Like you I’ve been following the latest turn in the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has unearthed someone possibly from Kavanaugh’s past to accuse him of possibly sexually assaulting her at an alcohol-fueled party when they were both high school students.
What’s interesting is how the story of Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, has been dragged forward by Feinstein at the last minute, deus ex machina, to try to stop the Kavanaugh nomination. Kavanaugh has been the subject of several FBI background checks as he climbed the judicial and political ladder yet this has never come up before. Nor did it come up at all leading up to and during the public hearings on Kavanaugh’s fitness as a potential Supreme Court Justice.
No, Ford’s story only became known when the nomination fight was over except for the counting of the votes in the Senate. We can understand why many Republicans are skeptical of the story. Everyone should be. The one supposed witness to the incident claims it never happened while Ford cannot even get the basic details of the story straight. It may not even have been Kavanaugh that she originally accused.
We can also understand why some Republicans would even grasp any conspiracy theory about Ford’s motivation. Given the Democrats penchant for hypocrisy on the subject and the last-minute timing of the accusation, it’s completely understandable that Republicans would want another explanation for Ford’s accusation. But the conspiracy theories are really counterproductive. As Republicans would not want Ford or anyone else to falsely accuse Kavanaugh of bad behavior, it doesn’t help Republicans to falsely accuse Ford, too.
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) was right when he said that the Judiciary Committee has a responsibility to hear both sides of the story. As for the Democrats immediately rushing to judgement about Kavanaugh without even hearing from both the judge and his accuser. where was this need to believe during the Clinton era? Where is the need to believe now in Minnesota where Rep. Keith Ellison (D) is running for Attorney General? And how many Democrats looked away when Harvey Weinstein was giving them cash? Where was the Left when former Vice President Al Gore was accused?
Until Ford and Kavanaugh both testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Democrats should back off on making a judgement.
Unless more information comes to light that actually corroborates Ford’s story, Republicans should plan on moving ahead with approving the nomination. And when it’s over, Kavanaugh may be asking the same question former Labor Secretary Raymond Donovan once asked, “Which office do I go to get my reputation back?”