The LATimes email thingie tells us…
In hopes of saving Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court bid, Trump has accused Democrats of “playing a con game” and attacked Deborah Ramirez, the second woman to publicly accuse the judge of sexual misconduct, as being “totally inebriated and all messed up.” Meanwhile, Republican leaders have scheduled a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination for Friday, even as he and professor Christine Blasey Ford are set to testify Thursday. In that hearing, the toughest challenge he may face is explaining why he now says he was a churchgoing, studious high school and college athlete when earlier descriptions of himself refer to much hard partying and heavy drinking.
And thus we are arriving at the part of the program where we note that character counts.
And character witnesses count, too. A notable liar and notorious sexual abuser himself, Comrade Trump pinch-hitting for Kavanaugh is, well, problematic.
From the NYTimes, we get this more credible character assessment from Brett ‘Caveman’ Kavanaugh’s freshman roommate, James Roche:
I was Brett Kavanaugh’s roommate at Yale University in the Fall of 1983. We shared a two-bedroom unit in the basement of Lawrence Hall on the Old Campus. Despite our living conditions, Brett and I did not socialize beyond the first few days of freshman year. We talked at night as freshman roommates do and I would see him as he returned from nights out with his friends.
It is from this experience that I concluded that although Brett was normally reserved, he was a notably heavy drinker, even by the standards of the time, and that he became aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk. I did not observe the specific incident in question, but I do remember Brett frequently drinking excessively and becoming incoherently drunk.
I became close friends with Debbie Ramirez shortly after we both arrived at Yale. She stood out as being exceptionally honest, with a trusting manner. As we got to know one another, I discovered that Debbie was very worried about fitting in. She felt that everyone at Yale was very rich, very smart and very sophisticated and that as a Puerto Rican woman from a less privileged background she was an outsider. Her response was to try hard to make friends and get along.
Based on my time with Debbie, I believe her to be unusually honest and straightforward and I cannot imagine her making this up. Based on my time with Brett, I believe that he and his social circle were capable of the actions that Debbie described.
Roche isn’t saying that Kavanaugh is a liar, but it does say that Ramirez is not a liar. You can draw your own conclusions.
Then Buzzfeed has this bit:
Chris Dudley — a close friend of Kavanaugh’s from Yale, and a former NBA player and Republican gubernatorial nominee in Oregon — strongly disputed that characterization to BuzzFeed News. “When he went out Friday nights, I was usually with him,” Dudley said of Kavanaugh. “I never, ever saw him blacked out, never… Brett would drink, but he’d also be the guy who never missed a class. There’s a reason he was top of his class.”
What we are seeing is almost uniformly that Brett Kavanaugh was a sloppy drunk, and when drunk was not the nicest guy. It doesn’t sound like a Jekyll and Hyde thing, just his nasty personality is more pronounced when drunk.