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Kavanaugh should be confirmed to Supreme Court

James Simpson

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The news has been dominated for the past few weeks by two sexual misconduct allegations brought against Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. Democrats have seized on these allegations in the hopes of either stopping or delaying Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

However, these allegations are entirely unsubstantiated, as shown by the lack of corroboration on the accusers’ parts, and it’s clear that the Democrats are using Kavanaugh’s accusers as pawns in their political game.

The first allegation was made by Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges that Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault her at a party 36 years ago, a crime that Kavanaugh has vehemently denied.

Each person Ford alleged to be at the party had no knowledge of the attempted assault, nor had knowledge of the party even taking place, according to a September 22 Politico article.

There is simply nothing that supports the accusation, as demonstrated in Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee when Republican-appointed questioner Rachel Mitchell questioned her on her named witnesses’ refutations of her story.

The second allegation was made by Deborah Ramirez, one of Kavanaugh’s Yale classmates, who has alleged that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a college party.

Ramirez was “reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh’s role in the incident with certainty,” but felt confident enough to come forward after “carefully assessing her memories” for six days and consulting with her attorney, according to a September 23 New Yorker article, in which Ramirez broke her story.

The New Yorker published this claim despite there being not a single piece of evidence or corroborating witness to back it up.

The New York Times interviewed several dozen people over the past week and could not find a single person who could corroborate Ramirez’s story, as noted in a September 23 New York Times article.

The aforementioned New York Times article also notes that Ramirez contacted some of her Yale classmates to inquire about their memories of the incident, and told some of them that she “could not be certain Mr. Kavanaugh was the one who exposed himself.”

The only people who know whether or not Kavanaugh is guilty are himself and his accusers.

Given that there is no evidence that Kavanaugh is guilty, we must assume that he isn’t.

If evidence were to come up to support his guilt, then that would make a difference.

To tarnish someone’s reputation and professional life in the total absence of such evidence would be a terrible and cruel mistake.

As it stands right now, Kavanaugh should be confirmed to the Supreme Court as soon as possible.

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8 Responses to “Kavanaugh should be confirmed to Supreme Court”

  1. Bill Nye on September 29th, 2018 3:11 pm

    HA

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  2. Jenny Madison on September 30th, 2018 11:22 am

    Great piece, I totally agree! Since when has our country believed “guilt until proven innocent?” Not only is there no evidence, but everyone, including Ford’s own parents, have denied the allegations and claim no knowledge of the event.
    Confirm Kavanaugh so we can be done with this circus.

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  3. Dan Kurtz '88, former Cynic Sports Editor on September 30th, 2018 10:04 pm

    This editorial is based on a false premise. The Senate was not conducting a trial to determine whether or not Kavanaugh is guilty. It’s literally a job interview for a lifetime position.

    There are myriad reasons that Kavanaugh is unacceptable as a member of SCOTUS. First, he is a partisan hack, dating back to serving as Ken Starr’s consigliere during the impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton. Second, he’s a serial perjurer, having lied multiple times on multiple occasions even before Thursday. Kavanaugh lied about being a legacy to Yale. He lied about underage drinking, because there never was a time he was of legal drinking age in Maryland until he turned 21. He lied about what Boofing , Devil’s Triangle, and Renate Alumnus meant. He lied about vomiting from drinking, claiming a “weak stomach.” Third, he acted like a dry drunk during the hearing screaming at female Senators Finestein and Klobuchar. And finally, he has extremely questionable finances, including running up more than $200K in credit card debt he claimed for Washington Nationals season tickets, but more likely, a potential gambling problem, which makes hims susceptible to blackmail. It also seems odd how he was able to put down more money on his $1.2 million home than he made in a year as a federal judge. There are far too many red flags with the “honorable” Brett Kavanaugh. Giving him a lifetime appointment after a sham hearing would literally end the legitimacy of the Supreme Court.

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  4. ned taylor on October 1st, 2018 8:49 am

    So if you had a job interview, and the subjects of sexual assault and alcohol abuse came up, do you think you would get the job? Like they said on SNL… even if this “might” be true, he shouldn’t have such a powerful role. Sometimes “might” is good enough. Your comments also ignore the reality of trauma and how it affects people, Dr. Blasey Ford is one of the most credible people I have ever seen.

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    Piper Reply:

    So if I tell a public lie, that you sexually assaulted me at a frat party last month, by your reasoning you should never get a job for the rest of your life. After all, it might be true.

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  5. Jordan on October 1st, 2018 6:05 pm

    This ain’t it chief.

    Let’s assume that all these women ARE lying. False charges are also a crime. Shouldn’t we assume that they’re telling the truth? Also Ford went through a lie detector, which should mean something. Secondly, look at Mark Judge, the alleged accomplice and only other witness. His book, his facebook and his youtube all make him appear like a MAJOR creep.

    Lastly, let’s presume Ford is lying, which is a dishonest and awful thing to do. Did you see how Kavanaugh responded to Senator’s questions about whether or not he’s ever blacked out drinking? He yelled, he displayed animus and refused to answer the question, instead flipping the question back at the Senator. That’s not how someone on the Supreme Court should act when discussing a legal matter. This isn’t a criminal trial, the worst thing that can happen to Brett is that he doesn’t get the job that lets him decide what rights women do and don’t have.

    Respectfully, this piece is a waste of ink

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  6. Kieran on October 4th, 2018 7:26 pm

    I don’t enjoy the idea of rushing to confirm Kavanaugh before an election, when Obama tried to nominate a supreme court justice and was shut down. I also think it’s a important question why Kavanaugh was chosen over other candidates. Thinking of a 538 piece (https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-gops-least-worst-option-is-if-kavanaugh-withdraws-and-soon/) analyzing the situation for Kavanaugh, where other candidates could have potentially been better, I worry that this is a partisan move, and I worry about Kavanaugh due to his stances on presidential power.

    I do appreciate the balls to write a conservative piece at UVM, and hope that you approach these comments with an open mind as I try to with pieces like this.

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  7. Jim on October 11th, 2018 8:12 pm

    What genius! To repeat the factory-standard conservative narrative in the most utterly banal way possible – so impressive, so good. And the sheer intricacy – how you masterfully wrote an article about a SCOTUS nominee without ever mentioning any history or analyzing anything other than a rice-grain sized component of this entire discourse. The stunning audacity by which you’ve said absolutely nothing insightful, in so many words – immaculate.

    This is a terrible, terrible op-ed, and you’re an absolute hack for writing it. Try again

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