Credible allegations of wrongdoing — even if they fail to meet the justifiably high standards of a criminal court — should be sufficient to create reasonable doubt about Kavanaugh’s lifelong appointment to the highest court in the land.
At this point, everyone needs to define “credible.”
“Credible” is not defined by how convincing the accuser or the accused is. “Credible” is defined by the strength of the evidence which corraborates the accuser’s account.
In this case, we have none. So, Dr. Ford’s individual credibility aside, and cute but irrelevant rationalizations like “well, what would her motivation to lie be?” when you strip this entire mess down to naked, you have a person who said something happened, and her personal interpretation of the intent of the accused.
So, although it’s nice to hold on to axioms like “the individual on the SCOTUS should be beyond reproach”, the fact is that even a simplistic understanding of “fairness” means that a nominee should not be derailed by an unsubtantiated accusation.
Flip it around. I’ve never met Merrick Garland, but prior to his nomination, if I were to say “Merrick and I dated for a month when he was 15, and he slapped the shit out me. Prove me wrong.”, should that derail the man?
These particular charges are especially relevant given what’s at stake. Women’s access to abortion hangs in the balance, and there shouldn’t be a shred of doubt whether the person making these judgments has respect for a woman’s bodily autonomy.
Coughs. Basically, since “woman’s bodily autonomy”, I expect, is a euphenism for “pro abortion”, you’re basically demanding that the people deciding Roe must already be pro-abortion, at the cost of judicial independence.
You might want to rethink your phraseology there. The logic is circular. It resolves down to “we don’t want you deciding on Roe unless you mind is already made up regarding Roe”.
As it stands, three women have given sworn statements under penalty of perjury, and what the latter two have said is remarkably consistent with the claims of the original accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
Yea, this is a bad line of defense. The sworn statements are that Ford told them about the event earlier this decade. That doesn’t make the account of Ford more or less believable. I can tell you several people that I ran the Boston Marathon, even though I didn’t, and if you didn’t know I didn’t, then you would be able to swear an affadavit to the effect that I told you I did. Honestly.
By contrast, Kavanaugh’s defense consists of: character testimony from female friends and coworkers, personal calendars of his activities as a teen and statements from his close friend Mark Judge, whom Ford alleges was his accomplice in the attempted rape.
Incomplete. Kav has sworn affadavits from the people named by Ford — including Judge — and one friend of Ford’s — who say the event never happened. She has no corroborating evidence.
What’s more, Judge’s ex-girlfriend has stated that he confessed to “taking advantage” of drunk girls. This is consistent a sworn statement by Julie Swetnick who said that she witnessed Judge and Kavanaugh waiting their turn to “run a train” on incapacitated girls at a party.
She may swear all she likes. Her account (that she went to 10 parties, witnessed girls drinking spiked punch and then being gang raped, and then on the 10th event, she drank the punch (?) and was raped herself…….please. This is not credible.
Then there is the general guilty behavior of both Kavanaugh and Judge. Kavanaugh has been noncommittal about submitting to an FBI investigation, whereas his accusers have welcomed the opportunity. Judge, on the advice of his attorney, is hiding out a beach house in Delaware.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. The FBI (which has no expertise in sex crime investigation) has done six background checks on Kavanaugh and none of this came up. The only possibility is that they are totally incompetent.
Judge is in Delaware? If I were Judge, I’d be in the south of France, as far away from this shitshow as I can get. He’s given his sworn statement, and he’s being accused of being an accessory to a felony. You’re damn right his attorney is telling him to stay away. He has nothing to gain and everything to lose.
Kavanaugh is not innocent until proven guilty. He is unfit for office until proven otherwise. █
Ironically, had the Democrats raised this problem in regular order (months ago) he probably would have been withdrawn months ago.
But they turned it into an exercise in raw political power, believing that the GOP would back down at a time too late to push another nominee through. Now, we’re getting what we’re getting — — and we have the Democrats to thank for it.
Nice work, Democrats.