Wednesday, September 19, 2018

More Thoughts on the Kavanaugh Allegations

Even under normal circumstances I can get very animated about politics, but these Kavanaugh allegations have made me furious.  Now Ford's lawyers are saying she will testify, but not on Monday.  They want a full investigation first.  Details in this Politico article

This totally destroys any shred of credibility she ever had with me.  And I say that as someone who always conceded that there might be some truth to her story.  For instance, I can't think of a very good reason why Mark Judge prefers NOT to defend Kavanaugh under oath before a Senate panel if there isn't at least some truth to it.  Ford claims Judge was present when the alleged assault occurred.  There may be a good explanation for his reluctance, but I'd like to hear something more convincing than simply, I prefer not to testify.  

I think there is a 50/50 chance that something might have happened 35 years ago, but I am way past caring about it.  If something did happen, I am not convinced it was as serious as it has been portrayed.  I'm not willing to substitute the judgement of a 15 year old girl for my own judgement in assessing the motives, intentions, and seriousness of the unwelcome attention.  Even if everything alleged is true, I don't find that bad behavior, falling well short of rape, of a drunk 17 year old a disqualifying event.  Especially in light of the fact that it happened 35 years ago and there is no evidence of a pattern of repeated behavior of this nature.   As a friend of mine recently commented, most of us are better than the worst thing we have ever done.  It's clear to me that all the Democrats care about is defeating Kavanaugh at all costs.  The sick irony of the Feinstein quote in the Politico article is evidence of that, and it makes me want to strangle her. 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the panel, said that the hearing scheduled for Monday should be delayed, adding: "We're better than this." “I agree with her 100 percent that the rushed process to hold a hearing on Monday has been unfair and is reminiscent of the treatment of Anita Hill. I also agree that we need the facts before senators — not staff or lawyers — speak to witnesses," Feinstein said. “We should honor Dr. Blasey Ford’s wishes and delay this hearing." 

She is the one who had this information in July and sat on it until the 11th hour.  Now she whines about fairness?  What a pathetic POS she is.  

The Democratic Party that defended Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton, and who are now trying to protect Keith Ellison from being held responsible for much worse behavior than Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of is somehow holding themselves out to voters as the protector of women.  What a sick world we live in.  This sick exercise is about one thing only.  Delay by any means necessary.  ANY MEANS NECESSARY!

Ford has been given the benefit of the doubt and offered a chance to make her case.  Any investigation she thinks might be warranted could very easily and more reasonably be considered AFTER we hear what she has to say and have had a chance to assess its credibility.  She has been offered the opportunity to testify in private session if she prefers with no cameras present.  She will not be forced to be present on the same panel as Kavanaugh, as had been alleged.  Yet still she is reluctant.  Any and all sympathy I ever had for this woman is gone.  She is at the very least a coward, and at worst a liar. 

The reputation of a good man has been seriously damaged and can never be fully repaired thanks to her, and she is worried that some people who don't believe her story may say something mean to her?  At this point, I don't give a shit what happens to her.  I don't know if she was ever a victim, but I know that the only victim now is Brett Kavanaugh.