Don't get me wrong. Every woman who has accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault or abuse deserves to have her claims legally investigated. And Kavanaugh's response to Blasey Ford's accusations looked like the response of a guilty person. An innocent man would demand an FBI inquiry, not avoid questions on why he wouldn't call for one.
But I say, in terms of addressing the appropriateness of Kavanaugh's appointment as a Supreme Court Justice, we can forget about Kavenaugh's sexual assault accusations because of his reaction to the accusation.
Every person shows his or her true character under stress or pressure. Stress and pressure are tests of a person's character.
Kavanaugh, under the pressure of sexual assault accusations, showed his true character and profoundly failed the test.
A Supreme Court Justice candidate must demonstrate a demeanor, temperament and comportment befitting the role and responsibility he or she aspires to.
Kavanaugh's furious, mean-spirited, ugly, unbridled anger, targeted against female senators looked like a drunk, teenage football player. It looked like what we might expect from a weak willed, impulsive, abusive person-- a person who would not be considered for any responsible job by any employer.
That behavior is a fact. It was evident for all to see It cannot be questioned or disputed as uncorroborated, as Mitch McConnell argues. Kavanaugh's behavior is all the evidence we need. McConnell talks about ridiculous allegations. Well. Kavanaugh's behavior in front of the senators was clear. It was indisputable.
Chuck Schumer, in an interview, is cited by the NYTimes, saying,
"The issues of credibility and temperament are not something that happened 30 years ago; they're about Judge Kavanaugh today and how he is as a 53-year-old. I think there are serious questions about both his credibility and his temperament that may, to some senators, be more important than the activities that occurred in high school."
It is hard for me to imagine any Fortune 1000 company executive accountable to shareholders and a board of directors that would be willing to defend hiring such a man.
That behavior is what should be focused on now. The sexual assault accusations should definitely be pursued, eventually, but right now, when the spotlight is on Kavanaugh as a candidate for the Supreme court, the smart strategy is to focus on his character failure.
Kavanaugh clearly lied to congress, telling them that he drank legally. But that was a lie. He was under age when he drank at the age of seventeen. It's a stupid lie, a Trumpian lie. If he had simply told the truth that he drank under-age, illegally, at seventeen, he could easily have been forgiven. But he had the gall and hubris to lie about something so obviously detectable. A SCOTUS candidate should not lie at all, let alone such a stupid lie.
And Kavanaugh lied to congress about struggling to get into Yale. The truth is he had the advantage of being a legacy admission, since his grandfather went there.
These are small lies. They are Trumpian lies that could easily have been addressed without repercussions. That he would lie on such small matters offers us a warning of the extent to which he is dishonest.
Yes, in the long run, pursue all the sexual assault charges against Kavanaugh. His response to the charges makes him appear guilty. And he should be in jail, just like Bill Cosby, if found guilty. But right now, the pressing issue is his nomination to the supreme court and the 2018 midterm elections.
The Trump/right-wing echo chamber is arguing that Kavanaugh is being convicted and found guilty without a trial. Of course, it's not a trial, it's a job application.The sexual assault allegations are energizing the angry white male Trump base. They're saying that all young men are at risk of being accused of sexual assault, and of being found guilty without a trial.