My big-picture thoughts on what we witnessed on Thursday.
1) It was a tale of two testimonies. The best of times and the worst of times for both sides of the argument.
I think both witnesses mostly did what they set out to do. Christine Ford established herself as reasonably credible and sympathetic to most people. My wife counsels the abused (physically and sexually). I’ve been abused (physically, not sexually). That experience teaches me that a lying sociopath making it all up is slicker and more rehearsed than Ford came across. Meanwhile, Brett Kavanaugh clearly showed the defiance and courage of conviction that a man who believes/knows he's falsely accused should, with his life's work and reputation at stake. If you want to know more about why I came to these conclusions, watch Thursday’s episode of the Steve Deace Show, as we analyzed their testimonies in real time on the air.
2) Both, however, still left holes in their testimony that each side will seize upon.
For Ford, reasonable people can show her enough grace not to expect her to know every single detail of a trauma that happened 36 years ago. As an abuse survivor myself, I can remember in great detail the abuses, but not so much the ancillary details. However, not to know how she got home from that event is a major detail. It then becomes fair to ask if she’s hiding that information. If so, why? Could it be the reason why she doesn't recall it is because she has the wrong time, place, and/or person?
On Kavanaugh’s side, the exchange with Senator Durbin, when he fell silent when asked point-blank whether he would request that the FBI investigate these new allegations/witnesses was the only time he was really on the defensive. I also think, as much as I dislike Durbin, it's a fair point. Here's why. If the shoe were on the other foot, and Democrats tried to enter into hearing sworn affidavits of witnesses to undermine our key witness, without calling them to testify and be cross-examined, we would rightfully lose it. Not to mention, if those witnesses contradicting Ford are credible, it would certainly help Kavanaugh's case for the country to see that. Yes, I understand this is more than likely a Democrat stall tactic to kick the can down the road to the FBI to run out the clock till November, but my larger point still stands.
3) I know Lindsey Graham, after decades of back-stabbing, will now become a conservative media folk hero following his outburst, because that's how desperate we are for any Republican to show an ounce of outrage at the outrageous. However, his getting bent out of shape that his Democrat buddies didn't return his favor of voting for leftists like Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, who are further weaponizing the high court against our God-given rights, pretty much tell us why we're here. While Republicans like Graham were honoring tradition, decorum, and process, leftist iconoclasts were busy tearing down everything worth honoring. Graham should not be absolved of his role in enabling the invasion by cultural Marxists simply because of one Al Pacino in “And Justice for All” rant for the cameras.