I remember the picture. Actress and activist Alyssa Milano seated just a few rows back of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh as he faced the Senate Judiciary Committee in what became one of the most disgraceful hearings in American history.
On the one hand, it's important not to oversell Milano's influence. She wasn't the reason that supposedly dignified members of the "world's greatest deliberative body" acted like mean girls as they sought to destroy a man's character, family, and reputation simply because they don't agree with his politics. No, Pat Leahy, Dianne Feinstein, Mazie Hirono and company did that themselves.
But on the other hand, it's important not to undersell the role Milano played in relentlessly beating the drums of unbridled feminist rage, utilizing her social media platforms to ordain herself Queen of #MeToo, egging on the media circus by positioning herself in front of every camera she could find, including the ones at that Senate hearing. There she sat, exploiting every ounce of her training in dramatic performance in order to strike a studious, sophisticated pose, as she gripped a placard emblazoned with the words, "I BELIEVE SURVIVORS, NO ON KAVANAUGH."
Milano's activism invaded the realm of the written word as well. CNN, having long since abandoned any pretense of objectivity or impartiality, was more than pleased to feature her "op-ed" that, though it was likely ghost-written, still read like most of the network's content – a cartoonish blend of hyperbole and speculation wrapped in a bun of self-righteousness.
If professor Christine Blasey Ford is to be believed, and I believe she is, Brett Kavanaugh is a sexual predator…I think of watching her testimony last week, the way her voice trembled when she recounted the terrifying details of her assault, the years of difficulties this assault created for her, the unmistakable ring of truth in every word she said…
Can we doubt that, if we confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, this further institutionalization of sexual violence will not rear its ugly head in myriad unseen ways throughout our nation? Like it has in the facilities where we forcibly detain children? In my name? In your name? We cannot confirm Brett Kavanaugh. We cannot allow another generation of women and children to grow up knowing their government and those acting in its name see us as less than human.
Yes, CNN actually saw fit to print that. I assume that since the word "allegedly" appeared in reference to the unsubstantiated accusations against Kavanaugh, they felt it gave them legal clearance to publish. Still, there wasn't a person operating with a functioning brain that thought Milano's hysterics were sincere or genuine. It was a political hit; part of a full-scale Borking attempt by the left and its media allies, assassinating a man's character because they saw him as a threat to their ability to legally kill children in the womb.
This week provided the confirmation of that truth. In her apparent life-mission to rid the country of Donald Trump, Milano endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for the presidency. But Biden has now been credibly accused by a former staffer of sexually assaulting her in 1993 (more recent than the Kavanaugh event was alleged to have occurred, by the way). Acknowledging she has been peculiarly silent about this alleged incident, here's how the #MeToo maven, Milano, responded just recently:
"I believe that even though we should believe women and that is an important thing… But that does not mean at the expense of not, you know, giving men their due process and investigating situations and giving, you know, it's gotta be fair and in both directions."
I'm sorry, what? When was due process, investigating situations, or calls for fairness in both directions ever part of Milano's Kavanaugh witch-hunt? Not that there aren't distinctions between the two cases, of course. It's just that in each of those, the evidence against Biden is far more compelling.
There was no evidence that ever emerged that Christine Ford and Brett Kavanaugh had ever even met each other. Biden's accuser worked for him.
The Biden incident allegedly took place almost a decade closer to present day than Kavanaugh, and in this case the victim reportedly told others about the assault.
Yet Milano told radio host Andy Cohen that she doesn't, "feel comfortable throwing away a good man" without evidence. It's not that I disagree with her newfound sense of justice. It's that I find her a revolting spectacle of integrity-deprived hyper-partisanship that just ran any remaining shred of credibility she had through the garbage disposal.
And it's not just conservatives who recognize that. Her own former co-star Rose McGowan summed it up sufficiently:
I could be misreading things, but it seems as though Alyssa Milano's activist career is heading in the same direction as her acting one.