A comment and two questions:
- Emotional intelligence. The ability to read other people’s emotions is an important component of cognitive talent that is, in general, well-developed in women and poorly-developed in men. I was an emotional-intelligence idiot when I was young; only the patient and persistent prodding and teaching of my wife pushed me towards learning a bit of it. I can state with absolute confidence that Ms. Blasey Ford was telling the truth; it was obvious from her tone of voice, her facial expressions, and her body language. I can state with equal confidence that Mr. Kavanaugh was lying. The aggressive stance that he took was a common male ploy to cover their lying. It doesn’t actually fool women; it serves instead to intimidate women. It’s most common manifestation might be something like “No, I did NOT have sex with that woman, and I’m so angry at your accusation that I might just beat you!” Revealingly, most surveys showed that women tended to believe Ms. Blasey Ford more than men. That’s emotional intelligence at work.
- Should not the standard of evidence for elevation to the highest court in the land be “preponderance of evidence” rather than “beyond a reasonable doubt”?
- Are there not many other judges who are every bit as conservative and as talented as Mr. Kavanaugh who could have been confirmed by the Senate?