There’s an old saying in the miltary: No plan survives contact with the enemy. Christine Blasey Ford’s handlers might have done well to remember that, as they seem to have been caught flat footed by the speed with which Senator Chuck Grassley has responded to their demands that their client be heard before the Senate holds a vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
To recap, Ford has accused Kavanaugh of attempted sexual assault 35 years ago, when both of them were in high school. Dianne Feinstein, a leading Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has known about the allegation for months, but sat on it until after confirmation hearings had concluded, most likely as way to delay the confirmation vote which had been scheduled for this Thursday. The only problem is that Grassley has upped the ante, saying that he’d be happy to hold a hearing and give Ford an opportunity to tell her story to the Senate. In public or private. Under oath. Oh, and guess what? We can do it next Monday.
> The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault says the FBI should investigate the incident before senators hold a hearing on the allegations.
> In a letter addressed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa. . .Christine Blasey Ford's attorneys argue that "a full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions."
> Ford's attorney Lisa Banks told Cooper that Ford will talk with the committee but added, "She is not prepared to talk with them at a hearing on Monday."
I’m just spitballing here, but I’m guessing whatever Democrat PR shop set this whole thing up didn’t anticipate that Republicans would be so accommodating about Ford’s request to be heard. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if they thought that the accusation alone, even with no evidence to back it up, would be enough to peel off a few Republican votes and either derail Kavanagh’s nomination or force him to withdraw.
Following that logic, we can also surmise that Ford’s handlers assured her that she would never, ever have to actually testify before the Judiciary Committee—which would entail a considerable amount of risk, given that Ford herself has admitted that her memory of the alleged assault is fuzzy at best, with her not even able to recall the time and place it supposedly happened. Even giving her story the benefit of the doubt, under those circumstances how easy would it be for her to fall into a perjury trap and face serious legal consequences?
No, it’s far more likely that Ford was given every assurance that this business would be tried entirely in the court of public opinion, with a sympathetic media entirely on her side and innuendo taking the place of fact. Now that Grassley has called their bluff, however, Ford is caught in a precarious spot: Do I stick my neck out and testify, or do I come up with some excuse for why I won’t?
Clearly, her handlers have chosen the latter.