Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh have rocked what could have been a relatively easy confirmation for the Supreme Court nominee, but alongside this latest development is a healthy dose of irony: he who picked apart every last detail of President Bill Clinton’s sex life now faces a similar reckoning of his own.
Politico editor-in-chief John F. Harris wrote Monday that God must be amused by this turn of events for Kavanaugh:
> An uproar over this allegation Sunday pivoted quickly from the first question—what’s true?—to an equally vexing one: What is even fair to be debating some 36 years after the fact?
> It is on this point that the cosmos may be having a laugh not just at Kavanaugh’s expense but at many other people’s. After decades of competitive moralizing and situational ethics—in which every accuser in due course becomes the accused, and anyone riding a high horse can expect to be bucked off—even the concept of fairness in American politics seemingly is defunct.
> So here was Kavanaugh—who spent his early 30s as a Ken Starr warrior pursuing Bill Clinton for the political and legal implications of his most intimate moral failings—now in his early 50s facing a political crisis over disturbingly vivid, passionately contested, decades-old allegations about Kavanaugh’s own possible moral failings.
Some Republicans have insisted that an incident from nearly 40 years ago should not be enough to derail Kavanaugh’s prospects of attaining a seat on the Supreme Court — and plenty of women have come forward to attest to his seemingly impeccable character.
> But the people who plead for such a grace period now generally did not raise their voices in the 1990s when Juanita Broaddrick accused Bill Clinton of rape 20 years before or when Trump invited her to attend a presidential debate as a prop for him in 2016—nearly 40 years after the alleged events in question and as way of deflecting allegations about his own sexist remarks and alleged affairs.
> What’s fair is in the eye of the beholder. But, even more, in the power-obsessed capital which he has happily inhabited his adult life, it is in the eye of whoever holds the votes.