Kavanaugh - One More Time
by John Lawrence, October 8, 2018
It's interesting how Susan Collins of Maine managed to thread the needle to justify her vote for Kavanaugh. She said there was no corroboration for Blasey Ford's story, but she thinks she was assaulted by someone but not by Kavanaugh. No one is saying what they actually believe which is he really did it but the statute of limitations for the #MeToo movement has run out. Did Kavanaugh assault anyone in the last 10 years? No. In the last 20 years? No. In the last 30 years? No. Evidently he has led an exemplary life for at least 30 years. I think they all believe Blasey Ford's story. It just doesn't matter to most Republican Senators. They'd want Kavanaugh on the court regardless. It didn't in actuality boil down to who they believed. Believing one or the other had nothing to do with it although they would have the public believe that they wouldn't have voted for Kavanaugh if they didn't believe him..
As far as most Senators were concerned, it was a youthful indiscretion. Even a criminal who has served his time supposedly deserves a second chance. Besides a person in the US is innocent until proven guilty. There is a presumption of innocence. Consequences to a person's career or reputation based on unproven accusations is more like the way business is carried out in China than in the US.
It was definitely all about politics, and the fact that they let Blasey Ford testify before Congress was really a dog and pony show certain to drive up media revenues. It looks also like it energized the Republican base for the upcoming vote. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out in the November election. If the Democrats make good gains, all the demonstrations and such will have borne fruit. If not, those protesting Kavanaugh will have been wasting their time and energy. In the final analysis it comes down to the numbers.