Finally, the Kavanaugh/Ford spectacle is over. Ms. Ford was unable to muster evidence on her claim of sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh. In a powerful statement, Judge Kavanaugh adamantly and categorically denied the charges by Ms. Ford.
In an interview last Monday, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski noted: “We are now in a place where it’s not about whether or not Judge Kavanaugh is qualified.”
“Truer words were never spoken,” writes Kimberley Strassel in the WSJ. “Republicans are now voting on something very different and monumental—and they need to be clear on the stakes.”
The stakes go beyond Judge Kavanaugh. A “no” vote now equals public approval of every underhanded tactic deployed by the left in recent weeks.
It’s a green light to send coat hangers and rape threats to Sen. Susan Collins and her staff.
- It is a sanction to the mob that drove Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife out of a restaurant.
- It is an endorsement of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who kept the charge secret for weeks until she could use it to ambush the nominee with last-minute, unverified claims.
- It’s approval of the release of confidential committee material (hello, Spartacus), the overthrow of regular Senate order, and Twitter
- It’s authorization for a now thoroughly unprofessional press corps to continue crafting stories that rest on anonymous accusers and that twist innuendo into gang rapes.
- A vote against Brett Kavanaugh is a vote for Michael Avenatti. No senator can hide from this reality. There is no muddy middle.
The stakes go even further, to the core of this country’s principles. To vote against Judge Kavanaugh now is to overthrow due process. Contrary to Democrats’ claims, due process is not constrained to courts of law; it is central to employee discipline, professional standards of conduct, even evictions of tenants. It is owed to any individual in a civilized body politic. Under due process, the accuser has the burden of proof. Ms. Ford has not met the evidentiary standard even of a civil proceeding, the preponderance of evidence—yet this case is more significant than any that has been dealt with in a court of law for ages. How the Senate votes now will reverberate to all levels of society. A “no” vote on Judge Kavanaugh is an authorization to renew calls for a Justice Clarence Thomas to step down. It is an authorization to derail the life of any white-collar manager or blue-collar crew boss who is ever subject to a single uncorroborated allegation.
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