Listen to Cory Booker’s Story. Confirm Brett Kavanaugh

By Rob Schwarzwalder Published on September 20, 2018

He was 15 years old. His drunken female companion and he were “fumbling” on the bed. He put his hand on her breast and “after having my hand pushed away once, I reached my ‘mark’,” he wrote. The “fumbling” soon stopped as his decency kicked-in and he allowed the young woman to leave.

Observation One: What is done at 15 doesn’t define a life at 50.

The young man’s name was Cory Booker. He is now a Democratic U.S. Senator from New Jersey.

Booker deserves credit for recounting his teenage efforts to force himself on a girl, which he did in a 1992 article in a Stanford University student paper. He also merits praise for repenting of his actions. I don’t think Booker should resign from the Senate. Nor do I think Brett Kavanaugh should be anything but confirmed to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

There is no excuse for sexual predation. None. Whether drugs or alcohol are involved or not. But the actions of a teenage boy, committed decades ago, are not how a mature man should be judged. Especially one who has lived a life of honorable character, great achievement, and moral principle.

Brett Kavanaugh is such a man.

Observation Two: Follow the Timing

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) received the now-famous letter from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford on July 30. Only now has she revealed it.

She claims Dr. Ford wanted to remain anonymous, but that once the report “surfaced” and “essentially leaked,” she published it. The senator says she cannot “recall whether she had contact with the accuser after receiving her letter.” Either the Senator has onset dementia or she is lying. Especially since she met with Judge Kavanaugh at length and, as President Trump has noted, never raised the issue of the letter.

This has every hallmark of a “Hail Mary” pass designed to squash the Kavanaugh nomination. The left knows how high the stakes are: the end of abortion-on-demand, which is to American liberalism the key to all that is good, true, and beautiful, as well as a return to constitutional government.

This last scares the left, as it means that they will no longer be able to end-run the people and get what they want through the federal courts. Remember the 2015 ruling on same-sex marriage? By 2012, 32 states — including California, no less — had enacted bans on same-sex unions. But then five Supreme Court justices struck them all down. Liberals rejoiced. A new “right” had been found that no one had seen for the previous 226 years.

If Judge Kavanaugh makes to the highest bench, the days of what the late Harvard law professor Raul Berger called “government by judiciary” are probably over. So, he must be stopped at all costs. He sailed through his confirmation hearings. Democrats were desperate. And the forgetful Senator Feinstein’s “confidential” letter found its way into the hands of a journalist or two.

This is a classic page out of the Democratic handbook: Anything is permissible, however destructive not only to the persons involved but to our system of government, if it will achieve the desired ends. Friedrich Nietzsche called this “the will to power.” His leftist disciples have learned to exercise it quite well.

It’s been used before. Remember the Clarence Thomas hearings? Not until they were almost over did Anita Hill felt compelled to come forward and charge him with sexual harassment. Remember Ted Kennedy and Robert Bork? The latter the most distinguished jurist of his generation viciously attacked by a man so disreputable that his own son admitted under oath that he was sometimes embarrassed by his father.

This takes us to:

Observation Three: Let’s say Christine Blasey Ford is telling the truth …

She doesn’t remember the year the supposed assault happened. How she got to or left the party. Where the party was held. She does remember Brett Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge (now a conservative journalist) as her assailants. Possible? Yes. But 65 women who knew Kavanaugh at the time vouch for his character. He is a well-known advocate for women’s professional advancement.

I don’t know whom to believe, except that alcohol can induce decent people to do terrible things. Things they might not even remember the next morning. As I wrote earlier, this is not an excuse for assault. It might explain, though, why two credible people have two fundamentally different memories.

Dr. Ford should find out who leaked her letter. She needs to know who is so driven by politics as to place her and her family in the searing glare of klieg lights and public scrutiny. She should tell the Senate Judiciary Committee what she believes about that night 36 years ago. Kavanaugh should too.

And then, the Senate should confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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