Is this a serious question from The New Yorker: why haven’t Republicans abandoned Judge Brett Kavanaugh? I mean, some, like The Washington Times,’ noted the obvious, but how thick in the skull do you have to be to even consider this a serious question:
That Kavanaugh was reportedly compelled to grant the interview suggested how weak his position had become. The truly powerful broadcast their sentiments directly on social media; the televised interview tends to be for those who enjoy celebrity but not control. Estes Kavanaugh’s presence suggested that an older form was being attempted, in which the wife humanizes the husband. “He’s decent, he’s kind, he’s good—I know his heart,” she said. But these affirmations seemed peripheral, since she met her husband in 2001, nearly two decades after the two alleged incidents, in high school and in college. During the interview, two pink-and-white floral arrangements sat somewhat incongruously in the background; because most of the conversation focused on an accusation of attempted rape, they cast a slightly ghoulish pall, as if they were offerings of condolences.
MacCallum’s questioning revealed how unstable Kavanaugh’s defense is. As reporters have investigated his past, a mountain of evidence has accumulated against the claims about Kavanaugh’s character when he was a teen-ager and young man. In a high-school yearbook, the Times discovered, Kavanaugh and seventeen other students listed themselves as Renate alumni, a reference to a young woman named Renate Schroeder. His freshman-year roommate at Yale, James Roche, who became a friend of Deborah Ramirez, told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh was “frequently, incoherently drunk” and went on to say, “Is it believable that she was alone with a wolfy group of guys who thought it was funny to sexually torment a girl like Debbie? Yeah, definitely. Is it believable that Kavanaugh was one of them? Yes.” On Thursday, Kavanaugh will not just be asking the senators on the Judiciary Committee to accept that Ford mistook his face but also to believe that many of his contemporaries and his friends mistook his character.
That it has come to this—that a Supreme Court confirmation will hinge on whether a young man in the nineteen-eighties drunkenly degraded women or comported himself as a figure of Catholic chastity—represents a breakdown of the most successful effort of the Trump Administration, the confirmation of conservative judges.
One obvious question is why the Republicans don’t simply abandon Kavanaugh. There are plenty of other conservative jurists, after all, and McConnell advised Trump against picking him in the first place. The answer may not be complicated. With the midterm elections drawing close, the President under investigation, and the Senate majority dependent on the narrowest of margins, “plow right through” is not a declaration of strength. It is an effort to manage political weakness.
I'll get back to you on this after I've consulted with my attorney for 6 days. https://t.co/GZ0kX0HfIA— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) September 26, 2018
Ironically, the answer involves your publication.. https://t.co/jb5hjKvA0H— Larry O'Connor (@LarryOConnor) September 26, 2018
The liberal media has endurance. I mean serious endurance to be able to handle the endless impact of getting their faces smashed against the wall, with pieces of bone, brain matter, and teeth flying everywhere. The New Yorker ran the story of the second Kavanaugh accuser, Deborah Ramirez, who alleges Kavanaugh exposed himself at a college party at Yale, without confirming much of anything. Like the initial allegation from Christine Blasey Ford, in which she says a drunken 17-year-old Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a high school party, there’s no evidence and no witnesses. Those cited as potential witnesses in both accounts have refuted the claims. Some can’t even recall if there was ever a party, as in Ford’s case, or if Kavanaugh was even at the party, as in Ramirez allegation.
As of now, Brett Kavanaugh is going to be the next Supreme Court justice. These allegations are unverifiable, they’re lacking in evidence, and the timing is immensely suspect. Ford retained an anti-Trump lawyer and underwent a polygraph administered by an anonymous former FBI agent. She wrote her account in a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) office in July. Feinstein sat on it for weeks, dropping it when it looked like Kavanaugh was going to be confirmed. A conveniently timed, zero hour dropping of an explosive sexual misconduct allegation from a woman, Ford, who wants to be anonymous, but took all the preliminary steps one would make in preparation for going public. This is a political hit job. The unprovable component is key for Democrats because it allows the allegations to fester, marinate, and kill Kavanaugh’s character—all while running out the clock on this nomination. Oh, and the Left wants to use the FBI in their character assassination plot.
No witnesses, no evidence, and no case—you don’t have to be a lawyer to say that there’s something odd here. Oh, and someone wrote some locker room talk in his yearbook. IMPEACH! This is the silliest of silly seasons in D.C. when it comes to this fight. Whether going on Fox News was the right move is the subject for debate, though how would you feel if the Democrat-media complex, progressive activists, and Hill Democrats thought you were a rapist for merely having a differing view on legal matters. Trump supporters and Republican voters know the Democratic playbook.
The timing, the shoddy allegations, the anti-Trump media all build a great case for GOP voters to plainly ignore this nonsense—and they should, as should Hill Republicans. The Left tried to execute the same thing against Clarence Thomas. All we see is an eminently qualified judge being the victim of an unsubstantiated and vicious hit job. Like Democrats, we’re circling the wagons. We can because the allegations might not be true, even Feinstein admitted to this before backtracking in order to avoid the SJW mobs. It’s an extension of the anti-Trump aura that is palpable with left wing America. They lie, they overreact, and they’re straight trash. When Democrats are saying Kavanaugh isn’t afforded due process or the presumption of innocence, you know their argument is probably as shoddy as the allegations that are engulfing this process. This is what I meant by saying that the GOP needs to be on a war footing in this fight. We cannot afford to be civil or nice. It’s war. The Democrats are the enemy, and we’re still far away from being in the clear. We have a chance to have a conservative majority on the Court. That’s a prize worth fighting to the death for, even sacrificing our majority before time runs out come Election Day. We can always retake Congress—and Democrats will never win enough seats to remove Kavanaugh, which is their plan B should he be confirmed and they become the majority party. In short, why haven’t we abandoned Kavanaugh? Well, he’s qualified; he’s being targeted by a left wing hit squad, and the anti-Trump media is aiding their efforts. It’s as simple as that.