The White House is in rare message-discipline mode — including having the right message — as its Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, faces an accusation that he sexually assaulted a girl when he was in high school.
I’ve checked and rechecked President Trump’s Twitter feed. So far, he has not used it to attack the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. That doesn’t mean he won’t do it. But it does mean that for now, as of 10:00 am ET, someone is gluing his fingers to the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office every time it occurs to him to tweet about it.
The official White House line is that Kavanaugh’s accuser should be heard. That’s smart. First of all, she’s going to be heard anyway, no matter what. And secondly, just strategically, the right thing to do is not to come off as unsympathetic, because that will only increase sympathy for Ford.
Kellyanne Conway Monday morning said both Ford and Kavanaugh should testify.
“She should not be insulted, she should not be ignored, she should testify under oath, and she should do it on Capitol Hill,” Conway said. “And Judge Kavanaugh should also testify as to these 36-year-old allegations.” Conway suggested testimony should occur as soon as Tuesday.