We’re in political limbo, just as the Democrats had hoped. Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation should be wrapping up by now and likely would have been had it not been for Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations of sexual assault in high school.
I, along with millions of Americans, want to hear her story directly. We want questions answered. Were there four boys present in the room, as her therapist’s notes indicate, or the two that she referenced in her Washington Post interview?
What year did it happen? With enough retrospection and cross-referencing of a calendar, most adults can determine when important events in their early lives happened.
Did it happen during the summer as claimed in the article or during the school year as a classmate claimed on Facebook?
Why did she take a polygraph and hire a famous sexual harassment lawyer in August, then in September claim she had no intention of coming forward?
The inconsistencies are numerous:
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has given Ford until Friday morning to say whether she will testify next week. Ford first aired her accusations in a Washington Post story over the weekend but has not spoken publicly about them since. Absent another statement or appearance, questions about the account have swirled on Capitol Hill.
“There are an awful lot of questions, inconsistencies, gaps, and that’s why to be fair to both, we need to know what happened,” Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a key Republican vote, told reporters this week.
I do not want to victimize anyone any more than they’ve already been victimized, and I generally believe most of Ford’s account. The parts that get to me within the inconsistencies are those associated with Kavanaugh himself. Is it possible she’s bringing this forward now because she and her fellow Democrats do not want Kavanaugh confirmed? That would be a bold accusation to make and not one that comes with any proof, but circumstantially it would seem just as plausible as the story she’s telling now. If something did occur nearly four decades ago, it would be very easy to use the therapist’s notes for credibility, then insert Kavanaugh’s name into the mix for political expediency.
Again, I’m not accusing Ford of this. I’m just suggesting it’s just as possible as the story she’s now telling, especially considering Kavanaugh has unwaveringly denied these allegations and the fact that no other women have come forward to tell similar stories.
When President Trump, Roy Moore, Al Franken, and others were accused of sexual misconduct, the accusation floodgates opened. With Kavanaugh, there hasn’t been a peep. If Ford is telling the truth, tell it to us directly. Testify under oath.