Despite the attempts by Republican men to ram this nomination through, a woman is now setting the agenda.
Courtesy of NYT:
The Senate Judiciary Committee and lawyers for the woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago reached a tentative agreement on Saturday for her to publicly testify on Thursday, an apparent breakthrough that could alter the course of a bitter confirmation fight.
After a brief call late on Saturday, the woman’s lawyers and aides to Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, planned to talk again Sunday morning to continue the halting negotiations over the conditions of the testimony, according to three people familiar with the call. Aides to Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the committee’s top Democrat, were also involved.
So now finally Ford will have the opportunity to tell her side of the story to the Senate Judiciary Committee and to the American people.
It should be noted that even though the public is just now hearing about this attempted rape it has been affecting Christine Blasey Ford for over thirty years.
Courtesy of WaPo:
To many, Kavanaugh was a respected jurist. To her, he was the teenager who had attacked her when they were in high school.
Ford had already moved 3,000 miles away from the affluent Maryland suburbs where she says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party — a charge he would emphatically deny. Suddenly, living in California didn’t seem far enough. Maybe another hemisphere would be. She went online to research other democracies where her family might settle, including New Zealand.
“She was like, ‘I can’t deal with this. If he becomes the nominee, then I’m moving to another country. I cannot live in this country if he’s in the Supreme Court,’ ” her husband said. “She wanted out.”
These were the lengths that Ford, a professor and mother of two, once considered to avoid revisiting one of her most troubling memories — one she’d discussed only in therapy and with her husband. Instead, her deeply held secret would come to dominate the headlines, putting her and her family at the center of an explosive debate about the future of the Supreme Court.
And now on Thursday Ford will have to relive that attack while being aggressively questioned by GOP Senators and in front of TV cameras.
I consider myself to be a fairly tough old dude, but this would be giving me panic attacks right about now.
Fortunately for Christine Blasey Ford, she will have the support of literally millions of women who have gone through similar experiences in their lives.
Millions of women who also vote by the way and will be carefully watching the Senators who question Ford during this hearing in order to determine if they deserve to remain in office after their next election cycle.