Brett Kavanaugh

Leland Keyser, hero

Featured image Leland Keyser was a longtime friend of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers. According to Ford, Keyser was at the party where the assault supposedly occurred. Keyser, though, denied that she was at such a party and that she ever encountered Kavanaugh. None of the other alleged partygoers remembered the party either, but Keyser was especially credible because she »

New York Times reporters blame editors for key omission in Kavanaugh story

Featured image The New York Times is under well-deserved fire for excluding from its Kavanaugh penis-thrusting tale the fact that the alleged victim has no recollection of such an incident. Even CBS News has attacked the Times’ shoddiness in this regard. Now, the two authors of the story — Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly — are blaming their editors for the omission. They claim they included the alleged victim’s statement in the »

Gut check, Part Two

Featured image The New York Times reporters who revived claims of sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh when he was a teenager apparently have been unable to present new evidence in support of Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegation. They assure us, however, that their “gut reaction” is that Blasey Ford’s story rings true. But that’s not the gut reaction of Blasey Ford’s lifelong friend, Leland Keyser. Blasey Ford says that Keyser was »

Gut check

Featured image The new claim of sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh at Yale many decades ago comes from a book by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly. Pogrebin and Kelly also wrote the New York Times story presenting this claim. In their book, Pogrebin and Kelly acknowledge that the alleged victim of the alleged misconduct has no recollection of it. In their original Times article, the two omitted this fact. In their book, »

Crimes of the Times, Kavanaugh edition

Featured image The New York Times has revised and updated its Saturday night special hit job on Brett Kavanaugh to note that the alleged victim…does not recall any such incident” (original version here). Gregg Re’s excellent FOX News story on the update is full of links. Here is the note now added to the Times story: Editors’ Note: Sept. 15, 2019 An earlier version of this article, which was adapted from a »

The renewed smearing of Justice Kavanaugh

Featured image The left has managed to keep Anita Hill’s trivial and uncorroborated allegations against Clarence Thomas alive and talked about for nearly 30 years. Thus, it’s not surprising that the left is still out to smear Brett Kavanaugh along similar lines. The focus now is on how Kavanaugh behaved, or is alleged to have behaved, towards women at parties during his freshman year at Yale 35 years (or so) ago. Unless »

Democrats Haven’t Given Up On Smearing Kavanaugh

Featured image Those who take such things seriously are abuzz about a book that will come out on Tuesday, written by a couple of New York Times reporters activists. It alleges that decades ago, when he was in college, Brett Kavanaugh misbehaved at a party. As I understand it, the woman toward whom he allegedly misbehaved says she remembers no such thing, but apparently one or more rabid Democrats who say they »

Did Trump “choke” when he nominated Kavanaugh?

Featured image During the Republican presidential debates in 2015-16, Donald Trump attacked Ted Cruz for strongly backing the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court. Cruz responded that Roberts was not his preferred nominee — Michael Luttig was — but that he did support the nomination once President Bush tapped Roberts. Given Trump’s attack on Cruz, and on George W. Bush, it’s fair to ask how Trump’s two nominees — Justices »

Bill Clinton is a bitter old man

Featured image Bill Clinton has blasted Brett Kavanaugh for his role in investigating the death of Vince Foster, the Clintonista who came to Washington as deputy White House counsel and ended up taking his own life. Clinton launched his attack on Sunday in Las Vegas during an event billed as “An Evening with the Clintons.” Clinton took the position that Kavanaugh deserved to be hit with unsubstantiated allegations of sexual assault because »

Blasey Ford makes Time’s 100 most influential list

Featured image Christine Blasey Ford didn’t derail Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, but she at least has this consolation — she made Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in the world. Not just the United States, the world. Time seems to be assuming that Blasey Ford’s allegation of attempted rape by Kavanaugh is true. Indeed, it turns the floor over to one of her most partisan defenders, Sen. »

A Roberts-Kavanaugh bromance?

Featured image “Conservatives’ takeover of Supreme Court stalled by John Roberts-Brett Kavanaugh bromance.” That’s the headline of a story in USA Today. The author explains: Chief Justice John Roberts and the court’s newest member, Brett Kavanaugh, have voted in tandem on nearly every case that’s come before them since Kavanaugh joined the court in October. They’ve been more likely to side with the court’s liberal justices than its other conservatives. The two »

A milquetoast Supreme Court?

Featured image Earlier this year, I wrote about how the Supreme Court was ducking important issues about the rights of gay and transgender individuals. The questions it has been avoiding are (1) whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual preference and (2) whether it prohibits discrimination based on transgender status. Together, these two questions affect the rights of millions, if not tens of »

Supreme Court continues to duck key LGBT cases

Featured image In this post from last week, I described how the Supreme Court has avoided hearing cases relating to key LGBT issues that ought to be decided one way or the other. Most notably, it has ducked the issue of whether discrimination against an employee because of sexual orientation constitutes prohibited employment discrimination “because of. . .sex,” within the meaning of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Lower »

Supreme Court can’t decide whether to decide key LGBT cases

Featured image The Supreme Court has been presented with two sets of cases relating to issues at the core of the LGBT agenda. Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia and Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda raise the question of whether discrimination against an employee because of sexual orientation constitutes prohibited employment discrimination “because of. . .sex,” within the meaning of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Lower courts have divided »

The Kavanaugh Report

Featured image Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has released a 28-page memorandum summarizing its investigations of numerous sexual misconduct allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford et al. Attached to the memorandum are nearly 400 pages of exhibits. Committee investigators interviewed more than 40 witnesses, monitored social media and news reports and reviewed evidence provided by Kavanaugh and his accusers. The memorandum and exhibits are posted here. They are »

The not Jane Doe referral

Featured image By letter to Senator Kamala Harris during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation proceedings on Brett Kavanaugh, the committee received an allegation of rape committed by Judge Kavanaugh (as he then was). The handwritten letter was signed by “Jane Doe” of Oceanside, California. Kavanaugh was asked about the Jane Doe charge and a transcript of his testimony denying the allegation was released. Justice Kavanaugh testified: “[T]he whole thing is ridiculous. Nothing »

Whatever happened to Blasey Ford?

Featured image Christine Blasey Ford appears to have shuffled off the scene as quickly as she shuffled onto it. Surely, however, she must be in the process of reaping the rewards of her service to the cause. Surely some benefactor must be endowing a chair for her in academia dedicated to the study of the hippocampus. She is apparently taking time to weigh the book offers and other opportunities that now come »