The 2015 movie ‘Ex Machina’ introduced the science fiction public to two things. Firstly, the acting skills of the lovely Danish Miss Alicia Vikander, who since won an Oscar.
Secondly, the interesting intellectual parallel made since the movie became a ‘cult’ hit, namely that the story is not so much about the fear of an AI, but the male fear of a female-dominated world.
Case in point is Brazil’s election next month, where women make up 52% of the voting population and will, therefore, be the target audience in between the first (7 October) and second (28 October) round of elections.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Female supporters of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Kavanaugh?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Kavanaugh</a> also here on the Hill today - Mary Margaret says she’s here to support <a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@POTUS</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SCOTUS?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SCOTUS</a> pick against “unfair accusations.” <a href="https://t.co/NUYkL5n0Z3">pic.twitter.com/NUYkL5n0Z3</a></p>— Katherine Gypson (@kgyp) <a href="https://twitter.com/kgyp/status/1045300278088609792?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 27, 2018</a></blockquote>
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More importantly for US readers, this hypothesis is the case in point likely as well for the upcoming week of ‘Kavanaugh’ news. Whereas the Republicans realize that as far as their base is concerned, Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a believable and trustworthy candidate, the Senators will be looking with one eye on the chart that matters most: opinion polling and public support.
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And there, they are faced with falling support from Republican female supporters who, according to those darn opinion polls, dropped their support from Mr Kavanaugh by a whopping 18 points in the week after the accusations first came out.
Given that you don’t want half of the Republican voting base to stay at home during the upcoming Midterm elections, the eyes will be on any poll showing that this support dropped further.
Of course, US President Donald Trump himself will have to be convinced to give up supporting Kavanaugh himself. And given that he prefers loyalty above anything else, that will be a very hard sell for the Republican power brokers.
Upon being nominated for the Supreme Court seat, Mr Kavanaugh expressed his loyalty to POTUS by saying: “I’ve witnessed first hand your appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary. No President has ever consulted more widely, or talked with more people from more backgrounds, to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination.”
Knowing that the president chose his nominees from a short list vetted by conservative groups, for Mr Kavanaugh to say this demonstrates loyalty above anything else.
The following week will be very interesting indeed.
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