In 2018, Republicans have come a long way when it comes to their basic sense of decency. Back in 2016, they were absolutely fine with electing a self confessed sexual predator to the highest office in the land. In 2017, they were fine with electing an alleged pedophile to the US Senate.
Two years later, and the party of mostly white, mostly old, male conservatives have found their hearts and are allowing the victim of a potential sexual assault to be heard...by them...on live television.
Due to the extreme generosity of the GOP, Christine Blasey Ford, who says she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, is being extended an opportunity to be grilled by a group of old, white, Republican men to see whether she is lying or not.
“Do they want to have the hearing or not?" Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley complained to Hugh Hewitt yesterday. "We’re delaying the vote strictly to get all the facts out on the table. What would be the purpose of the hearing if Dr. Ford doesn’t want to respond?”
Ford then did respond saying she would be happy to testify, but only after the issue was investigated by the FBI. According to Grassley and other Republicans however, attempted rape allegations do not require interference by law enforcement, because they are uniquely qualified to ascertain whether Ford is telling the truth or not.
“Dr. Ford’s testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events," Grassley said in a statement. "Nothing the FBI or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay.”
Tweeted Senator Lindsey Graham:
Who knew Republican Senators were experts in rape cases?
To be fair, Republican men do have an extensive track record when it comes to their knowledge of the female body and what it means for women to be sexually assaulted and raped.
"Rape is kinda like the weather," Texas Republican Clayton Williams once said. "If it's inevitable, relax and enjoy it."
"Rape victims should make the best of a bad situation," said Rick Santorum when asked why women should not abort unwanted fetuses.
"If it's legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try and shut the whole thing down," Republican Todd Akin said of women who conceive after being raped.
And here was John Koster on the "rape thing":
“But on the rape thing, it’s like, how does putting more violence onto a woman’s body and taking the life of an innocent child that’s a consequence of this crime, how does that make it better?”
What is clear from the Republican response to Dr Ford's allegations is that they see it as a politically motivated play by the Democrats. Of course there is no evidence for this whatsoever, in fact it seems the exact opposite is true given Ford's extreme reluctance to come forward. But to the party that has no problem with electing pedophiles and sexual predators, it doesn't really matter -- it is what their voters believe is the case. Fox News is busy smearing Ford with allegations that the lie detector test she took wasn't valid, someone else paid for it etc, etc, and the GOP is doing its best to discredit her as a witness. Ford is clearly trying to shield herself from this by having the authorities investigate it properly (she has already moved out of her house due to death threats), but she is fighting an uphill battle against a foe with no interest in truth and justice.
The Republicans want to ram through Brett Kavanaugh as quickly as possible in order to lock down the Supreme Court for the next 30 years and are willing to overlook pretty much anything. Lying under oath? No problem. Years of undisclosed legal documents? Not an issue. Attempted rape as a teenager? Boys will be boys.