DANIEL VAUGHAN: Republicans: The time to vote on Kavanaugh is now

September 24, 2018

Republicans: Hold the vote on Brett Kavanaugh. Now. Christine Blasey Ford is not going to testify, and her lawyers never had any intention of allowing her to testify. It is now clear that their entire plan was to delay the testimony until other allegations were brought to light.

New accusers finally found journalists who were willing to print whatever they said — so long as it was against Kavanaugh — in the form of Deborah Ramirez and her story in the The New Yorker. Ramirez claims Kavanaugh “assaulted” her at a party while they were in college.

I use quotation marks for a reason: there’s little proof this event ever happened. When Ramirez first signaled that she had a story to tell, she decided to take six days to think over with her lawyer whether she actually remembered this event. And then after thinking it through, she decided she magically remembered Kavanaugh at this party, though she says she has little memory otherwise.

And then you get to the real kicker, the The New Yorker’s admission: “The New Yorker has not confirmed with other eyewitnesses that Kavanaugh was present at the party. The magazine contacted several dozen classmates of Ramirez and Kavanaugh regarding the incident.”

In other words, they can’t corroborate a single word she’s saying. And it’s not just that they couldn’t find supporters.

The eyewitnesses who Ramirez says were at the party? They say it never happened.

The New Yorker lists off six people, all of whom denied the account in a joint statement, reading:

We can say with confidence that if the incident Debbie alleges ever occurred, we would have seen or heard about it—and we did not. The behavior she describes would be completely out of character for Brett. In addition, some of us knew Debbie long after Yale, and she never described this incident until Brett’s Supreme Court nomination was pending.

Additionally, The New York Times interviewed “several dozen people” about Ramirez’s account over the last two weeks, and no one could corroborate her account. Even more telling, the Times reported that Ramirez contacted several of the people they interviewed and asked if they remembered, because “she could not be certain Mr. Kavanaugh was the one.”

This unprovable allegation comes at a time when the Senate was preparing to put Christine Blasey Ford and her alleged assaulter before its Judiciary Committee for questioning. Kavanaugh’s team had even pulled together calendars of his time in high school to show his activities during that general period.

That evidence, combined with every eyewitness and character witness testifying under oath that they did not remember Ford’s account nor the party, had Democrats on the ropes.

It’s perfectly reasonable to believe that something terrible happened to Ford in her youth or some other point in her life. She talks about having PTSD and other issues emanating from that event. I don’t have reason to doubt her on those issues, because she’s openly sought help on that front.

But there’s no evidence that Kavanaugh ever attended the party Ford describes. In fact, all evidence points to him not being there at all.

Still, whereas Ford is at least a sympathetic witness, this latest allegation published irresponsibly by The New Yorker smells more of a political smear than a #MeToo moment.

Yashar Ali of New York magazine reported in a since-deleted tweet that Ramirez’s story had been floating around journalist circles for several days and no one — NBC, The New York Times, or The Washington Post — ran with it.

Ramirez specifically shopped her story to The New Yorker after talking to her lawyers.

And then, like a diva throwing a tantrum because their audience has moved on to the new hottest thing, Michael Avenatti, an attorney who rose to fame representing alleged Trump mistress Stormy Daniels, decided to jump into the fray with claims that he has even more damning evidence against Kavanaugh.

He may have proof; who knows? But it’s important to note that journalists from every major news organization in the world, lawyers for Ford, Democrats, and Republicans have spent the last two weeks hitting up every single person in Kavanaugh’s school from that period and beyond. For an alleged victim to go to Avenatti instead of any other media group in the world is a red flag.

Finally, like clockwork, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) wrote a letter and tweeted that all hearings — including Ford’s testimony — should be postponed until all these magical new allegations can be investigated.

Republicans already have all the evidence they need. But Democrats don’t want Ford to testify. They only want a delay.

Delaying only allows more baseless political smears to hit Kavanaugh. Republicans have put Kavanaugh up, and now he’s getting smeared. Any candidate the GOP puts up will get smeared, so they should stay the course and push Kavanaugh through.

Democrats aren’t opposed to Kavanaugh because of these stories. They’re opposed because he’s a conservative, as Democrats admitted on CNN. Republicans should just set a date and vote.

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Daniel Vaughan

Daniel Vaughan is a columnist for the Conservative Institute and lawyer in Nashville, Tennessee. He has degrees from Middle Tennessee State University and Regent University School of Law. His work can be found on the Conservative Institute's website, or you can receive his columns and free weekly newsletter at The Beltway Outsiders. Connect with him on Twitter at @dvaughanCI.