I believe Christine Blasey Ford

I watched the entire hearing yesterday, working with my laptop in the living room with the TV on. At several points I tried to type a quick post about what was unfolding, but I couldn’t do it justice in 280 characters. Since shortly after the 2016 election, I’ve kept most politics off my blog, trying to focus as much of my attention as possible on Micro.blog and related topics.

I have thoughts on Judge Kavanaugh’s tone and answers, of course. I have thoughts on how partisan the second half of the day was, so divisive and seemingly irreparable. But ultimately that doesn’t matter. What I’ll remember for the rest of my life is the first half of the day.

If Republicans on the committee thought Dr. Blasey would contradict herself or seem inauthentic, they must have realized within minutes that they had miscalculated. I wrote in my notes while watching it live: I can’t imagine anyone who could be more believable than she is.

It was very brave of her to go through this. I couldn’t stop thinking of all the women who must be watching, who have been sexually assaulted and lived with the memory for years, telling only a few people or no one. I hope when we look back on Dr. Blasey’s testimony that it will be an inspiration for many, even as it was so heartbreaking.

Manton Reece @manton