To the editor:
Rich Kiper, of course, defends Kavanaugh’s performance during the Sept. 27 hearings. He asks the reader to “put yourself in judge Kavanaugh’s shoes” and respond to an accusation of sexual assault 30 years in the past.
I’ll take that challenge. To begin with, if I described my teenage behavior as purer than the driven snow, I would demand an FBI investigation to clear my name. I wouldn’t evade the question. If asked whether I was a heavy drinker in high school or college, I would answer the question yes or no. I would not get snarky with the senator. Kavanaugh absolutely denies any sexual assault but gets cagey when answering questions, waxing indignant that his integrity is questioned.
In all likelihood, Kavanaugh does not drink to excess now. What does he have to lose admitting that he drank too much as a teenager? He will not be charged criminally for the assault. Too much time has passed.
A few things are clear from his testimony. This is an arrogant man. He believes that he is entitled to a seat on the Supreme Court. He has a political agenda. It is not likely that he will be impartial. He all but stated that he will take revenge on his political enemies.
If Kavanaugh is confirmed, another step in the Baathification of the American government is complete. The Dear Leader gets a compliant judge who does not believe that a sitting president can be indicted or charged. How convenient, just like the countries with their autocratic rulers that the Dear Leader admires so much. Not that this bothers Trumpists.