I think we can make a reasonable argument that the accusations of some kind of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh are dubious at best, and likely meritless. What is beyond argument is that Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the Democrats are doing this for nothing more than crass politics. They have taken every opportunity to assassinate the character of Judge Kavanaugh, to distort his record on the bench, to accuse him of perjury when his under oath statements have been meticulously researched, prepared, and historically consistent.
They have now hauled out the Mother of all Assassinations, the #MeToo, or the "Anita Hill" weapon. Except that the person who made the now 35-years-aged accusation is following a pattern of political witch hunts that rivals the most rabid McCarthy tactics from the 1950s. McCarthy weaponized anti-Communist hysteria--which admittedly had some basis in fact. Today the weapon of choice is sexual predation, which also has some basis in fact.
McCarthy was capsized by a man named Joseph Welch, counsel for the Army, who had the moral courage to stand athwart the political show and yell "stop!" A grueling hearing before McCarthy and the Senate centered around a purported list of 130 "subversives" at U.S. defense plants. McCarthy brought up a young lawyer, Fred Fisher, who was with Welch's Boston law firm, and was brought on to Welch's staff before being sent back to Boston after Welch learned of Fisher's membership in a communist front group, the National Lawyers' Guild. Fisher's replacement was uncovered by the New York Times, who published the story.
After a terse exchange with Senate committee chief counsel Roy Cohn (who was at a later time a close friend and attorney for a younger Donald Trump), Welch had had enough of the witch hunt.
Senator, may we not drop this? We know he belonged to the Lawyer's Guild ... Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator; you've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?
That one statement born of moral courage to stand against the political hysteria, brought the McCarthy era to an end. Assassination of character for the benefit of people with political capital and something to protect, or to lose, is bad for America. Roy Cohn had much to lose--he was a homosexual with a lust for power and fame, and the Army was zeroing in on some of his favor trading and back scratching deals which put him in league with McCarthy.
Today, Sen. Feinstein, along with the Democratic Party, have much to lose. They have worked for years to tilt the federal judiciary toward progressive causes, and they've relied on this bias to preserve and advance their ideals when legislation fails. They've overturned the will of the people of 31 states, including California, on a scorched earth march to stamp out any opposition (ask Brendan Eich).
Democrats see what's at stake with Kavanaugh's confirmation, and with Trump likely making at least one more SCOTUS nomination. They see how Trump has appointed, and the Senate confirmed, 43 federal appeals and district court judges. They see that Trump could well shape the federal judiciary for decades to come, and remove the leftward bias they've relied upon.
Feinstein and the Democrats will spare nothing to prevent Kavanaugh's confirmation. They tried "Borking" him, now they're doing the "Anita Hill" approach that sunk Clarence Thomas. A phalanx of liberal press, including the Washington Post and the Huffington Post, are assisting in this indecent assassination. It's as bad for America as McCarthy was in 1954.
America, not Republicans, not Democrats, needs a Joseph Welch to stand up to Feinstein and her liberal henchmen and lickspittles to end this. Welch's words should echo again in the Senate: "Senator, you've done enough. Have you no sense of decency? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"
Republicans must confirm Kavanaugh, not for political reasons, but because he is undeserving of such a dirty and indecent attack on his character as a last ditch political power play. America deserves better.