I can’t believe I didn’t see this live.

I was off the grid for much of the question and answer portion of Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing testimony today.

When I got back on the grid and tried to figure out what had happened, I saw references on Twitter to farting, and wasn’t sure what it was about.

Apparently the *esteemed* Senator from the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Sheldon Whitehouse, thought he had a line of questioning that would blow Brett Kavanaugh out of the water.

It had to do with Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook.

Whitehouse, as you know from his prior cross-examination of Kavanaugh, is unnaturally aggressive and domineering, Worst performance of Kavanaugh Hearings Day 2 – Sheldon Whitehouse.

This time he had him, he really had him:

Kavanaugh’s yearbook page includes the phrase, “Judge, have you boofed yet?” This apparently references his friend Mark Judge, who is alleged to have participated in Kavanaugh’s sexual assault of Christine Blasey Ford in 1982. Judge’s yearbook page has the phrase, “Bart, have you boofed yet?” Judge went on to write a memoir in 1997 about his alcoholism that included a character called “Bart O’Kavanaugh,” though Kavanaugh did not confirm if it was based on him.

“Boofed” is also sometimes used as a vulgar slang term, usually referring to some mix of anal sex and drugs. The New Yorker said it “refers to the practice of anally ingesting alcohol or drugs.”

But Kavanaugh said it was simply a teenage joke between him and Judge about “flatulence.”

“If we want to talk about flatulence at age 16 on a yearbook page, I’m game,” he told Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse when questioned about it.


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