Every day the credibility of Ms. Ford realistically takes another hit. Nonetheless, the believers, will not back down, to the point of absurdity.
After days of haggling over terms of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, details about the event were still being hammered out Sunday afternoon between lawmakers and the lawyer for the accuser, California college professor Christine Blasey Ford.
Republicans said Sunday they wouldn’t yield on one of the main sticking points in the negotiations over Thursday’s hearing: whether outside lawyers should be allowed to question both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh, in addition to senators.
“Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for Senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her. She has agreed to move forward with a hearing,” lawyers for Dr. Ford said in a statement after an hour-long phone call with Senate Judiciary Committee staff on Sunday.
Dr. Ford has objected to fending off questions from anyone other than lawmakers, which her lawyers have said would create the atmosphere of a trial. But Republican lawmakers and strategists have worried about the image of 11 male GOP senators on the Judiciary Committee questioning an alleged sexual-assault victim.
Witch Hunt vs Kid Gloves
During the witch hunt, the gloves will be off.
Strike that. One pair of gloves will be off. The other person will have one hand, if not both, tied behind his back.
Democrats, meanwhile, indicated that if a hearing takes place, they plan to press Judge Kavanaugh about an apparent culture of drinking at his preparatory high school in the Washington, D.C., area and how much he drank as a teenager. Dr. Ford has said she believes Judge Kavanaugh was drunk when he allegedly assaulted her, which she said took place when he was 17 and she was 15.
Ford's High School Yearbook
What about drinking by Ford? Was she plastered at the party, so much so she cannot even remember where it was?
If such questions can be asked of Kavanaugh, Ford ought to face similar questions.
“There have been a lot of things said about the alcohol that was consumed by the judge as well as by others in his school. That has to be part of any relevant questioning,” said Senator Dick Durbin (D) Illinois.
Indeed! Yet, the request for such information is totally one-sided.
Curious Case of Ms. Keyser
The Washington Post reports that Ms. Leland Keyser, whom Dr. Ford had reportedly said was at the party where the alleged assault took place said this weekend that she doesn’t know Judge Kavanaugh or recall attending the party.
Ms. Keyser told the Post that she “does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present,” according to an email her lawyer sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee, obtained by The Post.
In a brief interview at her home in Silver Spring, Keyser said that she did not recall the party, but that she was close friends with Ford and that she believes Ford’s allegation.
Not only does Ford deny being at the party, Keyser also says she does not even know Kavanaugh. Yet, Keyser believes Ford.
Why? Keyser and Ford were friends.
Ford's lawyer attempted to whitewash this absurdity.
Debra Katz, a lawyer for Dr. Ford, said: “It’s not surprising that Ms. Keyser has no recollection of the evening as they did not discuss it.”
“She’s coming forward and very bravely saying, ‘I’m going to tell my story,’ ” Sen. Mazie Hirono (D., Hawaii), a member of the Judiciary Committee, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “I believe her. Let’s put it that way.”
There is no bravery by Ford. Nor is there any reason, other than partisan politics or friendship, to believe her.
Ford's memory is spotty (at best) and her friends she claims were there have no recollection of being there.
The strong denial theory alone suggests Kavanaugh is innocent.
Finally, it's overwhelmingly odds-on this is a case of mistaken identity coupled with one of the sleaziest public opinion campaigns in history.
Overwhelming Evidence of Mistaken Identity
Strong Denial Thesis
Dilbert author Scott Adams wrote about denial theory in 2016, and I applied it to this case.
Yesterday, I discussed sleazy reporting in the Huffington Post, Guardian, and by NBC.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock