I don’t know about you, but I was groaning at the news that Republicans acquiesced to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s request that Brett Kavanaugh be subject to his seventh FBI investigation, based on her unsubstantiated and poorly-supported claims that he sexually assaulted her in the early 1980’s.
There are so many reasons why this is unnecessary, the least of which is that Kavanaugh has already passed six FBI background checks with flying colors, and the prosecutor hired to question Ford during the Senate Judiary Committee hearings said she would not bring criminal charges against Kavanaugh were the case to be investigated on the state level.
Nonetheless, Republicans seem to be either playing it safe or so confident in Kavanaugh’s innocence that they agreed, and here we are, waiting yet another week to find out whether or not Kavanaugh will be confirmed.
While the accusations made against Kavanaugh surely wouldn’t stand up in a court of law, just how much have they impacted his verdict in the oh-s0-fickle Court of Public Opinion?
Breitbart found out:
If the FBI clears Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct allegations this week, 60 percent of Americans want him confirmed to the Supreme Court.
The Harvard CAPS/Harris poll of 1,330 registered voters also found some other interesting nuggets that are good news for Kavanaugh and his supporters.Advertisement - story continues below
The top line numbers show that 40 percent found only Christine Blasey Ford’s Thursday testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee “credible.” Ford testified that when they were both teenagers, Kavanaugh attempted to assault her at a 1982 house party.
By comparison, only 23 percent said they found only Kavanaugh’s rebuttal testimony “credible.”
However, 27 percent of those polled found both Kavanaugh and Ford “credible,” which means a total of 50 percent found Kavanaugh credible, compared to 67 percent for Ford.
What’s interesting is that the credibility of each respective testimony does not seem to be the tipping point for Americans.
It’s the corroboration of the accounts:
“But the credibility of their testimony does not appear to be the decisive factor,” pollster Mark Penn writes. “Rather, the question comes down to corroboration as the standard for tipping public opinion on whether Kavanaugh should ascend to the high court.”
As of now, in the wake of the testimony, only 37 percent want Kavanaugh confirmed, but only 44 percent say he should not be confirmed. But…
Because “corroboration” is the only standard a wide majority of Americans care about, if this FBI investigation clears him, a whopping 60 percent want Kavanaugh confirmed.
Moreover, once those polled were informed “that the named witnesses deny any knowledge of the allegation, this shifts to 57 percent who favor confirmation.”
To put it simply, once these voters are given the plain facts of the matter, rather than the propaganda-laced media accounts, their support for Kavanaugh jumps.
The poll had some other interesting nuggets as well, such as “69 percent agree with Kavanaugh’s pronouncement and Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) statement that the proceedings have been a national disgrace,” as well as a stunning 57 percent who believe that Sen. Feinstein “should have turned over Ford’s letter months earlier so that this debacle might have been avoided.”
The final conclusion?
“A full 63 percent believe Kavanaugh will eventually be cleared and confirmed.”
The Court of Public opinion isn’t so fickle when it’s presented with all the facts, now is it?