Update: Ronan Farrow has reported the details of the alleged misconduct in the New Yorker. Brett Kavanaugh has denied the accusations in a statement: “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”
Accuser remains nameless, declines interview
Letter says that Kav held her down and "forced himself" on her at a party in HS.
All parties allegedly involved were minors
Accuser says she got away
Kav denies it happened, classmate says he doesn't recall incident https://t.co/ChCX6ofvrJ
— Nate Madden (@NateMaddenCRTV) September 14, 2018
Editor’s note: The original article is below.
If you thought efforts to derail Brett Kavanaugh’s inevitable confirmation had reached peak desperation during Cory Booker’s “Spartacus moment,” think again. It turns out that things could indeed go lower.
Now we have what looks like “one of the dirtiest dirty tricks to damage a nominee in recent history,” from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. It’s about a letter that supposedly implicates the nominee in some sexual misconduct while he was in high school, 40 years ago.
So, here’s what we’re supposed to believe:
And while that may seem hard for the discerning citizen to swallow, the blue-check bandwagon jumped all over it:
— Jonathan Boucher (@jonbouch) September 13, 2018
This is why the GOP rush to confirm Kavanaugh is so unconscionable https://t.co/5vnNjq4O3z
— Will Bunch (@Will_Bunch) September 13, 2018
— Rus McLaughlin (@rusmclaughlin) September 13, 2018
One of the most depressing things about the vague #MeToo allegations against Brett Kavanaugh is Republicans are likely to accelerate his confirmation process to prevent it from being derailed by a damning FBI report should the allegations prove legit.https://t.co/6HagCiWAHa
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) September 13, 2018
— Deeds Not Words (@_deedsnotwords) September 13, 2018
Is *anyone* going to be surprised if Brett Kavanaugh turns out to be a #MeToo man?
His track record already shows he hates women.
And Sen Feinstein doesn't just randomly turn over materials to the FBI.#StopKavanaugh
— Litsa Dremousis (@LitsaDremousis) September 13, 2018
"Brett Kavanaugh has some potentially very dark skeletons in his closet, and if Republicans, especially Republican women, vote to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, they will have to live with the consequences of their actions for years to come."#MeToo https://t.co/t793hhurFQ
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) September 13, 2018
A quick point of order before we proceed: Kavanaugh’s nomination wasn’t rushed. Senators had more time to prepare for his hearing than they did for Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s. The process to clear past White House documents was known to all during that time. Everyone had plenty of time to do their homework.
This is a desperation play. One might call it a last-ditch effort, but that’s probably a premature assessment. And far from a long Hail Mary pass on fourth and long, it’s more like running out of bullets and chucking the gun at an assailant in the hopes of giving him a concussion.
There’s another big hitch in the narrative, namely that the letter has been floating around Democratic offices since the summer … you know, when senators were meeting with Kavanaugh and getting ready for the hearing. The timing speaks volumes.
Let’s be serious: If there were anything in the actual content of the letter or its accusations, it would have been leaked well before the hearing and would have been covered nonstop from every possible angle on cable news from its discovery until the final committee vote.
But it wasn’t.
Kavanaugh’s opponents tried going after Kavanaugh’s qualifications, his supposed distance from the “mainstream,” his past rulings, and his financial history and then created a circus around his records from the White House during the hearing.
It all failed. After all of that, the most damaging piece of evidence against Brett Kavanaugh’s overall judgment is how much money he was willing to spend on tickets to watch the Washington Nationals. But he is a D.C.-area native, so he gets a pass on that.
So now we’re down to the weaponization of speculation. It’s not about proving anything; it’s about casting doubt the week before the vote.
But hey, when all else fails, just use your imagination!