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9 minutes ago, DMC said:

You see him just now?  What a piece of shit.  Referring to Blasey Graham said "she is just a victim of this as Brett Kavanaugh."  Wow.

Yea. He's enraging me to no end today. He also tried to paint himself as a victim with his getting ambushed by dems bs. He desrves to get confronted non stop now.

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I just watched the first hour and a half and the last half, Mitchell seemed pretty professional to me. If anything she was probably much kinder to Ford than the Republicans wanted. 

It threw me for a second when she latched on to the heard/understood comment, but Ford's answer was common sense and she moved on immediately. At the end of the hearing she went over to Ford and exchanged words, which seemed very amiable. There's a whole host of people on that committee who have been unprofessional or downright incompetent, seems odd to me that Mitchell would be singled out on this one. 

 

In any case, from what I watched, I was hugely impressed by Ford. That's some intense testimony. 

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I thought Mitchell did an okay job. I think she was told how to proceed and what questioning they wanted to do, and she did what she could with it, but there's only so much she could do. 

I don't think it helped very much; Dr. Ford's testimony was very solid and reasonable, and I think people who listened to it will be hard-pressed to fault her particularly much. Now Republicans have to change tactics, and go after the overall process of a Deep Democratic Delay / massive plan to use her against Kavanaugh. 

That said, I would think it is FAR more risky to Republican control of SCOTUS if they push Kavanaugh in, dems get control and impeach his ass. 

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Mitchell simply asked the questions the GOP committee staff gave her.  I have no opinion of her nor her questioning whatsoever.

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The GOP doesn't believe consent is a relevant factor in sexual morality, that is why they picked this Kavanaugh hill to die on, because the concept of consent is an unstated political position

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25 minutes ago, Suttree said:

Dude...come on. All the background that has come out shows she is competent and well respected on both sides of the aisle.

Maricopa County was not exactly a beacon of competence in sex crimes prosecution.

https://jezebel.com/forgive-me-if-i-dont-trust-the-woman-prosecutor-intervi-1829355701

 

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In 2011, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was the subject of a federal civil rights investigation for discriminatory police practices and, specifically in the case of sex crimes, a failure to investigate or charge incidents reported by immigrants. In the three years leading up to 2007, Arpaio’s office received 400 reports of sex crimes that were either inadequately investigated or not worked at all. “If established, this may constitute a failure to provide police services in a manner that constitutes gender and/or national origin discrimination in violation of the Equal Protection guarantee,” wrote the Department of Civil Rightsin its 22-page letter to Bill Montgomery.

Recently, supporters have said that Mitchell was partially responsible for cleaning up this particular mess, going through the cases and deciding which to prosecute. At the end of the re-investigation process, 115 of those cases were determined to be “unfounded;” 221 were cleared without arrest, and only 19 went to the court.

Mitchell and her office did not respond to a request for comment by press time. Though Maricopa County isn’t publishing its clearance rate for sexual assault cases these days, the state of Arizona at large saw a clearance rate of about 10% of sexual assault reports. The nation average is around 34%.

 

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29 minutes ago, Suttree said:

Dude...come on. All the background that has come out shows she is competent and well respected on both sides of the aisle.

https://jezebel.com/forgive-me-if-i-dont-trust-the-woman-prosecutor-intervi-1829355701

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In 2011, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was the subject of a federal civil rights investigation for discriminatory police practices and, specifically in the case of sex crimes, a failure to investigate or charge incidents reported by immigrants. In the three years leading up to 2007, Arpaio’s office received 400 reports of sex crimes that were either inadequately investigated or not worked at all. “If established, this may constitute a failure to provide police services in a manner that constitutes gender and/or national origin discrimination in violation of the Equal Protection guarantee,” wrote the Department of Civil Rights in its 22-page letter to Bill Montgomery.

Recently, supporters have said that Mitchell was partially responsible for cleaning up this particular mess, going through the cases and deciding which to prosecute. At the end of the re-investigation process, 115 of those cases were determined to be “unfounded;” 221 were cleared without arrest, and only 19 went to the court.

Mitchell and her office did not respond to a request for comment by press time. Though Maricopa County isn’t publishing its clearance rate for sexual assault cases these days, the state of Arizona at large saw a clearance rate of about 10% of sexual assault reports. The nation average is around 34%.

Meh, 

lol @DanteGabriel :ninja:

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21 minutes ago, Bonnot OG said:

Yea. He's enraging me to no end today. He also tried to paint himself as a victim with his getting ambushed by dems bs. He desrves to get confronted non stop now.

He was “ambushed”, almost as if they pushed him into a room and held a hand over his mouth. Poor, poor Linds.

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8 minutes ago, DanteGabriel said:

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Given the assholes on the committee that appointed her, it could have been much much worse. Again, almost every thing I've read says she is well respected(and yes I understand it's frickin Maricopa county). 

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10 minutes ago, Morpheus said:

He was “ambushed”, almost as if they pushed him into a room and held a hand over his mouth. Poor, poor Linds.

LOL.  It must have been tough for him to wait for the gaggle to question him immediately after they "ambushed" Cornyn.

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Kavanaugh's intro is fucking disgusting.  Whining about being a victim and how this confirmation is ruining America.  lolsob go fuck yourself BK.

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9 minutes ago, Suttree said:

Given the assholes on the committee that appointed her, it could have been much much worse. Again, almost every thing I've read says she is well respected(and yes I understand it's frickin Maricopa county). 

I'm sure she's a competent lawyer. They wouldn't have picked someone obviously terrible.

I think of her like Natalie Portman in the Star Wars prequels: a competent actor given a shitty script and a terrible director.

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