I think there is some evidence he lied…Kavanaugh “claimed that his beer consumption in high school was legal because the drinking age in Maryland was 18.” Kavanaugh’s exact words were: “The drinking age, as I noted, was 18, so the seniors were legal, senior year in high school, people were legal to drink, and we—yeah, we drank beer.”
Now looking at the statement, he’s crafted his answer very carefully and if taken literally, isn’t a lie, but it is intentionally misleading to the point, in the context it was spoken, is a lie.
The fact is Kavanaugh was born in 1965. In Maryland, the age to drink beer and wine was raised to 21 with a grandfather clause for those born June 30, 1964, or earlier.
Fact is, Kavanaugh was 17. However, interestingly, he avoided saying the words “I was 18 when I drank”, rather " so the seniors were legal [when they drank]. Implying that he was legal, without actually using those words. Given the context of the question, it was misleading and IMO, a lie.
Is the fact that he drank at 17 in 1982 a big deal? No, not so much. But in a job interview for the Supreme Court, the truth is a big deal.
Several people he went to school with have tried to come forward to share their experiences of Kavanaugh’s behavior when he drank. As I understand it, several people tried to reach the FBI to share their stories and insights but were given the runaround or took statements but never asked any questions.
There was a question about what a “Devils Triangle” is. I seriously doubt his explanation, however, it is strange that a Wikipedia edit was submitted from the U.S. House of Representatives shortly after Kavanaugh’s testimony, ostensibly to corroborate his explanation.
Kavanaugh claimed at least 8 times that
“Dr. Ford’s allegation is not merely uncorroborated, it is refuted by the very people she says were there, including by a longtime friend of hers”. Another lie…
Two of the witnesses—Leland Ingham Keyser and Patrick J. Smyth—whom Blasey Ford named, couldn’t remember the night in question, which would make sense given that it was an uneventful gathering for them dating back several decades. Mark Judge, the only witness in the room, refused to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Keyser, the longtime friend, previously told The Washington Post she believes Ford’s allegation. After the hearing, Keyser released another statement through her lawyer reiterating that she “does not refute Dr. Ford’s account, and she has already told the press that she believes Dr. Ford’s account.”
Now, one might forgive a layperson for confusing what was said here as an exoneration, but Kavanaugh is a judge and he knows (or should know) that his claims are false in the context they were given.
There are several other examples, but they are too easily refuted with a hand wave and honestly would require a real investigation to uncover the truth.
For my part, I can’t stand him as a judge and I think his behavior alone disqualified him as a judge for the SC, but for what it’s worth I think the way this was handled was awful, for both Dr. Ford and Kavanaugh and while I support a real investigation to uncover the truth, not only of the allegations, but to find out if he purged himself.
I believe that Democrats played this out and turned this into a political sideshow, but I think they did it because they feared that if they tried to handle this behind closed doors, Republicans would have ignored it, something I wholeheartedly agree with.
I think the Dems feel that the Republicans denial of Garland was the worst of dirty politics and is just another step down the proverbial stairs that are the race to the bottom.
Honesly, the change to confirm by a simple majority is, IMO what has made this such a mess.
I suspect that if Dems ever get both houses back they will conduct another investigation and impeachment of Kavanaugh might be a thing…
If that happens and Dems get to approve a justice, expect this all to be played out all over again, except the big issue won’t be abortion but guns. I’ll be (slightly) amused as all of this plays itself out all over but the table is flipped…
In the end, NO ONE wins when we get hard right and hard left Supreme Court Justices. I really wonder if this moment will be looked back as the seed for a cultural or literal civil war that will begin in earnest once this court starts reversing old decisions…
Am I being an alarmist? Perhaps. Time will tell.