Just over a year ago, the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings got under way. They dropped a bomb on American social psychology and created a tectonic divide. And, as a book published this week suggests, their controversies were the result of a politically motivated hit campaign.

I have to admit that when President Trump picked Brett Kavanaugh to fill Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the high court, I wasn’t doing cartwheels. My choice was Amy Coney Barrett, the Notre Dame Law professor and federal judge who in 2017 had been accused of letting Catholic dogma “live loudly” in her. The way she handled that incredibly offensive line of questioning from California Senator Dianne Feinstein was a reflection of how she’d deal with people who think conservative female judges can’t separate their personal ideology from their constitutional obligations.

But if I couldn’t have Amy, Brett was a good substitute. As I watched the process unfold over a few weeks, my tepid support became rabid advocacy.

I wrote articles in support of Kavanaugh’s nomination. I championed him on the radio. I wrote social post after social post arguing in favor of his confirmation. I did everything but try and unseat one of our Pennsylvania senators so I could cast a “yea” vote on his behalf.

It wasn’t because I became convinced overnight that Brett Kavanaugh was the finest person to be nominated to the Supreme Court since the late, great Antonin Scalia. It was because of my profound belief that if his nomination was derailed by what I saw as the #MeToo witch hunt and by allegations from Christine Blasey Ford, who struck me as confused, manipulated, and wholly out of her element, the concept of due process would become a sorry charade.

As part of that charade, two women confronted Arizona Senator Jeff Flake in an elevator to demand that he vote against Kavanaugh’s confirmation. I couldn’t bear, as a woman, to see these hysterical theatrics become the modus operandi of my gender.

I did not want the hashtag “#BelieveHer,” used to show solidarity with Blasey Ford, to justify claims about orgies, rape, and youthful bacchanals without further supporting evidence. As a woman who believes in the strength and resilience of my sisters, I did not want hazy allegations of incidents that might have occurred decades ago - two other women followed Blasey Ford in alleging acts of sexual misconduct dating back to the ‘80s - to derail the nomination of a highly qualified judge. I did not want any of this, because it would mean that society had yielded to the pressures of some very loud women with an agenda.

That agenda is outlined by the National Law Journal’s Ryan Lovelace in his book Search and Destroy: Inside the Campaign Against Brett Kavanaugh, which was published Sept. 3.

According to Lovelace, the women who orchestrated the attack on the nominee were motivated by a desire to undermine his ability to overturn Roe v. Wade. While they might have legitimately been concerned about sexual assault and harassment, Lovelace argues that their primary goal was to taint a pro-life judge, the fifth Catholic who would sit on the bench if confirmed. According to Lovelace, “[Christine Blasey Ford’s] audience was not the Senate ... but the American people. If they could be persuaded that Justice Kavanaugh was a predator, then they might not accept a future ruling by the five Republican-appointed justices altering the right to obtain an abortion established by Roe v. Wade.”

After the election of Donald Trump, progressive women knitted their hats and started marching. They harnessed the anger they felt and turned it into movements like #Metoo and #TimesUp. But the irony is that the campaign was not based on strength but, rather, on a sense of victimization, of fear, and of retribution.

We saw that chillingly in the death threats GOP Senator Susan Collins of Maine received after she, a self-described pro-choice woman, voted in favor of Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

That alone obligates us to remember the Great Witch Hunt of 2018, if only to make sure it never happens again.

Flowers is an attorney and a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and can be reached at cflowers1961@gmail.com.


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Dawn King

Mr Lemons, VA and JVW: Holding judgement on accusations makes sense. But assuming an accuser is lying for political purposes is just as bad as blindly assuming the accused is guilty. You have no clue whether the allegation by Ford against Kavanaugh is false. It is correct to say that there was clearly not enough evidence to confirm guilt of Kavanaugh, but that doesn't mean Ford was "lying." Jumping to conclusions that accusers are automatically lying about sexual assault, especially when directed towards republicans or religious leaders, with no knowledge of the circumstances, is reprehensible. Guys like trump, kavanaugh, and clinton, are rich and powerful, and their actions/behavior are too often beyond reproach. But fact that you both fail to acknowledge that sexual assault is reprehensible by anyone, or any organization, tells me more about you than them. The confirmation of Kavanaugh, or anyone like him, further represents, bigly, the increased animus and disrespect towards women by trump's republican party.


Dawn, I said nothing to the effect that Ford was lying. What I stated was there wasn't any evidence to prove she was telling the truth.

Dawn King

I wonder how long it took Christine to write this garbage....

