That said, President Trump and the Republican Party won in 2016, and have every right to nominate whoever they damn well please.
When Dr. Ford’s accusation came up, that became a moment of due diligence. It is disappointing that all these years on from the Thomas/Hill debacle, The Judiciary Committee still doesn’t have a clean way of doing this sort of thing.
From the moment the letter landed in Dianne Feinstein’s hands things were handled poorly, with little thought to the accused or the accuser. Rather than get to the truth, both parties made their minds up without a shred of evidence in hand and resorted to grandstanding and auditioning for cabinet posts and 2020. Shameful.
A true investigation suited neither party. Democrats wanted a withdrawal, as they knew the accusation would be nearly impossible to corroborate, save someone present that day folding like a deck of cards, and Republicans knew the longer you looked at this stuff, the more likely something else would come up. Because one thing was certain, Brett Kavanaugh and his prep school and college buddies sure did like their beer and getting a little wild.
Meanwhile, the motivation for getting it done quickly, just in case things go really south in the midterms, was looming.
One thing is certain in all this. The President, the parties, the Committee and the candidate threw all decorum out the window. And the President’s victory dance last night put an exclamation point on that. Sadly, I think we have done little here to advance the cause of women who come forward.
All accusations of sexual misconduct must be taken seriously, and thoroughly investigated. Women’s claims cannot simply be dismissed. Conversely, men have the right, and must be considered innocent until proven guilty. Just because an accusation is made does not mean it is true, no matter how much we believe it. It must be proven. Some have argued that this was only a “job interview,” not a court of law, so the rules don’t apply. Doesn’t wash. That is how our country must work.
It was, however, a hearing before the judiciary committee, and conducted under oath. I have a reasonable belief Kavanaugh perjured himself more than once, and if Democrats knew what they were doing, they would have spent more time nailing him on that than giving speeches. That’s why you have staff. You telling me they don’t have the Googles? No one knows about Urban Dictionary? Because until last week, Devil’s Triangle only had one definition.
And perjury is an automatic disqualification.