I don't know if people have been following the Whelan "mistaken identity" thing but it's wild. He developed the idea with a major right-wing PR firm
known for the infamous Swift Boat ads of 04, who've been working with the Federalist Society and Judicial Crisis Network coordinating messaging for Kavanaugh.
It turns out Dr. Ford caught Whelan looking around her LinkedIn page on Sunday morning before her name became public (they have an email she sent about it). His infamous theory also appears to know who the other girl that attended the alleged party was and where she lived at the time. Her identity's never been made public.
So the timeline is
- Whelan knowing who Ford was and poking around her social media on Sunday
- Kavanaugh telling Orrin Hatch it might be mistaken identity on Monday
- Hatch on TV and the WSJ editorial board suggesting the same thing on Monday and Tuesday
- Whelan teasing the theory on Tuesday and calling it compelling evidence that would completely exonerate Kavanaugh and force Feinstein to apologize to him.
- lots of well-connected R figures, including Hatch's staff telling people to watch for his posts across Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning.
- Whelan posts elaborate, detailed alternative theory with some insider information about Ford's allegation that doxxes a middle school teacher while casting suspicion on him as someone who could've tried to rape Ford and been mistaken for Kavanaugh
- Whelan deletes the thread and apologizes less than 24 hrs later.Pretty good summary here
I can't get over how crazy this is. A coordinated rollout of an alternative theory of an extremely high-profile sex crime, based entirely on conjecture and fingering a specific person as a possible culprit with name, picture, and former address.
The most charitable explanation I can think of is that they wanted an angle to defend their guy without attacking Dr. Ford, but that's still incredibly irresponsible to drag this other guy in. The less charitable explanation is that it's an act of desperation and they really don't want the FBI or anyone else poking around any narrative but their own. Either way they need to get Kavanaugh under oath on whether he knew anything about this. Absolutely bonkers and appalling even by our current lofty standards.