The cynics—or, perhaps more precisely, the realists—believed that the Democrats were playing for time in the hopes of finding another accusation against Brett Kavanaugh. The cynics were right.
The New Yorker stooped to publish a shoddy story alleging that Kavanaugh exposed himself to a woman while he was at Yale. The alleged incident occurred at a drunken party when both were in their freshman year. What's extraordinary is that the woman making the charge, a fellow Yale student named Deborah Ramirez, admits that she hesitated to come forward because there were such large gaps in her memory.
As the magazine puts it: "In her initial conversations with The New Yorker, she was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh's role in the alleged incident with certainty." She only decided to talk, it says, "after six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney."
Even after her new-found certainty—which happens to accord with her political interest as a Democrat—her story still contains gaps. She was drunk and didn't directly see that it was Kavanaugh who put his [private parts] in front of her face when she was on the floor. She says she heard someone yell out that it was Kavanaugh who had done this, and she saw him make a motion afterward that was consistent with pulling up his pants. So even she is making the charge as a matter of hearsay and interpretation.
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