I guess my more specific question to you is based on what you have seen and heard, do you really fully believe all of his testimony or do you just believe that there is not absolute proof that he lied (two very different things).
I don’t believe Ford. I think she and her team lied, misled, or were inconsistent on a lot of small things. That, coupled with her best friend not believing her and her father supporting Kavanaugh, and the fact that neighbors and friends describe her as a political activist make me doubt her. The fact that this allegation was available for months, but wasn’t released until all testimony was closed and a vote was pending, tells me that she allowed herself to be used by the Democrat party. Her goal in protecting Roe v. Wade, in addition to her scrubbing her social media, are all hits on her credibility.
I actually find Ramirez to be more credible. Her initial story was that she was really drunk, and wasn’t sure it was Kavanaugh. 30 years later, I can buy that. People get stories mixed up, they misremember, they exaggerate. I think the flashing / thrusting story could have happened, because I believe that Kavanaugh was a binge drinker at Yale.
I basically believe Kavanaugh, and don’t think he committed perjury. I think he deflected, and I think he downplayed things. Maybe he even blocked (or blacked) out some stuff that was inappropriate. But, I think his relevant testimony is that he drank too much, did dumb things, but didn’t sexually assault anybody. I think that’s fair.
But, I think that in evaluating people, I would have a hard time without some evidence. Not so much in terms of my personal feelings towards somebody. There are plenty of people I dislike just based upon hearsay, etc. But regarding, say, a politically reversed version of this case? I feel like I would be supportive of the nomination. (In the past 40 years of supreme court nomination’s, I can’t think of a nominee that I outright was opposed to other than Harriet Myers. That includes the nominations of RBG, Kagan , Sotomayor and Breyer. I think that Sotomayor relies too much upon identity in judging, and I don’t really respect their judicial philosophies, but they all should have been confirmed.)