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They Had a Triumphal Pity Party for Brett Kavanaugh, and He Vigorously Participated

Charles P. Pierce
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From Esquire

WASHINGTON—On Thursday night, the Federalist Society held its annual gala event in Union Station, its members inconveniencing commuters with the same thoroughness with which they inconvenience minority voters and women seeking to exercise their fundamental rights to privacy. One of the featured speakers was Federalist Society centerfold Brett Kavanaugh, currently an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, much to the delight of his high school pals PJ and Squee. Kavanaugh’s attendance occasioned one of the finest acts of public trolling these eyes ever have seen.

A group called Demand Justice, the members of which are most assuredly not Over It, put up a tractor-trailer sized HD screen right across from the main entrance to the station, where the limousines were dropping off the gaily-dressed Originalists and their spousal units. On this screen, in an endless loop, Demand Justice ran the televised testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford which, you may recall, got Kavanaugh all yell-y and forced him to ask Amy Klobuchar if she’d ever been blackout drunk. (Owned, libs!) It was the first thing that any of the people arriving at this antebellum hootenanny saw upon their arrival.

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“One of our campaigns since Kavanaugh got confirmed has been to find some way to hold him accountable,” said Katie O'Connor, a lawyer and part of the Demand Justice group. “Until he is held accountable, we’re going to be out here.”

O’Connor was extremely vague about whether or not the group had asked Dr. Ford if she was cool with having her traumatic testimony replayed the way it was. “We’re definitely in touch with people who are in touch with her,” O’Connor said. “I haven’t asked her. She has from time to time gotten out in public a bit.”

Inside Union Station, there was a generalized triumphal pity party for Kavanaugh, in which he vigorously participated. From NPR:

His appearance marked the first time Kavanaugh addressed the group that played a key role in his confirmation process. Grinning with pleasure, he delivered an address that was largely a laundry list of people to whom he offered "gratitude" for securing his "new job" — as a justice on the nation's highest court.

"I signed up for what I knew would be an ugly process," Kavanaugh said. But, he quickly added, "maybe not that ugly.” It wasn't until Kavanaugh spoke about his youngest daughter's prayers during the confirmation hearings that his composure faltered. "Matt Damon would have made it through this," said a choked-up Kavanaugh, drawing a large laugh from the crowd with his reference to the actor's portrayal of Kavanaugh on Saturday Night Live.

Meanwhile, outside on the big screen, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, whose life is still caught up in the “ugly process” that landed Brett Kavanaugh a lifetime appointment to one of the most powerful judicial positions in the world, sounded as though her voice was torn and bleeding. There was no applause. No champagne. Just a witness, sounding again and again in the winter-laden night.

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