It will take some time for the nation to recover from the bruising confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh. Raw wounds were exposed that won't soon heal.
Much of the rhetoric flung by the far right, whose leaders were so determined to get Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, was toxic. When Christine Blasey Ford stepped forward to tell her story, she must have known she'd become a target for the right wing/Fox News smear machine. And she was. Leading the pack, much to their shame, were many leaders of Religious Right organizations.
From the beginning, it was clear that the Religious Right's only concern was to push Kavanaugh's nomination through. Ford, and by extension the other women who were empowered to come forward with their stories of sexual assault, meant nothing to them.
"If Republicans were to fail to defend and confirm such an obviously and eminently qualified and decent nominee, then it will be very difficult to motivate and energize faith-based and conservative voters in November," Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, told The New York Times.
Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas and one of President Donald Trump's leading lickspittles, asserted that Democrats used Ford to delay the nomination. He simply refused to acknowledge the possibility that Ford might be telling the truth.
But arguably the most appalling comments were made by evangelist Franklin Graham and his frequent partner in crime, Jerry Falwell Jr.
Appearing on TV preacher Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, Graham asserted, "It's just a shame that a person like Judge Kavanaugh, who has a stellar record, that somebody can bring something up that he did as a teenager close to 40 years ago. That's not relevant."
Graham went on to say, "These are two teenagers, and it's obvious that she said no and he respected it and walked away."
Graham is either not even remotely familiar with Ford's account, or chose to lie about it. Ford told The Washington Post that when she was 15 in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh, then 17, and his friend Mike Judge, both of whom were intoxicated, pulled her into a bedroom, where Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, put one hand over her mouth and pawed at her clothes with the other. Judge jumped on the two and knocked everyone off the bed, at which point Ford was able to escape. That's nowhere near "she said no and he respected it and walked away."