From WRAL, reprinting from the New York Times:
From the Anonymity of Academia to the Center of a Supreme Court Confirmation
Posted 8:40 p.m. yesterday
By Elizabeth Williamson, Rebecca R. Ruiz, Emily Steel, Grace Ashford and Steve Eder, New York Times
The text message from Christine Blasey Ford this summer worried her college best friend, Catherine Piwowarski.
Over their years of friendship — as roommates, bridesmaids and parents on opposite coasts — Dr. Blasey wanted to know, had she ever confided that she had been sexually assaulted in high school?
No, Piwowarski said she texted back, she would have remembered that, and was everything OK? Blasey didn’t want to speak in detail quite yet, her friend recalled her responding. “I don’t know why she was asking that or what it ultimately meant or didn’t mean,” Piwowarski said in an interview, but she remembers thinking that the question betrayed deep turmoil.
That was about a month before Blasey, a research psychologist, came forward with her allegation that Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, sexually assaulted her more than three decades ago when they were high school students in the Washington suburbs.
So this isn’t promising for the Democrats: the woman whom the NYT calls the accuser’s “college best friend” did not have an inkling about any sexual assault in high school, much less that the purported perp was a possible GOP Supreme Court nominee until she got a text message from her friend of 30+ years a few months ago.
So far, nobody credible has come forward to offer any supporting validation. The woman who did go on NPR to talk about how she had heard all about it back in high school immediately collapsed in a heap, probably worried about getting a subpoena.
That lack of evidence is especially striking considering how favorable the political climate is for this kind of accusation. From the same article:
Twenty-three members of Blasey’s class at Holton-Arms signed a joint letter sent to Congress this week, calling for “due consideration” of her claims. Another letter is signed by more than 1,000 alumnae, dating back to the class of 1948. When Guerry circulated the letter from the class of 1984, she found that Blasey’s story resonated deeply. “I was very much surprised by how many of my classmates wrote back to say to say they had traumatic experiences in high school,” she said. “When they heard Christine’s story, it struck a chord for them.”
The NYT goes on to report a salacious story involving somebody else and somebody else.
But none of these 1,000 has gone public with any dirt on Kavanaugh. The best the NYT could come up with by yesterday was:
After the alleged attack on Blasey, a male friend said, she “fell off the face of the earth socially,” failing to appear at parties and events she’d previously attended. “All I remember is after my junior year thinking, ‘Where’s Chrissy Blasey?’” he recalled.
“She was the sort of person a lot of people paid attention to — she was a leader, she was great. I was like, where did she go?”
That might be evidence of something, or it could be just like the much repeated report in Sabrina Rubin Erdely “A Rape on Campus” classic from Jackie Coakley’s roommate at UVA that Jackie got really depressed, presumably due to Haven Monahan and all the shattered glass.
This has somewhat different flavor, though, than the Jackie-Sabrina fiasco. If you listen to the recorded conversation between the two, one striking feature is how the coed is the dominant personality of the two. Erdely, the older woman, is kind of nerdish, while Coakley is brassy and brazen. She picks up on Erdely’s theories and wholeheartedly amplifies them with over the top confabulations.
Blasey-Ford doesn’t seem very similar at all.
On the other hand, the Democrats may have a witness or two stashed away. It would be pretty incompetent of them not to have something in reserve. Furthermore, that GOP operative’s scheme of blaming it on a classmate of Kavanaugh could backfire by giving somebody else an incentive to pin the blame on Kavanaugh.