The Democrats have massively overplayed their hand in the Kavanaugh confirmation fight. Thinking a second accusation against Kavanaugh would make conservatives retreat, the exact opposite has happened. The Daily Caller reports:
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s conservative allies were increasingly bullish about his confirmation prospects Monday, showing no signs of faltering as a second woman accused the judge of sexual misconduct.
Far from depressing conservative resolve, The New Yorker’s Sunday story alleging that Kavanaugh exposed himself to a female student named Deborah Ramirez during a dorm room party convicted the right in the view that the judge is under a well-coordinated assault from Democratic elements which ought to be defeated. There was little sign that Kavanaugh would withdraw to protect the longterm interests of the conservative legal movement, as some commentators have suggested.
“The Blasey Ford allegations, the way that unfolded, is highly suspect,” Family Research Council president Tony Perkins told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “This removes any doubt that there is a coordinated effort afoot here.”
New Yorker writers Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer vigorously defended their reporting Monday morning, after a story appeared in The New York Times Monday revealing that Times reporters had pursued Ramirez’s story but ultimately could not find someone to corroborate her allegations after dozens of interviews.
While most Republicans took the initial accusation seriously, offering to hear both Kavanaugh and Ford’s side to be heard, this new baseless accusation has discredited Democrats and fast forwarded a vote.