Am I correct in assuming, then, that Ford did not come forward as the result of some sort of tipoff about Kavanaugh's forthcoming nomination? In other words, the timing really was coincidental?
Her initial communication (to the FBI and Representative Eshoo) was months ago but wanted anonymity. What forced her to 'come out' publicly were leaks about her communication that were starting to tie her to it.
The latter timing is probably not 'coincidental'. I suspect the leaks that forced her hand were probably due to more aggressive members in some Demo's staff who wanted this out there, despite what Ford wanted. But that's speculation on my part.
Yeah, I think you're right on that about the Dems role. Could have done more earlier, but strategically held back. Which is a huge mistake IMHO.
Well, I wouldn't call it "strategically held back". She held back because she was terrified of exactly what has happened. It's also hard to call it a mistake on her part when her fears proved correct.
At this point, it doesn't really matter how we got here. All that matters now is doing a true best effort, in good faith to surmise what is true and relevant to the decision to put Kavanaugh in a seat on the nation's highest court.
Suspicions and conspiracy theories are ultimately irrelevant and red herrings.
I agree to a point.
I agree that we want to put in a good faith, best effort attempt to put in the best possible person into the SC.
If that means vetting the person for a few more weeks or a few more months, so be it. You want to get this right, when you are talking about a lifetime appointment.
On the other hand, I can understand the Rs fear. They realize there is a good chance that they will lose the House, and a small but not outlandish chance they lose the Senate. So, they are afraid they will lose their chance to put a conservative on the SC. In other words, they are afraid that the Dems will say to them "elections matter"
All that said, it shouldn't be all that political. In a vacuum, the appointment to the SC should be apolitical.
I'd sort of like to see Trump call the Ds bluff and pull BKs nomination and say, okay, let's go with Merrick Garland.
He's someone I'm fine with, but you know that a bunch of Dems would want to let that twist in the wind until after the election in the hopes they could get someone liberal.
(Note, most conservatives have said at one time or another they would be fine with Garland, so Im assuming there would be enough R support).