Brett Kavanaugh is currently in the throes of the confirmation process to become the next Supreme Court Justice, filling the seat that’s being vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy.
However, what had seemed like a likely bet was thrown into uncertainty when PhD Research Psychologist Christine Blasey Ford accused the nominee of attempted rape at a party when they were both in high school in the 80s.
As we await a deal between the Senate Judiciary Committee and Blasey Ford’s lawyers for her to testify, the situation has, in the meantime, been thrust into the realm of national media and the court of public opinion. It’s provided fodder for talking heads for days.
But when political strategist Margaret Hoover defended Brett Kavanaugh on CNN, USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers quickly dug in…
Margaret Hoover said…
“I just want to raise one other point about Brett Kavanaugh. A man I happen to know personally. I met him, I’ve worked at the Bush White House, I know that he has high integrity.”
To which Kirsten Powers responded…
“You just basically said you know him and he didn’t do it. That’s irrelevant and you know it is irrelevant.”
Hoover didn’t back down, replying…
“I would say I know him to be a person of high integrity and character.”
But neither did Powers…
“What does that have to do anything?” Powers shot back. “Because you know him, that means he didn’t do this?”
People were mortified by the interview…
@MargaretHoover you just insinuated that the only ways a mans abuse of power against women would be a problem is if it happened consistently over his lifetime. Seriously?! One time isn’t enough for you to consider it problematic? Shame on you— Alex (@Ahousand) September 19, 2018
Really? 17 year old boys just get drunk and try to rape girls, it's normal, we should just forget and forgive? Wow. Do you have boys?— Annoyed Buddha (@AnnoyedBuddha) September 17, 2018
So educate me, please. I just heard Margaret Hoover say the #MeToo movement is only about men in power taking advantage, that Ford/Kavanaugh doesn’t qualify. Huh? I didn’t know that there were certain boundaries around #MeToo.— Carole L. Evans (@EvansExecEducGr) September 20, 2018
Some were surprised to see Hoover acting this way.
I am a pretty big @MargaretHoover fan but @KirstenPowers was correct in this situation. Hoover’s relationship with Kavanaugh has nothing to do with this (potential) incident. I thought she handled it will and Margaret knew that her argument was flawed upon being called on it.— Dave Mabee (@davemabee) September 19, 2018
I have never seen @MargaretHoover so “rattled” before on TV. Usually she’s level-headed. But it was blatantly obvious where her bias and view stands. It wasn’t 30 seconds in before her voiced raised and she started stuttering over her words trying to defend it. #truthhurts— Jared (@jared_dias) September 19, 2018
But for the most part, there was a lot of love for Kirsten Powers…
You were RIGHT ON this morning!!!— Debbie Kanan (@KananDebbie) September 19, 2018
Whoa! Thank you for shutting down the argument that unmolested women in Kavanaugh‘ life prove he’s innocent. It’s nonsense!— Margaret Lavinder (@peggy_lavinder) September 19, 2018
Thank you for being clear and calling out the nonsense Kirsten.— Coretta (@elegantcoretta) September 19, 2018
Something important happened during your segment today....— REBECCA LITTLE (@girlgo13) September 19, 2018
@MargaretHoover attacked Dr Ford & you stuck up for her by suggesting an investigation should take place before a hearing. Good for you!
We need an investigation of ALL the facts, Dr Ford deserves at least that much
Women should be heard. Period.