The Kavanaugh Confirmation: Is This The End Of The Beginning?

Written by Leonora Cravotta on October 1, 2018

Winston Churchill once said, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

Those famous words aptly describe the present status of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. For the past few weeks, Judge Kavanaugh, who has had a distinguished career as a federal judge as is evidenced by his copious judicial record which includes over 300 published opinions, has been subjected to a cavity exam the likes of which Washington has never seen. Not only did he have to endure over 1200 questions from The Senate Judiciary Committee more than any other Supreme Court nominee in history, his hearing was more reminiscent of a circus than a thorough thoughtful vetting process, with incessant interruptions and delay tactics from Democrat senators, protesters dressed in garb from The Handmaid’s Tale, arrests and “Spartacus” moments. And just when we thought that the sideshow was over, we learned of one more act. Enter Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old Palo Alto University professor who claims that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a pool party in Maryland circa 1982 when she was fifteen and he was 17.

Ford claims that the only thing which saved her from rape was Kavanaugh’s extremely intoxicated state. However, she does not remember when the party took place, the location or how she got home. Yet she is sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was Brett Kavanaugh who assaulted her 36 years ago and she kept this secret to herself for many years because she did not want her parents to know that she was at party with boys drinking.

As we know now, Ford initially wrote a letter describing her accusation to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California), a ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee who literally sat on Ford’s letter until a redacted version was leaked to the media around September 15. Kavanaugh has categorically denied these accusations and none of the witnesses who Ford identified have corroborated her account of the events. Yet that did not stop Senate Democrats including Chuck Schumer (NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Richard Blumenthal (CT) and others for immediately believing her story and casting aspersions against Kavanaugh.

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Some additional accusers came out of the woodworks including Deborah Ramirez, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh who told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at party at Yale during their freshman year. The New Yorker’s Pulitzer Prize winning writer Ronan Farrow did not bother obtaining corroboration of her story before publishing it.

A few other women also came forward including Julie Swetnick, a woman who graduated from a Maryland public school three years prior to Kavanaugh’s graduation from Georgetown Prep. Swetnick claims that Kavanaugh was spiking drinks at parties where girls were being gang banged back in the 1980’s. Swetnick, who claims to have been a victim of a gang bang attempt at a party, proceeded to attend nine more of said parties. Oh, and guess who her attorney is? None other than Michael Avenatti, AKA porn star Stormy Daniels’s attorney. Once again, Swetnick’s accusation was also printed without being corroborated. Ms. Swetnick’s credibility has already been challenged by a past boyfriend who said that he had to take a restraining order out against her.

Nevertheless, the liberal media took the bait, hook line and sinker and went into Kavanaugh character assassination overdrive including describing him as a sexual predator. The situation was so out of control that Kavanaugh felt that the need to tell Fox News’s Martha McCallum in a sit down interview that he was a virgin for “many years after” high school.

On Thursday September 27, Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh each testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Dr. Ford’s testimony proceeded that of Judge Kavanaugh. This much anticipated hearing was yet another sideshow with Democrats bending over backwards to give credence to the baby-voiced Ford who apparently lied about her fear of flying.

These same Democrats were loaded for bear against Kavanaugh with questioning moving from the ridiculous to the sublime, including extensive probing of the content of Kavanaugh’s year book page and summer of 1982 calendar. Yet through it all Kavanaugh stood his ground in what could only be described as controlled emotion. He was crying yet maintaining perfect mastery of his dialogue.

Kavanaugh called out the Democrats for their political partisanship. “This has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups,” Kavanaugh said.

Kavanaugh also said that even though his life was ruined by this experience, he would not be “intimated” nor back down. Yet as compelling as Kavanaugh was and as shaky as Ford was, the Senate Judiciary Committee decided that they need to have an FBI investigation before moving forward with the next steps in the confirmation process. Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, who is not seeking re-election apparently struck some type of backroom deal where he conveyed that he would only vote for Kavanaugh if an FBI investigation took place first. By the way, Kavanaugh has already passed six FBI background checks.

According to The New York Times, the FBI has been given a list of four witnesses to interview. Mark Judge, Leland Keyser, PJ Smyth (the three individuals who Ford identified as witnesses) and Deborah Ramirez.

Hopefully this long, long preamble is almost over and that we will properly label it as a calculated effort from the left to smear Kavanaugh’s name so that the confirmation process is delayed until after the midterm elections. Let’s get this last charade over with so that we can move forward with the business of confirming this highly qualified candidate for the highest court in the land.

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Leonora Cravotta
Leonora Cravotta is the lead writer/editor for BugleCall.org; and the Co-Host for the Scott Adams Show, a political radio talk show. Her professional background includes over fifteen years in corporate and nonprofit marketing. She holds a B.A. in English and French from Denison University, an M.A. in English from University of Kentucky and an M.B.A. from Fordham University. The Scott Adams show is available on Buglecall.org, Red State Talk Radio, iTunes, Tune-In, Spreaker, Stitcher and Soundcloud.

 

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