WWE in Washington DC

Politics, for the most part, is a fairly low-stakes game in the grand scheme of things. Over the last few decades, despite the variance in the party affiliation of those running the government, America has consistently maintained an upward trajectory. 

Since 1960, our country’s average month-to-month unemployment rate is 5.8%. It has rarely risen above 8% or fallen below 3%. In that same period of time, real GDP in America has steadily grown from $3.23 trillion to a June 2018 total of $18.51 trillion. 

This macro-stability makes it easy to treat day-to-day politics like pro wrestling. It’s the red team vs. blue team; it’s Cocaine Mitch vs. Pocahontas. 

Taking Washington D.C. more seriously than that gets real depressing real quick, and if you don’t believe me, take a good hard look at the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. 

In the red corner, we have a man who, for over 28 years, established himself as one of the top judges in the country without a single character-related blemish. Suddenly, multiple allegations are sprung on him just days before he faces a confirmation vote for a spot on the Supreme Court. 

These allegations have absolutely zero evidence supporting them. The closest thing we have to a credible accusation allegedly happened “sometime in the early 80s” and has precisely zero evidence backing it up.

In the blue corner, we have a woman whose confidential letter to the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee about being sexually assaulted was leaked to the public, turning her deepest secret into a political football.

This woman’s life has been turned upside down, and she will never get her anonymity back. No matter what the result of the confirmation vote is, she will face a despicable wave of abuse. 

The past few weeks have showcased politics at their worst, and while I have issues with the current GOP from time to time, none of their members have ever come close to matching the absolutely vile behavior displayed recently by Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Remember now, Feinstein received the letter from Christine Blasey Ford on July 30th. Feinstein had countless opportunities to refer the matter to the FBI. She also had numerous chances to question Kavanaugh himself about the allegation, both in private and in public while the judge was under oath. 

She chose neither and decided instead to ambush Kavanaugh at the last minute.

During the hearing on September 27th, Feinstein faced questioning from Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn about how the letter written to her by Dr. Ford leaked. Feinstein at first said, “I don’t believe my staff would leak it. I have not asked that question, but I do not believe it would.” 

After a quick consult from an aide, she denied the charge, and also stated, “It’s my understanding that (Ford’s) story was leaked before the letter became public and she testified that she had spoken to her friends about it, and it’s most likely that that’s how this story leaked…”

What’s hilarious is that she isn’t even getting cover from her own side. When Senator Mazie Hirono from Hawaii received a question from George Stephanopolous about whether she’s confident Democrats didn’t leak the letter, Hirono ignored the question, replying, “All of these things do not focus on what we should be focusing on, which is the credibility of Judge Kavanaugh.”

As previously mentioned, the deeper you dig into this stuff the dirtier you feel. However, the solution isn’t to ignore politics completely. Stay informed, stay principled. Have some fun with it. And when November rolls around, you step up to that ballot box and do your part in ejecting those liberal hacks from their cozy DC offices forever.