Mark Judge’s 1997 book, Wasted: Tales of a GenX Drunk, has become an international focal point as people in America and elsewhere debate the fitness of Judge’s old friend, Brett Kavanaugh. But it’s virtually impossible to buy the out-of-print book, with one copy going for $1,900 (£1,438) on Amazon. Thankfully, the Internet Archive now has a copy that you can read for free, giving us a peek at this unlikely piece of American political history.
Americans are divided over the confirmation of Kavanaugh, a federal judge and President Trump’s latest pick for the US Supreme Court. Some people have defended Kavanaugh, insisting that the women who accuse him of sexual misconduct are all liars. But others believe the women like Dr Christine Blasey Ford, who says that Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a party in the early 1980s while Mark Judge was in the room. Blasey Ford even told the US Senate Judiciary Committee under oath that she made eye contact with Judge, hoping that he’d help her. She eventually escaped, she said, because Kavanaugh was allegedly so drunk that she was able to run out of the room, but she’s lived with the trauma of that day ever since.
First spotted by journalist Kim Zetter, the book is available for reading in both EPUB and PDF formats. Up to five books can be borrowed for two weeks at a time, at which point they “expire” and “return” to the library.
Americans will have their lives dictated by the judgements of Kavanaugh. And with President Trump and so many others on the far right dismissing Blasey Ford’s allegations as fabrication, reasonable people sit by in shock, wondering what the hell happened to the country. Especially as guys like Senator Lindsey Graham say stuff like this about Dr Blasey Ford:
Lindsey Graham on Christine Blasey Ford: "This is what happens when you go through a trailer park with a $100 bill."
And on Donald Trump viciously mocking a sexual assault victim: "Everything he said was factually true." pic.twitter.com/ZPJEDJaxjg
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) October 3, 2018
What an absolute garbage time. [Internet Archive]