Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, center, accompanied by and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member, right, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, gavels the start of a Senate Judiciary Committee markup meeting
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Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley gavels the start of a committee meeting on Sept. 13, 2018.
As Christine Blasey Ford confronts the US Senate with her charge of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the elderly men in charge — all members of an entitled elite — are following a familiar pattern. A man groomed to hold black-robe power wants more of it from an institution that supposedly serves a greater good. GOP senators are trying to give it to him while appearing to act justly. The parallels to the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, including the arrival of a second accuser, abound.
From the moment that Ford’s allegations surfaced, the Republicans who run the Senate have feigned concern. Yes, she should speak, but no independent investigation would be conducted. No witnesses would be heard. She would stand alone before them against a former Supreme Court clerk and White House staffer who has spent more than a decade as a judge in the most important appeals court in the nation.