We’re now into week three of the long, national nightmare known as “The Supreme Court Confirmation Process of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.” For some reason, we assumed the circus-like atmosphere of the hearings would end when the actual committee proceedings were over.
Oh, how we were wrong.
In the days since the contentious hearings, Democrats like Senator Kamala Harris have shared a misleading, edited video in an attempt to make Judge Kavanaugh’s statements on contraception look like something else entirely. (Even Hillary Clinton joined in to spread the rumors.) In addition, writers on the Left, like Ian Millhiser, made claims about Kavanaugh’s statements on Roe that had absolutely no basis in truth. When the ThinkProgress article was fact-checked and found to be false, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Then last Thursday, Senator Dianne Feinstein revealed that she had in her possession an anonymous letter detailing sexual misconduct that Judge Kavanaugh engaged in as a teenager. On Sunday, the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, came forward.
There is much to question about Ms. Ford’s claims, including her statements and behavior since the reveal. As I wrote over at Washington Examiner, Senator Dianne Feinstein has made a mockery of the process by introducing such a thin charge late in the game. Because of the substance available to us, I am at a loss as to why some “principled” conservatives have played a game of dirty, partisan politics.
Due to the fact that Ms. Ford is a professor (in California, no less), some on the Right scoured the Internet in search of information about her academic life. When they thought they had found disparaging reviews about her teaching, they did the wrong thing and acted as if that itself is some sort of stain on her character.
Even Andrew Klavan, a Ben Shapiro associate, ran with it.
Kavanaugh accusers students rate her. "Something's wrong with her." "I am honestly scared of her." https://t.co/wThYlXQjrR
— Andrew Klavan (@andrewklavan) September 17, 2018
One huge problem? That was the wrong Christine Ford. The garbage site responsible for the initial story has since retracted it.
Editor’s Note: We apologize for the error, but we’ve since learned there are two Christine Fords working in clinical psychology in California and we wrote this report about the wrong Christine Ford. We regret not going to greater lengths to ensure this was indeed the same Christine Ford. Please do not share this article with anyone (and if you have, delete it/withdraw it); we are only leaving the page up so you can see this important update.
But that isn’t the only problem.
Looking at student reviews from mindless, bitter college students about the grades or help they did/did not receive in a class should have no bearing on whether or not we believe a woman’s claims about sexual abuse. NONE. Whatsoever.
You want to trust nineteen and twenty-year-olds, who may/may not appreciate a professor’s teaching style or grading structure, with determining a professor’s true character? Really?!
Conservatives completely beclowned themselves as they slobbered over the ratings on their glowing computer screens and believed they had found something with which to pin on the accuser. Forget truth, they just wanted something that felt good.
It wasn’t just Andrew Klavan, either (who has yet to take down the tweet above). Republican pundits like Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham also shared the “news”, positively giddy that a negative rating by college kids means something HUGE for their confirmation cause.
Conservatives, you must do better. Stooping low and acting no different than the other side is shameful and repulsive. If you want to rise above your opponents, then don’t run with something as meaningless as student reviews as some sort of weapon to use in the fight.
If you do, only your anti-intellectual ignorance will be on display.