Wednesday, September 26, 2018

All False?

Yeah, I think that statement is already broken:

The woman who reached out to the Senate said that her daughter witnessed the incident along with three other women and wanted to flag it for them.

“When they left the bar (under the influence of alcohol) they were all shocked when Brett Kavanaugh, shoved her friend up against the wall very aggressively and sexually,” the mother said.

The letter didn’t provide names and said they wanted to remain anonymous.

I know the smart thing to do is to ignore anonymously sourced information like this; but at this point, you can't really blame them for not seeking notoriety.

That was in 1998, allegedly.  This one was in 1985:

“Senator Whitehouse received a call this morning from a Rhode Island constituent [unnamed] who made allegations regarding U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. [Unnamed] reported that early on a Sunday morning in August of 1985, a close acquaintance of the constituent was sexually assaulted by two heavily inebriated men she referred to at the time as Brett and Mark.”

“The event took place on a 36-foot maroon and white boat in the harbor at Newport, Rhode Island, after the three had met at a local bar. According to [unnamed], when he learned of the assault at approximately 5:00 a.m. that same morning, he and another individual went to the harbor, located the boat the victim had described and physically confronted the two men, leaving them with significant injuries,” the statement read.

“[Unnamed] recently realized that one of the men was Brett Kavanaugh when she saw Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook photo on television over the weekend. He promptly reported the incident to our office on Monday Morning, September 24, 2018,” it continued.
Wonder why [unnamed] waited so long, right, Mr. President?

Kavanaugh is quick on the response:

Kavanaugh said he has never been on a boat in Newport.

Well, I'm sure he hasn't; and he probably has a calendar from 1985 to prove it.  And he never touched a girl or himself until he was married and he and his wife had prayed to Lord Jesus on their wedding night, and then they only did it in the missionary position, like God intended.  At this point all these categorical denials are starting to look pretty weak.  I mean, it's not like he faces criminal charges (although Slate argues he should, in Maryland, where there is no statute of limitations to protect Kavanaugh; and wouldn't the spectacle of a sitting Supreme Court Justice under state criminal investigation be an interesting one?).  There isn't even a civil suit (preponderance of the evidence) in the Senate hearings; just the question of fitness for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land.  The question is not: did it happen, but rather:  why don't the other 8 Justices on the Court drag around so much personal baggage?

That's five cases, by the way; or six, if you count my way.  Charlie Pierce didn't think there were the votes in the Senate at close of day today.  This news doesn't make that calculus less prescient.

When does Kavanaugh go all-in and call this a high-tech lynching?

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