This isn’t the first time Managing Editor Art Parker and I have taken different sides on an issue and it certainly won’t be the last. He doesn’t believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, when she testified last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her. I do find her credible and for that reason I don’t think Judge Kavanaugh should be elevated to the United States Supreme Court.
I’m not going to get into the “he said, she said” because I wasn’t there and I don’t know either individual. What I do know is that she gave convincing testimony under oath. His testimony, in my opinion, was less convincing and riddled with untruths about his drinking and other lies easily proven by comparing some of his previous statements and exhibits. Drinking too much in high school does not disqualify you from sitting on the Supreme Court, but lying about it under oath does.
As former FBI director James Comey pointed out. “Small lies matter, even about yearbooks,” and then making the point that the standard jury instruction is: “If a witness is shown knowingly to have testified falsely about any material matter, you have the right to distrust such witness’ other testimony and you may reject all the testimony of that witness…”
Four in ten Americans believe the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, while three in ten do not, according to a Reuters poll conducted this week.
We have witnessed the erosion of our political process over the past couple of weeks; hell whom am I kidding, over the past decade. Democrats going to almost any length to prevent the confirmation of Kavanaugh, while Republicans standing firm that he is their man, regardless of his alleged past behavior. What used to be a deliberate political process has turned more into a circus than the great responsibility it should be.
Of course Art is not alone in disagreeing with me on this issue. One friend recently described me as being “blue tainted” to which I couldn’t disagree. And I completely understand that were Kavanaugh to withdraw, the President, as is his right, would nominate another very conservative nominee. I just don’t want it to be someone with such serious accusations hanging over him or her.
I also agree that in judicial proceedings the burden is on the accuser to prove something happened. As convincing as Dr. Ford was, I don’t think her testimony met that scrutiny. And that is a valid argument for Kavanaugh’s supporters to make, if this was an actual trial.
Thank goodness for Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Christopher Coons (D-DE) who were instrumental in delaying a confirmation vote for a week to allow for the FBI to investigate the charges levied against Judge Kavanaugh by Dr. Ford.
I give credit to President Donald Trump too. Monday, the White House authorized the FBI to expand its initially limited investigation by allowing anyone it deems necessary to be interviewed as long as the review is finished in a week’s time, although I don’t understand the rush.
The truth is we’ll never know what happened that particular afternoon in 1982, but are we really willing to chance putting someone on the Supreme Court who lied under oath and is being accused of sexually assaulting a young girl.
The integrity of the United States Supreme Court is more important than any one person. And it is for that reason I believe Kavanaugh should not be confirmed.
And to those who believe the accusations, but are of the mindset that what happened that long ago isn’t relevant. Remember had justice been served 36-years ago, Brett Kavanaugh would not be a federal judge today and definitely wouldn’t be in consideration for the Supreme Court.
If Brett Kavanaugh wants to really do something great for his country he would withdraw his name from consideration and fall on his sword. Not a cure all by any means, but a step back to civility. And while maybe not fair to the Judge, when has life ever been fair?
As I mentioned earlier, the President has plenty of other conservative judges to choose from. I here Jeff Sessions may be out of a job soon. Stranger things have happened.