A Republican Is Born

A Republican Is Born, by an anonymous reader of Rod Dreher’s column.

I’m a middle-aged (45) white male, married with 3 young children. For my entire adult life, I’ve known – and I would guess that most of the men in my demographic cohort would, too – what the score is culturally-speaking. The endless parade of victims that have come across our screens and pages over the last 30+ years have all had one essential truth in common: I am the enemy. …

I have been a man without a party for the last 10-12 years.

Until yesterday.

I watched most of Dr. Ford’s testimony and found her to be sympathetic. She was painful to watch — she obviously was hurt back then, and she did her best to make it clear what she could remember. When she finished, it seemed that this Kavanaugh thing was pretty much over — again, we all know the score.

But then, Brett Kavanaugh did something completely unexpected, to me. His opening statement before the Senate yesterday is the most powerful moment I’ve seen in politics in my lifetime. This is the first time I’ve seen anyone on the national stage defend themselves with justified righteous anger and — this is important — not have it tied to ethnic/group grievance or clownish political buffoonery.

He was, most of all, normal. I assume that he has a sharp legal mind and that, like all of us, he knew what the score was. But rather than dress his statement up with the usual measured tones and passive language – playing it politically safe, he put all of his pent-up frustration, anger, and sadness on full display. He basically laid his entire life and career out on the table and said “Go ahead, make my day.”

The way he spoke — he could have been me or any one of my friends up there! …

A man — one like me — played to win! And not just to win a seat on the court, but something much more important — he played to win his honor and that of his family and friends.

hat-tip Stephen Neil