Pat Buchanan: “The Late Hit” On Judge Kavanaugh

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Upon the memory and truthfulness of Christine Blasey Ford hangs the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his reputation and possibly his career on the nation’s second-highest court.

And much more. If Kavanaugh is voted down or forced to withdraw, the Republican Party and conservative movement could lose their last best hope for recapturing the high court for constitutionalism.

No new nominee could be vetted and approved in six weeks. And the November election could bring in a Democratic Senate, an insuperable obstacle to the elevation of a new strict constructionist like Kavanaugh.

The stakes are thus historic and huge.

And what is professor Ford’s case against Judge Kavanaugh?

When she was 15 in the summer of ’82, she went to a beer party with four boys in Montgomery County, Maryland, in a home where the parents were away.

She says she was dragged into a bedroom by Brett Kavanaugh, a 17-year-old at Georgetown Prep, who jumped her, groped her, tried to tear off her clothes and cupped her mouth with his hand to stop her screams.

Only when Kavanaugh’s friend Mark Judge, laughing “maniacally,” piled on and they all tumbled off the bed, did she escape and lock herself in a bathroom as the “stumbling drunks” went downstairs. She fled the house and told no one of the alleged rape attempt.

Not until 30 years later in 2012 did Ford, now a clinical psychologist in California, relate, in a couples therapy session with her husband, what happened. She says she named Kavanaugh as her assailant, but the therapist’s notes of the session make no mention of Kavanaugh.

During the assault, says Ford, she was traumatized. “I thought he might inadvertently kill me.”

Here the story grows vague. She does not remember who drove her to the party. She does not say how much she drank. She does not remember whose house it was. She does not recall who, if anyone, drove her home. She does not recall what day it was.

She did not tell her parents, Ford says, as she did not want them to know she had been drinking. She did not tell any friend or family member of this traumatic event that has so adversely affected her life.

Said Kavanaugh in response, “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”

Mark Judge says it never happened.

Given the seriousness of the charges, Ford must be heard out. But she also needs to be cross-examined and have her story and character probed as Kavanaugh’s has been by FBI investigators as an attorney for the Ken Starr impeachment investigation of Bill Clinton, a White House aide to George Bush, a U.S. appellate judge and a Supreme Court nominee.

During the many investigations of Kavanaugh’s background, nothing was unearthed to suggest something like this was in character.

Some 65 women who grew up in the Chevy Chase and Bethesda area and knew Kavanaugh in his high school days have come out and spoken highly of his treatment of girls and women.

Moreover, the way in which all of this arose, at five minutes to midnight in the long confirmation process, suggests that this is political hardball, if not dirt ball.

When Ford, a Democrat, sent a letter detailing her accusations against Kavanaugh to her California congresswoman, Anna Eshoo, Ford insisted that her name not be revealed as the accuser.

She seemingly sought to damage or destroy the judge’s career behind a cloak of anonymity. Eshoo sent the letter on to Sen. Diane Feinstein, who held it for two months.

Excising Ford’s name, Feinstein then sent it to the FBI, who sent it to the White House, who sent it on to the Senate to be included in the background material on the judge.

Thus, Ford’s explosive charge, along with her name, did not surface until this weekend.

What is being done here stinks. It is a transparently late hit, a kill shot to assassinate a nominee who, before the weekend, was all but certain to be confirmed and whose elevation to the Supreme Court is a result of victories in free elections by President Trump and the Republican Party.

Palpable here is the desperation of the left to derail Kavanaugh, lest his elevation to the high court imperil their agenda and the social revolution that the Warren Court and its progeny have been able to impose upon the nation.

If Kavanaugh is elevated, the judicial dictatorship of decades past, going back to the salad days of Earl Warren, William Brennan, Hugo Black and “Wild Bill” Douglas, will have reached its end. A new era will have begun.

That is what is at stake.

The Republican Senate should continue with its calendar to confirm Kavanaugh before Oct. 1, while giving Ford some way to be heard, and then Kavanaugh the right to refute. Then let the senators decide.


The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of this site. This site does not give financial, investment or medical advice.

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September 19, 2018

I’m willing to give a bit with Kavenaugh but the comment “what goes on at prep school, stays at prep school” is a lot more troubling than the incident. It shows a Catholic upbringing that has a deep seated belief that getting away with something like this is a forgone conclusion. In other words, he would seem like the kind of man to bury sexism in Catholic upbringing that he doesn’t even know has had a big affect in his life….value I may not want in a Supreme court justice. Sorry girl about getting your puddy grabbed, he seems like… Read more »

Reply to  Tjoe
September 19, 2018

More demented Bs. Read the article.
What has Catholicism got to do with it? Yet more anti Catholic bigotry – – why am I not not surprised at this, coming from the Godless, insane, Democratic party and their supporters?
Why did this woman wait 36 years before coming forward at the last minute? If she was sincere, she would have come forward many years ago. Let her now come before the confirmation hearing and be cross-examined, just like the man she has accused. Or is justice and fair procedure not for men nor Catholics?

john vieira
Reply to  Sean
September 19, 2018

Lies, damn lies and more lies. Since Obama “taqiyya” has become the Hallmark of the political elite on the left and their minions in the moronic corrupted mainstream…

Reply to  Sean
September 20, 2018

My father and brother are Catholic as are many of my relatives so I have some knowledge of Catholicism. Godless??? You know so very little about me to determine I’m “Godless”. “Insane”….more hate filled judgement. The hate that Catholics show if confronted, like Sean here, is not unlike the hate that Jews spew forth for the goyim when confronted about the hate for Jesus followers in their Talmud. Democratic party….nope, been republican most of my voting life, including voting for Trump. You seem to be wrong on many accounts…. but go ahead and hurl some more of that Catholic hate… Read more »

September 20, 2018

Anything to ensure the classified information about the crimes would be delayed. Q said that Ford had offered to retract her allegation if the declassified order would be retracted too.
Soon Rod Rosenstein and Mueller will have to cop it and be fired or stood down in another way and then the tables will turn.

Steve Hayes
September 22, 2018

A sincere, reasonable person would have filed a complaint with the Maryland Police. The fact that Ford has not to, but has instead chosen to present her accusation to Congress in order to prevent Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court shows that this is politically motivated. This seriously damages her credibility, and, when the vagueness and lack of detail are taken into account, it seems amazing that any reasonable person would think that there was any case to answer.

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