Kavanaugh Saga Shows the GOP Must Embrace Its Masculinity to Win

Kavanaugh Saga Shows the GOP Must Embrace Its Masculinity to Win

America needs to check its testosterone levels. After a month-long confirmation battle, we learned that almost half of the US Senate, and a good portion of the American public, believes that emotion and an unconditional belief of women should override American law, institutions, and traditions. A sure-fire Supreme Court pick was nearly denied a spot on the bench due to a completely unsubstantiated allegation of sexual assault from over 30 years ago.

No evidence. Just the inconsistent testimony of a clearly unstable woman. This was enough to send the country into political turmoil and nearly destroy the life of one of the most respected public servants in all of America.

From start to finish, the Kavanaugh confirmation saga was tarred with a toxic femininity which tossed aside the rule of law (created by White men) for a politics of emotion and manipulation. Without masculine order imposed on the government, a soft disorder emerged, which created uncertainty and chaos.

It started with the allegation. The media and the Democrats cranked up the “believe all women” machine immediately. Then, the Republicans set a deadline by which Christine Ford had to make her decision on whether or not to testify. When she missed that deadline, instead of simply going through with the vote and ignoring the circus, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley caved and granted her an extension. Instead of having a vote on Monday, the Republicans allowed the uncertainty to drag out until the Thursday hearing, and ultimately (after yet another FBI investigation), until the final vote last Saturday, 15 days after the “one day extension.” After achieving victory, it’s easy to look back and justify this course of action. We shouldn’t. It was a weak move. And it was the first in a long line of overly magnanimous moves made toward Ford because of her gender.

The GOP doubled down on this strategy by hiring Rachel Mitchell, a female prosecutor from Arizona, to do their questioning at the hearing. They were wary of the optics of an all-male Republican panel questioning Ford. So, they decided to feminize the entire process—no boys allowed.

The Republicans were terrified of enforcing the rules against Ford. They were terrified of looking aggressive. They were terrified of putting logic and order above emotion. They were terrified of even allowing a man to speak. They were terrified of being masculine.

This failure by the Republicans allowed the Democrats to take control. The hyper-feminine environment suited them perfectly, as the feminist, anti-White male party.

Now that they had their feminized setup, the Democrats needed a heroine. This is why Ford was elevated to the status of a goddess during the hearing. The praise was profuse and universal. Every statement uttered by anyone was ritually preceded by reminding everyone of Ford’s bravery, integrity, courage, credibility, and so on. Senator Richard Blumenthal said she had “enlightened America.” Senator Cory Booker called her a “hero.” Senator Kamala Harris said that Ford would go down as a great American historical figure.

The Republicans joined in on the charade, showering her with praise as well. It was obvious that Ford was thoroughly enjoying all of the attention. She claimed to be there reluctantly and only as a civic duty, but she was really there to become rich and famous—and a progressive icon. The moments when Ford got most emotional were when she was receiving praise. She wanted to be a victim. She wanted to hear how courageous she was for testifying—how inspirational she was to women. Endorphins went off in her brain as the United States Senate made her into a saint—the memory is sure to be indelible in her hippocampus.

The powderpuff Senate hearing seemed to be going the Democrats’ way. After Ford’s testimony, there was a near-consensus that Kavanaugh was done. Even conservatives were saying so.

Then something happened.

Kavanaugh entered the hearing. He started his testimony with a forceful denial and a full rebuttal of the allegation. Within seconds, the legal case against him was utterly destroyed. From there, he attacked the people who were attacking him—the Democrats, the media, and (((“left-wing opposition groups.”))) He took control of the situation, using logic and sheer will to break the feminine spell placed over the hearing. He also coined the everyman battle cry “I like beer!” If Kavanaugh had struck the same weak demeanor as Senate Republicans at that point, he would have been destroyed.

Lindsey Graham would one-up Kavanaugh, and assist him greatly in the process. Graham boldly ditched the Mitchell strategy to speak his own piece, and it was at that point that the Republicans really took control. He aggressively called out the Democrats for the political hit job. At the committee vote the next day, in the greatest political face turn in recent memory, Graham became an explicitly White male advocate.

This was an important moment. A prominent Republican said that he is a White man and that he will not be silenced. Other Republicans should follow his lead.

Graham, of course, was following the lead of the president—the only leading Republican who can consistently be relied on to cut through the feminist and PC nonsense in American politics. After the hearing, President Trump used a rally to openly mock Ford and her flimsy story. The cycle was complete. The Republicans had actually stood up for themselves and their base. Because of this, they won. In the hyper-feminine environment of American politics, masculinity was the key to victory. The GOP actually embraced its role as the White male party for once, and it paid massive dividends.

Jay Lorenz

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