You may not be aware that Shelley Moore Capito graduated from Holtan-Arms (class of ‘71), the same private girl’s high school as today’s accuser of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (class of ’84).
Last week, Moore received a letter signed by over a thousand Holtan Arms graduates:
Organizers say more than 1,000 women from the school signed the letter. The women say they believe Ford, calling her accusation "all too consistent with stories we heard and lived" while going to the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland.
Some of the women who signed the letter delivered it personally Thursday to Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, a West Virginia Republican who also graduated from the Holton-Arms School.
Despite a familiarity with a culture that probably didn't change much from the seventies to the eighties, I doubt that the letter had much impact on Capito; she has been a consistent Kavanaugh supporter. As Metro News reported last week:
Capito supports the Kavanaugh nomination. She met with him in mid-July.
“We talked about his judicial philosophy, his commitment to the rule of law and to the text and history of the Constitution. Beyond his judicial philosophy, we talked about what kind of person he is,” Capito said after that meeting. “I think he is an excellent choice by the president.”
In the interview with Metro News, Capito’s criticism was reserved for Democrat Diane Feinstein.
Given today’s testimony by Ford, will the senator change her mind? I just searched for any reaction from Capito and this is all I could find:
One lawmaker, Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., called Ford’s testimony so far “very compelling and emotional for her obviously . . . riveting.”
Despite her statement, Senator Capito has never shown any political courage in her four years as a senator. On healthcare, for instance, she has consistently voted the Republican Party line despite numerous statements that she would never vote for proposals that would hurt West Virginians. (Her one “profile in courage” was to come out strongly against a Trumpcare plan after it had been tabled.) I’m also amazed that the media often refer to her as “Republican moderate.” What has she done to earn that descriptor? According to FiveThirtyEight, she’s the 13th most pro-Trump senator having voted the Trump position on over 96% of her votes.
My hunch is that Capito hopes that Kavanaugh’s nomination is pulled so that she won’t have to cast a vote either way. If forced to vote, I think she'll vote to confirm. If I see any reaction by Senator Capito (or Senator Manchin), I’ll post an update.