This Is Nuts

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September 20, 2018 7:09 p.m.

I’m really not sure quite how to capture what just happened. But a major, major player in the conservative/Federalist Society legal establishment in DC just posted a lengthy Twitter thread in which he accuses another alum of Kavanaugh’s high school of assaulting Professor Blasey Ford. (After making the argument he falls back and says he doesn’t know whether the other guy is guilty. But the entire thread is intended to say that he is the culprit and that Kavanaugh is the victim of a wrongful identification.)

I’m not even sure how to convey the argument. It involves a series of logical (I mean this in the technical sense, not saying they make sense) surmises, the geography of where different students lived and the floor plan of a particular house in the town in question. The argument is highly, highly speculative to put it mildly and I would say quite likely libelous. You can read the thread here.

The point I want to make clear is that the author, Ed Whelan, is not some random on Twitter. He’s a big deal in conservative legal circles. This development is shocking on many, many levels.

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