US Power Struggle: The Late Hit Job on Judge Kavanaugh, by Pat Buchanan.
Upon the memory and truthfulness of Christine Blasey Ford hangs the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his reputation, and possibly his career on the nation’s second highest court.
And much more. If Kavanaugh is voted down or forced to withdraw, the Republican Party and conservative movement could lose their last best hope for recapturing the high court for constitutionalism.
No new nominee could be vetted and approved in six weeks. And the November election could bring in a Democratic Senate, an insuperable obstacle to the elevation of a new strict constructionist like Kavanaugh.
The stakes are thus historic and huge.
And what is Professor Ford’s case against Judge Kavanaugh?
When she was 15 in the summer of ’82, she went to a party with four boys in Montgomery County, Maryland, at a home where the parents were away.
She says she was dragged into a bedroom by Kavanaugh, then a 17-year-old at Georgetown Prep, who jumped her, groped her, tried to tear off her clothes, and cupped her mouth with his hand to stop her screams.
Only when Kavanaugh’s friend Mark Judge, laughing “maniacally,” piled on and they all tumbled off the bed, did she escape and lock herself in a bathroom as the “stumbling drunks” went downstairs. She later fled the house and told no one of the alleged rape attempt.
Not until 30 years later in 2012 did Ford, by then a clinical psychologist in California, relate, during a couples therapy session with her husband, what happened. She says she named Kavanaugh as her assailant, but the therapist notes from the session make no mention of him.
During the assault, says Ford, she was traumatized. “I thought he might inadvertently kill me.”
Here the story grows vague. She does not remember who drove her to the party. She does not say how much she drank. She does not remember whose house it was at. She does not recall who, if anyone, drove her home. She does not recall what day it was.
She did not tell her parents, Ford said, as she did not want them to know she had been drinking. She did not tell any friend or family member of this traumatic event that has so adversely affected her life.
Said Kavanaugh in response, “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”
Mark Judge says it never happened.
Given the seriousness of the charges, Ford must be heard out. But she also needs to be cross-examined and have her story probed as Kavanaugh’s has repeatedly been by FBI investigators.
How could America’s founders ever have imagined that the fate of the US would rely on such a circus? But the left has been using the courts to legislate what it cannot get by the ballot box, so this is the result.
#meToo (aka #lookAtMe) has become an all-purpose tool for the left to get any non-PC male. Just find some committed left woman to make an allegation, and there you are.
During the many probes into Kavanaugh’s background, nothing was unearthed to suggest anything like this was in his character. …
When Ford, a Democrat, sent a letter detailing her accusations against Kavanaugh to her California congresswoman, Anna Eshoo, she insisted that her name not be revealed as the accuser. …
What is being done here stinks. It is a late hit, a kill shot to assassinate a nominee who, before the weekend, was all but certain to be confirmed and whose elevation to the Supreme Court would have been the result of victories in free elections by President Trump and the Republican Party.
Palpable here is the desperation of the left to derail Kavanaugh, lest his elevation to the high court imperil their agenda and the social revolution that the Warren Court and its progeny have been able to impose upon the nation.
If Kavanaugh is elevated, the judicial dictatorship of decades past — going back to the salad days of Earl Warren, William Brennan, Hugo Black, and “Wild Bill” Douglas — will have reached its end. A new era will have begun.
What goes around comes around.
UPDATE: An Open Letter to Dianne Feinstein, from rape victim Patti Smith.
Dr. Ford said she could not recall the specifics of her attack, which should have caused alarm. I am a real victim of sexual abuse, having experienced a gang rape in the summer of 1975. Something that traumatic stays with you for the rest of your life and you remember details.
You don’t just remember the names… you remember the place, the circumstances as well as the surroundings. Nothing is fuzzy. Even though I was under the influence of alcohol at the time, I can still see the faces of my attackers, I remember the house, the street it was on, the color of carpet in the house and the feeling of the coldness of the red formica dining room table where I was held down and violated.
The human mind is usually very good at remembering everything associated with danger, so as to help avoid it in future.
hat-tip Stephen Neil