Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
Journalists Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino recently published a book on the extraordinary senate confirmation battle that riveted the nation last fall entitled “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court.” The authors point out that Christine Blasey-Ford’s immediate family remained remarkably silent throughout and after the public spectacle the hearings became.
At the time, a group of supporters wrote a letter on Blasey-Ford’s behalf. Hemingway and Severino write that it began with, “As members of Christine Blasey Ford’s family . . .,” but they note that it wasn’t signed by a single blood relative.
Today, these women reported a little known fact that Ralph Blasey, Ford’s father, offered his support to Ed Kavanaugh shortly after the hearings. According to Hemingway and Severino:
Within days of Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, a fascinating encounter took place. Brett Kavanaugh’s father was approached by Ford’s father at the golf club where they are both members.
Ralph Blasey, Ford’s father, went out of his way to offer to Ed Kavanaugh his support of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, according to multiple people familiar with the conversation that took place at Burning Tree Club in Bethesda, Maryland. “I’m glad Brett was confirmed,” Ralph Blasey told Ed Kavanaugh, shaking his hand. Blasey added that the ordeal had been tough for both families.
The encounter immediately caused a stir at the close-knit private golf club as staff and members shared the news. The conversation between the two men echoed a letter that Blasey had previously sent to the elder Kavanaugh. Neither man returned requests for comment about the exchanges.
At the time of the senate hearings last year, a Washington Post reporter called Ralph Blasey, who told him, “I think all of the Blasey family would support her. I think her record stands for itself. Her schooling, her jobs and so on.” He ended the conversation without answering the question the reporter had called for. The reporter called Ford’s father a second time and Blasey said, “I think any father would have love for his daughter.”
Did Blasey believe his daughter? It doesn’t appear so.
Recently, The Daily Caller obtained a video of Christine Blasey-Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz, speaking to a group of the University of Baltimore’s Feminist Legal Theory Conference in April. Katz admits that part of Blasey-Ford’s motivation for accusing now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in July 2018 was political.
Katz said, “In the aftermath of these hearings, I believe that Christine’s testimony brought about more good than the harm misogynist Republicans caused by allowing Kavanaugh on the court. He will always have an asterisk next to his name. When he takes a scalpel to Roe v. Wade, we will know who he is, we know his character, and we know what motivates him, and that is important; it is important that we know, and that is part of what motivated Christine.”
Actually, I believe her motivation was purely political. It’s possible her father did too. But a father’s love for a daughter runs deep. And while he couldn’t bring himself to say he believed her, nor could he say he didn’t.