I'm not wrong often, but when it am, it's usually pretty bad.
This week, I was really wrong. Peter Benchley, the author of "Jaws" said, "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water." Just like those beachgoers who kept re-electing the same mayor who wouldn't close the beach to keep them safe from killer sharks, President Donald Trump proved that the political waters weren't safe for metaphorical swimming again.
I was almost fooled into believing that our president had at least as much self control as a toddler. I watched him stay on the sidelines during the debate over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination process. He was appropriately supportive of his nominee and expressed his belief that Kavanaugh would be cleared by any investigation into allegations against him. He even said on Friday that Kavanaugh's accuser was "a very credible witness" and called her testimony "compelling."
He even said Tuesday morning that he didn't want to do anything to interfere with or interrupt that process during an impromptu news conference.
The only controversial thing he said at that time is that this is such a hard time for men because women can ruin your life with an unsubstantiated claim of sexual assault. Actually, the FBI was called in to investigate the claims in this case. I think if a woman accuses me of something and I am innocent, I would be glad to have the FBI looking into it because they would discover my innocence.
Trump lulled us all into believing he had a modicum of decency and maturity. We were fooled, but he reminded us that he is a small man with the debating skills of a fifth grade bully with limited language skills.
President Trump held one of his ubiquitous rallies - the only cure for his need for adulation - in Mississippi Tuesday night. He stopped caring about interrupting or interfering with the process only a few hours after his claim that he was trying to stay out of it. In fact, he openly mocked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford only days after calling her credible and her testimony compelling.
Tuesday night, He mocked her claims. He mocked her testimony. He used the aggressively rude technique of minimizing what she said by saying it in a silly voice.
"Thirty-six years ago, this happened: I had one beer. Right? I had one beer,” he said, mocking Ford’s recollection of the night she was allegedly sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh. “How did you get home? I don’t remember. How did you get there? I don’t remember. But I had one beer, that’s the only thing I remember."
He smiled wryly as he eviscerated a woman who claims to have suffered unspeakable acts at the hands of a man who may spend the rest of his life as one of nine Supreme Court justices.
The crowd cheered.
That's chilling stuff.
If you watched Dr. Ford's testimony and didn't believe her - or at least have doubts about how much culpability to attribute to Kavanaugh, I understand.
I don't think she had a political motive. I think she is a political hammer. I believe she truly recalls that event happening. Was it Kavanaugh? Was it as bad as she remembers? Is she conflating and combining memories of that night and others? I'm not sure. She isn't sure of much either.
But I believe she believes she is telling the truth. I don't think she was trying to help Democrats delay a Supreme Court appointment. But, like a hammer, what is meant to be a tool for construction can be swung like a deadly weapon by the wrong people. I think her testimony was meant to add information to the process but became a political weapon for Democrats. I get that, too. They watched Merrick Garland get railroaded by Mitch McConnell and his pals in the Senate. Now they want to return the favor.
I also know that watching Kavanaugh testify, that weapon may have hit a weak spot in his defenses. I don't believe Kavanaugh is even trying to tell the truth. He appears to have lied about watching Dr. Ford's testimony. He appears to have lied about when he learned about another accuser's story. He also lied about definitions of slang terms from his meticulously and miraculously kept calendar from the time period in question.
He may be innocent of all charges. That is possible. If so, he wouldn't need to lie. Perjury before the Senate is not only illegal, it is also evidence that there is truth he wants to hide.
We may or may not have a new Supreme Court justice by the end of this week. But one thing is certain, we will have a petulant child as President. Even when he knows saying something is a bad idea, he is going to say it, because he can't help himself.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the press conference.