This Brett Kavanaugh thing has become one big bowl of wrong.

He’s the Supreme Court nominee who was sailing along toward confirmation before last-minute allegations of sexual assault.

But there’s a problem. There is simply no way to ever know the truth.





So, basically, the whole thing is going to be decided not on the basis of truth or justice, but on bare-knuckle politics.

I don’t know if Kavanaugh’s accuser is telling the truth. And I don’t know if Kavanaugh is telling the truth when he denies it.

And neither do you.

And neither does anyone in the U.S. Senate, but all the Democrats believe her and all the Republicans believe him.

So there you have it.

Politics will ultimately decide it.

That’s tragic.

The other thing that’s tragic is what this whole mess specifically, and the #MeToo movement in general, has do with a centuries-held basic tenet of American  jurisprudence – innocent until proven guilty.

Today – in this cultural moment – we are told women must be believed.

After Bill Cosby was sentenced, celeb attorney Gloria Allred said, “Finally, women are believed.”

Hillary Clinton: “You have the right to be believed.”

Fair enough.

But what about men?

Do they have the right to be believed?

Is someone intrinsically more honest or trustworthy based solely on their gender?

Are men the only ones capable of being vindictive or falsely accusing someone?

Frankly, when you think about it, the converse of “everyone should be believed” is more likely true when discussing justice.

No one should be believed without looking at the evidence and questioning witnesses. You know, the basic due process of law.

The purpose of the judicial system is to get to the truth. We don’t prosecute things in the court of public opinion without evidence.

While questioning Kavanaugh’s accuser Thursday, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, of New Jersey, said that she – and others like her – are “affecting our culture.”

They sure are.

In fact, several state legislatures right now are considering eliminating the statute of limitations for sex offenses.

There are reasons there are statutes of limitations on all manner of crimes. It’s because as time passes memories fade, evidence is destroyed, witnesses die or disappear and it just generally becomes virtually impossible to prove – or disprove – a crime was committed.

Is this a good idea?

A woman could come forward and accuse a man of groping her decades ago when they were in high school.

What’s this guy’s recourse if the accuser “must be believed”?

While it is unlikely that police and prosecutors could get a conviction in a decades-old case like that, just the accusation is enough to ruin a guy’s life and livlihood.

Is that fair?

And again, this “women must be believed” premise assumes that no woman is vindictive enough to make up a story just to mess with a guy who’s made her mad.

Of course women deserve to be heard.

Of course women deserve justice.

Of course men who commit sex offenses must be prosecuted.

None of that is in dispute.

And I’m pretty confident that a woman with a legitimate claim of a sexual offense being committed against her will not be ignored in the vast majority of jurisdictions across this great land.

Generally, I think the #MeToo movement is positive in its ability to raise awareness and empower women.

I just hope the #MeToo pendulum doesn’t swing far enough to undermine portions of our justice system.