Last night, just as the country was preparing to watch Brett Kavanaugh stumble his way through his interview with Democrats and Dr. Christine Ford be grilled by a lawyer like she's a criminal, two men have "heroically" stepped forward to claim that they were the two men who tried to rape Ford in high school.
The revelation was included in a late-night news release by Sen. Chuck Grassley, the top Republican on the committee. The release includes a day-by-day view of the committee's investigative work over the last two weeks since allegations surfaced targeting Kavanaugh.
The committee has interviewed two men who came forward about the disputed assault at a summer house party. Both told the committee they, not Kavanaugh, "had the encounter with Dr. Ford in 1982 that is the basis of his complaint," the release states.
Bloom County had a gag just like this back in 1985:
To say this reeks of bullshit would be an understatement. The number of men that come forward to admit that they are attempted rapists are somewhere in the low "doesn't fucking happen."
We will, of course, have to hear their story but what are the chances both men are liberals whose conscience is compelling them to come forward? Now, what are the chances that both men are conservatives who have had a lot of promises made to them to by people with money and influence? They're risking prison because there is no statute of limitations of attempted rape in Maryland. They'll almost certainly say they were just playing around and didn't realize Dr. Ford thought she was being raped but by putting themselves in the room, they incriminate themselves. No one does that out of the kindness of their hearts.
Meanwhile, none of this explains while Kavanaugh's buddy and alleged witness/co-attempted rapist Mark Judge is practically in witness protection, 3 other women have come forward with similar or worse allegations, and Kavanaugh felt compelled to lie about how innocent and pure he was in high school.
But none of this will matter to Republicans who will use this obviously fabricated story as grounds to ram Kavanaugh's confirmation through. On the other hand, this is a dangerous gamble as it will give Democrats more fuel for their demands for a thorough investigation and Republicans even less cause to block it. After all, if the "real" attempted rapists have come forward, the FBI can easily clear Kavanaugh, right? And isn't that what everyone wants?
At this point, continued GOP refusal to let the FBI do its job will go beyond looking suspicious into the realm of blatant coverup. We already knew Republicans were desperate to make Kavanaugh's history of sexual assault vanish, going so far as to invent a ludicrous conspiracy theory, blame sexual assault victims for future attacks, and generally taking misogyny to all new depths, but this is something else altogether.
If (when) it turns out that these men were put up to this, they need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and forced to give up the names of the people paying them to "confess" to attempted rape. Republicans have been trampling the entire concept of the rule of law for far too long and they cannot be allowed to infect the Supreme Court with it any longer.