Dear Editor:

Democrats already are vowing to permanently tarnish the legitimacy of newly seated Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh through the impeachment process if they regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives in next month’s pivotal elections. 

Therefore, it is vitally important to challenge the misleading rhetoric in Terrance Moe’s Oct. 10 letter to the editor “Senators turn their heads in Kavanaugh nomination.”

To summarize, Moe’s narrative was not only an over-the-top rebuke of the Republican-led confirmation process, politicians and the FBI supplemental background check, but even more unwarranted, it was a recycling of baseless sex crime allegations dumped upon Kavanaugh, whose obvious guilt, we are told, was covered up as proven by the theatrics of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and member Sen. Lindsey Graham. 

Quoting Moe, “Bombastic rhetoric covering for guilt is more than evident in the performances of these Republican operatives.”

And to support this conspiratorial conclusion, Moe laid the groundwork in the opening of his letter by stating, “To paraphrase Queen Gertrude from ‘Hamlet’ ‘The senator doth protest too much, methinks.’ William Shakespeare was making the observation that exaggerated bellyaching is not to be believed.” 

Never mind the irony gushing from that rationalization considering the outrageous allegations just leveled against Grassley and Graham.

That said, in order to rebut Moe’s groundless narrative regarding his presumption of Kavanaugh’s guilt, I choose to employ the unimpeachability of none other than a female Republican senator that Democrats historically have praised as the sole refreshing voice of reason and common sense emanating from the opposite side of the aisle. 

So, perceived as unquestionably instrumental in the confirmation of Kavanaugh, the country held its collective breath as Sen. Susan Collins methodically discredited the claims of Kavanaugh’s accusers and, by extension, the shameless politicians invested in them, with her historic, evidence-based speech on the Senate floor. 

Flanked by two supportive female senatorial colleagues, Collins made her case:

“Today, we have come to the conclusion of a confirmation process that has become so dysfunctional, it looks more like a caricature of a gutter-level political campaign. After weeks of reviewing Kavanaugh’s record, the Senate’s advice and consent was thrown into a tailspin following the allegations of sexual assault by professor Christine Blasey Ford. The confirmation process now involved evaluating whether or not Kavanaugh committed sexual assault. Some of the allegations levied against Kavanaugh illustrate why the presumption of innocence is so important. I am thinking in particular of the allegations that when he was a teenager, Kavanaugh drugged multiple girls and used their weakened state to facilitate gang rape. This allegation was put forth without any credible supporting evidence. 

“I listened to Ford’s testimony before the judiciary committee. I found her testimony to be sincere, painful and compelling. Nevertheless, the four witnesses she named could not corroborate any of the events of that evening gathering where she said the assault occurred. None of the individuals Ford said were at the party has any recollection at all of that night. Ford’s lifelong friend, Leland Kaiser, indicated that, under penalty of felony, she does not remember that party and Kaiser went further. She indicated that she does not even know Kavanaugh,” Collins continued.

“As those who have known Kavanaugh best have attested, he has been an exemplary public servant, judge, teacher, coach, husband and father. I pushed for and supported the FBI’s supplemental background check investigation. Mr. President, I will vote to confirm Kavanaugh,” concluded Collins.

Frank Gabl

Prospect Heights, Ill.