D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh appeared headed toward a narrow, partisan, confirmation to a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States this time last week before California Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein decided to slime him.
For two months, Feinstein had been sitting on a letter from Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto College, alleging that approximately 36 years ago, a drunken Kavanaugh had attempted to rape her at a party. She was 15; he was 17. Allegedly.
The details we have of the charges have come from leaks of the letter Ford sent to Feinstein, who has not released the letter publicly. (At this point, one has to wonder why she has not since all the details appear to have become common knowledge in the last week.)
Some time around the summer of 1982—Ford isn't sure about the year—she was at a party with four other boys, two of whom were Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. The three of them were in a bedroom when Kavanaugh allegedly forced himself on her, kissing her and attempting to remove her clothes. Ford managed to escape when Judge, thinking this was a joke or something, jumped on the two of them as she struggled and she was able to escape.
For something that has allegedly been affecting Ford for most of her life there's a disturbing paucity of detail to her charges that make them almost impossible to prove or disprove.
Again, she says this occurred during the summer. It was possibly 1982, but she's not sure. She thinks she was 15 at the time, but isn't sure. She doesn't know at whose house the party was at. She doesn't know how she got to the party; if she was 15, she couldn't have driven herself. She doesn't know how she got home from the party.
She claims she told no one about the incident until she was in couples counseling in 2012 with her husband. For the record, Kavanaugh's name was in the news around this time as reporters speculated on people who GOP candidate Mitt Romney might nominate to the Supreme Court should a vacancy open.
The therapist's notes indicates that she was attacked by four boys, not just two (if you count Judge as an "attacker" as well), but Ford claims this was an error on the therapists part. There were four boys and her at the party, but only two in the room when she was attacked.
The therapist's notes also do not include Kavanaugh's name.
The three boys identified thus far as being at the party, Kavanaugh, Judge and Patrick J. "PJ" Smyth have all gone on the record saying that nothing of this sort ever happened.
Democrats and the media, but I repeat myself, are demanding the FBI conduct an investigation into a 36-year-old (or so) state level crime over which they have no jurisdiction.
But even if they did...
They don't know the date on which it occurred.
They don't know the address where it occurred.
The only people who've been identified at the party have already gone on the record with their recollections.
According to a longtime college friend, Ford first broached the issue of her alleged high school attempted rape with her just one month before she sent her accusatory letter to Feinstein. (Again, for the slow-learners out there: This does not count as contemporaneous.)
What is there to investigate?
In fact, the only person we know who can shed more light on what allegedly occurred is Ford herself—and she's going to need to remember more details than she's presented thus far.
And through all of this the mainstream media hasn't covered itself in glory.
ABC News Chief Political Analyst Matthew J. Dowd, who has blocked me on Twitter, came up with this bit of amoral dreck.
Enough with the “he said, she said” storyline. If this is he said, she said, then let’s believe the she in these scenarios. She has nothing to gain, and everything to lose. For 250 years we have believed the he in these scenarios. Enough is enough.
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) September 17, 2018
Yep, it doesn't matter if it's true or not. Men have gotten away with this before, so let's have Kavanaugh's head just to make it right. Once upon a time the left (and Dowd is undoubtedly of the left nowadays, despite his previous service as a Republican) were the ones insisting (correctly) that 10 guilty men should go free lest one innocent man be condemned. Now it's someone got away with it, but he's not around now, but this guy is, "Get Him!"
CNN's Jim Sciutto sent out this tweet with more than 8,000 retweets and 19,000 likes:
The offer to #ChristinaBlaseyFord is blunt: testify in public six days from now while under death threats or your allegation will be ignored in the confirmation of a SCOTUS nominee. That is quite a choice.
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) September 19, 2018
Of course, that was a lie. Republican Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley offered Ford a public or a closed hearing.
MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell claimed that people who are lying about their claims don't ask the FBI to investigate. Of course, it was just a few months ago that his MSNBC coworker, Joy Ann Reid asked the FBI to investigate who hacked the server hosting her own blog and inserted a variety of homophobic content. Spoiler: No one hacked it, Reid posted that content herself.
And don't even get me started on the Senate Democrats. Sen. Kristin Gillibrand, a supporter of Columbia University's "Mattress Girl," actually claimed that by giving Ford an opportunity to testify before the Senate, they were "silencing" her.
You want clean, renewable energy? Hook a turbine up to George Orwell's corpse and feed that line in.
Many Ford defenders have suggested that she has nothing to gain by making this charge against Kavanaugh. Certainly the reports that she has received death threats (as has Kavanaugh's family) and that she's had to flee from her home are a damning indictment of our current political climate.
While she's being vilified by the political right, she's being sainted by the political left—and the political left controls the academy of which she is a part.
And then there's the scrubbing of politics from her social media profiles that preceded her outing (probably by Senate staffers, if not Feinstein herself). Political donations to Democrats and Vermont Socialist Bernie Sanders, however, are public records and can't be wiped (with a cloth) so easily. Though those donations aren't big money, a recent Washington Post profile of her contained this doozy.
“She was like, ‘I can’t deal with this. If he becomes the nominee, then I’m moving to another country. I cannot live in this country if he’s in the Supreme Court,’ ” her husband said. “She wanted out.”
Who sits on the Supreme Court being the basis for what country you live in is not the kind of talk that minimally political citizens talk about. I don't remember any Republicans walking around talking about how they'd leave for Canada if Justice Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed.
Whatever the outcome of the Kavanaugh nomination—and I still believe he will be confirmed—I expect that Ford will come out the other side in a better financial and career situation. Already a gofundme for her is over $130,000 in just four days. Another one that is allegedly covering security costs closed after three days and raising more than $200,000 I predict that by year's end she'll have a book deal. I predict that by Jan. 1, 2020, she'll have a professorship at a more prestigious institution than Palo Alto University. Expect her to take a position at Stanford, Berkeley or one of the Ivies.
Meanwhile, a cloud is going to hang over Kavanaugh forever. It's amazing how little can evidence it takes to destroy a man's reputation, but only if his politics are wrong.