In the comments to BettyC’s thread about Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation I made the following statement (emphasis mine):
And before anyone asks, yes, I too believe her. She had nothing to gain and everything to lose, including her life given the political moment we’re living in, to come forward about this.
The New York Times has reported (emphasis mine):
In the letter to the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday evening, Dr. Blasey’s lawyers said that she has been the target of “vicious harassment and even death threats” since her name was made public on Sunday in an interview published in The Washington Post. Her email has been hacked, she has been impersonated online and she and her family have been forced to relocate out of their home, according to the lawyers, Ms. Banks and her partner, Debra S. Katz.
Josh Marshall highlighted a converging of Republican senatorial talking points, including by Senator Collins.
But I want to note what appears to be clearly a unified strategy among Republican Senators to put the onus on Professor Ford personally and blame her if the hearing doesn’t happen. They’ve unilaterally announced a process and are now arguing that Ford is at fault if she doesn’t agree. Look at the specific wording.
Read these quotes, which clearly come from a pre-arranged agreement.
Mitch McConnell said Ford will have “the opportunity to be heard.”
Sen. Grassley’s spokesperson: “Our staff reached out to Dr. Ford’s lawyer with multiple emails yesterday to schedule a similar call and inform her of the upcoming hearing, where she will have the opportunity to share her story with the Committee. Her lawyer has not yet responded.”
Sens Collins and Cornyn are referring to Ford’s non-response so far.
Sen. Collins: “That’s very puzzling to me…I really hope that she doesn’t pass up that opportunity.”
Sen. Cornyn: “That’s pretty telling, she hasn’t responded to the committee’s normal processes and we don’t know if she’s coming or not but this is her chance. This is her one chance. We hope she does.”