Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to U.S. Supreme Court seems near, but he’ll live forever with powerful evidence of his dishonesty and mistreatment of women.
Barring a change of heart by Kavanaugh’s drinking buddy Mark Judge, we’ll not likely have conclusive evidence to decide about Kavanaugh’s alleged attempted rape of Christine Blasey Ford. More abundant is testimony about Kavanaugh’s exposing himself to Debbie Ramirez. And there’s still more evidence large and small of the dishonesty of Kavanaugh’s testimony about his high school and college days — on top of serial dishonesty about his work for Kenneth Starr and the White House.
For me, though, one of his most dishonest moments — and one of the most wrenching — concerned the woman from a sister high school whom Kavanaugh and his pals characterized in multiple yearbook posts as easy sexual pickings. She learned of this treatment only recently, after signing a letter attesting to his good character. To compound the cruelty, Kavanaugh tearfully insisted in his Senate testimony that the woman was a true friend. The innuendo-laden remarks by his rat pack were merely signs of affection, he said.
The New Yorker has talked further with the woman, Renate Schroeder, as well as others whose direct testimony about Kavanaugh’s dishonesty was ignored by the FBI. One filed a statement attesting to Kavanaugh’s dishonesty about Schroeder.
Kavanaugh and thirteen other Georgetown Prep boys described themselves in their high-school yearbook as “Renate Alumnius,” which other classmates have told the Times was a crude sexual boast. During his Senate hearing, Kavanaugh said that the reference was an endearment, saying, “She was a great friend of ours. We—a bunch of us went to dances with her. She hung out with us as a group.” He said that a “media circus that has been generated by this, though, and reported that it referred to sex. It did not.”
But the classmate who submitted the statement said that he heard Kavanaugh “talk about Renate many times,” and that “the impression I formed at the time from listening to these conversations where Brett Kavanaugh was present was that Renate was the girl that everyone passed around for sex.” The classmate said that “Brett Kavanaugh had made up a rhyme using the REE NATE pronunciation of Renate’s name” and sang it in the hallways on the way to class. He recalled the rhyme going, “REE NATE, REE NATE, if you want a date, can’t get one until late, and you wanna get laid, you can make it with REE NATE.” He said that while he might not be remembering the rhyme word for word, “the substance is 100 percent accurate.” He added, “I thought that this was sickening at the time I heard it, and it left an indelible mark in my memory.”
Reached for comment, Dolphin noted that she had asked for her name to be removed from a statement signed by female supporters of Kavanaugh’s nomination. “If this report is true, I am profoundly hurt,” she said, of the account in the affidavit. “I did nothing to deserve this. There is nothing affectionate or respectful in bragging about making sexual conquests that never happened. I am not a political person, but my reputation matters to me and to my family. I would not have signed the letter if I had known about the yearbook references and this affidavit. It is heartbreaking if these guys who acted like my friends in high school were saying these nasty, false things about me behind my back.”
The cloture vote is today. It will clear a vote Saturday for a lifetime appointment for Kavanaugh, who went to Rupert Murdoch outlets — Fox and the Wall Street Journal — to make his case that he’s really not a partisan hack. You ust ignore his partisan attack during his committee hearing.
The Journal, which has one of the country’s tightest paywalls, his opened up Kavanaugh’s non-apology apology op-ed to all readers. “I am an independent and impartial judge,” he writes. The article didn’t mention how much affection he has for his dear friend Renate, but had it done so, it would have been about as believable as his claim of bias toward none.
We’re left with another Kavanaugh quote to guess the future: “What goes around comes around.”