The Washington Examiner’s David Drucker states the obvious in a column out today titled “Republicans’ midterm election prospects suffer fresh blow with Kavanaugh doubts.” But Republican control of the House is not the only potential victim of this latest Democratic ploy to delay the vote on his confirmation. Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s entire future career as jurist also likely hangs in the balance.
If the Democrats gain control of the House, which was looking likely before the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh became an issue, he will not only not be confirmed as the next Supreme Court Justice. Democrats will very probably bring articles of impeachment against him to have him removed from his post as a U.S. circuit judge.
And don’t expect a positive performance at the congressional jury of inquiry next Monday to save his bacon. By Democratic standards, he is already guilty. Former Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer was on on MSNBC’s “Hardball” Monday night, where she said:
This is eerily, eerily like what happened to Anita Hill. Even you have Chuck Grassley who was on the committee really being terrible to Anita Hill, and Orrin Hatch and others. And they’re still there. The difference is Dianne Feinstein is the ranking member. Kamala Harris is on the committee. Mazie Hirono is on the committee, Amy Klobuchar. There is a big difference because we now have a more representative Senate.
This woman is to be believed. You can believe Dr. Ford. This was attempted rape. And this is a woman who exhibits, Dr. Ford, courage, but the classic signs of post-traumatic stress.
Any trauma Ford may be experiencing is more likely attributable to Dianne Feinstein’s having dragged a painful and private chapter of her early life into the public spotlight for the obscene purpose of scoring political points.
As for the rest of Boxer’s statement, why should the accuser automatically be believed over the accused, who vehemently denies the allegations? Because the Democrats during the Obama years decided that in cases of alleged sexual assault, the burden of proof rests with the accused, not the accuser.
Recall that in 2016, then-Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton hired a political analyst named Zerlina Maxwell to help the campaign with its digital outreach efforts on issues like feminism and gender equality. Maxwell wrote in a Washington Post column concerning an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia:
We should believe, as a matter of default, what an accuser says. Ultimately, the costs of wrongly disbelieving a survivor far outweigh the costs of calling someone a rapist.
The female senators whose names Boxer so proudly reels off will approach next Monday’s he-said/she-said armed to the teeth with this credo.