Calling ‘Shenanigans’ On Democrats’ Politicizing Of The Kavanaugh Hearings

Written by Bill Thomas on September 19, 2018

To call “Shenanigans” on someone is to accuse them of cheating or being deceitful. I believe the word to be echoing throughout the swamp of our nation’s capital over the last few days. Professor Christine Blasey Ford has come forward with a more than three-decade old accusation against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. There may be a hearing Monday with the Senate Judicial Committee in which Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh speak. The reality is, though, that neither the Senate, nor the nation will be able to ascertain what did or didn’t occur. This is another case of “he said/she said” with just one other person accused of being involved. Three people and the Lord are the only ones who genuinely know. However, next Monday could be another “can’t miss” television opportunity. If it happens, it will be a spectacle, complete with grandstanding senators and bloviating commentators. This tawdry production is brought to us by the shenanigans of the Democrat party.

Let me say that I don’t know what did or didn’t happen with Kavanaugh, Ford and his friend Mark Judge over thirty years ago when they were in high school. I suspect that I won’t know with any more certainty after Monday. There are some things that I do know for sure that can provide a framework from which to view this debacle.

First, Christine Blasey Ford wrote a confidential letter to Senator Feinstein alleging that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than three decades ago, when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. Senator Feinstein did not bring up the letter or accusation in either the public hearing or her private meetings with Judge Kavanaugh. She also failed to discuss it with any of her fellow Democrat Senators.

Senator Feinstein defended her actions, “the woman in question made it clear she did not want this information to be public.” The presence of the letter, however, was leaked to the press. It is obvious the leak did not come from the GOP. Clearly, some Democrats or staffers who were displeased with the outcome of the hearings decided to take another shot by leaking this letter. Ben Smith, editor at Buzzfeed, described it this way, ““Last Monday she clearly didn’t want to tell her story to a reporter. Then whispers of the letter leaked into public.” So, let’s get it right. The reason Professor Ford was compelled to speak out was because of a leak, most assuredly a Democrat leak.

We also know that Christine Blasey Ford has some inconsistencies in her account. We know that charges were never brought against Kavanaugh. According to the report in the Washington Post, “Ford said she does not remember how the gathering came together the night of the incident. She also doesn’t recall who owned the house or how she got there.” It is also true that she never revealed what had happened to her until 2012, when she and her husband sought couples’ therapy.

Her therapist’s notes have been given to the media. Portions of her therapist’s notes do not mention Kavanaugh by name but say Ford reported being attacked by students “from an elitist boys’ school.” What is also interesting is the therapist’s notes say four boys were involved. Ford told the Washington Post that this was an error on the part of her therapist. It’s also curious that her recollection of this incident happened in 2012 during the Obama/Romney election when then candidate Romney was considering Kavanaugh as a possible Supreme Court nominee.

The evidence is also clear that Professor Ford is a staunch Democrat who supported Bernie Sanders campaign and has been an activist against the policies of President Trump. Do any of these facts prove Professor Ford is lying? No, but they do establish a framework from which to view the coming spectacle.

There are some things we know about Judge Kavanaugh, too. In a statement from the White House, he said, “This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone.” Mark Judge has also commented. “It’s just absolutely nuts. I never saw Brett act that way.” Sixty-five women who attended high school at the same time as Kavanaugh wrote a letter stating they believe he is an honorable man. It states, “For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect.”

So, what do we make of it? First, don’t be deceived. The Democrats are not concerned about women or the truth. They are the party, after all, who lionized the late Senator Ted Kennedy who walked away while Mary Jo Kopechne drowned. There was no “me too” moment for Mary Jo. It seems to me that they are only concerned with power. That’s what they will hungrily grab for on Monday.

Second, while no one knows for sure, the circumstances surrounding the revelation of this letter and the accusation ring of a desperate attempt to sabotage a judge that the Democrats couldn’t get in the hearings. That Professor Ford seeks to postpone this hearing further supports that this isn’t about truth but is about delay.

This entire episode must mobilize us on the right. I’ve said before that we must match the enthusiasm of the Democrats in November. It is an important election. Now, though, the stakes are higher. This is no longer a political battle. It is a moral battle. If we don’t stand up against the bullying shenanigans of the Democrats now, we will squander what was won in 2016.

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Bill Thomas
Bill Thomas lives in Washington, Missouri and is a professor at St. Louis Christian College. He's also on staff at First Christian Church in Washington, Missouri. He's authored two novellas, From the Ashes and The Sixty-First Minute published by White Feather Press of MI and three Bible studies, Surrounded by Grace, The Critical Questions and More and The Road to Victory published by CSS Publishing of OH.