Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her some 35 years ago – while both were in high school – further has tossed the Senate confirmation process into what one senator calls “an intergalactic freak show.”
Ford, who made her allegation, at least initially, anonymously, has said through her lawyer she is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which already has held hearings on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Kavanaugh – who emphatically says Ford’s allegations are untrue – says he, too, would testify.
We find ourselves siding with Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who said Ford ‘deserves to be heard’ in an ‘appropriate’ manner. We would add, and be heard darned soon.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote is set for Thursday. The American public deserves to hear what Ford has to say and listen to Kavanaugh on the subject and then have the vote on whether he will join the Supreme Court.
No matter your feelings on her allegations, or their timing, getting her testimony in the next day or two, along with Kavanaugh’s, still would allow the scheduled vote, and it would go a long way toward assuaging the concerns of those who believe her charges are simply the latest move by Democrats to derail or delay his nomination until after the midterm elections.
If she declines to testify before Thursday, we all be left to evaluate her motives.