Not that anyone should really be surprised by anything that once ought to have been shocking (in a time like the 90s perhaps, when moral outrage came across as more genuine) anymore, but one really did have high hopes for a “woman” in a political office–Republican or not–faced with the choice between supporting an accused sexual assaulter versus not making the obvious decision geared toward ethicality. Yet Susan Collins, one of the few supposed swing votes of the Republican party’s senators making the final determination on Brett “Bryce Walker” Kavanaugh‘s nomination to the Supreme Court, made it apparent on October 5th that even to “women” in politics, other “women’s” voices do not matter when you have the requisite white “man” trapped in your body in order to remain in power, or at least occasionally be depended upon as a swing vote to prove that “women” have some say in major decisions of politics now and again.
As such a prop, Collins was never going to be anything other than a puppet to the type of “men” who generate headlines like “Susan Collins Consents.” But it was important to make “women” briefly believe that it could be as such. That Collins met with a number of sexual assault survivors, like Amanda O’Brien, who took a ten hour bus ride to get from the Collins-represented state of Maine to D.C., to “hear their story” (which, clearly, she didn’t) in order to gain a better “frame of reference” before making her final announcement only added to the brief veracity of the charade called: maybe politics isn’t a rigged game that we tell ourselves is “democratic” because we’re “allowed” the “privilege” of public protest.
Convinced that they have placated us all enough by going through the grand formal displays of briefly “challenging” Kavanaugh’s nomination with the public hearing where Christine Blasey Ford had to relive the trauma all over again only to have one of the worst white “men” of all time mock and belittle her for it, the
fascist regime government is now content to do what was always going to be done anyway, and no thanks to one of “woman”kind’s own.
And isn’t the very term, “Republican female,” an oxymoron by definition? Or at least shouldn’t it be in the “modern” era? One supposes the only thing worse than the nomination of a “potential” rapist by a “woman” to come from all of this is that Collins will likely gain the undue benefit of having Helen Mirren (who will outlive us all) play her in a movie. In the meantime, the only movie that can comfort and inspire right now is Thelma and Louise.