THE ‘KAVANAUGH AMBUSH’
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.”