Kavanaugh and the #MeToo Terror

This entire situation with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, has transcended the ordinary Beltway circus and entered the theater of the absurd. The moment this unsubstantiated accusation was leveled so late in the process, it reeked of political gamesmanship. From Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) holding on to Ford’s letter for months to the massive gaps and inconsistencies in a 36-year-old story, to Kavanaugh’s name not even being mentioned in Ford’s therapist’s notes, to the revelation now that Ford hired a lawyer and took a polygraph test in the lawyer’s office in August, this has all the fingerprints of a well-orchestrated political hit job.

Now we’ve reached a new level of insanity. Before Ford finally agreed on Saturday to testify later in this coming week, her lawyers submitted a lengthy list of demands, including the insistence that the FBI fully investigate her claims before a hearing takes place. Memo to the Democrats: I know this is hard for you to accept in light of James Comey’s FBI acting as your personal investigative arm, but that’s not how it works. The FBI doesn’t have jurisdiction over the matter and Kavanaugh has already been through six background checks.

Years ago, I went through a background check when I needed a security clearance to work at the Pentagon in the Air Force’s public affairs office. Believe me when I say the FBI does a lot of background checking. In my case, two agents traveled five hours one way to have a conversation with someone about me. I can guarantee you that after six background checks, something would have turned up about any nefarious behavior on Kavanaugh’s part. Someone would have said something to pique the FBI’s interest. As far as we know, there was absolutely zero mention of anything ever at any time until now, which is very suspicious timing.

But perhaps the most outrageous demand was that Kavanaugh, the accused, testify first in the kangaroo court proceedings. Again, I know it’s hard for Democrats to comprehend how our constitutional republic works as they loathe the Constitution, but the accused gets to respond to the accusations of his accuser. It is utterly absurd, ignorant, and idiotic to say the accused should testify first. But then again, to expect rational thought and behavior from the Left at this moment is clearly too much to ask.

This entire list of demands demonstrate that Ford, her lawyers, and the Democrats aren’t interested in the truth. You know why? Because this has absolutely nothing to do with anything other than the Democrats and the Left’s collective meltdown over losing their favorite tool for expanding the administrative state: The Supreme Court.

By placing an originalist like Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, the Left is fully aware that we are in the process of shutting down their favorite route for achieving most of their extra-legislative victories over the past 50 years. It will be fore closed for perhaps a generation.

As Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) promised from the outset, the Democrats would do everything possible to defeat the nomination. In their twisted way of thinking, the ends justify the means. Yet with their latest antics in trying to destroy Kavanaugh with a vicious smear, they have shredded the last modicum of decency they might have had left.

But what makes this all the more pernicious is the Orwellian mindset they’ve adopted of a person being guilty until proven innocent. It turns the entire basis of our legal system, even our society, on its head.

We have always operated under the idea of due process and the presumption innocence. But in this age of sexual McCarthyism, all precedent is out the window. Given the modern-day witch hunt that the #MeToo movement is devolving into, a person who “looks” guilty—or who can be made to look guilty if the political ends that can be achieved in the process are attractive enough to the Left—is in a very bad way, indeed. The lynch mob apparently is free to string that person up and ascertain the facts later. Those driving this madness should be careful: ask Robespierre how reigns of terror can end very badly for those who launch them.

The shame in all of this is that there are men and women who should be called to account for their sexual abuse. It’s just that in the case of Brett Kavanaugh, that real problem has been cheapened and manipulated into a political tool for the purpose of trying to destroy political enemies. It is utterly revolting for it now undermines the credibility of future valid claims of sexual abuse. Let’s hope this entire issue is still fresh on the minds of voters when they go to the polls on November 6.

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About Ned Ryun

Ned Ryun is a former presidential writer for George W. Bush and the founder and CEO of American Majority. You can find him on Twitter @nedryun.

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