> himself and his friends, “That’s been a good thing for all of us, I 
> think.” When he answered Kennedy in the Senate hearings, Kavanaugh 
> mentioned that Jim Fegan, his high-school football coach, had texted 
> him just three nights before, and that since being nominated he’s been 
> running on the Georgetown Prep track on the weekends. Some people put 
> high school behind them. Kavanaugh has not.*
> *Kavanaugh managed to avoid testifying on whether he snuck a few beers 
> past Jesus. But, as has been widely reported, the inside jokes on his 
> high-school yearbook page list him as the treasurer of the “Keg City 
> Club” and a member of the “Beach Week Ralph Club,” and make reference 
> to “100 Kegs or Bust.” Close readers of his yearbook page have debated 
> whether “Have You Boofed Yet?” refers to the practice of anally 
> ingesting alcohol or drugs. According to many graduates of Washington 
> prep schools, the party culture described in yearbooks often created 
> occasions for sexual harassment and assault. More than a thousand 
> women who attended Holton-Arms, the girls’ school from which Ford 
> graduated, have signed a letter that describes the alleged assault as 
> “all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending 
> Holton. Many of us are survivors ourselves.”*
> *Now the rest of us are learning about the hierarchy of Washington 
> private schools—about what it meant, in the eighties, to go to 
> Georgetown Prep as opposed to Landon or Gonzaga, and about the girls’ 
> schools Stone Ridge, Visitation, and Holton-Arms. By all appearances, 
> the kids from these prep schools almost exclusively socialize with one 
> another, and that social network informs their identities for the rest 
> of their lives. As reporters have investigated Kavanaugh’s high-school 
> years, many alumni have expressed fear about going on the record and 
> alienating themselves from a close-knit community. “I guess you could 
> call it a fraternity between a bunch of rich kids,” an anonymous 
> alumnus of Georgetown Prep, who overlapped with Kavanaugh there, told 
> the Huff Post. “All this shit happens, and then nobody really wants to 
> talk about it, because if one person crumbles, the whole system 
> crumbles, and everybody tells on everybody.” I spoke with another 
> Georgetown Prep alumnus, who hated high school but still didn’t want 
> to go on the record about what it was like there. Even for those who 
> take less pride in the institution, what happens at Georgetown Prep 
> stays at Georgetown Prep.*
> *In 1990, seven years after Kavanaugh graduated, four students were 
> expelled from the school for participating in a hazing ritual called 
> “butting.” According to the Washington **/Post/**, which reported on 
> the fallout from the expulsions, in the ritual, “a student is held 
> down while another student places his naked buttocks close to the 
> victim’s face.” One of the students, whose father was an alumnus, 
> filed a lawsuit with his parents contesting his expulsion, arguing 
> that he and his classmates had taken the fall for a common practice at 
> the school. When a county judge rejected the lawsuit, the boy’s 
> father, who told the **/Post/**that nineteen family members had 
> attended Georgetown Prep, said, “I don’t think too kindly of the 
> school,” adding that he planned to have his name struck from the 
> alumni rolls. It was an extraordinary display of privilege, and of the 
> protections that people think they will receive for expressing loyalty 
> to an institution.*
> *During the past week, Georgetown Prep has defended its reputation, 
> publishing a letter from its president, the Reverend James Van Dyke, 
> to “the Prep Community.” It is a strange document, in which Van Dyke 
> describes this as “a time to continue our ongoing work with the guys 
> on developing a proper sense of self and a healthy understanding of 
> masculinity, in contrast to so many of the cultural models and 
> caricatures that they see.” The reasons for any bad behavior, it 
> seems, lie outside the school. “That we are elite, we cannot deny,” he 
> writes. “That we are privileged, we also cannot deny.” But, Van Dyke 
> continues, “We are not entitled, and one of the most important lessons 
> we strive to live and teach our students is an ethic of service and 
> compassion and solidarity with those in need.” Georgetown Prep 
> students are framed not as citizens but as benevolent patriarchs: 
> their good behavior is a form of service. Van Dyke speaks of a need to 
> show “respect for women and other marginalized people.” These are 
> unfortunate constructions. Before the alleged assault, Ford wasn’t 
> necessarily “marginalized”; she wasn’t “in need.”*
> *What Kavanaugh appears to have been taught, as a young person, is 
> that goodness is working at a soup kitchen or volunteering on a 
> mission to a poorer country; it’s granted to other people as an act of 
> charity. Meanwhile, less good behavior would be tolerated, as long as 
> it happened under the veil of drunkenness, or as a joke. The Jesuit 
> fathers would turn a blind eye to the yearbook, and U.S. senators 
> would chuckle at frat-boy antics. In this world, high school doesn’t 
> end when you’re eighteen; it’s a lifelong circle of mutual support, an 
> in-crowd that protects itself.*
> *One quote on Kavanaugh’s yearbook page is an apparent reference to 
> his friend Mark Judge, who Ford says was in the room when Kavanaugh 
> assaulted her. Judge, who says he has “no memory” of the incident and 
> that he does not want to testify, is the author of a 1997 memoir 
> called “Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk.” The quote is from Benjamin 
> Franklin; the emphasis is Kavanaugh’s: “He that would live in peace 
> and at ease must not speak all he knows, nor JUDGE all he sees.” The 
> next few days will show whether Kavanaugh was right to place his faith 
> in this system.*
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