What was good for Kavanaugh should be good for Biden
Sometimes, the world of crime and justice collides with the body politic. This is one of those times, although with all the news about the COVID-19 pandemic, this item may have escaped widespread notice.
A police report, filed in Washington, D.C., in early April, accuses former Sen. and Vice President Joe Biden of sexually assaulting one of his young staffers in 1993. There is now a police investigation underway, even though the statute of limitations for prosecuting such a crime has expired.
Tara Reade, 56, of California made the complaint. She says 27 years ago, Biden physically assaulted her at the U.S. Capitol. She claims he pinned her against a wall, kissed her, thrust his hand up her skirt and penetrated her with his fingers. She reports that at the time, "He said, 'Come on, man, I heard you liked me.'"
Last year, Reade told a tamer story about the encounter joining seven other women who accused Biden of disturbing physical contacts like unwanted touching, kissing and even up-close-and-personal hair sniffing. Last month, during a podcast interview, Reade gave a more detailed account of the alleged assault. She says she filed the police report after frightening attacks from Biden supporters.
Important note: Many sex crimes victims expand on the initial description of their assault once they feel their statements are being accepted. This isn't unusual.
When last we heard a decades-old allegation against a prominent Washington figure, it resulted in House Democrats launching full-blown congressional hearings on the nomination of Republican Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
So, where's the #MeToo-fueled congressional indignation this time? To date, there are zero House committee investigations or calls for the accused to immediately step down.
Let's compare and contrast the two cases.
Kavanaugh, then in high school, was accused by Christine Blasey Ford of being drunk at a party, pinning her to a bed, groping her and pulling at her clothes. Kavanaugh firmly denied the charge.
Biden is accused of forcibly kissing and penetrating young Reade. The former Veep has remained oddly silent about the matter. Only Kate Bedingfield, another young Biden staff member, has offered comment saying, "This absolutely did not happen."