Have we all gotten over the Kavanaugh intoxication (pun intended) of last week’s Senate hearing into sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh?
Of course we’re not. This situation has been extended for a week, as the FBI investigates the claims of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
Ford, for those who haven’t been keeping up, claims Judge Brett Kavanaugh, along with a friend, Mark Judge, sexually assaulted her at a party in 1982, when they were both teenagers.
The testimony from both Ford and Kavanaugh was emotional, and at times, tense, but both were completely compelling.
Unless you’re a raging, abortion-minded liberal, then you want Brett Kavanaugh and his entire family punished for every rape to have ever happened in modern history.
And yes, while some of those hoping without proof that Kavanaugh is found to be guilty of these claims feel that way because he was nominated by President Trump, they’re yoking themselves with a godless, unjust left, who see Kavanaugh as a threat to Roe v. Wade.
Personally, while I object to Kavanaugh’s nomination, precisely because he is not a threat to Roe v. Wade, I would never let my NeverTrump feelings, or desire for another Scalia on the Supreme Court override my sense of justice and fairness.
You don’t ruin a man’s life and the lives of his family for politics.
And for the leftists reading: I believe women – when they’re telling the truth. They don’t get to say anything they want, no matter how damaging, just because of their anatomy.
I also believe men (when they’re telling the truth).
In order to get to the truth, Republican lawmakers sought to make the process more comfortable for Dr. Ford by bringing in outside counsel, Rachel Mitchell.
Senate Judiciary Republicans hired Mitchell to handle Ford’s questioning during the hearing in order to avoid the optics of an all-male panel grilling her over the allegation. Many Republican strategists after the hearing questioned her role in the day, wondering whether Mitchell’s detail-oriented approach helped or hurt Republicans.
While Mitchell briefly questioned Kavanaugh, most Republican senators ultimately chose to question him themselves.
Mitchell’s reputation of being a thorough investigator of sexual assault cases made her perfect in this role, in spite of the clumsiness of the process.
So this is where the left’s mantra of #BelieveWomen is put to the test.
Mitchell, a woman, has made her conclusion about the testimony given by Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh.
A female sex-crimes prosecutor, who sat through the entire hearing and had the opportunity to question both participants is saying Dr. Ford’s testimony is even weaker than the typical “he said, she said” kind of case.
“A ‘he said, she said’ case is incredibly difficult to prove,” Rachel Mitchell wrote in a memo to the Senate Judiciary Committee obtained by The Hill on Sunday night. “But this case is even weaker than that.”
Mitchell, an Arizona sex-crimes prosecutor, wrote she does not believe a “reasonable prosecutor” would bring Ford’s case to trial.
She gave no analysis of Kavanaugh’s testimony, but honestly, for a prosecutor, their main concern is the strength of the charges, not the defense.
Mitchell in the memo pointed to inconsistencies in Ford’s recounting of the incident, Ford’s inability to remember “key details” from the night and the fact that none of the other attendees at the party in question have corroborated Ford’s account.
These are the same things nonpartisans have been pointing out. These are also the same things partisans are ignoring or twisting to fit into their echo chambers.
Mitchell in the memo pointed out that Ford does not remember how she got home from the party that night, which Mitchell grilled her over during the hearing.
Committee staffers during Ford’s questioning handed out maps showing the seven miles between her home and the country club that Ford says was near the house where Kavanaugh allegedly attacked her. Ford during the hearing said she does not remember how she got home, though she knows she didn’t drive.
“Given that all this took place before cell phones, arranging a ride home would not have been easy,” Mitchell wrote.
That’s true. She would have had to call somebody from a land line, caught a ride with somebody at the party, or had a prearranged ride home.
As someone who has lived through a similar situation, during the same time period, the idea that she can’t remember such a crucial detail really does throw everything else into question.
I also understand that the left was never going to accept Mitchell’s report, unless it supported what they wish to be true. It does not, so we can count on them blowing this off, as well as attacking Mitchell – a woman – in ways they say shouldn’t happen.
So now we wait for the FBI report that will, I predict, back up Mitchell’s assessment.
And as someone else pointed out, if any Democrats vote against him after getting what they want, as far as an investigation, we can safely assume they really didn’t care about Dr. Ford. They only wanted that #MeToo weapon to be wielded effectively, truth be damned.
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