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The woman that the Republicans hired to  question her is treating this like a deposition and just asking her questions and going on to the next thing on the list. When she has a discrepancy she is not bringing it up and questioning it.  They are getting crushed! 

The Dems are just appeasing her and praising her for coming forward and not asking anything what soever.  This was a crucial mistake by the Republicans.  She is coming off overall as VERY CREDIBLE!

 

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10 minutes ago, buckhound said:

Ford really acts like she is in the dark about some of this like maybe someone gave her a script and she cant remember it all...

That is the only hope of tripping her up. Harris the Clueless just said you are not on trial yet they have the judge convicted already.  

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3 minutes ago, Farmingdales Finest said:

The woman that the Republicans hired to  question her is treating this like a deposition and just asking her questions and going on to the next thing on the list. When she has a discrepancy she is not bringing it up and questioning it.  They are getting crushed! 

The Dems are just appeasing her and praising her for coming forward and not asking anything what soever.  This was a crucial mistake by the Republicans.  She is coming off overall as VERY CREDIBLE!

 

It is a deposition putting answers on the record does not need cross-examination or questioning.  The Dems are having their turn The Republicans and the judge have the last say and Those Answers can be used against her.  The Lawyer right now is putting her on the spot. 

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2 minutes ago, Farmingdales Finest said:

Finally!  She is asking about the others at the event and why their statements contradict hers.

Hang in there she knows what she is doing hopefully the Republicans do also.  And the Bull shit artist Blumenthal who claimed to be a veteran and proved false. OPPS she needs a rest. or more Coaching 

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so its already been determined she is getting paid from a go fund me and people from her comminity are putting money in and the lawyers are doing it pro bono and democrats recomended lawyer. I wonder if they have something to bring up later? so democrats keep on the subpeona judge but how about her friend Leland they are not interested in her for some reason:hmmmer:

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This is stupid the Dems all give a 5 min speech praising her and the Prosecutor dosn't ask anything hard or damaging their  treating her with kid gloves. Do you think those Dem Douce Bags are gonna give the Judge the same treatment hell no their gonna come at him real hard

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18 minutes ago, Shortfuse said:

This is stupid the Dems all give a 5 min speech praising her and the Prosecutor dosn't ask anything hard or damaging their  treating her with kid gloves. Do you think those Dem Douce Bags are gonna give the Judge the same treatment hell no their gonna come at him real hard

This is not a trial.  The GOP is going through the motions to appease the Dems.  At the end of this, nothing will change.  The best thing they could have done is treat her with kid gloves and make it very easy for her.  Now they can move to a vote, which will go along partisan lines, and he will be confirmed.

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20 minutes ago, Shortfuse said:

Do you think those Dem Douce Bags are gonna give the Judge the same treatment hell no their gonna come at him real hard

Honestly, I'm not sure what they can hammer him with... he has addressed just about everything in his opening statement. I'm sure they will just come with the same old BS. The problem is 90% of people don't have the time to watch these things to really see what is going on. They are going to get the slanted take of the main stream media.

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Had to cut and paste this article.  It really explains why the GOP did what they did.  A brilliant counter-strategy.

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Republicans Attack Democrats, Not Ford, Following Her Testimony Against Brett Kavanaugh

We didn't get another Anita Hill hearing. Let's consider that a small silver lining.

Elizabeth Nolan Brown|Sep. 27, 2018 3:50 pm

If anything is more clear after today's Senate testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, it's that Republicans are using this to lay the groundwork for future attacks against Democratic leaders, and not against Ford.

All of the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee ceded their questioning time to Phoenix-area prosecutor Rachel Mitchell. And Mitchell's most thorough lines of questioning centered not on Brett Kavanaugh's alleged attack on Ford in high school nor the events immediately surrounding it but on how involved liberal leaders and lawyers were in the process of her coming forward.

