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Brett Kavanaugh has not had the greatest week! He is a perjury man, and nobody likes him, and Mazie Hirono, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris took some chunks out of his flesh. (The editrix, who loves a longshot, thinks he actually withdraws.) To send you off on your weekend, we've rounded up some extra special stories about why Brett Kavanaugh is a horrible garbage monster.


In The Nation, Joan Walsh summarized how Democrats started the hearings off by pissing all over the rug Chuck Grassley was using to hide hundreds of thousands of pages of emails, articles, and memos Kavanaugh had written and received over the years. Walsh understands the anger progressives felt when Democrats didn't walk out, but had that happened we never would have gotten those screen grabs of Kavanaugh twisting his face as protesters called him a racist lady killer.

Kavanaugh's time in the Bush 43 White House meant that he participated in a whole host of shady things, and then later lied about them. Literally. In 2006, as Lisa Graves writes in Slate, Kavanaugh flat out lied under oath during his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee about receiving stolen memos -- Graves's, in fact. Graves argues that Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court shouldn't just be struck down, but that we should #IMPEACH.

On Wednesday the New York Times published an op-ed from Sean Wilentz about how Kavanaugh was obsessed with the death of Vince Foster. Even though Foster's death was ruled a suicide by every prior investigation, Kavanaugh felt it necessary to pick apart every carpet fiber on Foster's corpse, going so far as to even hunt for leftover hair follicles from Foster's teenage daughter alongside lifelong conservative conspiracy theorists Chris Ruddy, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, and Reed Irvine. Kavanaugh's defenders have specifically noted his attention to detail, but they can't explain why Republicans in the 1990s seemed so obsessed with blood and cum stains.

The Kavanaugh hearings have been a complete shitshow. Mitch McConnell is threatening to investigate Cory Booker for his "unusual behavior" during the nomination hearings. Nevertheless, he persisted, and released a bunch of documents showing Kavanaugh's true thoughts on abortion, racial profiling, and more. Over 200 of protesters have been arrested for trying to bring attention to the positions Kavanaugh just can't seem remember -- at least until Kamala Harris shoves a boot up his ass to jog his memory.

Today character witnesses testified for and against Kavanaugh. There was gut wrenching testimony from Parkland survivor Aalayah Eastmond, who recounted her time during the massacre and warned that Kavanaugh's stance against common sense gun reform would only create more tragedies. But the highlight was testimony from John Dean, Nixon's White House Counsel who unaccountably found a conscience and, in the process, amazed America (and spilled the beans about the WH taping system -- a taping system that the Supreme Court would later demand Nixon hand over). Dean argues that people like Kavanaugh wants to expand the already broad presidential powers the founding fathers feared, and we should slap anyone who thinks Nixon was treated unfairly.

And if that wasn't enough for you, even the fashionistas at New York Fashion Week are protesting Kavanaugh.


Then of course there are the stories you might have missed at your Wonkette. Bone up kids, then CALL YOUR GODDAMN SENATORS. And now it is your OPEN THREAD!

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Hello! Here a beautiful open thread for you to not comment all over, so that you don't not comment all over Dok's book club post.

I was gonna drop my Nonnie's recipe for Easter bread in here, but apparently it has to proof overnight and is also for approximately 87,000 people, so not much of a point to that! (Though here it is if you really want it. She doesn't do the egg thing, but if you want, you can put some dyed raw eggs in the braided dough before you bake. And you can add sprinkles, and anise if you're gross and like gross things) I was gonna try and make it myself last night, but have instead opted to just make waffles. Waffles are FINE.

So instead, I shall just leave you with this absolutely terrifying version of The Velveteen Rabbit starring Marie Osmond as said velveteen rabbit. Coincidentally, Marie Osmond is also Nonnie's 2nd arch-nemesis, after Rachel Ray (Rachel Ray because she doesn't pull her hair back when she cooks, and Marie for reasons I'm not entirely clear on but which I believe are related to a Weight Watchers commercial).

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT starring Marie Osmond - full length feature youtu.be


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'Unemployed men queued outside a depression soup kitchen opened in Chicago by Al Capone' -- National Archives

Happy Day Before Half-Priced Easter Chocolate Day, Wonkers! Time to wrap up our Wonkette Book Club discussion of Winter War: Hoover, Roosevelt, and the First Clash Over the New Deal, by Erich Rauchway, a historian at UC-Davis. We're increasingly convinced the book might have just as well been titled Herbert Hoover: Christ, What An Asshole! As ever, even if you haven't finished the reading, jump in anyway -- there won't be a test!

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