Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about an investigation, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
The Friday elevator standoff between two sexual assault victims and Senator Jeff Flake was one of those moments that symbolized the unfinished business between men and women in this country.
Kellyanne Conway – counselor to President Trump – said on CNN she thought it was unfair for them to use their pain to get Senator Flake to change his vote on Brett Kavanaugh.
And she revealed she, herself, had been sexually assaulted. As painful as it was, she blames the perpetrator – not Kavanaugh.
“I want those women who were sexually assaulted, who were confronting Jeff Flake, God bless them, but go blame the perpetrator,” Conway said.
This should not be about politics, she argued.
“That is a huge mistake. America, that is a huge mistake,” Conway said.
And yet, the Senate is not a courtroom. Professor Ford isn’t trying to put Kavanaugh in jail; just keep him off the Supreme Court. And that process is about politics.
How is it that so many people who revere the Founding Fathers seem to hate the system they designed? The Constitution says the president is free to appoint anyone to the court – qualified or not – provided enough senators vote yes. They are certainly free to listen to their conscience before voting, but we should also expect that for the sake of re-election, they may press mute.
And as for two women cornering a senator and getting him to change his mind? Hey, if highly paid lobbyists can do it – and they do – why not them?