It’s quarter to ten and I would normally be posting a new column, but in addition to being laid up and distracted by shingles-related pain this week (and grief from losing my grandmother over the weekend—and worry about my dad who had emergency surgery a couple days ago), I am ENRAGED by Brett Kavanaugh’s likely confirmation even in light of four allegations of sexual assault and misconduct against him. I know many of you feel the same rage and need and want a place to express and share some of that. Christine Blasey Ford is set to testify in a few minutes in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegation that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her when they were in high school. She says she’s terrified but is doing this because it’s her civic duty. I consider her a hero and stand with her in solidarity, as well as with all victims of sexual assault and harassment and misconduct, including those who suffered at the hands of men who have been awarded positions of power and celebrity despite their abhorrent treatment of women.
I’ll be watching the hearing live on TV at home, and I assume many of you will be following along today as you’re able to from work or home or wherever. This is an open thread to share your thoughts and vent your anger if you want to.