Unfair All Around: SF Chronicle Takes Feinstein To The Woodshed For Sitting On Kavanaugh Letter

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Posted: Sep 20, 2018 1:20 PM
Unfair All Around: SF Chronicle Takes Feinstein To The Woodshed For Sitting On Kavanaugh Letter

Well, in her home state, even the press is not happy with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). She detonated a bombshell as the Brett Kavanagh Supreme Court nomination was coming in for a landing—and it’s only further politicized the process, plunged it into chaos, and made the Me Too moment look like gluttons for punishment. Yes, Christine Blasey Ford, who was up until recently the anonymous, is the woman accusing Kavanaugh of an attempted sexual assault at a party…some 40 years ago. Kavanaugh was 17 years old at the time. There are no corroborating witnesses. Any that Ford named don't recall this incident; with some unsure if a party ever happened. Ford can’t remember how she got to the party, how the party came about, or who owned the house where it was hosted. It’s an unprovable allegation. It reeks of a hit job. There’s no way around it. Ford reportedly wrote a letter about the allegation, which was given to Feinstein’s people through Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo’s (D-CA) office. Ford has since retained a lawyer, Debra Katz, an anti-Trump Democratic operative, and taken a polygraph administered by a former FBI agent. 

Yeah, this sounds like a woman who really wanted to remain in the shadows. No witnesses, no evidence, just a thin, unsubstantiated claim to kill the nomination of an eminently qualified judge over teenage antics. Should Kavanaugh fall, any allegation, from any point in time, and without evidence can be weaponized to kill nominations. That’s a horrible precedent, but liberals don’t care. The San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board took Feinstein to task for hiding this information, though the fact that she didn’t share it with her Senate colleagues or bring it up during the hearings is telling. Perhaps, as most who aren’t raging anti-Trump loons think, there simply isn’t enough there to legitimately bring this up. The allegation is unverifiable, so much time has past, and Kavanaugh, if he were a sexual predator, would have multiple women coming out of the woodwork to tell their stories. These men just don’t target a woman. There are multiples. But that’s not the point of this; it’s to delay the vote until after the midterms, or bring enough pressure to bear onto the GOP to keep delaying the vote due to the allegation, maybe even forcing Kavanaugh to withdraw. They want an FBI investigation. That’s not happening:  

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s treatment of a more than 3-decade-old sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was unfair all around. It was unfair to Kavanaugh, unfair to his accuser and unfair to Feinstein’s colleagues — Democrats and Republicans alike — on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Feinstein, a California Democrat, took the worst possible course by waiting until almost a week after Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing was completed to ominously announce that she had turned over “information from an individual” about Kavanaugh to the FBI, and adding that she would be honoring the woman’s “strongly requested” confidentiality.

Feinstein has been around Washington long enough to know that her opaque statement guaranteed that the contents of the letter, sent by a Stanford law professor on behalf of the accuser, would be pursued and publicized in short order. And they were.

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In concealing the accusation she had received in July, according to reports, Feinstein did a disservice to her Judiciary Committee colleagues, who might have wanted to determine if corroborating accounts were available, or at least question Kavanaugh about the accusation in a closed session.

Instead, Feinstein’s colleagues were left in the dark.

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The relevance of a 53-year-old man’s alleged criminal act in high school to his fitness for the judiciary is a fair matter of debate. After all, juvenile records are sealed for good reason: Young people who make serious mistakes, even violent ones, should have a chance at redemption without being tarnished for life. Yet a good case could be made that participation in a sexual assault, no matter how long ago, is a disqualifier for a seat on the highest court of the land.

The regrettable outcome here is that the Senate Judiciary Committee never had a chance to contemplate those difficult questions or consider the merits of this accusation while they were holding hearings on the nomination.

If Ford is a no-show, and she will be because the point of this whole game is to keep the flames burning, then the GOP should proceed - and they are. This is allegation is unverifiable, thin, shoddy, and reeks of political motivation. The GOP is giving her a lot of latitude, even offering to send interviewers out to California to get her testimony. Ford will say no. This is the working of a well-crafted politically motivated hit, but it’s spiraling out of control. Why? Well, the GOP sees right through it. Even the anti-Trump wing of the GOP says if Ford is a no-show, they’re voting to push the Kavanaugh nomination forward. The GOP isn’t dividing or buckling.  Uh oh. Feinstein became a sorceress for chaos with this Kavanaugh stunt—and everyone is torching her for it.  The Left can’t believe she held onto it, the Right says it’s all BS and a character assassination attempt by liberals. Things are going to get nasty. Democrats see Kavanaugh as the death of abortion rights; Republicans see him as the final piece to a solid conservative majority on the Court for the next generation. The battle has begun.