‘It’s the culture war on steroids.’ Kavanaugh fight takes on symbolism in divided era

‘It’s the culture war on steroids.’ Kavanaugh fight takes on symbolism in divided era. By Jemma Johnson.

The battle over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh has inflamed the culture wars, with conservatives casting their support for the nominee as a stand against the forces of political correctness and liberals striking back with a passionate mantra: “Believe women.” …

Kavanaugh has become a stand-in for Republicans, Christians and self-identified “deplorables” who feel bullied and smeared by liberals, while Ford has come to symbolize the many women who have been victimized with impunity by powerful men.

“It’s the culture war on steroids, an incredible divide and intense to the point where people won’t talk to each other in some cases,” said William J. Bennett, a conservative commentator and former education secretary in the Reagan administration. “You have the anti-Trump resistance, the MeToo movement and the Supreme Court making for a perfect storm of controversy.” …

Many prominent Republicans and Democrats say they have never seen a nomination process like this one, with the hyper-charged politics, 24-7 news coverage and social media firestorms. They say the contentiousness surpasses the failed high-court bid of Robert Bork in 1987 and Justice Clarence Thomas’s hearings in 1991, when he was accused of sexual harassment. …

Media personality Michelle Malkin sounded even more ominous in a Sunday tweet. “This is a cultural & sociopolitical battle of all battles,” she wrote. “The stakes are high for all upstanding Americans, not just GOP candidates.” …

And the truth? Democrats are asking Senators and voters to put their feelings about sexual abuse before the truth in Kavanaugh’s case:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) framed the nomination standoff this way on Monday: “Republicans in Washington now have an important decision to make. Will they stand with women and survivors or stand against them? History will remember whether they #BelieveSurvivors.”

Typical lefty sliminess.

If the conservatives lose this, most of them will fail to explicitly understand how the framing of the issue by the media is so crucial. They will just know that, yet again, the truth was overruled somehow.