Classic KAL Deja Vu edition: Brett Kavanaugh and Anita Hill

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"After Ford came out publicly, someone Politico identified as "a lawyer close to the White House" said that 'if somebody can be brought down by accusations like this, then you, me, every man certainly should be anxious.' As far as this administration is concerned, to allow Brett Kavanaugh to face consequences for one woman's story - no matter what documents she has or how many people she told no matter how many years ago - would simply set a bad precedent". "With more women running for public office than ever before and the majority of them being Democrats, we could have a 1992 situation".

"There were only two women senators before the Hill/Thomas hearings, now there are 23". Both were then teenagers.

While the group was initially rebuffed, Norton said she believes the efforts helped Hill be able to tell her story.

September 23, 1991: Biden says in a statement reported in the Times that this is the date on which Hill agreed to allow the FBI to investigate the allegations.

Meanwhile, key members the Trump administration, including the president himself, continue to defend Kavanaugh.

"This is not just Kavanaugh that is on trial".

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"Remember, the Democrats were in charge", she said. But the nomination process was quickly upended when the allegations of Anita Hill, an attorney from Oklahoma, became public. "I spoke with the Judiciary Committee about it early in September, and through a number of discussions, it was not until the 20th of September that an F.B.I. investigation was suggested to me", Hill said. Rep. Kevin Cramer, the GOP's Senate candidate in North Dakota, called for Kavanaugh's confirmation, "absent significant evidence being brought forth immediately". "But now, if Republicans set out to smear a sexual assault survivor to steamroll Kavanaugh through, it will only further repel suburban women voters, who are already powering the November wave".

Anita Hill came forward in 1991 to say that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her.

"F$3 or a woman to come forward in the glaring light of focus, nationally, you've got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she's talking about is real, whether or not she forgets facts, whether or not it's been made worse or better over time", he said, adding, "but nobody fails to understand that this is like jumping into a cauldron".

Republicans are still counting on the Senate to confirm Kavanaugh and provide Trump with a second successful nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. That the committee plans to hold a hearing this coming Monday is discouraging. Not only because this is about more than Brett Kavanaugh, who after all is just a cog in the machine of decades-long conservative dreams of bending the court to the movement's will.

"If he doesn't make it, it could be way more helpful as a rallying cry for our base turnout", said one Republican consultant working on the midterms, who asked for anonymity to discuss internal polling. "If their base gets any more excited, they might have a stroke".

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