Anyone who was paying attention knew that Brett Kavenaugh is an extremely reactionary judge that he opposes abortion and could potentially cast a vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. As we wrote earlier,
If Kavanaugh is confirmed, the court will also be more likely to uphold capital punishment and solitary confinement, weaken anti-discrimination laws, roll back LGBTQ rights, and end affirmative action in college admissions. It will shift even further right on issues such as the environment, civil rights, fair housing, voting rights and disability rights, as well.
Kavanaugh was on track to be confirmed by Oct 1, the start of the new Supreme Court term.
Then something happened. A woman stepped forward to assert that during his high school years, Kavanaugh had assaulted her, held her down at a party and attempted to take off her clothes. The accuser turns out to be a well-respected professor, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
Predictably, Kavanaugh denied this and a group of women who had attended Catholic “sister schools” to ultra-elite Georgetown Prep signed on to a letter defending Kavanaugh.
The a second accuser, and a third also stepped up, now disclosing sexual assaults that took place while Kavanaugh was at Yale.
Now, Kavanaugh’s confirmation appears to be at risk, due to the power of the #MeToo movement, a movement that demands accountability for sexual harassers and assaulters, regardless of their positions of power and privilege.
Kavanaugh is one such accused individual who comes from the most privileged layer of society. Attending a highly prestigious prep school followed by years at Yale where he joined a “secret society,” the accusations have shined a light on a culture of impunity in which “boys will be boys.”
Now women all over the country are saying “No!” Protesters are coming out into the streets to demand that Kavanaugh not be confirmed. A large crowd of mostly women assembled recently in Palo Alto, Ca, home of Dr. Ford, the first woman to step forward and break her silence. Other protests are spreading across the country.
There has been some backlash against the accusers of course. The question asked is often “Whey did they not report it at the time?” This has spawned a hashtag, #WhyIDidntReport. The biggest reason women in general do not report is that they know that they will all too be often be treated as the one at fault and that reporting will not result in anything resembling justice.
But now the stakes are even higher. Not only is Kavanaugh known to be a deeply reactionary judge; if these allegations are true he is a deeply misogynist individual. If confirmed, he will be a position to rule on many issues of great concern to women, including but not limited to abortion. With nothing to gain personally and much to lose, the accusers are stepping forward to stop the confirmation by sharing their experiences.
Polls show that record numbers now oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation. People are coming out into the streets. If Congress rams this confirmation down the throats of the people, they expose the undemocratic nature of our political system. Ultimately, it is the power of the people that will be decisive in this struggle.