Like Christine Blasey Ford, Reade is telling a story that is certainly believable, and that she appears to have told some of her friends and family at the time.
In both the Kavanaugh nomination, and the Biden nomination, the accusers are bringing forward incidents from the past that are pretty believable, but there’s no way to exonerate them or prove their guilt. I believe that witness testimony is evidence, and that matters. We can argue about whether Christine Blasey Ford’s inability to precisely situate Kavanaugh at a time and place where he assaulted her, or whether or not Biden had opportunity and motive but – now what?
I’ll make no attempt to hide the fact that I think many of the other candidates the democrats were running would have made a better candidate than Biden. The timing of the accusation is so unfortunate that I’m not inclined to believe that that’s an accident any more than I believe the timing of the Kavanaugh accusations was accidental. I’m willing to believe that either one, probably both, of the accusations was promoted strongly by whichever was the other side at the time. So what? Since I loathe both parties, I’m willing to believe either or both is engaging in nasty chicanery at the same time as I am willing to believe that both of the accusers are telling the truth. I’ve been to the kind of drunken parties Kavanaugh attended (and I know what “boofing” meant in the late 70s – it meant throwing up) (In some quarters Animal House was practically a documentary) – there was a lot of binge drinking, groping, and drunken sexual assault going on. And can I believe that a creepy, handsy, guy who understands boundaries all too well might try to take advantage of his position? Of course. What do I mean by that Biden understands boundaries, only this: people like Biden get handsy because it’s a way of showing themselves and others that they have power. It’s not quite the same as O’Brien’s (from 1984) sadism, where he is able to measure his power by making others suffer – but handsy people like Biden do what they do for the same reason that dogs piss on trees; they are exploring and marking the boundaries of their power.
Of course you already know that I think Brett Kavanaugh and Joe Biden are examples of some of the worst sort of people; otherwise they would not want to be politicians and supreme court justices, they’d be content to live quiet, interesting lives, without interfering with the lives, hopes, and dreams of millions.
The democrats have been eerily silent about Tara Reade’s accusation, for all that they trumpeted the accusation against Kavanaugh from the rooftops. It’s not a good look, frankly. I suspect that the Republicans are biding their time and, if Biden wins the nomination, which he almost certainly will, then they’re going to harpoon him from every direction. As he seems to deserve. The democrats are, as usual, setting themselves up for failure by letting Biden downplay the accusation and hide behind the coronavirus – they should be out in front explaining to the public why … Biden is innocent but Kavanaugh was not. Of course the situations are different, but there are disturbing symmetries.
I think Biden’s a horrible candidate and I was steeling myself to vote against Trump no matter who the democrats ran. I did vote for Clinton, who is/was the lesser of two evils. There’s still plenty of time for the dirt to come out on Biden, as expected, and I guess we’ll have to sift through it and see what stinks and what doesn’t. But a big “thanks for nothing, democrats!” for forcing us to have another choice between two weevils.
“Gosh, I wonder if Biden’s creepy habit of sniffing young girls’ heads is going to come back to haunt him?” Yes, yes, it is. The warning signs have always been there. What should the democrats do, now that it’s too late? Have hearings, listen to the witnesses, then declare the entire democratic party caucusing system to be a joke and do a mail/electronic-based special election. That would be so visionary and “free market” and whatnot that they’d get a huge amount of positive media coverage – maybe even drown out the Trumpets for a while. They won’t, though, because they’re stupid – if they weren’t stupid they wouldn’t have picked Biden in the first place.
Nancy Pelosi says that she accepts Biden’s denial of wrongdoing; that’s good enough for her. No hearings. No investigation. I guess “bitches be lyin'” is all you need coming from Biden but it’s not from Kavanaugh. Remind me again why anyone trusts her?
A Warren/Abrams ticket would have also brought with it some protection against accusations of sexual assault. I’m still stunned that democrats preferred Biden to Warren, but that’s what it seems is the case. I was stunned to realize that almost half of the voters preferred Trump to a sump-hole full of manure runoff but now I have to discover that, of the remainder who did not, a majority appear to think a wax effigy of Joe Biden is better than just about any of the other candidates who were running for the democratic nomination. Of all of the candidates on the field, Trump and Biden are the worst, in my opinion. What a shit show.
I despise politicians, generally, as it appears to me that they’re mostly power-hungry sociopaths. So, to be clear, if someone accused Biden of being a master vampire, a cannibal, or someone who fucks dead pigs in order to join a fraternity, I wouldn’t be surprised. I wouldn’t trust any of them farther than I could comfortably spit a live rat, which is to say, not very far at all. Why anyone would want to work with such people, or follow their leadership, utterly baffles me.
Mitch McConnell is accusing the media of having a double standard regarding the Biden/Kavanaugh accusations. Damn you, media and democrats, for making McConnell right about something!
From Mother Jones [mj]
LaCasse told Insider that in 1995 or 1996, Reade told her she had been assaulted by Biden. “I remember her saying, here was this person that she was working for and she idolized him,” LaCasse said. “And he kind of put her up against a wall. And he put his hand up her skirt and he put his fingers inside her. She felt like she was assaulted, and she really didn’t feel there was anything she could do.”
A couple days ago, over at Pharyngula, some of the commenters appeared to think the accusations against Biden are merely that he was grabby. It’s much worse.