The next 24 hours might well decide whether Republicans can shore up Trump‘s SCOTUS nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Accuser, California professor Christine Blasey Ford, told The Washington Post,
“Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation.“
According to CNN,
Her emergence sent a jolt through the White House and Capitol Hill on Sunday, prompting demands from Democrats for all votes on Kavanaugh to be put on hold pending an investigation. Even some Republicans conceded the issue needed to be addressed before things go further.
Ford told The Washington Post that she went public because of the magnitude of Kavanaugh’s appointment.
Ford told the paper, ahead of what is likely to be an ordeal characterized by political attacks and fearsome scrutiny of her life, family, mental health and political leanings.
The showdown will unfold amid the still-unsettled politics of the #MeToo movement, which has transformed the way allegations by women of sexual harassment by now-powerful men, even from decades ago, are viewed by society. But it also takes place at a pivotal moment for the conservative movement, which is within reach of a goal it has pursued for decades of cementing a majority on the Supreme Court at a time of key rulings on issues like abortion, same-sex marriage and the role of religion in American life.”
The math of the GOP’s Senate majority hasn’t changed yet, but it could significantly increase the political cost to the party in the midterms.
Sunday Democrats demanded that the Senate Judiciary Committee vote should be put on hold to allow time for a full investigation, grabbing a fresh opening to try to slow his progress after one of the nastiest confirmation fights in recent years.
Kavanaugh would enshrine the right’s majority on the court, possibly for generations and make conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, the swing vote.
Some Republican senators could get cold feet over the allegations against Kavanaugh but they are under pressure from their constituents to not the conservative movement another win.
Did we learn NOTHING from the Anita Hill hearings? Has #MeToo meant nothing? We will soon find out.
Three decades later, Anita Hill’s claims echo in allegation against Kavanaugh https://t.co/VJmV00sqQn
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 17, 2018
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