President Trump, if I am parsing his remarks today accurately, realizes that his nominee to the Supreme Court is damaged goods. Trump is not ready to let go quite yet–he would prefer that McConnell or Grassley or Kavanaugh himself do the dirty work and pull the plug–but his admission the other day that Blasey Ford was credible, and today’s remark that Brett had a serious drinking problem (though Kavanaugh himself did not acknowledge as much as Trump claims Kavanaugh acknowledged) tells me that Trump realizes he is being soiled by the media coverage of Kavanaugh and would likely be stained further if and when Democrats take hold of subpoena power in one or both Houses of Congress.
Senator Mitch McConnell promised today that he would force a Senate vote this week, and attacked Democrats for their supposed “character assassination” of the judge. Hey Mitch, we didn’t need to watch Saturday Night Live to know that you are only gaslighting yourself. Mitch, would you feel safe sitting down for a few pints with either the young Brett or the angry judge we saw last Thursday? Right, I didn’t think so.
By the way, all the talk about “no corroboration” is bull. Corroboration is pertinent information and testimony that confirms or support the testimony of a witness. There is plenty of corroboration for what Dr. Blasey Ford said: her therapy sessions several years ago and her friend’s account of what Ford said at a local restaurant in 2013–that’s all corroboration. Not proof, but it is corroboration. The many accounts of classmates of Judge Kavanaugh that he was an out-of-control belligerent drunk in college as well as high school (including Mark Judge’s memoir references to “Bart O’Kavanaugh”)–those accounts all impeach and “assassinate,” so to speak, Judge Kavanaugh’s portrait of his youthful self in his Fox TV interview as well as his Senate Judiciary Committee testimony. So let’s not get taken in by any talking heads claiming that Blasey Ford’s testimony lacks corroboration. Furthermore, her credibility was enhanced, in my opinion, by her unwillingness to “force” her memory by claiming things she was no longer able to recall. The same cannot be said for Kavanaugh’s incredible and unbelievable claim that he suffered no memory loss from alcohol. He may well be confirmed, and if so it is up to voters to do the most important sorting and sifting and judging.