THE ‘KA­VANAUGH AMBUSH’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Be­hold. The Wall Street Jour­nal has of­fered a new ed­i­to­rial ti­tled “The #MeToo Ka­vanaugh Ambush.” Re­gard­ing the baroque chal­lenges now fac­ing Judge Brett M. Ka­vanaugh from po­lit­i­cal and cul­tural op­po­nents, the news or­ga­ni­za­tion sim­ply ad­vises “A story this old and un­prov­able can’t be al­lowed to de­lay a Supreme Court con­fir­ma­tion vote.”

Some Democrats hope for an “elec­tion-eve #MeToo con­fla­gra­tion,” the ed­i­to­rial said, pars­ing out the com­plex­i­ties on Capi­tol Hill and the at­ten­dant po­lit­i­cal im­pli­ca­tions — and cau­tion­ing against any par­ti­san at­tacks on ac­cuser Chris­tine Blazey Ford.

“GOP sen­a­tors should un­der­stand that the po­lit­i­cal cost of de­feat­ing Mr. Ka­vanaugh will likely in­clude the loss of the Se­nate. Democrats are al­ready mo­ti­vated to vote against Don­ald Trump, and if Repub­li­cans panic now their own vot­ers will rightly be fu­ri­ous. They would be let­ting Democrats get away with the same dirty trick they tried and failed to pull off against Clarence Thomas. It would also be a se­ri­ous in­jus­tice to a man who has by all ac­counts other than Ms. Ford’s led a life of re­spect for women and the law. Every #MeToo mis­cre­ant is a re­peat of­fender. The ac­cu­sa­tion against Mr. Ka­vanaugh is be­hav­ior man­i­fested nowhere else in his life,” the Jour­nal said.

“Let­ting an ac­cu­sa­tion that is this old, this un­sub­stan­ti­ated and this pro­ce­du­rally ir­reg­u­lar de­feat Mr. Ka­vanaugh would also mean weaponizing every sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tion no mat­ter the ev­i­dence. It will tar­nish the #MeToo cause with the smear of par­ti­san­ship, and it will un­leash even greater po­lar­iz­ing fu­ries.”

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