Today's deep question: Will Icon's "Filibuster Endurance" panties help Senate Dems stop Kavanaugh?

Friends and family often ask me why I enjoy politics as much as I do. “It’s important,” I tell them, “and it’s a privilege,” which it is. But sometimes it’s also so silly that its entertainment value far exceeds films, television, or any other outlet.


Take, for instance, Thinx label Icon Undies’ somewhat uninformed and but legit hilarious attempt at self-promotion by latching onto the upcoming confirmation fight over Brett Kavanaugh. They sent care packages to the women in the US Senate in order to help sustain them through a filibuster. Er … who wants to tell them?

It’s no secret that Brett Kavanaugh’s election to the Supreme Court could mean an about-face for women’s personal agency over our oft-leaky bods. That’s why we sent filibuster Endurance Packages to our female senators (even though we know an actual filibuster is less than likely). Complete with our moderate-absorbency bikini undies in Spice, tote bags, Aloha protein bars, and bottled water, the packages are meant to help our reps withstand long stints on the senate floor (sans bathroom breaks) defending women’s access to comprehensive, affordable, and quality healthcare. Our gesture might sound silly, but our motivation stems from a genuine dedication to providing women around the world with accessible, quality health information and care. Simply put, women’s health and wellbeing shouldn’t be a partisan issue.

An actual filibuster isn’t just “less than likely,” it’s flat-out off the table. Why? Because in November 2013, Harry Reid got most of the women receiving these packages to support his “nuclear option” to prohibit filibusters on presidential appointments. Then the same women backed Chuck Schumer’s attempt to filibuster Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation last year, prompting Mitch McConnell to go nuclear in return, prohibiting filibusters on Supreme Court nominations.


Had Democrats just, er, held their water on Gorsuch, these Filibuster Endurance Packages might have come in handy. Maybe Icon needs to come up with a male version of the same product line, right after they catch up to current Senate rules.

Michael Graham’s amused, but at least he helped Icon correct a grave injustice:

This is embarrassing…and on so many levels.

The feminist/activist underwear company Thinx, in an effort to oppose Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, is sending ” filibuster Endurance Packages to our female senators,” they announced yesterday. …

Thinx lists all the women of the US Senate who’ll be receiving their anti-Kavanaugh care packages. Only one problem. There’s a name missing: NH’s Sen. Maggie Hassan.

Is this an oversight, or a statement about their view of Hassan’s feminist bona fides?

Icon sent a package off to Hassan shortly afterward, so she’s well prepared for a filibuster that will never take place. But at least Thinx and Icon got to demonstrate their product, right along with their ignorance. If there’s no such thing as bad publicity …

They’ll get a chance to use the products soon, too. Chuck Grassley says the Kavanaugh nomination will move to the floor in 70 days or less:


According to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, who will oversee the upcoming confirmation hearing, Kavanaugh should be fitted for his robe and confirmed to the Supreme Court within 70 days.

“Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most respected jurists in the country. He’s among the most qualified candidates to ever come before the Senate. I look forward to carefully reviewing his record,” Grassley said during a Committee business meeting Thursday morning. “Our process in the Senate Judiciary Committee will be thorough, modern, and efficient. We’ll use newer tools to review more material than we ever have before. All members of this committee will have far greater visibility into his record and judicial thinking than they have had with any previous nominee. And with this extra visibility, I can foresee no reason to stray from the timelines of previous high court nominations. We completed our work on the nomination of Justices Kagan and Gorsuch within 70 days. So, I expect to do the same in this case.”

Grassley wants to keep this process moving — and Democrats should as well. Obstructing the vote in any way that delays it to closer to Election Day will just remind Trump voters why they threw in with him two years earlier. That might turn out badly for Icon endurance-package recipients like Heidi Heitkamp and Claire McCaskill, who would be better off with Kavanaugh’s confirmation in the rear-view mirror.


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Beege Welborn 4:41 PM on September 28, 2023