There will be hearings next week in the Senate, and Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be able to face his accuser, as is proper in any legal forum. President Trump offered what the Washington Post called a "muted" response to what Democrats thought would be a nominee-killing bombshell.
TRUMP: I wish the Democrats could have done this a lot sooner, because they had this information for many months. And they shouldn’t have waited til literally the last days. They should have done it a lot sooner. But with all of that being said we want to go through the process. One thing I will say is that as I understand it, Judge Kavanaugh spent quite a bit of time with Senator Feinstein and it wasn’t even brought up at that meeting and she had this information. So you would have thought certainly that she would have brought it up at the meeting — not wait til everything’s finished and then have to start a process all over again.
Why was the president not his usual bombastic self? Why did he not attack the press and rail on about "fake news" and lying, angry Democrats? Why did he seem, well, presidential in his measured remarks and bearing?
Because Trump is an expert at spotting good lies, bad lies, and effective lies. He does it effortlessly, and as the old saw goes, you can't BS a BS'er. Democrats and their media lackeys have spent the last few weeks trying--ineffectively, I think--to lay down the case that Brett Kavanaugh is a liar who plays fast and loose with the truth. They've tried to hang this label on him based on arcane testimony regarding his role in a nobody-cared nomination while he worked at the Bush White House.
In itself, that small and baseless "perjury" charge was never the main attack. It was preparation for the completely unsupported, evidence-free, her-word-against-his charge of sexual assault by a 17-year-old Kavanaugh by a Democrat Bernie Sanders supporter. If Democrats can get enough people to not buy Kavanaugh's denial, then they can run him off on a rail without a Senate vote.
To do that, Democrats need to try Kavanaugh in the media, in the court of public (meaning: their oft-repeated talking points and well-crafted spin) opinion, and in the arm-twisting halls of the Senate outside the public eye. If they can build just enough momentum for Kavanaugh to withdraw, Republican Senators will pull back from him like a six-year-old from who touched a hot stove. All it would take is a tiny bit of daylight between Trump and Kavanaugh, and it's done.
Trump didn't give them the daylight. If this was poker, he looked Democrats in the eye, anted up and called their hand. Show'em or fold.
This is actually proper, though. A charge like this deserves to be aired in public, in a politically controlled environment, with rules and oaths and consequences. It deserves more than some hacked and hatched lie detector test put forth as if it was Wonder Woman's infallible lasso of truth. Christine Blasey Ford has yet to establish how she knew Brett Kavanaugh, whose party she was at, and beyond her identifying a drunk Kavanaugh as her attacker and Mark Judge the other boy in the room, she provides very little evidence.
Ford has plenty of motivation to see Kavanaugh fail, regardless if there's any truth to her account. Kavanaugh categorically and forcefully denied all of Ford's story.
Ford is a registered Democrat who has made small political contributions to Democratic organizations. In April 2017, she attended a March For Science in San Francisco, which was held to protest Trump administration cuts to research, and she signed a letter in June 2018 condemning the Trump administration's policy, since abandoned, of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border.
Ford's lawyer, Lisa Banks, spoke for her.
Banks said Ford was not motivated by politics but ultimately decided to provide her account "so that those making a very important decision can make an informed decision with all the facts."
Given all this, President Trump very simply dared Ford and her Democratic spinners to prove their accusations. Find witnesses to corroborate it. Find the house. Find other partygoers. Appear before the Senate with something more than she-said-he-said.
Democrats don't want a speedy open hearing, though they say they do. They want this to fester and turn into a long investigation that goes past the midterm elections and bogs down to the point where Kavanaugh withdraws himself or is forced to withdraw.
“In view of the enormity and seriousness of these allegations, a staff-only phone call behind closed doors is unacceptable and Democratic staff will not participate. This isn’t how things should be done and is in complete violation of how this committee has worked in the past,” Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats said in their statement.
They want to try Kavanaugh in the media instead of making this about getting to the truth of allegations that don't hold a leaky thimble-full of water. Trump can sense the fragility of the lies, and has set a trap for Democrats and abortion-loving progressives, by for once, taking the high road. Of course, this being Trump, we can't guarantee he'll keep to the high road, but for now, he has offered a brilliant response.
Let the Democrats have enough rope to hang their own lies. Let the story play out, and by the end of it, Ford will likely come out looking like the political activist she undoubtedly is. Her animus and motive for taking down Kavanaugh will expose itself because she will be able to find few (I'd say nobody, but it's likely they'll find one person who is willing to say "I was there" and coach their way through unconvincing testimony) to corroborate her facts.
Without facts, and with no daylight between Kavanaugh and the White House, Senate Republicans will find little reason to step away from Kavanaugh. This approach closes off some of the most powerful Democratic Party tools for quashing SCOTUS nominees. By killing the "Anita Hill" and the "Bork" attack's weapons of trying the case in the media, Trump will make those avenues less effective in the future.
Withdrawing Kavanaugh, even in favor of a more conservative (like Amy Coney Barrett) nominee, is a trap, and Trump knows it. The president gives the American public more credit for common sense and seeing through BS (and joining them in a wink and a nod with his own BS) than the media and the Democrats do. That's his not-so-secret weapon.
Unless there's some unknown revelation or a steady trickle of women to accuse Kavanaugh (if they existed, we'd have known about it a month ago), Trump's instincts here will pay off nicely. Kavanaugh will be on the Supreme Court, and the next nominee will be largely immune to the left's outrage weapons.