The she-says/he-denies standoff — wherein a California college professor alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago at a high-school party — is partly the result of the #metoo movement and of the broken and polarized politics of Washington, DC. Most Republicans are treading lightly (well, not all, actually) around the midterm peril of ignoring or attacking Professor Ford’s accusations in their headlong bid to ram through Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The nominee, meanwhile, has done his credibility no favors, as leaked documents and emails show that he repeatedly has been less than fully forthcoming in sworn testimony. 

But, of course, the fix likely is in. Assuming Kavanaugh doesn’t shoot someone in broad daylight on Fifth Avenue (an act apparently reserved for the accused serial sexual assaulter who nominated him), he’ll almost certainly be railroaded to a lifetime appointment to a stolen court seat, overseeing the nation’s civil liberties, reproductive rights, environmental regulations and corporate power.