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Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (L) shakes hands with US lawyer and former Justice Department official Ed Whelan before the US president's announcement of his Supreme Court nominee in the East Room of the Whit... Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (L) shakes hands with US lawyer and former Justice Department official Ed Whelan before the US president's announcement of his Supreme Court nominee in the East Room of the White House on July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 9, 2018 12:45 a.m.

Earlier I noted that Senate Republicans’ preferred line on the Blasey Ford allegations (that she was attacked, just not by Brett Kavanaugh and maybe not even as a teenager) makes no sense as anything other than a political tactic. It’s transparently cynical. But the national political press has largely accepted it at face value, at least as a good faith position.

Before we move on from this episode, though, let’s remember a critical point: We heard this theory first from none other than Ed Whelan, Kavanaugh’s friend and confirmation hearing strategist who tried to pin the attack on Kavanaugh’s classmate Chris Garrett in a now notorious Twitter thread.

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