Kavanaugh was right to fight back against the Democrat smear campaign
As the father of two daughters, I want them to live in a world where they are treated with respect and never experience sexual abuse -- and if they ever do, they are taken seriously. As the father of two sons, I want them to live in a world where their lives and reputations cannot be destroyed by allegations without corroboration.Now the left is full of indignation that Kavanaugh fought back against their false charges. That is more evidence of the bad faith with which they have opposed this nomination. The sex smears were just an attempt to get Kavanaugh to quit and if he did they would magically disappear as they did with other Republicans who have faced similars smears such as Herman Cane.
Thursday's hearing did not add an iota of corroboration to Christine Blasey Ford's allegations against Brett M. Kavanaugh. It remains true that none of the people Ford named, man or woman, has confirmed that the gathering in question took place at all, much less that any assault occurred. Ford says her friend Leland Keyser was at the party; Keyser may have told The Washington Post that she believes Ford, but that means nothing: As Kavanaugh pointed out, Keyser "said under penalty of felony she does not know me, does not ever recall being at a party with me ever." Ford was too young to drive but cannot recall how she got there or how she left -- a big deal for those of us who remember the days before cellphones or Uber. She cannot recall whose house it was; she cannot recall the date.
The burden of proof is not on Kavanaugh to prove he didn't do it. He cannot prove a negative. In the United States of America, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. But apparently not in the United States Senate. Asked before the hearing whether Kavanaugh deserved a presumption of innocence, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said, "There's no presumption of innocence or guilt when you have a nominee before you." That is simply un-American.
"This confirmation process has become a national disgrace," Kavanaugh declared. He's right: "The Constitution gives the Senate an important role in the confirmation process, but you have replaced advice and consent with search and destroy. Since my nomination in July, there's been a frenzy on the left to come up with something, anything to block my confirmation."