There could be a very good reason why Christine Blasey Ford refuses to testify before Congress. Her story is ever changing and in many cases stretches the boundaries of credibility. Her story is Darwinian. It keeps evolving. It’s hard to tell a story if you make it up as you go along.
She recently named a man by the name of Patrick K Smythe as being at the party where she alleges she was accosted by Kavanaugh. But her claims are diametrically opposed to women who have known the judge since high school, through to today.
Sen Lindsay Graham weighed in on the allegation:
It’s a 36-year-old allegation, its a serious allegation and everyone needs to be heard but also people need to defend themselves. I’m going to look at what she said about Brett Kavanaugh in high school and compare that to everything else I know about Brett Kavanaugh, including his denial and I will make the decision. Here’s what I want your audience to know: If Ms. Ford really did not want to come forward, never intended to come forward, never planned to come forward, why did she pay for a polygraph in August and why did she hire a lawyer in August if she never intended to do what she is doing? And who paid for it?”
This case could not before a criminal court because it’s too old. No lawyer would bring it as a civil suit because it’s too hard to prove. The question for the Senate is, is there really enough evidence here given the nature of the allegation, how old it is and the uncertain nature of it?
A report at USA Today noted that individuals who are abused often never forget details surrounding their abuse but Ford has problems with her recollection –
Ford can’t remember the year the incident happened, she can’t remember how she got to the house party, or how she got home. She told no one about it at the time and the issue came to the forefront during a couples therapy session six years ago. Her therapist’s notes never mention Kavanaugh and actually mention four boys involved, although she says there were only two.
The USA continued –
It is right to take her [Ford’s] claim seriously, it is also right to take the testaments to Judge Kavanaugh’s character seriously. They have flooded in from countless women who’ve known him since high school and college — including some who dated him back then. Women who’ve worked for him as law clerks, women with whom he’s worked in government service. Women who run the length of the political spectrum, praising his exemplary professional and personal life in letters to the Judiciary Committee, public statements, and guest commentary pieces in multiple media outlets.
Supporters of Kavanaugh are rightly infuriated this charge has been leveled at the 11th hour. Ford initially wanted to remain anonymous, as she told ranking Judiciary Committee member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) back in July. Feinstein didn’t act on the allegations for almost two months, which means she either didn’t find them credible or she plotted to cause this chaos by holding onto them on the eve of his committee confirmation vote.
She didn’t bring it up to Judge Kavanaugh when she met with him privately her office, it wasn’t raised in his 17,000 page questionnaire, she didn’t raise it during two full days of public hearings — or a private session afterward to discuss his background, she didn’t raise it any of the nearly 1,300 follow-up questions he had to answer after the hearings.
The committee will be set to vote on whether to send Kavanaugh’s case to the full Senate early next week. Jeff Flake from Arizona could scuttle that vote and if he does, McConnell should ask himself what Harry Reid would do. He would then bring it to a vote, which is his right as majority leader. If he does, it is nearly certain that he would be confirmed.