[UPDATE: Watch another woman confront Flake and demand an answer that he is unwilling to give.
Whether it was due to this public shaming or not, Flake has now said he wants the FBI to have a week to investigate the charges. But it was only a minor step since he did not vote against sending the nomination to the senate floor without an investigation.. Instead he voted with the other 10 Republicans on the judiciary committee to advance the nomination to the full senate floor, overriding the 10 Democrats on the committee. There the decision on whether to ask for an FBI investigation and, if so, its scope will fall to majority leader Mitch McConnell. He can choose to ignore Flake’s request and unless Flake and one other Republican senator say that they will vote against the nomination if there is no investigation and every single Democrat also say the same thing. There is still some doubt about Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heltkamp of North Dakota.]
As I predicted, for all his fine words and empathetic expressions, retiring Republican senator Jeff Flake is a party hack and always votes the party line and he has done so again, declaring that he will vote in favor of Brett Kavanaugh, despite yesterday’s appalling testimony by the nominee where he displayed an appalling lack of judicial temperament, making wild accusations at all manner of people and groups in an angry tone of voice and almost bursting into tears at times.
Some hoped that because Flake and fellow Republican senator Bob corker are retiring, they might vote their consciences (ha!) because they need not fear repercussions at the polls. But the reason I was so confident in my prediction that both would vote for Kavanaugh is because legislators have a fear that is greater than that of voters, and this fear is especially pronounced for those who are retiring. Voting the party line is what these retiring legislators do because then they can go on to a lucrative career lobbying their former colleagues. They do not want to burn their bridges by angering them on their way out.
Flake was confronted by a woman sexual assault survivor in an elevator and could not even bring himself to look at her as she demanded an answer from him.
A sexual assault survivor just confronted Jeff Flake (who just announced he's voting for Kavanaugh): "Don't look away from me! Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me, that you will let people like that go into the highest court of the land" pic.twitter.com/Jix2BI090B
— David Mack (@davidmackau) September 28, 2018
I expect to see such scenes being repeated at election meetings across the country during the upcoming election period during which it is hard for a candidate to hide from voters. I hope that sexual abuse survivors and their allies will get in the face of and confront every person who supports Kavanaugh.
Trevor Noah has an excellent summary of yesterday’s hearing and compares the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh and has the perfect way to describe him.
Jimmy Kimmel rips into the cowardice of the Republican senators, especially Lindsey (Sir Robin) Graham who only found their voices only once Ford finished her testimony.