The Federalist, a conservative news website, has a write-up about what appears to be a soon-to-be-released New York Times story on Brett Kavanaugh. It’s a little hard to tell what’s going on here, but it seems the Times’ inquiries while reporting tipped off Kavanaugh’s allies that the story was coming and they, in turn, alerted the Federalist, which wrote a story attempting to get out ahead of and downplay the Times’ report.
From the details in this prebuttle, it seems the Times report will involve a letter Kavanaugh wrote to his friends about an upcoming beach trip, including advising his friends to “warn the neighbors that we’re loud, obnoxious drunks with prolific pukers among us.”
His signature? “Bart.”
It’s a strong suggestion of what already seems likely: The real-life Brett Kavanaugh is the Bart O’Kavanaugh mentioned in Mark Judge’s memoir who pukes and then passes out. Judge, of course, is the Kavanaugh friend who Blasey Ford says was in the room when Kavanaugh assaulted her. Though the fact of Kavanaugh’s drinking doesn’t have direct bearing on his claims that Blasey Ford’s accusations are false, the question of whether he would be in any shape to remember what he did and did not do in high school does.
Kavanaugh didn’t outright deny that he was the drunken Bart described by Judge when asked about it during last Thursday’s hearing. Instead, he dodged.
Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT): … Judge Kavanaugh, I’m trying to get a straight answer from you under oath. Are you Bart (ph) Kavanaugh that he’s referring to, yes or no? That’s it (ph)…
Kavanaugh: You’d have to ask him.
Leahy: Well, I agree with you there. And that’s why I wish that the chairman had him here under oath.