And further, if the FBI background check turns up problematic information on Brett Kavanaugh on both drinking and some level of sexual abuse (and honestly, I almost find it hard to think they won’t, most especially excessive, near-daily drinking in college to the point of blackouts -- more on that in a moment), then it could help solidify all of that.
On Lawrence O’Donnell last night, he had on two former Yale roommates of Deborah Ramirez, the women who claims that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her. And they were scathing about him – specifically because of his total disregard for the truth. Even more pointedly, one of the women often drank with him in college. And she said that she drank A LOT, something she wasn’t proud of, and that he drank just as much, even more. She also said that if only he’d said that, as well, how much he crank, yet noted that he studied, got good grades, and turnerd around his life, she’d have been fine with that and wouldn’t be there talking. But it was his lying and trying to create a world of alternate facts that made he feel it was necessary to go public. Both women said the same thing. O’Donnell also quoted from an article that talked to two of Kavanaugh’s Yale roommates – and both talked about his excessive drinking almost every night, and people coming to the room to party and there being regular vomiting each night, it never getting cleaned up.
And Kavanaugh is under oath saying he was basically a choir boy. And merely liked beer, and never drank to excess, never drinking to the point of blacking out. After all, he studied all the time, practiced sports and went to church so regularly it was like brushing his teeth.
I wrote earlier that by his own testimony under oath, Kavanaugh said his high school friend and drinking buddy Mark Judge "developed a very serious drinking problem." And I noted that it seems reasonable to at least think that drinking buddies most-likely party together specifically because they overlap in the amount of alcohol consumed (just like that woman drinking-buddy at Yale), even if they react differently. That doesn't inherently mean Kavanaugh himself developed a serious drinking problem (though he may have…), only that he probably drank as much as his drinking buddy who did, and drank to significantly-more excess than he testified to, merely acknowledging that he liked beer. A lot. A lot. He liked drinking beer. And if so, if he did match his various drinking buddies in the amount of drinking then it raises substantial questions about how one acts when drinking to that overabundant level, even if one doesn't develop a serious drinking problem to the point of addiction.
Having noted this, honestly I wouldn't be surprised if Kavanaugh, in fact, doesn't actually remember everything he did. Mind you, I'm sure he knows that he partied and drank (and drank) substantially more than he let on. But it strikes me as plausible that he drank SO much that there's a lot he doesn't remember. And that he did have some of those blackouts people around him have suggested. So, he may actually have no memory of attacking Christine Blasey. Or of attacking some of the others or exposing himself. Though not necessarily all.
As I said, it seems to me nearly impossible that the FBI won’t find out so many of these untruths he swore to under oath – that "I SWEAR TO GOD" – not just about drinking, but a lot more of his lies during his testimory. (I heard some expert say that when the FBI does background checks they usually don’t go back to high school and college, but mainly just check on adult work experience, family and social life. So, that likely explains why the previous background checks never turned up any of this.) And I wonder, too, if the FBI checking will include his lies under oath about his work in the White House and the hacking of emails. Probably not, but it’s possible.
A friend said that he hopes that that is what the FBI investigation focuses on, because those are substantive policy issues. Indeed, the way Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) put it, "Yes, of course there should be an FBI investigation. But whatever they find doesn’t change the fact that Kavanaugh, especially after his performance yesterday, is the most dangerous Supreme Court pick of our lifetime." I said to my friend that while I very much agree with him in a political world, I actually hope they do focus on the other, personal matters from high school and college. That’s because those things are what Democrats are under the microscope for by the far right, supposedly “demeaning” the confirmation process forever. The Lindsey Graham Meltdown Syndrome. So, I think it’s critical that the FBI find and report that, in fact, all those charges against Kavanaugh are true, if only to show that the attacks not only weren’t unfair…they were correct and critically important.
One other thing. From Day One of the this administration, and before, Trump has been attacking the intelligence services. Ignoring their reports. Demeaning their agents. Getting their officials fired. I know a lot of people have said that that’s a dangerous game to play, that you really don’t want to piss off the FBI and CIA. And he has. And now, who do we have investigating his choice for the Supreme Court? The FBI. I am absolutely sure they’ll do an 100% honest job. Indeed, I think they will be as diligent as they've ever been, crossing every "T" and dotting every "i". Because what I also think likely is that they will NOT do a cursory job, but overturn every single rock they come across. And Brett Kavanaugh has a lot of huge and blatantly obvious rocks to turn over.
But in the end, this isn't about Brett Kavanaugh. Or even Trump. It is about the Republican Party that has enabled this entire process and tried to cram and rush an drunk sexual abuser onto the Supreme Court against numerous accusations of women.