drops.

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[His Yale roommate] said that he never witnessed Kavanaugh engage in any sexual misconduct, but did recall him being “frequently, incoherently drunk.” He described [Deborah] Ramirez as a vulnerable outsider. “Is it believable that she was alone with a wolfy group of guys who thought it was funny to sexually torment a girl like Debbie? Yeah, definitely. Is it believable that Kavanaugh was one of them? Yes.”

This rings so true to ol’ UD — the terrible coincidence of sophisticated entitled men and a clueless female innocent. Whatever else the truth and falsity of the charges against Kavanaugh, this statement, which goes to the cruelty and danger of men in certain kinds of groups, rings true.

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9 Responses to “The other shoe…”

  1. theprofessor Says:

    I recall, UD, that UVA Jackie’s fantasy gang-rape rang true to you too. Now that Blasey’s fairy tale has just about collapsed completely, another had to be invented. As, I suppose, Hillary would say, “Haven Monahan…Brett Kavanaugh…what difference does it make?”

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    tp: You’re absolutely right. I also fell for early versions of the Duke lacrosse story. But this post is I hope very careful in not rushing to judgment.

  3. theprofessor Says:

    What fascinates me is the long-standing construct of the “prep school” as a kind of unique bastion of depravity. I went to a Catholic all-boy high school with “prep” in its name, no less, and at every reunion, there are boastful recollections of what hell-raisers we were, what sodden drunks, what aggressive skirt-chasers, etc., etc. The reality is that we were mildly rowdy and occasionally obnoxious, but a policeman would laugh out loud at the idea we caused any serious trouble. The contemporary criminal records of a single class at any of the local public schools back then would exceed 10+ years of anything that went on at our place.

  4. Margaret Soltan Says:

    tp: Not so much unique bastions, but — I think the fact of their being self-identified as very religious, as places you go out of your way to send your kid to because he will get a higher level of spiritual/ethical training, makes them particularly susceptible to the charge of hypocrisy.

    For instance, my sense is that the deeply dedicated drinking culture of a school like G’town Prep blows away most public school competitors — mainly because public schools, like Walter Johnson High in Bethesda (which I attended), are full of many different sorts of people and offer no particular dominant cultural way of being. G’town Prep, though — I doubt there’s much wiggle room if you maybe would rather NOT be a lush. I suspect the price of being a sober-deviant at such a school is very high.

    When these prep school drunks replicate their G’town experience on the – for instance – Duke lacrosse team, really bad things start to happen (see last paragraph).

  5. dcat Says:

    In what world has “Blasey’s” (I assume we mean Ford’s — is getting her name right THAT hard?) case “fallen apart”? It seems as if someone here has decided the doppelganger theory wasn’t COMPLETELY fucking insane even though it’s completely fucking insane. Of course now we’re hearing that he is going to unleash his diaries to prove his innocence (the 17 year old apparently kept diaries in the summer and has kept them ever since. That “Didn’t commit rape today!” entry will finally come in handy!) Or is it the latest one I’ve seen floating around: He was a virgin until he was 25 so he could not be a rapist!

  6. Margaret Soltan Says:

    dcat: Late night comedians have been merciless about the calendar (see S. Colbert). And no – nothing’s falling apart here.

  7. theprofessor Says:

    Sigh. Blasey goes by her maiden name professionally. Check the faculty directory at Palo Alto U. and her published articles, dcat. Is getting her professional name correct REALLY that hard?

  8. dcat Says:

    Snark deserves snark, professor. Touche.

    But, to substance — how is the case falling apart, [a]professor? You assert that it was because of thedoppelganger. Do you not recognize that it was stupid to assert that the case was falling apart because of that absurd argument?

    Sexual violence apologists are gonna apologize, I guess. And white dudes are gonna assume women’s stories of sexual assault are “fairy tales,” I guess. Sigh, indeed.

  9. theprofessor Says:

    Just to make the rubble bounce. Letter dated 7/30/2018, sent to Dianne “Dirty Di” Feinstein. Signed by “Christine Blasey.” The Blasey Ford thing seems to have been dreamed up by some media advisor, probably to allay the suspicions of the still- sizable segment of American womanhood that thinks married women should take the husband’s name.

    Zero corroborating witnesses; blanket denials by people she claims were there. Zero refinement of the month, day, and time. Can’t say anything specific about where, except maybe near a country club. Can’t explain why she would even be there, given that this was supposedly not a big party, but a “gathering” and the boys there not part of her normal social circle. Therapist took bad notes a few years ago–here let me fix them, with help of wholly disinterested hub. Numbers of attendees change. Can’t remember how she got there or got home. Bff denies having been at party or knowing BK, so no ride from that quarter. Blasey does’t remember walking miles home, calling her parents, etc? Give me a break.

    The reality, dcat, is that affluent prep girls like Blasey have moms and other family members who took tons of photographs to document family activities of all sorts. Ditto for BK. It would not be difficult to sit down with some relatives and go through family photos to build a rough timeline of where she was and what she was doing that summer. This isn’t hard, once you start doing it. I can tell you where I was and doing what in general every single summer during high school and college within the range of three weeks or so, without looking at any documentation. If I sat down with the family photos, and talked with my sibs, I could easily get the high school summers refined down to less than ten days and probably less than that. The “mystery summer” is a total crock for someone from a family like hers.

    The reason that she and her handlers wanted the “FBI investigation” was not to find witnesses, but to get hold of a BK timeline for that summer, so that they could come up with a more specific day and/or time of day. If she says June, and it turns out that BK and fam spent the whole month visiting Aunt Polly and Uncle Tom away from their home, it’s game over. If she says it was a weekday afternoon in July, and it turns out that BK had 2-a-day practices every weekday, it’s game over.

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