The following bullet point comments and images are from Ed Whelan, @EdWhelanEPPC.

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  • Okay, I’ll begin laying out some information concerning Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Judge Kavanaugh.
  • Dr. Ford may well have been the victim of a severe sexual assault by someone 36 years ago. Her allegations are so vague as to such basic matters as when and where that it is impossible for Judge Kavanaugh to *prove* his innocence.
  • But there are compelling reasons to believe his categorical denial. Let’s look at one set of reasons.
  • According to Ford’s letter, the assault occurred “in a suburban Maryland area home at a gathering that included me and four others.” Her WaPo account adds that the house was “not far from” the Columbia Country Club.
  • The “four others” that she and her lawyer have identified are Kavanaugh, Mark Judge, P.J. Smyth, and a female classmate of Ford’s. None of the four lived in the vicinity of the Columbia Country Club.
  • Kavanaugh’s home was 3.6 miles away; Smyth’s 4.3 miles; Judge’s 10 miles; and the female classmate’s 7 miles.

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Chris Garrett and Mark Judge

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  • If you’re at a gathering of “four others” in someone’s home, you’d ordinarily think that the four others include the host who lives in the home. And that host would be the person least likely to act like a guest and most likely to use private areas of the house.
  • If the gathering was at Garrett’s house and Garrett was there, then one of the “four others” wasn’t there.
  • Kavanaugh categorically denies being at the gathering and committing the assault. Beyond his countless character witnesses from then and now, Judge and Smyth have informed the Senate Judiciary Committee that they recall no such gathering *at which Kavanaugh was present*.
  • The female classmate has not been heard from.
  • To be clear, I have no idea what, if anything, did or did not happen in that bedroom at the top of the stairs, and I therefore do not state, imply or insinuate that Garrett or anyone else committed the sexual assault that Ford alleges.
  • Further, if Ford is now mistakenly remembering Garrett to be Kavanaugh, I offer no view whether that mistaken remembrance dates from the gathering or developed at some point in the intervening years.
  • It is regrettable that private citizens are being drawn into this. But that is the product of Senator Feinstein’s shockingly shoddy handling of the whole matter.
  • If the matter had been handled as it should have been, the Committee would have investigated the matter over the summer and resolved it privately to everyone’s satisfaction without the smearing of Kavanaugh and the dragging of the names of others into the public eye.
  • Bottom line: I believe that a fair assessment of this evidence powerfully supports Judge Kavanaugh’s categorical denial.

My comments

This exactly matches what I proposed before.

We have extremely strong denials by Kavanaugh and Smythe, but only a wishy-washy denial by Mark Judge.

The evidence is overwhelmingly one of mistaken identity. The only relevant questions now are whether it was by accident or on purpose by Ford.

We also have proof of extremely incompetent handling by Senator Feinstein. She owes everyone an apology.

Numerous people on Twitter owe me an apology as well, but I do not expect one, nor require one.

The "key" for me was the super-strong denial by Kavanaugh that put him at risk if any part of his denial was untrue.

Dilbert author Scott Adams wrote about denial theory in 2016, and I applied it to this case.

For discussion, please see Kavanaugh vs the Dilbert Lie Test.

An apology by Senator Dianne Feinstein to both Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Ford is desperately needed.

Thanks to Ed Whelan, @EdWhelanEPPC for an exemplary job! Well done!

Mike "Mish" Shedlock