It's not a bad strategy. To go tough on a woman recounting an assault on national television would play badly with audiences far beyond the #BelieveAllWomen crowd. And while that may be cynical way to look at it, the outcome was nonetheless a positive one: Mitchell refrained from repeating some of the worst sins of previous political forays of this sort. We didn't get another Anita Hill hearing. Let's consider that a small silver lining.

But what did we get? The way the questioning was set up—five minutes from the conservative side, five minutes from the liberal side, repeat—turned into a series of grandstanding speeches from Democrats like Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris interspersed with meticulous and detailed questions from Mitchell about just how Ford has decided to come forward, when, and what happened since.

Who suggested she take a polygraph? (Her lawyers.) Who paid for it? (Her lawyers.) Who was paying for her lawyers? (They're working for free.) Did she tell Sen. Diane Feinstein or any other Senate Democrats to make her name public? (No.) Does she know who leaked her letter? (No.) Why didn't she choose to have the committee come to her in California? (She didn't know that was a possibility.) Why didn't her lawyers tell her it was? (She couldn't say.)

Though Mitchell made no explicit arguments, her whole process today seemed designed to elicit support for an argument that Democrats and their pet lawyers had manipulated the Supreme Court confirmation process for their own political gain. After the hearing, Republican lawmakers made it explicit. "All I can say is that we are 40 something days away from the elections and their goal, not Mrs. Ford's goal, is to delay this past the midterms so they can win the Senate and never allow Trump to fill this seat," Sen. Lindsay Graham told reporters.

Mitchell's questions also helped prop up the right-story/wrong-guy theory (as previously, and clumsily, advanced last week by Republican strategist Ed Whelan and fleshed out today with two men coming forward to say it was them, not Kavanaugh, who had assaulted Ford).

That's also politically smart: Republicans can now at least nominally claim belief in Ford as a victim—and explain why so many people are finding and describing her as credible—without conceding that Kavanaugh did it.

Democrats attempted to head this off at the hearing. "How are you so sure that it was [Kavanaugh]?" Feinstein asked Ford at one point. Ford: "The same way that I'm sure that I'm talking to you right now, basic memory functions," she replied. "So what you are telling us is this could not be a case of mistaken identity?" asked Feinstein. Ford replied, "Absolutely not."

But that didn't stop Republicans like Sen. Lindsay Graham with perpetuating the mistaken identity theory afterward. "Something happened, I don't know what," Graham told reporters. And then again: "I don't doubt that something happened to her." Then he suggested it might be a good idea if Ford go "talk to someone" about her issues.

It's maddeningly disingenuous, of course—oh, sure we take you seriously, we just don't believe you're capable of getting the most crucial and basic part of your own story right! But Senate Democrats taking this opportunity to prostate themselves on the belief alter was its own form of disingenuous and patronizing too.

The hearing itself ended on Mitchell doing her own patronizing grandstanding, about the proper and "trauma-informed" way to interview victims. Seeming sympathetic to Ford's plight, she waxed on about how the process today had been far from ideal ("Would you believe me if I told you that there's no study that says this setting, in 5 minute increments, is the best way to do [trauma-informed interviews]?") and that a closed session in Ford's home state of California would have been more appropriate. Ford seemed grateful for the olive branch. She laughed. She agreed.

Mitchell continued: "Did you know that the best way to do it is to have a trained interviewer talk to you one on one in a private setting and let you do the talking?" Ford said it made "a lot of sense."

Then Mitchell had a follow up: "Did anybody ever advise you, from Senator Feinstein's office, or Representative Eshoo's office, to go get a forensic interview?" Ford said no. "Instead," asked Mitchell, "you were advised to get an attorney, and take ap polygraph?" Ford said many people advised her to get an attorney, and the attorney recommended the polygraph. Mitchell finished up:

And instead of submitting to an interview in California, we're having a hearing today in five minute increments, is that right?

Whether this was meant as a knock on Ford and/or her lawyers, the implication was clearly that Senate Republicans weren't to blame for the day's frustrations.

 

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Great opening statement by Kavanaugh.   How any one of those democrats can sit there, and not have their heads down in shame, is beyond comprehension.  

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