When I wrote “Touchdown” on September 26, 2018, there was concern about celebrating victory before the game was over.
But since Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed, it is difficult to suppress a pretty wide grin. The backlash against Michael Avanetti is already building. When Susan Collins sited his ridiculous accusation as reason to suspect all the allegations, she was making my point.
This is so bad, even CNN noticed:
Zerohedge provides more context:
Some of the allegations levied against Judge Kavanaugh illustrate why the presumption of innocence is so important. I am thinking in particular not of the allegations raised by Professor Ford, but of the allegation that, when he was a teenager, Judge Kavanaugh drugged multiple girls and used their weakened state to facilitate gang rape.
This outlandish allegation was put forth without any credible supporting evidence and simply parroted public statements of others. That such an allegation can find its way into the Supreme Court confirmation process is a stark reminder about why the presumption of innocence is so ingrained in our American consciousness. -Sen. Susan Collins
CNN breaking news editor Kyle Feldscher:
Hard to state how much Avenatti’s entrance into this process hurt the Democratic effort to bring down Kavanaugh’s nomination.
A host of Democratic senators and senior aides told CNN that the allegations from Avenatti’s client gave the GOP an opening to conflate — and dismiss — all the allegations in one broad brush.
“Well you know at some point there were a lot of folks coming forward making all sorts of accusations,” said Sen. Gary Peters, a Michigan Democrat, when asked about the allegations raised by Avenatti and his client. “It turns it into a circus atmosphere and certainly that’s not where we should be.”
Asked if Avenatti was helpful, Peters said: “I think we should have focused on the serious allegations that certainly appeared very credible to me that would be our best course of action.”
Privately, the assessment was far more scathing.
“Democrats and the country would have been better off if Mr. Avenatti spent his time on his Iowa vanity project rather than meddling in Supreme Court fights,” a senior Senate Democratic aide fumed, referring to Avenatti toying with the idea of seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. “His involvement set us back, absolutely.” –CNN
This is so bad that Greg Gutfeld wondered if Avenatti wasn’t a secret Republican operative. Michael Avenatti is finally getting the recognition he deserves and I, for one, am grateful for his efforts.