The arguments from the Left on why it is unfair to ask Christine Blasey Ford to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee are as abundant as they are fatuous.
In essence, Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of forcing his attentions on her when both were teenagers, is getting precisely what she asked for: Congress, which was scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation last Thursday, agreed to postpone the vote until Ford came to D.C. to tell her story. Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley gave her the option of testifying in an open hearing or a closed one. He even offered to fly members out to California to hear her testimony on her home turf.
None of it was good enough. Alexander Nazaryan of Yahoo! News penned a piece titled “Republican men — and not a single GOP woman — will be Christine Blasey Ford’s interrogators on the Senate Judiciary Committee,” giving the false impression that no Democrats and very few women will be on hand to provide a comfort zone.
Others have demanded, as has Ford via her attorney, that the FBI conduct an investigation of the allegations prior to her testifying. That suggestion was shot down by former FBI assistant director Chris Swecker, who explained:
The FBI has no independent jurisdiction to open up a standalone investigation of rape allegations or assault allegations that may have taken place 36 years ago. That is a local crime.
But Democrats remain dug in, insisting that anything short of an FBI probe will fail to get at the truth. Never mind that Ford had no interest in getting at the truth before in the 38 years since the alleged assault occurred or that Congress has its own set of investigators. The Dems say it’s the FBI or nothing.
But perhaps the most outrageous argument for acceding to Ford’s ever-changing demands comes from Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, who tweeted:
Republicans: Where is your humanity and decency? Stop bullying a woman who has already been traumatized. Slow down and do right by the American people.
Republicans: Where is your humanity and decency? Stop bullying a woman who has already been traumatized. Slow down and do right by the American people. pic.twitter.com/Vf3mBpK9SD
— Valerie Jarrett (@ValerieJarrett) September 19, 2018
Again, the trauma occurred nearly four decades ago and Ford never thought before to pursue a complaint against Kavanaugh. But apart from that, in what way can asking Ford to accept the Senate Judiciary Committee’s eminently fair terms be construed as bullying?