Talk about suffering fools, not gladly, but with mind-bending grace, patience, and poise. The SCOTUS confirmation hearings this week are enraging to listen to. I find myself just screaming at the TV before I come back to myself. But I did love the way Senator Mazie Hirono revealed Josh Hawley's diatribe to be the hollow thing it was. My favorite tweet on her brilliant dismantling of his arguments about nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson having handed down what he tried to characterize as the soft sentencing of a child predator was this: "Mazie Hirono just put Josh Hawley in the trunk and drove him to an undisclosed location." She did, too. And what is it with all these Republicans crowing about child predators when they did nothing about their emperor president and his pedophile friends, or about the child abusers sitting next to them on the GOP side of the congressional chamber. I guess they just want their out-of-context sound bites for Fox news and social media, to be swallowed whole by their Q-conspiracy base, no matter how absolutely idiotic they sound. Hello? Tom Cotton? I sat watching him with my mouth hanging open, wondering how this actual idiot managed to bumble his way into the Senate. I can only imagine the thoughts rolling through Ketanji Brown Jackson's brain at some of the Republican judiciary committee members' ridiculously irrelevant, spectacularly ignorant, yet breathtakingly entitled and aggressively racist questioning. On the other side of the room, Senator Cory Booker tried to balance the
scale. His voice quavered as he told the nominee how proud she made him,
how she was the dream of their ancestors, and a great American. Judge
Jackson’s eyes welled and a tear spilled over. I was so moved by Cory Booker's full-throated support of his sister in arms. But I
also knew the emotion in that moment was born of trauma, the shared
trauma of walking through America in black skin. Hang in there, Queen. You're so far above and beyond those vile little men who came at you with such shriveled souls. You know who you are. A supremely qualified soon-to-be Supreme Court Justice, that's who you are. I'm proud of you, too.