This is the full opening statement of Judge Kavanaugh given before the Senate.
As a nominee to the Supreme Court he explained that “I understand the responsibility that I bear.” “As a member of the Court (Justice Kennedy) he was a model of civility and collegiality.” He used his mother’s advice to explain that when evaluating a witness you should use your “common sense” and “what rings true and what rings false.” “My judicial philosophy is that…in deciding cases a good judge must be independent,…an umpire, a neutral and impartial arbiter who favors no litigant or policy.” “A judge must be independent.” ” The Supreme Court must never, never be viewed as a partisan institution.” “I would always strive to be a team player.”
He attempted to make himself appear as a judge who values encouragement of young women by referencing his role as coach to his girls’ basketball teams.
“I am grateful for my friends.” He explained the importance of all friends. “Cherish your friends” “Love your friends.” “Look out for your friends.” “I thank all my friends.” I wonder if he was sending a message to his old friends.
I wonder if he was referring to his friend Mark Judge who wrote a book about his drinking buddies? During the confirmation hearing Kavanaugh was asked if he inspired the character “Bart O’Kavanaugh” in the book written by his old friend Mark Judge? Kavanaugh declined to say whether his life inspired the similarly named character who appears in the 1997 book “Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk,” written by his high school friend Mark Judge. That character is said to have “puked in someone’s car” and “passed out on his way back from a party.”
“I am strengthened by my friends, and I thank all my friends.”
“I am optimistic about the future of America.” “I am optimistic about the future of our independent judiciary. ” “If confirmed to the Supreme Court I will keep an open mind in every case.”
The same person that pretended to recognize the value of an independent Supreme Court said this:
There is also a clear indication that Kavanaugh lied during his testimony about “his friends.” In his high school year book Kavanaugh lists himself as a “Renate alumnius,” which is plainly both a spelling error (“alumnus” is the singular form of “alumni”) and juvenile. (Her name appears a reported 14 times in the yearbook from the all-male high school, including on a group of football players described as “Renate alumni” and in a little poem suggesting she was an easy conquest.) Clearly that yearbook reference to sex with a particular girl. Kavanaugh denied that. He said: “But in this circus, the media’s interpreted the term is related to sex. It was not related to sex.”
He added, “She’s a great person. She’s always been a great person,” under subsequent questioning from Democratic senators. “She was a great friend of ours. A bunch of us went to dances with her. She hung out with us as a group.”
It is astonishing that Kavanaugh thinks that the general public is so clueless that we would believe his lies. ” We recognize leering adolescent male innuendo and sexual braggadocio at a girl’s expense when we see it.”
The Times also quoted Sean Hagan, a student at Kavanaugh’s high school at the time, who said Kavanaugh and his friends “were very disrespectful, at least verbally, with Renate. I can’t express how disgusted I am with them, then and now.”
Kavanaugh was under oath when he swore to the friendly innocence of the Renate references (and to several other highly implausible interpretations of yearbook slang that seemed to relate to binge drinking and sex).
And if the extended FBI investigation into his background that the Senate agreed to Friday looks into this and establishes with other former schoolmates that he was lying, we are entitled, almost obligated to infer that his recollections and tearful protestations about many other aspects of his behavior in high school have been less than candid.
Thank you Senator Flake for insisting on an investigation by the FBI into the background, lies, and sexual assault of Kavanaugh.