Kavanaugh Confirmation No Longer a 'Slam Dunk'

September 18, 2018

By Conor White

After allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh surfaced just days ago, the stakes for the Supreme Court nominee and his fellow Republicans are high ー and highly political.

"This is a political knife fight," The Washington Examiner's Phil Wegmann said Tuesday in an interview on Cheddar.

Christine Blasey Ford, the accuser, will testify next Monday alongside Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which throws the judge's chance of sitting on the highest court in the land into serious peril. Blasey Ford has said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a high school party more than three decades ago, claims Kavanaugh has vigorously denied.

While many of Blasey Ford's high school classmates ー including Emmy-winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus ー signed and published a letter Monday, affirming their support of her.

But Wegmann admitted that given the chronology, it will be difficult to untangle the story.

"I don't even know how you can come to the truth about something that happened 35 years ago ー with minors, and with minors possibly under the influence of alcohol," he said.

Still, the latest developments have thrown a wrench in what ー despite protests ー was initially expected to be a guaranteed confirmation.

"Seventy-two hours ago I would've said that this was a slam dunk," Wegmann said. "At this point, I think it's more of a jump shot in traffic."

"Any chance of Senate Democrats crossing the aisle to vote for Kavanaugh ー I think that's evaporated," he added.

Wegmann said that since Monday's hearing will be televised, both Democrats and Republicans should ready themselves for media fireworks.

"It's a major TV moment," he said. "Not necessarily a moment made to adjudicate the truth."

For full interview click here.