"According to Lovelace, the women who orchestrated the attack on the nominee were motivated by a desire to undermine his ability to overturn Roe v. Wade. While they might have legitimately been concerned about sexual assault and harassment......." Huh? What if the republicans had not succumbed to political pressure and listened to the facts and reality? What if the allegations were true, and the sexual assault actually occurred? What if the nominee were a democrat, would the allegations have been swept under the rug as easily? Then she states "After the election of Donald Trump, progressive women knitted their hats and started marching." How blatantly repugnant Christine is for continuing to belittle and berate victims of sexual assault, including children, all while trying to make powerful men just like trump, kavanaugh (and clinton) come across as the "real" victims! Even when caught with their proverbial pants down, people like Christine come to the defense of these "good men" even for such reprehensible crimes such as sexual assault and rape, and then tell the victims "boys will be boys" and "just get over it." My gawd, it's the 21st century, yet these infuriating and despicable tactics are straight out of the current neo-conservative, evangelical playbook, at the same time they are trying to roll back women's rights in the states and in the highest court of the land. And let's not forget old Fratboy's financials and personal debt, which indicate the man's living way beyond his means. And he likes beer, lots of it. The last thing we need is a Supreme Court justice that can be "bought" and is also an alcoholic. But here we are in trumplandia! Make America Grope Again - only the best from this administration!


WOW! So well stated, Dawn. Thank you.[thumbup][thumbup]


Oh Dawn glad your back, Is Carnaval season over? Most people with a small amount of commonsense see through the despicable tactics of the left. Scanless. Then a few months later there legal team admits it was all orchestrated, not choreographed very well but never the less it still could shimer some possible doubt on future rulings. On Tape! Thats some sick Shiz. The sickest part is carneys like yourself and don't forget Lil Bob will continue the fiction from the trailer park for years to come.

Supreme Court Justice can't be bought... Earned with years of "Real" dedication

The Lefty loon Play book is played out. Great Article

Keep America great Trump 2020

Dawn King

Oh, stop it, JVW, sexual assault is one of the most horrible acts that can happen to a human being. It not exclusive to the left or right, but at least it's finally getting some daylight instead of being ignored. Letting these perpetrators off the hook is well documented, even excused for those that have money and power. Do you think the scandals with the Catholic Church, Fox, Penn State, etc are all made up by a bunch of "leftists?" Are you defending these perpetrators? What'd think of slick Willy Clinton and the way he treated women, or is it only republicans that get a pass from you? Have you ever been a victim of sexual assault? Anyone you care about ever been a victim of sexual assault? I certainly hope not because it becomes a never ending nightmare for those who have. I have to give a lot of credit to the victims, and the courage it takes to come forward, often years later to call out sexual predators for who they are, and not defend them like you and Miss Flowers. You and I can agree to disagree about trump, policies, the current state of our country, etc. but dismissing sexual assault as some act of fiction is absolutely despicable. Shame on you.


"you're" - "carnival" - "Scanless?" - "their" - "shimmer" - "That's"


Sqawkzilla grammar class.


Rovr, you forgot to add: Oops—should have been “leave”. Sorry for any confusion (Rovr) CD

“There is nothing funny about misspelling a word. It is a grievous mistake and one I take very seriously. Finding humor in such a situation demonstrates why DOT's are always incensed when their ignorance is pointed out because they do not value accuracy in communication”. . “Rovr 09/03/2019” [thumbdown][unsure] Never forget the victims of 09-11-2011! CDOT

Mr Lemons

"Christine Blasey Ford's attorney Debra Katz told an audience at the University of Baltimore's Feminist Legal Theory Conference in April (2019) that her client was politically motivated to testify against then-U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of alleged decades-old sexual assault. According to Katz, Blasey Ford, whose social media was notably scrubbed before testimony, was concerned about Kavanaugh's stance on abortion and how it might impact Roe v. Wade."


Your comment is full of lies, half-truths, and accusations that have been proven to be false. There was no concern about sexual assault or the truth during Justice Kavanaugh's hearings . It was ALL politically motivated.


Are you in a bad mood today? Show me the evidence that Kavanaugh assaulted any woman. The victim here couldn't remember where or when the so called assault took place. Her 4 star witness's had no recollection of the incident. Ford said she was afraid to fly and needed 3-5 days to travel to DC for the hearing. It was latter proven she actually flies quite often.

So he likes beer and you think he drinks lots of it and is an alcoholic. You are spewing a bunch of garbage like your buddy Hwy.

I didn't read anything in this article where she said she defended sexual assault. What she is defending is innocent until proven guilty, which by the way is the law. In the case of sexual assault accusations it's mostly guilty until proven innocent.




DK, you might want to offer a little prayer for “RBG’s” health! Oh, I forgot you don’t believe in prayer, sorry. With your current crop of opposition candidates, I think “Trumplandia” will continue past 2020! At least that is my sincere hope! Now, it time to remember the Islamic terror attack on our Nation 18 years ago, never forget! [unsure] CDOT



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