Christine Blasey Ford accused Supreme Court nominee of trying to touch her inappropriately over 35 years ago. She won’t provide any details to this allegation and is reluctant to testify about it, which appears to be the democrats plan to delay and derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Republicans have already postponed the vote to accommodate Ford, but now she want’s a further delay because she says she won’t fly.
First Ford refused to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee until the FBI conducted an investigation. It turns out the FBI doesn’t investigate decades old accusations without proof, mostly because this is a local issue, not a federal one. Ford then said she would testify, so Republicans put off Kavanaugh’s vote and invited her to tell her story next Monday. Ford’s lawyers initially said next Monday was out of the question, but then sort of agreed as long as certain conditions were met.
The Huffington Post has Ford’s list of demands:
Some of the conditions included Kavanaugh not being present during Blasey’s testimony and for the committee to not turn the hearing into a “media circus.”
…Blasey’s legal team asked that Kavanaugh speak first at the hearing…
The attorneys also asked if the senators could preside over questioning instead of bringing in outside counsel…
Blasey’s attorneys also asked if the committee could subpoena Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s high school friend whom Blasey said was in the room during the alleged assault…
They also discussed having only one camera in the room during the hearing and asked that the hearing take place on Thursday instead of Monday…
And Politico has the scoop on why Ford wants the hearing moved from Monday to Thursday:
The GOP has been told that Ford does not want to fly from her California home to Washington, according to the Republican senator, which means she may need to drive across the country to make the hearing. Ford has reportedly told friends she is uncomfortable in confined spaces, indicating a physical difficulty in making the trip by plane.
A car is a much smaller confined space than a jetliner, and while she could fly coast-to-coast in under 5 hours, it would take 4 or 5 days to drive from California to DC. I drove from Northern Virginia (right near DC) to Los Angeles and it took me 5 days. I did however stop to see the sights like the world’s biggest prairie dog in Kansas and the Grand Canyon, so if I had pushed it, I could have done it 3 or 4 days.
Fear of flying? This sounds like a very plausible excuse, doesn’t it? I’d be willing to bet that Ford has flown plenty of times and suddenly discovered her aviophobia in the past couple of days. BTW, Ford is a psychologist. Isn’t strange how everyone in this pseudoscience profession is messed up in the head?
Another bullshit thing about this stall tactic is that Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley offered to bring the committee to California to hear Ford’s testimony. Presumably she turned this down because she also has a fear of people accommodating her unreasonable demands.
Republicans have countered these demands by offering to have Ford testify next Wednesday and given her until the end of Friday to agree.
Here’s my prediction: Ford will agree to the Wednesday hearing, but over the weekend she will inform the Senate Judiciary Committee that she has a fear of heights and can’t drive over the Rocky Mountains. She’ll request another delay as she drives around the Rockies and then she’ll discover she has a fear of flat plains and can’t make through Middle America. After chartering a boat to sail around the Americas, she will find that she is also terrified of the water. Luckily Elon Musk and his tunneling company will offer to dig a tunnel from California to DC, but that will take several years. Finally, Ford will be back to her fear of confined spaces and won’t be able to use the tunnel.