Today is the day. Christine Blasey Ford, who lobbed the first allegation of sexual misconduct against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. She says that the Kavanaugh, then-17-years-old, tried to rape her at a high school party. It’s a gathering that she cannot really remember in the sense that she doesn’t know how she got there, whose house it was held it, and how the party was organized. She wrote about the allegation in a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) office, which she received in July—but sat on for weeks until zero hour. It has plunged the whole process into chaos. It’s an unprovable, evidence-lacking accusation, which affords Democrats the latitude they need to build a case for delaying the vote. The GOP sees this playbook. The committee vote is going to be held on Friday. Ford also retained Debra Katz, an anti-Trump lawyer, and took a polygraph administered by an unknown former FBI agent, but the narrative is she wanted to remain anonymous. Not a chance. This was the pregame to going public and what is becoming increasingly clear is that this is a very well orchestrated political hit job.
No witnesses, no evidence, accuser missing key details about the night in question. Are there any other problems? Oh yes, Paul Sperry noted eight glaring issues, some of which you already know. She didn’t tell anyone, so no contemporaneous eyewitnesses, though she evidently did tell someone because this supposed attack spread through her school like wildfire, according to Cristina King Miranda—the woman who said she knows this attack happened, but can’t offer first-hand knowledge because she wasn’t there. Oh, and she heard about it from other people. Yeah, sounds like a reliable source. Ford tried to reach out to her friends to get some more clarity about what happened that summer—no one could help her. Her immediate family seems skeptical and the therapist notes from the 2012 couple’s sessions, where she reportedly first told anyone about this incident, doesn’t name Kavanaugh:
1) For starters, Ford still can’t recall basic details of what she says was the most traumatic event in her life. Not where the “assault” took place — she’s not sure whose house it was, or even what street it was on. Nor when — she’s not even sure of the year, let alone the day and month.
Ford’s not certain how old she was or what grade she was in when she says an older student violently molested her. (But she doesn’t plead inebriation: She described having just “one beer” at the party.
2) Ford concedes she told no one what happened to her at the time, not even her best friend or mother. That means she can rely on no contemporaneous witness to corroborate her story.
3) Worse, the four other people she identified as attending the party, including Kavanaugh, all deny knowledge of the gathering in question, including Leland Ingham Keyser, who she calls a “lifelong friend.”
4) Her own immediate family doesn’t appear to be backing her up, either. Her mother, father and two siblings are all conspicuously absent from a letter of support released by a dozen relatives, mostly on her husband’s side of the family.
The letter attests to her honesty and integrity. “Why didn’t her parents and brothers sign the letter?” a congressional source familiar with the investigation wondered.
5) This summer, Ford tried to reach out to old friends from high school and college to jog her memory. They couldn’t help her. “I’ve been trying to forget this all my life, and now I’m supposed to remember every little detail,” Ford complained to one friend in July, according to an account in The San Jose Mercury News.
6) Yet she still pushed forward with her bombshell charge, contacting The Washington Post tip line and Democratic lawmakers, while hiring a Democratic activist lawyer. Ford is also a Democrat, as well as an anti-Trump marcher, raising questions about the motive and timing of the allegations along with their veracity.
7) Ford contends that notes her therapist took in 2012 corroborate her account. But they don’t mention Kavanaugh…
8) In another inconsistency, Ford told The Washington Post she was upset when Trump won in 2016, because Kavanaugh was mentioned as a Supreme Court pick. But Kavanaugh wasn’t added to Trump’s list of possibles until November 2017, a full year later.
The accusation is shoddy. It’s meant to delay. Republicans know this. Yes, hear her out, but schedule the vote for tomorrow, GOP. Hold the line, get tonight, fix bayonets, and do not cave the progressive social mob. Do your job and confirm this man.