There should be a presumption of innocence. And everyone should get due process regardless of the crime. But here is a judge who doesn’t want the truth to come out and is somewhat evasive in discussing the troubling aspects of his background. His emotional lability and temper during the confirmation hearing raised all sorts of red flags. At this point, there is too much doubt of his innocence as he is given due process.
The nationally televised job interview under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the position on the Supreme Court made this blogger wonder if the judge drunk a few boilermakers before his testimony. Did anyone check his blood alcohol level? If Kavanaugh is not confirmed and I suspect he will not, what should happen next? He is a judge who committed perjury and is an alleged sexual predator. He may have also engaged in witness tampering to prevent classmates from divulging information about his past. Shouldn’t he be disrobed and disbarred? Should all sexual assault cases he presided over to be reviewed?
There is little doubt in most reasonable minds that Kavanaugh was a heavy drinker, incoherent and at times aggressive at Yale. While he denied having any blackouts, again those are periods of amnesia induced by acute excessive alcohol intake, his Yale classmates recollection differ, and many have since come forth to corroborate a history of heavy drinking and parties. On that point, he lied under oath to the Senate and millions of Americans about his drinking habits.
He could return with a defense that he blacked out and so truthfully had no recollection until witnesses came forth. Alcohol impairs the ability to create new memories in the hippocampus resulting in amnesia or blackouts. A person experiencing a blackout after multiple shots of whiskey can continue to converse with friends, though that person will appear under the influence and in most cases may not make sense. But if equally inebriated people surround the person, he will seem normal to them. However, despite blackouts, Kavanaugh would know he was a heavy drinker. And in denial like most heavy drinkers who are alcoholics.
During the Senate hearings for a lifetime position on the Supreme court, Judge Kavanaugh coldly mocked one of the interviewers, Senator Klobuchar, a Democrat, after she told a touching story about her father’s struggle with alcoholism. Kavanaugh’s response was cold, disrespectful and insolent. He arrogantly implied she too had the drinking problem. For me, that was a “watershed” moment.
For those reasons alone Kavanaugh should withdraw his name from the nomination and resign from the bench permanently. When we add sexual assault allegations and mounting evidence that he was a mean and aggressive drunk, there is enough doubt of his innocence and integrity that Trump should withdraw his nomination or he should not be confirmed.
A partisan liar and sexual molester should not be the future face of American justice. Unfortunately, there is an alternate reality created by Trump and Republicans where their lies fly in the face of truth. God Save America!