Dear Judge Kavanaugh,
While I do realize your impending demise is hardly a laughing matter, I’m flippant in my title because you brought this personal tragedy on by creating a false choir boy image of yourself in high school and college, a self-portrait that has plenty of holes already reported. I will be surprised if the FBI does not come up with more this week, even though I fear their efforts will be severely curtailed by White House restrictions as to what are “current credible accusations.”
Your Achilles heel is you drank much more in your teen years than you admit to. There are several reports to that effect along with the confessional book (titled Wasted) by one of your high school pals, Mark Judge, who describes often drinking back then to the point of “annihilation”. If he did it often, are we to believe you never got blottoed, never had a at least one memory black out? You keep insisting on your purity in this regard. You are clinging to that story like a life vest, but it is really a huge stone.
It is not your teen drinking but your lying about it that will bring you down. G. W. Bush was a problem drinker, but stopped and did not hide his past. It is your pinning your integrity on a lie that is going to sink you, even if conclusive evidence of sexual molestation isn’t established this week.
If you will steadfastly lie about this what else might you lie about?
You seemed particularly irked when Democrat senators pushed you on this point of never blacking out, at one point petulantly asking your questioner if she had ever blacked out. (by the way, petulance is not a good look for an aspiring Supreme court judge…..just saying).
While some of your expressions of anger seemed real, your furious reactions to questions on your drinking excessively seemed more the self-righteous delusion woven by a liar who feels above being questioned. I recall star pitcher Roger Clemens when he furiously denied the use of steroids to a congressional committee, as if the committee was not giving him his just due for all of his accomplishments. How dare you question my integrity? Later he was convicted on several charges of perjury.
For many of us Christine Blasey Ford’s “incredibly credible” testimony was confirmation enough that you should not be confirmed, given the fact she had nothing to gain and much to lose in coming forth. Your defense against her accusations is that you are too nice, on the one hand, and on the other, you have never drank so much in your entire life as to black out and not remember.
I understand. You feel you have done so much good over the years since, that it is unfair for this to be brought up, and up, and up again……. You feel you have earned this spot on the Supreme Court, and all these Democrats want to talk about is your behavior as a teen. So what if I drank too much back then. Look at what I have become. That’s what is important.
But judge, your accomplishments do not erase this lie which you continue to tell. Even if sexual misconduct is not established this week, what the FBI calls a “lack of candor” figures to haunt you. The choir boy lie combined with your petulant conspiracy laden defense Thursday and Christine Blasey Ford’s indelible testimony figure to prompt at least a few on-the-fence senators to tip the vote against you. And it will only take a couple of the in-betweeners to vote no.
You have said this hearing has “destroyed your life.” Sadly, I think it may be true, but look long in the mirror before pinning the fatal fault on everyone but you.