By Diana Diamond
He said – she said – who is lying? Justice Brett Kavanaugh or PA resident Christine FordUploaded: Sep 17, 2018
Christine Blasey Ford is my new heroine. I am so proud of her that she finally decided to go public about her accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that he sexually assaulted her. It took a lot of courage and gumption. What made her come out of her privacy protectionist shell is she realized her going public might possibly have an effect on his nomination and whether Kavanaugh might get appointed to SCOTUS.
It’s a brave woman who evidently decided that no matter how she might be affected for years to come by her decision to go public– to then go on and decide that what happens to her country is more important than what happens to her. That’s true patriotism.
That action alone could lead to new Senate hearings about who is lying about this sexual attack she claims occurred when both were high school students in Bethesda, Maryland. Ford said Kavanaugh and a friend corralled her in a room, locked the doors, and Brett pinned her down on the bed and tried to undress her while covering her mouth so she couldn’t scream. The friend turned the music up higher.
The judicial nominee said “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any given time.”
One of them is obviously lying. Signs, for me, point to Kavanaugh.
Why would she lie? To gain fame? I doubt it. Because she was assaulted and didn’t want a man like that on the Supreme Court? Probably so. By the way, the FBI gave her a polygraph test, which they announced she had passed, i.e., the results showed she was not lying. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) said she talked to Ford at length and said, “I found her very credible. She told her story very credibly.”
Why would Kavanaugh have denied it so vigorously this past weekend? Perhaps because he knows he has GOP support sewn up and maybe enough votes already for his nomination to win; he already had many friends write the Senators saying what a good boy he was. Maybe he wants to be on the court so much and is now so close to achieving it that he will do what he can to make it happen. Or maybe Ford is lying and he is being unjustly charged and wants to right his name.
As of Monday noon, both agreed to appear before the Senate for further questioning. Whether GOP senators will allow that to happen is still unclear, but I think other senators will prevail to let the two of them testify.
This has been such a local story that I’ve taken a keen interest. Ford and her husband live in an Eichler in Palo Alto in the Greenmeadow neighborhood. Sunday night and Monday morning a bevy of broadcast trucks were camped out on the street. Ford is a Ph.D. clinical psychology professor at nearby Palo Alto University (teaching and research). She has received her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master’s in psychology at Pepperdine University, a Ph.D. at USC, and a Master’s in Education at Stanford. Not too shabby.
My guess is that Senate proceedings will be delayed past the scheduled vote this Thursday and that the testimony of Both Kavanaugh and Ford will be heard. Of course I know the GOP senators really want a strong conservative appointed, one who will affect decisions on our court for the next 30 years.
I hope this does not collapse into simply another partisan issue, because attempted rape is neither a Republican nor Democratic badge of merit. And if it can be proven that this did occur as Ford described, Kavanaugh would be guilty of lying under oath.
I also understand that Kavanaugh was 17 when this alleged incident occurred, and “boys will be boys” (is that an excuse?), and losing a seat on the Supreme Court for possibly this one offense may be too harsh.
But let these hearings proceed. Other women may – or may not – come forward. And certainly the Supreme Court nominee should want his name to be cleared before he assumes any judicial lifetime appointment.