The Judge and the Professor: Kavanaugh Accuser Comes Forward
We've seen this show before. It is ugly and tragic.
Broadway’s best musicals have nothing on the Swamp when it comes to choreography. Yes, we are talking about the Kavanaugh allegations. Last week, we told you what was going to happen:
As sure as the Carolina coast is wet, that letter or the allegations themselves will be public. Kavanaugh will be painted as a pervert of the highest order. Or hypocrite. Certainly, Feinstein is suggesting he is a criminal.
The Accuser’s name will be known to the world. Her wish to stay out of it is irrelevant. Right now, every yearbook of every high school near Kavanaugh’s all-boys school is being combed. Emails and texts and Twitter messages are being sent. The woman will be revealed. She will be forced to come forward. She will have her name tattooed on TV screens for weeks.
Her name is Christine Blasey Ford. That name will be tattooed on TV screens for weeks. Ford came forward in an interview with the Washington Post. Her lawyer Debra Katz says she made the decision after — surprise, surprise — details of her allegation began to leak. Surprise, Surprise, Democratic senators are calling for a delay in Kavanaugh’s vote. Surprise, Surprise. Ford’s a Trump hater.
And no surprise, Kavanaugh is desperate to defend his name and honor.
Ford told the Post that at a teen party in high school:
Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.
“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” said Ford.
Ford says she was able to escape when Kavanaugh’s friend and classmate at Georgetown Prep, Mark Judge, jumped on top, “sending all three tumbling.”
Kavanaugh vehemently denied the story when The New Yorker detailed the alleged incident. “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”
Now that Ford has come forward, Kavanaugh is even more adamant in his denial. “This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone, because this never happened. I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday.” (Update: Kavanaugh has hired top defamation lawyer Beth Wilkinson.)
Judge says the story is “absolutely nuts.” He never saw Kavanaugh behave in such a fashion.
Sixty-five women who knew Kavanaugh during those teen years released a statement of support:
Through the more than 35 years we have known him, Brett has stood out for his friendship, character, and integrity. In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect. That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day.
Read Ford’s Washington Post article carefully. You’re going to notice something curious.
- She doesn’t know the date, the week and the month. She isn’t even sure about the year.
- She doesn’t remember how the party came about.
- She doesn’t remember where the party was.
- She doesn’t know who owned the house.
- She doesn’t know who invited her.
- She doesn’t know how she got there.
- She doesn’t know how she got home.
She does remember drinking.
It was only decades later, during psychotherapy, that the story emerged. According to Ford, this is when she realized the impact the alleged incident had on her life and relationships.
Obviously the vagueness puts the veracity of the story in question. However, there’s a bigger problem. As noted in this Twitter thread, how in the world can Kavanaugh defend himself?
The allegation is so vague that it is literally impossible for Kavanaugh to prove he is innocent.
Even if Kavanaugh WANTED to shoulderthe burden of proof and prove he is innocent, the allegation isn't specific enough to disprove.
— yikes run! (@yikes_run) September 17, 2018
Christine Blasey Ford is a clinical psychology professor connected to Stanford University. If you want to know what students have to say about her, you’re out of luck. RateMyProfessors.com has locked out access. (Her Facebook and LinkedIn account also seem to have been scrubbed.)
Even with the social media clean-up job, there’s still plenty of evidence she’s anti-Trump. According to Breitbart, Ford generated a stir at an anti-Trump protest last year wearing a custom version of the “p**** hats” worn during the Women’s March. She also signed a letter fighting Trump’s efforts to secure the border.
(And let’s throw this into the hopper. There are reports Kavanaugh’s mom ruled against Ford’s parents in a foreclosure suit. Awaiting confirmation of that.)
All told, we’re talking about an allegation filtered through the haze of 35 years, the fog of booze, the manipulations of psychotherapy, and the political fantasy of stopping Trump. An allegation that allows the accused no way to prove his innocence.
No wonder the FBI had no interest in investigating.
Despite all this, we’re still going to have to play out the rest of the Democrat’s “Stop at All Costs” script.
Ford is willing to testify publicly, according to her lawyer. As for Kavanaugh, he is desperate to race back to the hearing room to defend his name and honor. Said Kavanaugh, “I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity.”
The White House is also saying, in effect, “Bring it!” President Trump says “if it takes a little delay” to clear the matter up, no problem. “We want to make sure everything is perfect.”
Although Republican swing-vote Sen. Susan Collins questions the timing of the allegation as “political,” she tweeted, “Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh should both testify under oath before the Judiciary Committee.”
That works for Sen. Lindsay Graham. He wants to quickly hear both out and get to the confirmation vote.
Not so fast, say Senate Democrats. Sen. Dick Durbin wants to stop the confirmation process and postpone any vote. Sen. Coons wants the FBI to “fully” investigate. Sen. Kamala Harris demands a “thorough investigation” — of information the Democrats have had in their back pocket for two months.
Meanwhile, Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley says Sen. Dianne Feinstein is stonewalling efforts to do follow-up with Ford and Kavanaugh.
Still, assuming Ford doesn’t recant or change her mind about testifying publicly, chances are we’ll soon witness a hearing with the Professor and the Judge.
An Ugly, Tragic Show
We’ve seen this show before. A show as ugly as it is tragic. It ran in October of 1991, starring Judge Clarence Thomas and Professor Anita Hill. This will be worse. This will be much more bloody. The Thomas-Hill hearings involved fairly mild allegations of workplace harassment between adults blown into a national circus.
This involves the behavior to two people as teenagers. An allegation of sexual assault. At stake, the balance of Supreme Court.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this story cited an American Thinker article quoting student reviews of Christine Ford. American Thinker has retracted those quotes, saying they reflect a different professor Christine Ford. They apologize for the error and we apologize as well for passing it on. Meanwhile, as of 6 PM Central, Rate My Professors still has Christine Blasey Ford’s profile closed.