It was an overly political process, I’ll give you that. However, Clarence Thomas was subjected to the same type of scrutiny, but they took several weeks of open hearings before reaching a decision — not one day. The FBI did not interview Kavanaugh’s former classmates — many of whom refuted his claim that he never drank until he passed out or treated women as sex objects. There were dozens of men and women, some of whom who had shared living space with him and knew him well, who were never interviewed. I used to do background checks for the Department of Justice and the kinds of routine questions that get asked might not necessarily uncover this type of thing, particularly since so many consider it “boys being boys” behavior.

And the issue was much less that he acted like a frat boy and drank too much in high school and college, although that is relevant to Dr. Ford’s assertion. The really salient issue is that he consistently denied any of that under oath. Complaints around this were made to the DC circuit, and although some of them were dismissed as baseless, some were forwarded to the Supreme Court. Justice Roberts has since referred those 12 ethics complaints to the 10th circuit. And a former justice and 2400 law professors do not agree with you that he deserves a pass.

This guy does not belong on the highest court, and your comment about Goresch only confirms that. They had similar backgrounds, but he did not have a multitude of women accusing him of sexual impropriety; he did not act insolently to the committee who was questioning him. Dr. Ford comported herself with dignity and maturity and she was under as much pressure and scrutiny as he was. She had to move out of her home and considered hiring security for her kids to go to school, and she still showed up and, although admittedly terrified, did her best. Excusing this man’s behavior is kind of the definition of “white male privilege.”

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