A post over at Bookworm Room takes note of an interesting coincidence of the timing of Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, seeking counseling, a 2012 New Yorker article, and the 2012 presidential election.
The article, which The New Yorker published in 2012, is a Jeffrey Toobin analysis about Bret Kavanaugh and the threat he would pose should he get on the Supreme Court. According to Toobin, Kavanaugh was a scary conservative who, if he got on the Court, might overturn Obamacare …
In 2012, Romney might have won the election. In 2012, Toobin stoked Democrat fears that Kavanaugh, a conservative, might get on the Supreme Court and overturn Obamacare. And in 2012, Ford, a psychotherapist who undoubtedly had years of prior therapy herself, suddenly can’t stop talking about her hitherto undisclosed claim that Kavanaugh was a bad boy almost 30 years before.
So here’s the question: What do you think the odds are that, when Romney seemed within striking distance of the White House, and Kavanaugh seemed like a potential Supreme Court nominee, Ford came up with a story about Kavanaugh trying to rape her? Knowing Democrat fanaticism as we do, it’s easy to imagine that, in 2012, while Ford couldn’t go back in time to 1983 to make contemporaneous claims she could still try to lend an air of verisimilitude to her otherwise unconvincing narrative by concocting a tale for a therapist, thereby creating a “just in case” record.
Read the whole thing.
UPDATE—David French has these comments over at NRO—
Finally, there are no other allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. If there’s one thing we’ve seen time and again, it’s that one allegation often triggers a cascade of additional claims. There seem to be precious few men who engage in serious sexual misconduct just once. If this was the kind of behavior that Kavanaugh engaged in, then look for more people to come forward. If no one does, however, we’re left with a sole claim, made by an opposing partisan (Ford is an outspoken progressive), that Kavanaugh strenuously denies, that lacks any contemporaneous corroboration, and that is contradicted in material respects by her therapist’s own notes.
That does not add up to “more likely than not.”
But these conclusions are tentative and preliminary. The next three days are crucial. We’ll likely hear more from Ford. I expect we’ll hear more from Kavanaugh. People who were at the party may come forward with their own accounts. The news cycle is moving so fast that it seems almost absurd to speculate about the state of our knowledge even 24 hours from now, but if this is the core evidence supporting the (very serious) claim against Kavanaugh, it’s not sufficient to derail the nomination of a man with an otherwise sterling record of professional excellence and personal integrity.
I haven’t finished my first cup of Monday morning coffee, and this week’s craziness is already turned up to 11.
UPDATE 2—And now that I’ve looked at my Twitter timeline, I’ve seen a thread that seems to show that Brett Kavanaugh’s mother, a Maryland judge, may have presided over a portion of a case involving a foreclosure against Ford’s parents. Neither side sought a recusal which seems to imply that none of the parents knew of the alleged incident. Also, another tweet in the thread indicates that Ford’s brother (a lawyer) may have represented clients before Judge Martha Kavanaugh, again with no recusals.
It’s only 6:33 am, and I’m gonna need another cup of coffee now.
UPDATE 3—Charlotte Allen posts this over at Stupid Girl—
And she told the Post that the house was “not far from the country club.” Well, guess what? Neither was the about-to-be-foreclosed-on house that belonged to Ford’s parents, Ralph and Paula Blasey. The address, 17 Masters Court, Potomac MD 20854, is just a few turns down the leafy suburban roads from the extremely posh Congressional Country Club, host of five U.S. Opens and a PGA Championship on its 36-holes of golf courses.
This story has everything: Money galore, underage alcohol, drunk teens, a bathing suit, and parents who couldn’t pay their monthly mortgage bill. And a tightly knit community (with secrets!) where everyone seemed to live near everyone else, know everyone else, and sit as judge in everyone else’s foreclosure case.
And here’s another odd but meaningful detail: The Washington Post says that Ford confided her lurid tale to its reporters at the same time that she alerted Sen. Feinstein–that is, in July. So both the Post and Feinstein sat on the story for nearly three months, only to reveal it after Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings wound up but just in time to derail the full Senate vote scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 20.
Democracy dies in derpness.
UPDATE 4—Senator Grassley, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has issued the following statement—
“Anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard, so I will continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented and respectful manner.
“The standard procedure for updates to any nominee’s background investigation file is to conduct separate follow-up calls with relevant parties. In this case, that would entail phone calls with at least Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford. Consistent with that practice, I asked Senator Feinstein’s office yesterday to join me in scheduling these follow-ups. Thus far, they have refused. But as a necessary step in evaluating these claims, I’ll continue working to set them up.
“Unfortunately, committee Republicans have only known this person’s identity from news reports for less than 24 hours and known about her allegations for less than a week. Senator Feinstein, on the other hand, has had this information for many weeks and deprived her colleagues of the information necessary to do our jobs. The Minority withheld even the anonymous allegations for six weeks, only to later decide that they were serious enough to investigate on the eve of the committee vote, after the vetting process had been completed.
“It’s deeply disturbing that the existence of these allegations were leaked in a way that seemed to preclude Dr. Ford’s confidentiality.
“Over my nearly four decades in the Senate I have worked diligently to protect whistleblowers and get to the bottom of any issue. Dr. Ford’s attorney could have approached my office, while keeping her client confidential and anonymous, so that these allegations could be thoroughly investigated. Nevertheless, we are working diligently to get to the bottom of these claims.”
UPDATE 5—OK, folks, some of the shoddy reporting on this story is an example of why one needs to be careful. There are at least two women in California named Christine Ford who are college teachers. One is Christine A. Ford, who is not the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh. She is the subject of several adverse online reviews from former students, and they are being reported as if they apply to Christine B. Ford, Kavanaugh’s accuser. There are no such reviews currently posted for Christine B. Ford, although one professor review site seemed to indicate that one review may have been posted for her in the past. There’s no indication as to whether it was favorable or unfavorable.
Both of the California Professors Ford may deserve adverse reviews, but for now, there is no evidence one way or the other with respect to Christine B. Ford. We will have to wait and see what comes out.