OPINION: #MeToo Moment In Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Battle

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Mary Claire Kendall Author, Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends

It’s 1991 all over again. Only now, it’s not Judge Clarence Thomas in the cross-hairs.

FADE IN:

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh has surmounted all the hurdles on the way to confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Justice replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings are over.

The vote is set for Thursday, September 20.

Democrats will lose this one.

Something must be done.

INT. DEMOCRAT SENATE CANYON – Wednesday, September 12

Democrats huddle over DROPPING A BOMBSHELL they’ve been holding.

SUPERIMPOSE: CNN BREAKING NEWS – Thursday, September 13

A confidential informant has made an allegation against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh that threatens to derail his nomination. It’s with the FBI. No details are provided leaving everyone to speculate.

Those in the know are sure it’s this, that or the other.

It isn’t.

By the weekend we learn the informant is alleging sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh when he was a teen. The FBI chooses not to investigate and forwards it to the White House.

The alleged salacious details come out drip by drip. The Washington Post gets the exclusive story. Nothing even remotely approaching far worse allegations, e.g., by Juanita Broaddrick asserting Bill Clinton raped her when he was Arkansas Attorney General in April 1978 in a hotel room after he invited her up, which Democrats ignored.

By Sunday, September 16, late evening, we have the name of the accuser:

Palo Alto University Professor Christine Blasey Ford.

But, everything else is a little murky.

Blasey Ford asserts that sometime in the 80s, she was assaulted by Kavanaugh at a party somewhere in Montgomery County, Maryland, while the two were students at, respectively, Holton Arms and Georgetown Prep.

Blasey Ford, reporting indicates, first remembered this alleged incident during couples counseling in 2012 because she was concerned Kavanaugh might become a Supreme Court Justice.

It’s a classic #MeToo moment. But #MeToo gives women a huge responsibility, including reporting out-of-bounds male aggression to the authorities. In which regard, Blasey Ford should have reported this alleged incident to the police to get this alleged menace to womankind off the streets and into a reformatory.

Only she didn’t. She never told anyone. Because — I’m surmising — it wasn’t quite that way; that, if an incident resembling what Blasey Ford is alleging occurred sometime in the 1980s, somewhere in Montgomery County, that young Brett was not the only one drinking. Otherwise she would have remembered the when and where. (When I was five, I remember exactly when and where a young seven-year-old boy in our neighborhood made unwanted advances. Feeling demeaned, I promptly rebuffed him and that was that.)

The fact that Blasey Ford’s recollection was impelled by the thought that Kavanaugh might ascend to the Supreme Court is a red flag. Those with psychological training could identify exactly what underlies such a motivation: Resentment, and, how it can shape a memory to make one believe something that, in reality, is not true?

INT. SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE – LATER THIS MONTH

Truth wins out.

FADE OUT.

Mary Claire Kendall, a Washington-based writer and producer, served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Health during the four years of the Administration of President George H.W. Bush.


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