My commenters are just bursting for a Kavanaugh post. Fine.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) got all mad yesterday over the fact that a woman would dare step forward into the public spotlight to testify that Donald Trump’s second nominee for the Supreme Court committed a crime against her when they were in high school. Graham accepted Kavanaugh’s angry pushback, a partisan diatribe beneath the dignity of the Supreme Court, at face value.
Senator Graham’s angry hearing remarks included this line:
When you see [Justices] Sotomayor and Kagan, tell them that Lindsey said hello to them because I voted for them. I would never do to them what you’ve done to this guy! [Sen. Lindsey Graham, in David A. Graham, “Lindsey Graham’s Furious Defense of Brett Kavanaugh,” The Atlantic, 2018.09.27]
The obvious difference: Sofia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan never sexually assaulted anyone. Senator Graham and the nation just heard immensely credible testimony that Brett Kavanaugh did:
In my 30 years as a prosecutor and lawyer, I have never seen a more credible witness than professor Ford. It’s not simply that the key details of her account hung together and that she provided the types of rich particulars that truthful witnesses provide, such as the second front door she insisted on in her home out of residual fear from the attack. Or that her account was supported by pre-nominaton statements from third parties (such as her therapist) and her own polygraph. Or that it comports with the key documentary evidence we do have.
It was, in a word, Ford’s demeanor.
…Ford was clear-eyed and aiming to please in response to questions from all sides. She was fully human and seemingly ingenuous. She was not angry or overwrought. She was nervous — “terrified” in her words — but determined. She was moved to the point of tears, and at times beyond, when senators offered testaments to her courage. (Just that detail, the near tears, was breathtakingly genuine.) She was, more than anything, completely resolute on the key detail that her attacker was Judge Kavanaugh [Harry Litman, “Christine Blasey Ford Testimony Was Bloodbath for Brett Kavanaugh, Trump and Republicans,” USA Today, 2018.09.27].
Senator John Thune says we didn’t learn anything yesterday that we didn’t already know, and Dr. Ford’s testimony did not change his opinion of Brett Kavanaugh.