As Twitchy reported Thursday, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh informed Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley that he would be in the committee’s chambers Monday as scheduled and remained “committed to defending my integrity.”
Why can’t accuser Christine Blasey Ford make Monday’s meeting as well? Well, for one reason that we hadn’t heard until Friday afternoon, Ford “doesn’t want to fly” and might have to make the cross-country drive from California to D.C. — this after Grassley had offered to fly committee staffers to California to interview her at a place and time of her convenience.
Now The Atlantic has published a piece explaining why it would be nearly impossible for Ford to make Monday’s hearing.
There’s almost no way the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault can adequately prepare for a high-pressure appearance Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, writes @elainaplott https://t.co/GEuuzivoVo
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) September 22, 2018
The decision to testify, however, is only a small part of the battle. It’s understandable that Ford’s lawyers would blanch at the thought of a Monday hearing. According to sources on both sides of the aisle with knowledge of the process, 48 hours is hardly enough time to ready a client for a congressional hearing. From hiring the right counsel to simply understanding how to dress, preparing for a hearing is an endurance test in itself, requiring many days, if not weeks, to accomplish.
Excuse us? 48 hours?
They have been preparing her since July..
— DSNicol (@Dsnicol2) September 22, 2018
It’s only been 3 months https://t.co/HRbz7ZvWul
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) September 22, 2018
36 years + 3 months
— Atomic Mullah (@Atomic_Mullah) September 22, 2018
And about 2.5 years since he was floated as a Scalia replacement. And 12 years since he was confirmed to the DC Circuit.
— Dan (@LawoftheGator) September 22, 2018
And if @SenFeinstein hadn't sat on the letter for nearly two months it wouldn't have been an issue now. I dont know what would disgust me more, finding out this is all a sham or finding out it's true and that Feinstein sat on it for purely political purposes. #ConfirmKavanaugh
— Robert Boyette (@boyetter2013) September 22, 2018
That’s all on @SenFeinstein
— V4therighteous (@v4therighteous) September 22, 2018
She surely should have been prepared when she voluntarily wrote and dispatched that letter to the Senator. She’s an educated, tenured college professor who you’re portraying as a shy, timid socially-removed introvert. You do the whole process a disservice by manufacturing excuses
— Andrew B. Blasi (@AndrewBBlasi) September 22, 2018
I know, because women are incapable, even those with advanced degrees. 😒
— Grandmaintexas (@Grandmaintexas1) September 22, 2018
She seemed ready to rock for the Washington Post
— Klauss S. (@TheRealKlauss) September 22, 2018
What does she need to prepare for? She’s already given an interview to a newspaper and made the accusations public. She should already be prepared to back those statements up.
— jeremydehner🤯🤫🤔 (@jeremydehner) September 22, 2018
She was prepared enough to talk about it to the WaPo and send a letter to democrats in JULY.
— Phyliss Walker (@pdkwalk) September 22, 2018
yet she had enough time to write a letter & take a polygraph?
— Stretch (@theonly1Avenger) September 22, 2018
“Prepare” meaning rehearse her story so it sounds believable?
— Ben Jammin 🇺🇸 (@xBenJamminx) September 22, 2018
She's had since sometime in 1982 to come forward, how much longer do we have to wait?? Another 36 years perhaps??
— Bob (@Bob72270) September 22, 2018
We all know that Democrats and liberals are complete idiots. But, come on… 35 years is plenty of time to prepare if you're going to tell the truth.
— Ty Nordic CSCS (@TyNordic) September 22, 2018
Did you write this from your anti-trigger, coloring book filled, safe space, cry room? Please. This planned process was put in motion a long time ago as a delay tactic.
— 🇺🇲Rink Rat🏒⚡🎮🍺☠️ (@LaVidaLightning) September 22, 2018
She needs to wait until AT LEAST a day after his confirmation vote.
— Lazy Insomniac (@patattack84) September 22, 2018
Oh, and don’t forget “the power dynamic inherent in the room’s layout: Senators quite literally speak down to the witness from their dais, monitoring the witness’s answers closely with a timer.” That’s intimidating, and Ford will need time to prepare for that too, as well as the presence of photographers.
It would have taken a damn long time to clean her online presence from the internet. This has been in the planning for a few months at least.
— Barry Sharp (@BarrSharp) September 22, 2018
How much preparation does she need to tell the truth?
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) September 22, 2018
What on earth? She leveled charges. She will do it under penalty of perjury now, and answer questions as best she can with her extremely limited memory.
What's to prepare if she isn't lying?
— Plastic Straw Rebel (@corrcomm) September 22, 2018
Her testimony is now mandatory, and she will be compelled to tell the truth while under oath, which should take all of 3 minutes to prepare for if you aren’t a political hack.
— Steve Freitas (@sfreitas28g) September 22, 2018
Time to vote. She's a college professor. She's an adult. Time to get it done.
— Mortis (@WitchyDruss) September 22, 2018
She wanted this. Don’t be shy now doll
— Jacob Engels (@JacobEngels) September 22, 2018
You’d only have to be prepared if the allegation was fabricated or embellished for political gain.
— Rob Boyd (@avonandsomer) September 22, 2018
There's nothing to prepare for if she's speaking the truth.
If she's lying, well, yeah, she's gonna need a long time to keep her lies straight.
— Rottluver (@Rottluver425) September 22, 2018
Huh. I would bet Juanita Broadrick would hop the next plane if she could get a chance to tell her story. Nothing would stop her. That Ford’s back pedaling isn’t a ‘tell’ to the smarty pants crowd is very odd.
— Aslan's Friend (@N9ZF) September 22, 2018
The Dems just won. Vote will be further delayed.
— Mark O. Van Wagoner (@VanWagoner) September 22, 2018
But … didn’t anyone read the piece? The hearing will be a very high-stress environment and a tenured college professor with a Ph.D. might not understand how to dress for a hearing.