So. To hear it from various conservatives on this forum, there is a “playbook” democrats use when presented with conservatives trying to gain power. I believe this post by UltraVires sums it up very well:
Another example, from Shodan:
And just so we’re clear, this isn’t the only place I’ve seen this; see also this Tom Stiglich cartoon, or rather don’t, because it’s pretty awful.
So, just so we’re clear, apparently a major fear by conservatives seems to be that if Brett Kavanaugh is not confirmed to the supreme court, we will see a continuous line of such accusations over and over again for the next judge, or indeed for the next any number of judges put forward by the republican party. That this is about something the democrats are doing to Kavanaugh, rather than about something Kavanaugh did.
Is this a fair assessment of the position being taken here? Is it just UltraVires and Shodan who are taking this position, or is it more widespread among conservatives on the board?
Either way, would anyone care to step up and defend this position? Because, I’m gonna be honest, on the face of it, it’s pretty fucking bizarre. Bizarre and really really harmful.
First of all, how many republicans actually get accused of sexual assault? Well, there’s Trump, who has had 22 women come forward against him and bragged about sexual assault on tape. There’s Roy Moore - but it seems his trawling of the mall for underaged girls was kind of common knowledge. Beyond that, what high-profile cases are there? I mean, if this was a “playbook”, you’d think it would have seen some play in some of the special elections since 2016, or indeed in some of the senate or house races in 2016. Or at least one high-profile case that was definitely false. But… No. Looking at the Wikipedia page, every case thus far seems pretty cut-and-dry, and even then they’re rather few and far between. And they’re not exclusively partisan - there’s a fair share of dems in that list.
Secondly, even if it is a “playbook”, this play has a pretty lousy track record. I feel the need to repeat myself, but Donald Trump openly bragged about how, when you’re rich, you can just do what you want to women, and has been accused of sexual assault by some 22 women. He’s currently the president of the united states; these accusations did not stop him from winning. That one should have been a slam dunk; you had to convince the US population, not a group of republican senators, and you had far more to work with. It didn’t work - Trump won.
Thirdly, the amount of effort that goes into this playbook on the part of the women involved is pretty crazy. I think The Nib puts it well in this cartoon. Let’s recall what happened to Christine Blasey Ford after she came forward with an accusation of sexual assault:
In prepared remarks she is scheduled to deliver to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Ford said “my greatest fears have been realized — and the reality has been far worse than what I expected.”
“My family and I have been the target of constant harassment and death threats. I have been called the most vile and hateful names imaginable,” Ford wrote, saying that she and her family were forced to leave their home.
“Since September 16, my family and I have been living in various secure locales, with guards,” Ford said.
This woman was forced to leave her home after some shitbag on twitter doxxed her. Her family has been moving from place to place under guard, lest some nutjob make good on the many, many, many threats they sent her. Most people won’t do that. That’s part of why most rapes go unreported. If we learn anything from #MeToo, the lesson should be that most rape survivors don’t report because they see the odds of getting justice as minuscule and the odds of getting harassed and having to relive that trauma as extremely high.
And for fourth, uh, guys, y’know who’s pretty much bulletproof against accusations of sexual harassment or rape? Women. Pretty big fuckin’ hole in the narrative, there, wouldn’t you think? If republicans nominate a woman to the supreme court, how, exactly, does this “playbook” work out?
So in short: a “playbook” that rarely sees play, with a “play” that rarely works, and, successful or not, costs a woman her safety. Oh, and also it gives people another excuse to ignore allegations of sexual assault, which, as has been quite firmly established lately, is a consistent problem, and to treat those who come forward with claims of sexual assault as partisan attackers, rather than victims. All of this is bad. All of this is really fucking bad. This is a bad take.
Anyone who believes this, feel free, come forward. Defend it. Because if I’ve understood the argument correctly, it’s just completely fucking indefensible. The absolute most charitable way I can interpret this argument is that democrats are using accusations of sexual assault for political gain. But that’s still a really bad argument, because you should use accusations of sexual assault against people, regardless of the politics - people who commit sexual assault should not be in high office.
So what the hell, guys? :mad: