Nearly a year ago, I wrote that “Sexual harassment has been weaponized. There can be no doubt about it, no discussion required. Anyone, at anytime, can be accused, and the accusers’ testimony must be believed, even if it is questionable.” But I don’t come before you today to pat myself on the back for my Nostradamus-like prediction. Rather, I wonder if the Democrats and the Soros machine played their hand too soon, or perhaps with the wrong cards.
Before I continue, I want to be crystal clear on a few subjects. Rape is abhorrent and wrong. Sexual assault is abhorrent and wrong. There are no exceptions to this. No justifications. If Justice Kavanaugh had been an actual rapist or assailant, there would have been no voice louder than mine in demanding his immediate withdrawal from candidacy for the court. Of course, it turns out that he wasn’t.
Had Christine Blasey Ford been a more credible witness before the Senate—if any of the vast, vast number of inconsistencies with her story hadn’t been so blatantly obvious—I think it’s quite possible that Kavanaugh’s nomination could have been derailed. If there had been one corroborating witness, for example, or if she’d been able to remember where the house was, how she got there, how she got home, how many people were at the party, etc., Ol’ Kav might have been kicked back the the district court, regardless of his guilt or innocence. Hell, even after Ford’s testimony (but before Kavanaugh’s), some conservatives, like Ben Shapiro, were still convinced that Kavanaugh should have removed himself from consideration. Thankfully, both Justice Kavanaugh and President Trump conducted themselves as they should have—Kavanaugh replying with furious, seething anger at being falsely accused, and Trump allowing an FBI investigation to take place.
But now that the sexual harassment/rape card has been played, Democrats will find it difficult to play it again with any degree of success.
Without question, the tactic backfired spectacularly in this case. Republicans, who were greatly divided in their support of both Mr. Trump as POTUS and of “RINOs” like Susan Collins and Jeff Flake, have now come together in the face of the vile tactics used by Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer in their attempts to keep Kavanaugh off the court. And the admission that, yes, many of the protesters in Washington D.C. over the weekend were, in fact, paid by organizations to “steer participants” into “creating viral moments” only galvanizes the Right even more.
Republicans, or even right of center Independents, have come to the realization that failing to support Republican candidates—even if they aren’t the perfect “conservative”—could lead to the loss of the Senate and of the House. That wouldn’t have seemed incredibly important before Kavanaugh. But Kavanaugh exposed the Democratic Party for what it has become over the last two years—a radical, far-left organization that employs the tactics of Alinsky, and even Stalin, to wage nothing short of war against the basic, foundational principles of our society. The vast majority of Americans don’t want anything to do with the pink-haired, shrieking protesters who were stupid enough to bang on the door of the Supreme Court (who were 100 percent white, by the way). That doesn’t play in Peoria.
All of these events appear to have combined to push public opinion further in the direction of Mr. Trump. Rasmussen shows his support at 51% among likely voters, which is 4% better than Mr. Obama on the same day of his presidency. The electorate appears to be saying that they were repulsed by the smear tactics of Hirono, Booker, and Schumer.
I’ve seen friends of mine on the Left call the confirmation of Kavanaugh a “pyrrhic victory.” I think it will prove to be anything but. America has seen the bald face of the Democratic Party throughout this process, and it doesn’t like what it sees. And not only will it cost the Democrats seats in November, it also cost them one of their most valuable tactics. The next time somebody accuses a Republican of rape or sexual assault, whether it’s a judge or a congressional candidate, the standard of proof will be held much, much higher. Ms. Ford’s accusations did not even meet the standard for a preponderance of evidence, and it wasn’t even close to being clear or convincing. Forget beyond reasonable doubt. Once Kavanaugh was confirmed, Ford immediately announced that she had no plans to pursue the case further. Keep in mind, there is no statute of limitations on sexual assault. Ford could have pressed for criminal charges to be brought. She didn’t. The only goal of her testimony was to keep Kavanaugh off the bench. You can draw whatever conclusions you’d like from that.
And if you really want to #believewomen, if you really want all victims of sexual abuse to be heard, you should be mad as hell right now at the perpetrators of this fraud. I am furious to think that someday, my daughter might be sexually assaulted by a classmate or a co-worker, and the veracity of her claim might be doubted because of the Democrats’ rush to assassinate the character of Justice Kavanaugh. The real pain and trauma experienced by actual victims of sexual assault has been marginalized and minimized by this fraudulent accusation. We should all be mad about that.
That’s why I believe that, come November, many Americans may decide that they don’t like what they’ve seen from Trump so far, but they will decide that they like what they’ve seen from Democrats even less. Good luck to Heidi Heitkamp, Claire McCaskill, and Bill Nelson—Democrat senators who voted against Kavanaugh and are running in states that Trump won in 2016. I think they’ll need it.