There’s a big difference between being emotional and being belligerant. To be honest, there were times when I was moved by his emotion also. But the level of evasiveness, rudeness to those questioning him (he even came back and apologized to one of them, no doubt upon advice of his lawyer), and misdirection was appalling!

Question: “Did you ever drink so much that you blacked out?”

Answer: “I was at the top of my class. I was the captain of the basketball team. I worked with disabled children.”

Q: “Yes, but did you ever drink so much that you blacked out?”

A: “Did you?”

That is the way a liar answers questions, not just according to me, but according to former police detectives and crime experts.

Not answering “yes” or “no”: an innocent person will usually answer questions with a direct yes or no. Not so for criminals, says Dittrich. When asked “are you involved in this murder?” they are likely to give a long answer like “I swear on my mother’s grave and all my children I didn’t.” This is a way of stalling: even though they tell themselves to lie, they can’t quite follow through.”

We sat Gorsuch to the bench a year ago with no hullabaloo. He also went to Georgetown Prep and Yale. When this allegation came forward, the Rebuplicans should have selected someone else. There was enough smoke that an actual thorough investigation should have been done, to either clear his name or disqualify him. Even 36 years later, if they had allowed the FBI to interview all relevant witnesses, we still might not have proven a crime, but would have had a good sense if he was the kind of person we want on the court. But the political circus (on both sides of the aisle) has become more about who wins and gets their way rather than actual good government and what is best for the country. Even the Clarence Thomas hearing, which suffered from a certain amount of evidence suppression and refusing to hear from relevant witnesses, looks like positively “best practices” in comparison to all of this.

And once again, I’m back to Justice Stevens, an old white Rebuplican, who publicly stated that Kavanaugh comported himself in a way that is unfit for the high court.

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