I chanced to see just a few episodes of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing of the accusations made by Dr. Christine Ford against Judge Kavanaugh. I had promised myself not to follow the hearing as I was certain the two parties had already made their minds who to support and who to oppose.
At the end, I am at least happy I saw the exchange between Sen. Klobuchar and Judge Kavanaugh, which the Washington Post later described as “the most telling moment.”
The exchange reminded me of an episode from the popular British TV drama, Doc Martin. In the Doc Martin episode, Dr. Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes) and Caroline Bosman (Felicity Montagu) have a confrontation. This is their exchange ( verbatim):
Caroline Bosman: I don’t drink any more than anybody else.
Dr. Martin: Do you ever find yourself drinking first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get over a hangover?
Caroline: No! Certainly not!
Dr. Martin: Do you often find yourself get annoyed with people who observe or criticize your drinking?
Caroline: That’s it! I’ve had enough! Who the hell do you think you are, asking inappropriate questions about something I have not even consulted you about?
Dr. Martin: So that’s a ‘yes’, then, is it?
Something else I learned, and this has to do with the culture wars depicted by a crying woman and a furious male raging because his reputation in the eyes of society is attacked. How dare you question my integrity! Instead of listening to understand, we choose to talk because we already know. But, knowing and understanding are not the same thing.