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As we know, a woman has alleged that Brett Kavanaugh, who has been nominated to the Supreme Court, assaulted her with the apparent intention of rape. Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer, The New Yorker:

In the letter, the woman alleged that, during an encounter at a party, Kavanaugh held her down, and that he attempted to force himself on her. She claimed in the letter that Kavanaugh and a classmate of his, both of whom had been drinking, turned up music that was playing in the room to conceal the sound of her protests, and that Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand. She was able to free herself.

Mark Judge, who is Kavanaugh’s only witness as to what happened with regard to the allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a young woman, described a prep school—and a Kavanaugh—that involved drinking to the point of blackout [Clarification, hat tip Yeller Dog: the article does not say that Kavanaugh blacked out. Mark Judge did. Kavanaugh passed out].  Stephanie Mencimer, Mother Jones:

On Friday, Judge told the Weekly Standard that no such incident took place. “It’s just absolutely nuts,” he said. “I never saw Brett act that way.”

But the school Judge has described in his books is a very different sort of place. In his 2005 book, God and Man at Georgetown Prep, which is now out of print, Judge apparently paints the school as overrun with gay priests who promote a form of liberalism that wrecks Catholic education. He also describes an institution where alcoholism was rampant, a theme he detailed in his 1997 addiction memoir, Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk.

The amount of drinking Judge describes himself undertaking might suggest that his memory of those days may not be entirely reliable.

Kavanaugh seems to make a cameo. Consider this passage:

“Do you know Bart O’Kavanaugh

Yes, he’s around here somewhere

I heard he puked in someone’s car the other night.

Yeah, he passed out on his way back from a party.”

None of this proves that the allegation against Brett Kavanaugh is true. Even if the allegation were proven, Senators could decide that the misbehavior—the serious misbehavior—of a minor is not disqualifying. But lying about misbehavior should be disqualifying, whether that’s about sex, about torture, about stolen emails, about interception of Americans conversations (“wiretapping”) or about any other issue.

One lying sexual harasser on the Supreme Court is one too many.

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