The confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh have already turned into a significant low point in the history of the republic. Hearings that were designed to properly, fairly, and objectively vet judges for one of the most important jobs in America have devolved into pure political theater, with Democrats treating the sacred halls of the Senate as an extension of their cheap campaign circus. We can’t remember the last time a party’s members were this plainly uninterested in doing their jobs. Kavanaugh’s hearings alone should be enough to convince any voter on the fence that these Democrats have absolutely no business gaining majorities anywhere on Capitol Hill.
But if the hearings themselves were not already bad enough, things took a dark and disturbing turn on Thursday. Reports began to surface that Sen. Dianne Feinstein had come into possession of a mysterious letter involving Kavanaugh and a girl he went to high school with. According to reports, Feinstein refused to share this letter with her fellow Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, instead handing it over to the FBI for further investigation. The nature of the letter’s contents are unknown, but there has been wild speculation as to what this mystery woman may or may not be accusing Kavanaugh of doing. Predictable theories include sexual assault and/or a high school abortion.
Because none of this would still be within the statute of limitations, much less fall under the purview of the FBI, pundits have gone even further in their speculation, wondering if perhaps Kavanaugh had paid the woman a blackmail ransom in recent years to keep her from going to the press. This is not just speculation, but WILD speculation, especially considering that the nature of the original “problem” is as yet completely unknown to the public.
While we reserve the right to re-calculate our position on this if something more serious comes to light, right now this looks like the dirtiest of dirty pool. Feinstein is being intentionally secretive and coy about the contents of the letter, a position that will only serve to get the rumor mill churning. If there are accusations to make, make them. If there aren’t, be up front about that fact and don’t try to drag this man’s reputation through the mud with innuendo and rumor.
Judging by the fact that the FBI has already said they will not be opening an investigation, we have to assume that there is actually nothing to this at all. Which gives even more credence to the theory that this is nothing more than a last-ditch effort to trash Kavanaugh’s nomination using one of the most despicable strategies we’ve seen in a very long time.