If you can’t beat them, impeach them

As soon as the new sexual harassment charge against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh came out, Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Julian Castro and Beto O’Rourke all demanded Kavanaugh’s immediate impeachment. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), a member of the Democratic party’s always-irritated “Squad,” filed an impeachment resolution.

Here we go again.

It’s long been clear that the left no longer wastes time with trivial things like due process, presumption of innocence or proof. If Democrats don’t like the ideology of justices, presidents, college speakers or conservative pundits, they smear them and try to oust them any way they can. If a sexual harassment case lacks proof, they call the female accuser “credible” and convict the accused on her word.

The latest charge against Kavanaugh is supposed to reinforce one made against him during his confirmation hearings last year when he was accused of exposing himself to a woman at a Yale party in the 1980s. The new charge claims he exposed himself to a second woman at a second party.

The problem with this new charge is that it is just as bogus, devoid of proof and engineered with partisan hate as the old one.

Last year it took Deborah Ramirez a week to “assess her memories” before she publicly claimed Kavanaugh exposed himself to her. Meanwhile, she privately told friends she wasn’t sure it was him. And no eyewitness ever placed Kavanaugh in the room where it supposedly happened.

The new charge is even flimsier. It was made not by the alleged victim but by a lawyer, Max Stier, who worked for Bill Clinton’s impeachment defense in the 1990s. Kavanaugh worked for Ken Starr on the other side of that case, so there is a potential motive for Stier, who claims he saw Kavanaugh expose himself to a second woman at Yale.

The biggest problem (of many) with Stier’s accusation is that the woman it supposedly happened to doesn’t recall any such incident, and has absolutely no interest in making such a claim. Stier makes it alone.

The New York Times neglected to mention that little tidbit in its initial coverage of the alleged incident, which it printed just as a new anti-Kavanaugh book written by two Times reporters was about to be released. It’s nice to have a timely story like that to boost sales — even if it fails every journalistic test.

Clearly the Times thinks the best way to deal with inconvenient facts such as no evidence and no victim is to ignore all that and just print the charge anyway. As one political cartoon noted, the Times’ masthead motto should read “All the hearsay that’s fit to print.”

Even though the new claim against Kavanaugh provides absolutely no corroboration for the old one, many on the left like Rep. Pressley insist it does. To them, up is down, day is night, whatever is needed for any given argument.

In truth, none of the claims made against Kavanaugh corroborate each other or even themselves. That includes the one made by Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh tried to rape her in high school. None of these claims has ever been supported by any of the supposed witnesses.

Nor does Kavanaugh’s later life provide any pattern of abuse. The Times’ reporters noted that they “uncovered nothing to suggest that Kavanaugh has mistreated women in the years since” he left Yale. You can bet they were looking under every stone to find misbehavior if it existed.

Of course, none of this matters to the unethical New York Times, Democratic presidential contenders and their colleagues in Congress. These people are vigilantes, self-appointed judges and juries. They scream that President Trump ignores the rule of law, undermines democracy and is tearing the country apart, but they are the ones doing that in their zeal to remake the country. The Times itself inflicts “enormous damage on innocent individuals, vital institutions and the fabric of America,” notes commentator Michael Goodwin.

And so as the fishing expedition known as the Trump impeachment inquiry goes endlessly on, the left again sets its sights on the reviled Kavanaugh.

This could be the Democratic party’s new motto: If you can’t beat them, impeach them.


Mark Godburn is a bookseller in Norfolk and the author of “Nineteenth-Century Dust-Jackets” (2016).