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Fri Feb 8, 2019, 08:30 AM

Differences between Fairfax and Kavanaugh. There are many.

And it's not that Fairfax is a Dem. By all means, if he committed sexually assault, he should be out of office and in prison. To me Vanessa Tyson seems credible. Obviously I don't know what happened, but my opinion, based on what I've read so far, is that the assault occurred as she described.

But let's not pretend this is the same situation as Kavanaugh.

First of all, Kavanaugh had multiple accusers. Also, Christine Blasey Ford testified under oath. Moreover, the Republicans in congress blocked further investigation into Ford's allegation and the other allegations against Kavanaugh.

And, maybe most important, Kavanaugh perjured himself multiple times, regardless of whether he was telling the truth about the sexual assault. He lied about what "Devil's Triangle" was, for example. He lied about the extent of his drinking in HS and college. He lied about his "tribute" to a girl that he and other boys made in his high school yearbook. And these weren't random off-topic lies, he lied to portray himself as a "good boy" rather than the belligerent heavy drinker that he was.

So, while Kavanaugh's sexual assault allegation might appear to be a similar "he said she said" situation, all these other facts make his denials much less credible. And even if he should be afforded the presumption of innocence regarding the sexual assault, the lies he told under oath are reason enough he should never have been confirmed.

As people have pointed out, we can't have a standard by which anytime there is a sexual assault accusation, the person needs to step down automatically, because that is too easy to manipulate. I don't have the answer to what the standard should actually be. I don't know what should happen in the Fairfax case. But in the Kavanaugh case, telling multiple clear lies under oath about behavior surrounding the sexual assault definitely crosses the line, wherever the line is drawn.

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