By: Cliff Kincaid
The push to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been dogged by one scandal after another. It was supposed to be an easy confirmation process because he knew what to say and how to say it to the liberals. He told them abortion and gay rights were “settled law.” But he offered the left a target-rich environment that has tainted not only his reputation but his Catholic education and the conservative movement.
“I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter,” Kavanaugh told Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum in an interview which aired on Monday night. It was a preview of his public testimony. It was strangely reminiscent of Bill Clinton’s “I did not have sexual relations with that woman…”
Now, in a bizarre twist, Kavanaugh has reportedly retained high-powered liberal attorney Beth Wilkinson to help him fight the sexual assault charges. She represented four Hillary Clinton staffers during the investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State. “By tapping Wilkinson, the Clinton confidants have selected someone with deep ties to Washington politics and the DOJ [Department of Justice],” reported Politico. “The 53-year-old wife of former ‘Meet the Press’ host David Gregory is a Clinton donor and Democratic contributor, according to Federal Election Commission filings.” Her firm, Wilkinson Walsh Eskovitz, specializes in “winning high-stakes trials.”
The reported hiring of Wilkinson by Kavanaugh remains mysterious. “Wilkinson did not respond to a request for comment…” reported the National Law Journal. “Her firm, Wilkinson Walsh Eskovitz declined to comment. White House spokesman Raj Shah, who has overseen communications for Kavanaugh’s nomination, also declined to comment.”
It looks like Kavanaugh is resorting to the use of a “fixer” to solve his problems.
Most of this could have been avoided if President Trump had nominated a good conservative pro-life woman to the Supreme Court without Kavanaugh’s baggage.
In contrast to Kavanaugh, who calls Roe v. Wade “settled law” and pandered to pro-abortion Senators, Judge Amy Coney Barrett believes the ruling is constitutionally and morally questionable. She was associated with the University of Notre Dame’s “Faculty for Life” group and was reportedly on President Trump’s short list for the Supreme Court. But she was shunted aside because Kavanaugh, a Washington insider, was supposedly a conservative nominee who could be easily confirmed.
We were told that Barrett, a wife, mother, and professor, would have been tougher to confirm. However, this fight would have offered the public an alternative to the notion that the strident left-wing feminism of former ACLU counsel and current Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg represents American women.
Instead of fighting for a pro-life mother like Barrett, conservatives are being told that they have to confirm a nominee who is openly discussing his sexual activities in high school. If Kavanaugh wins, strangely enough, the left wins, too. The left will make an alleged would-be rapist into the face of the conservative movement.
Even if Kavanaugh makes it to the court, Ronald A. Krotoszynski Jr., a professor at the University of Alabama School of Law, argues that Kavanaugh could be impeached. For the liberals, the Kavanaugh nomination could be the gift that keeps on giving.
Rather than treat the nation to a horrifying spectacle over sex and drinking in high school and college, Kavanaugh could withdraw his name, remain on the federal bench as a judge, and combat the charges on his own. Trump could easily pick an honest and truly conservative replacement, such as Judge Barrett.
In the latest crisis, which caught many conservatives by surprise, Kavanaugh has forcefully confronted and contradicted the sexual assault allegations from Christine Ford, who attended Holton-Arms School, a private preparatory school in Bethesda, Maryland. She claims to have been assaulted at a party with Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. Some classmates defend Kavanaugh. But Mark Judge wrote, Wasted: Tales of a Genx Drunk, and has now lawyered up. He says he has no knowledge of the alleged incident but his value as a character witness is clearly lacking.
Mark Judge’s other book, God and Man at Georgetown Prep: How I Became a Catholic Despite 20 Years of Catholic Schooling, may be just as damaging to Kavanaugh. It compares aspects of his Jesuit education to a New Age encounter group. “Although Georgetown Prep has a golden reputation as a Catholic school,” Mark Judge wrote, “it was actually anything but Catholic by the time I got there in the 1980s.” He wrote about the influence of sex and drugs on the high school students.
The accusation against Kavanaugh may be a last-minute dirty trick, but it’s difficult to see the public value of the judge surviving the scrutiny of his days in high school and college as a party boy. Yet, Kavanaugh seems prepared to appear in a public setting and talk about his drinking and sex habits.
Please pull out, Judge Kavanaugh. Don’t make your wife and children sit through this spectacle. Spare the nation a televised examination of your personal life.