•He never attended a gathering like *this*.
•People never said it “didn’t happen.” (they said they didn’t remember being at the gathering NOT a party)
•He tries to restrict the range of possible dates to weekends (July 1 is a weekday)
•Drinking forms a major part of all the allegations, and facts about his history with alcohol bear on the plausibility of all three...
•If you ask someone “Were you a drinker?” and they reply “I went to church and helped children,” you are not dealing with a forthright person.
It was raised to 21 in Maryland when he was 17. (Coincidentally, it was raised on July 1, 1982, the very day Kavanaugh was knocking back a few brewskis with P.J., Squi, and Judge.)
“I definitely saw him on multiple occasions stumbling drunk where he could not have rational control over his actions or clear recollection of them… His depiction of himself is inaccurate.”
•Leahy says Is this based on you? Kavanaugh replies How cruel you are to make fun of my friend’s addiction.
[One trivial footnote here is that Yale’s acceptance rate then was about four times higher than it is now, and it would have been especially easy for someone who went to Georgetown Prep.
•He is asked if the ralphing pertained to drinking. He replies that he likes beer,
he did explicitly deny having blacked out...
•Instead of admitting that they had been terrible to Renate, four of the football players said that the references to her in the yearbook...
•His I was always either at the soup kitchen or buried in my schoolbooks” defense is an act.