We’re beginning to get a nervous feeling about this Supreme Court fight. When Christine Blasey Ford was the only accuser, we had a certain amount of confidence in the GOP’s ability to push this nomination through the Judiciary Committee and on to the Senate floor. When witness after named witness denied knowing anything about the party Ford described, much less the incident she described, our confidence grew. Republicans weren’t going to fall for this obvious PR stunt. They would give Ford her fair hearing (if she wanted it), but they weren’t going to allow the Democrats to smear this man out of contention.
Now we’re not so sure.
The pressure is building, now that a second woman has come forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Thanks to a poorly-reported story from Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer at the New Yorker, we have a woman named Debbie Ramirez on the record alleging that Kavanaugh drunkenly teased her with his penis at a Yale party 35 years ago. Ramirez’s credibility is no more sturdy than Ford’s and her witnesses are every bit as willing to throw her under the bus. Much like in Ford’s case, there is literally no one else on the face of the planet (as of Monday afternoon) who can corroborate a single sentence of Ramirez’s story.
And yet, we’ve got a bad feeling about this.
Republicans have made careers out of chickening out in the face of overwhelming societal pressure. That is to say, pressure manufactured and energized by the liberal media. They did it time and time again throughout the Obama years, they did it when push came to shove on Obamacare, and they’re ripe to do it again here.
And what’s the harm, right? Just pull Brett Kavanaugh off the stage, have President Trump nominate another constitutional conservative, and we’ll be right back where we need to be in a month or two. When you’re talking about a lifetime appointment to the high court, surely we’re better off safe than sorry, right?
Well, the thing is, we don’t see any reason to believe that Kavanaugh is not a safe bet. These women who have come forward just don’t have believable stories, in our opinion. None of this passes the smell test. We’re not eager to step into another Roy Moore losing battle here, but we’re really, really not convinced that this is what this is. This looks like a true-blue witch hunt.
If the Democrats realize that they can end this nomination process merely by throwing allegations against the wall until they stick (not through evidence but through rhetoric and suggestion), they will do the same to anyone else Trump nominates. Republicans will have effectively handed the majority over to the Democrats, election or no election.