Even though the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of drunken assault when both were teenagers has come forward publicly, that should not deter Republicans from proceeding with their current confirmation-vote schedule, argues the WSJ.
There is no way to confirm her story after 35 years, and to let it stop Mr. Kavanaugh’s confirmation would ratify what has all the earmarks of a calculated political ambush.
This is not to say Christine Blasey Ford isn’t sincere in what she remembers. In an interview published in the Washington Post on Sunday, Ms. Ford offered a few more details of the story she told anonymously starting in July. She says she was 15 when Mr. Kavanaugh, who would have been 17, and a male friend pushed her into a bedroom at a drinking party, held her down, and pawed her until the male friend jumped on them both and she escaped to a bathroom until the two boys left the room.
Mr. Kavanaugh denies all this “categorically and unequivocally,” and there is simply no way to prove it. The only witness to the event is Mr. Kavanaugh’s high school male friend, Mark Judge, who also says he recalls no such event. Ms. Ford concedes she told no one about it—not even a high school girl friend or family member—until 2012 when she told the story as part of couples therapy with her husband.
It is not just that the vagaries of memory are well known. According to the Washington Post, notes from Ms. Ford’s therapist’s from 2012 say there were four male assailants. Ms. Ford now claims that was a mistake. She also cannot recall in whose home the alleged assault took place, how she got there or how she got home.
The only purpose of another public hearing will be a political spectacle in which Democrats wax indignant for the cameras while Mr. Kavanaugh repeats his denials.
“If Democrats thought these claims were viable, they would have brought them up during the confirmation hearings,” writes David Marcus in The Federalist. “They don’t and they didn’t. Confirm Kavanaugh and let the Democrats prove it was a mistake.”