I have, by no means, watched the hearings wall to wall but I did catch a nice sized bite of this morning's Lindsey Graham questioning.
It was historic.
Graham started out with a series of questions which even I found to be intrusive and offensive. Graham grilled Brown in a very personal way about issues that, it seemed to me, were none of his business. My first impression was the Judge Brown was offended. She seemed to have been taken aback. Still, Graham continued, intensifying his attack.
About 5 or 6 of these questions in, a light went on for me. It didn't seem to have with the Judge, though.
Graham was asking exactly the same questions, word for word, the same vile, intrusive, offensive, inappropriate questions that Senate Dems asked, with no shame, of Amy Coney Barrett during her hearings.
Eventually, Graham explained what he was doing, and why. During this commentary, Graham became extremely animated and channeled our very own po in the way I do from time to time, and actually used the word...in a US Senate committee room!, effin, hence the word, "Effin" in the title of this post.
One other note. I watched the ACB hearings carefully. When she was asked these questions, she answered articulately, with grace and patience. On the other hand, KBJ stuttered and stammered and made little sense. Barrett never seemed to be startled nor offended by the questioning. She spoke with clarity and care.
Jackson seemed startled. I can't help but suspect that, as a woman of color, she was taken aback. As a woman of color, my sense is that she probably has always been treated with such deference that she'd never had to deal with a difficult question, certainly not posed in a brusque manner...
...and she spoke haltingly and stammered.
My sense is that KBJ will be confirmed...
...but she ain't no ACB in intellect nor character.
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