In the end the authorization of what every clear thinking person has for weeks sought may paradoxically work in favour of the erstwhile recalcitrant Republicans. If the FBI investigation (which is unable to subpoena witnesses to speak to them because it is not a criminal investigation) simply regurgitates what is already known, the apparent delay will nonetheless afford the Republicans (whose mindset is already painfully clear) the gloss of purity as ill-gotten as it was.
The Democrats too stand to gain no matter the outcome. As with most instances of political inclination, voters are already decided. This latest development will quell anxieties while preserving what they thought from the start. The blunt truth of politics (like trench warfare) is that the commanders-in-chief care little about the casualties (in which I include Kavanaugh and Ford) as long as they can fulfill their own agenda and ambition (which I hardly need say only includes "truth and fairness" to the most unimpeachable mind). Thus while the appearance is that this seething conflict between Democrats and Republicans is about to elevate to a higher moral ground, it is nothing of the sort. Even Flake who is wallowing in selfless accolades is a potential presidential candidate in 2020.
It is likely that if anyone has a genuine concern about "the process" (as Judge Kavanaugh so regularly identifies it) it is he, Kavanaugh, beyond whom no one has proven to be more partisan. As part of his testimonial regarding the Ford allegations he unhesitatingly labelled the entire proceedings revenge by the Democrats for having lost the 2016 election, effectively derailing his personal inadequacy as a political gambit. Even if this were an accurate description of the Democratic agenda it fails entirely to contaminate what was universally called the "credible testimony" of Ford. But it goes a long way to poison Kavanaugh's suitability for the highest court in the land, not to mention the scenery of the Supreme Court itself. Kavanaugh's career is all but ruined already (as he prophetically stated in his testimony yesterday). Recovering the trust of his wife and daughters is the least of his metastasizing cancer. The only similar vortex is the maelstrom currently surrounding the Pope and the Roman Catholic church. The rhetoric of institutions is under attack.
But the universe is ultimately personal. As gripping (or merely entertaining) as these proceedings may be, in the end we are confined to the more immediate suburbs of our own mind. In keeping with that inferior preoccupation I was moved today during our constitutional morning cycle to contemplate the advantages of hometown. This is especially apt as I am now hearing from many to whom I chance to gossip casual comments about being away for the winter, escaping the snow and its reputed preference. To these aspersions I always hasten to interject that I have a boundless preference for my hometown whatever the weather. Though this may sound as legitimate as a politician praising the value of truth and knowledge, the irrefragable fact is that nothing competes with the inner peace and solicitude of hometown. This is so even on the threshold of municipal elections - when the horizon is polluted with election signs and it is easy to become animated by less than moral adjudications. Descending into the muck of daily encounters and political differences it is regrettably duck soup to defile the textbook advantages of democracy, truth and other apple-pie metaphors.
But the admission of this truth is no different from the avowal of any other. In spite of the competition which may prevail the irrefutable reality is that when it comes to the deepest feelings of comfort and oneness, there is nothing like the veneer that surrounds one's early life, the insinuation of habit, landscape and overall familiarity. It is as much an error to disguise this truth as it is to cultivate any other lie. It's unbosoming may however be just as raw. Exploring the visceral issues of politics and sexuality is surpassed only by the query whether one sits or stands to wipe one's bottom.