Punching yet another hole in the ‘credible allegation’ against him, the corroborating witness changes her tune.
Not only has she changed her tune she’s ‘scrubbed’ her social media accounts.
The question isn’t whether there were any wild parties where ‘things happened’ between students that shouldn’t have happened.
That part isn’t contested.
The question is whether Judge Kavanaugh was present at one of those parties and whether he did what he is accused of doing to Dr. Ford. That’s a very different question indeed. And that question is made more relevant by the following exchange:
ACOSTA: Those sorts of things went on?
GUERRY: A lot… You know, one of the things that’s surprising to me as I’ve gotten involved in this in the last couple days is how many women of my class have come forward to me in this last few days and said, “I had similar experiences in high school,” and this hits me very deeply and it’s very —
ACOSTA: Not with Brett Kavanaugh, but with other boys?
GUERRY: Not with Brett Kavanaugh! But with other boys in our community, and we all feel that if we were in her shoes, we’d want (chuckles) to be taken seriously as well.
Source: Joe Newby, CFL
“Not with Brett Kavanaugh.”
That was in the midst of an interview with a friend of Dr. Ford who was very sympathetic to the Democrat position on how this should be handled.
Now let’s look at the woman who said she could affirm Dr. Ford’s Testimony.
We’ll have to cite screenshots because those posts are scrubbed and long since gone.
How’s NPR for ‘impartial’, or at the very least ‘not carrying water for Republicans’?
We’ll use them:
A former classmate of Christine Blasey Ford tells NPR she doesn't know if an alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh took place as she first suggested on social media. https://t.co/g2ArVHDFgW
— NPR (@NPR) September 20, 2018
Here are the most relevant paragraphs from that letter:
‘Christine Blasey Ford was a year or so behind me, I remember her. This incident did happen. Many of us heard about it in school and Christine’s recollection should be more than enough for us to truly, deeply know that the accusation is true. We are all in some way from that time, at least me, Christine, and I applaud her courage and her dignity. The drinking ensconced in the puritanism and hypocrisy of that elite, privileged, mostly white Catholic Washington society was completely out of control. I recall having a few parties at my house and having to call the cops once on my own party. We were teenagers and did really stupid, abusive, dangerous things. nobody here has the moral authority over anyone else no matter what elite school or college or brilliant career and beautiful family he or she may now have.
If Kavanaugh truly has the integrity mentioned by those who support him, then he should be just as courageous as Christine and stop trying to dodge the accusations, admit his actions from so long ago, speak from the heart, and apologize. By doing this, he would be giving the next generation and our kids/teenagers a huge lesson in humility, dignity and humanity. Those would be the actions of a person we want in the Supreme Court. We want a person who has erred in his life, who has not ‘turned the other cheek’ as he is now doing, who is not afraid to embrace his flaws, mistakes and weaknesses because it is this kind of person whom we can trust to make the difficult decisions and who will truly value human life and liberties. Being an “outstanding student, athlete, ..with a wide circle of friends” is way too superficial and does not do it for me. Not enough.
Leaving aside the errors in grammar, logic and her ham-handed attempt at a reference to scripture, these quotes made some strong claims, not all of them favorable to Dr. Ford.
- The event in question happened. Period.
- Kavanaugh was guilty and must both admit it and make amends.
- She and his accusor are to be believed above the long list of character references who stepped up to defend him.
- Wild and ‘dangerous’ parties were commonplace in her and Dr. Ford’s high school experience where drinking was ‘out of control’
- Nobody in this situation has moral authority over anybody else (this was said in the midst of moralizing to Kavanaugh)
- And most importantly: “Many of us heard about it in school“
Number six is a huge problem. Why? Because Dr. Ford herself said she didn’t discuss it until 2012. With anyone.
And only three people (five, if you ask her therapist) were in the room when it happened. How is it then possible that ‘many of us heard about it in school’?
This appears to contradict what Dr. Blasey Ford said in her WaPo interview when she said she didn't tell anyone else about what happened.
Also, I thought this supposedly happened in the summer when school was out of session. https://t.co/VKiDPViSsh
— Doug Mataconis (@dmataconis) September 19, 2018
The letter was deleted.
But not before we’ve seen how people who WANT to believe her will support a claim either out of sympathy for an alleged victim, or solidarity of some kind or another, or some other motive.
These remind us why it’s important to have Statutes of Limitations to protect from accusations you cannot even hope to refute or gather witnesses in your defense.
And in America, because we are a nation founded on the rule of law… when there is doubt, we do not ‘believe the woman’ simply because she is a woman who claims to be a victim.
We presume innocence — of everyone — unless and until guilt has been proven.
Maybe Chuck Schumer who ‘believes Dr. Ford’ is unaware that this is still America.
But it is.
Considering some of his own Senators have had the benefit of that particular presumption, he might want to remember that sooner rather than later.
One Senator from New Jersey, Menendez(D) just stood trial and was neither acquitted nor convicted, but the trial ended with a hung jury. He and been facing charges of corruption and some rather nasty allegations of sex with foreign underage hookers. Senator Sherrod Brown (D) who was, to use the popular phrase ‘credibly accused’ of domestic violence against his wife, is facing a ‘MeToo’ situation. And of course, who could forget the Senatoral nominee for most ridiculous melodrama, Cory Sparacus Booker’s admission to grabbing a breast without permission (he called it ‘stealing second’).
Their pathetic Resistance tactic “delay, delay, delay” has been going on since Day one. And the public is getting tired of it.
Destroying honorable public servants because you stand to lose a political advantage over it is beyond being merely cynical.
It’s thoroughly un-American.