Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Case against Kavanaugh Is Collapsing

Jim Bourg/Reuters
There is entirely insufficient evidence to prove even one of the terrible allegations against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
A very strange thing happened over the weekend: If you follow Twitter closely, you’ll notice that the debate over Brett Kavanaugh moved significantly from the central question of last Thursday’s hearing — did he commit sexual assault? — to a raging debate over whether he lied about high-school slang, college drinking, and inside jokes, and whether he was just too “angry” to be a Supreme Court judge.
This torrent of commentary (most of it silly, including competing, furious arguments about how people described anal sex in 1982) obscures an important development: The sexual-assault claims against Kavanaugh are in a state of collapse.
Let’s deal with the easiest issue first. The day before the hearing, Michael Avenatti released a “declaration” by a client, a woman named Julie Swetnick, claiming that she saw Kavanaugh “waiting his turn” for gang rapes after facilitating them by spiking or drugging the punch at high-school parties. She claimed that she went to multiple such parties and was gang raped at one of them, though she would only assert that Kavanaugh was present on that occasion.
The claim against Kavanaugh was transparently absurd. The idea that a person would repeatedly attend gang-rape parties and that the existence of these parties (which would presumably generate multiple victims and bystander-witnesses) remained utterly secret for decades is nonsense. But left-wing Twitter took up the claims with a vengeance, dragging anyone who dared express doubt through the mud. After all, didn’t the Catholic Church scandals prove that crimes could be concealed? Didn’t Sixteen Candles have a subplot about a drunk male geek sleeping with a drunk popular girl? (Yes, that was an actual article in Vox.)
Read the rest from David French HERE.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is sad because I normally agree with French. He's just wrong here.

The idea that "proof" is needed can't apply in this case. Because proof, either way, can never be found. What we are left with is using our best judgment and adding up what we know.

Ford is far more credible and believable than Kavanaugh. Everything she said checks out. Kavanaugh even provided a CALENDAR, for crying out loud, that supports Ford's story. Friends, activities, habits, etc.

Plus, it really is true that Kavanaugh was not honest while under oath last week. The answers he gave about yearbook quotes were laughable, and sad. The man simply had no room to own up to his drinking problem, because if he did, he was toast. So he made up ridiculous answers.

And, of course, his conspiracy comment, his demeanor, his total partisanship, and his questioning senators about their own drinking, was just too much.

It's simply time to admit he should not be on the court.