You know how everyone says that you never quite leave high school? Have you ever been to your high school reunion and came away amazed at how little the people you knew 20, 30, 40 years ago haven’t changed all that much?
That aside, I believe that there are some positions in our society that require candidates who have lived unimpeachable lives. There are only nine seats on the Supreme Court, so finding nine individuals out of 330 million citizens who are not only qualified but worthy of the position should not be such a big deal.
For the record, I believe the woman. I believe that she had a violent sexual encounter with Kavanaugh. On balance, she will gain nothing from this. She just ruined her life by entrusting Feinstein’s office with these revelations. She’s going to be that guy who caught the foul ball at the Cubs playoff game. She will never get away from this.
Had she reported him the next day and he was found guilty, you would not likely see him sitting in any Senate hearing room today. You might see him toiling away as a law clerk far away from Washington or chasing ambulances in Kalamazoo. With his smarts and connections, he would have lead a prosperous life in obscurity.
Instead, he went on to have an illustrious and distinguished career working at the highest levels. To deprive him of a seat on the Supreme Court would hardly punish him or us in any material way, but his experience serves as a cautionary tale for any aspiring jurist or anyone else seeking a position at the highest levels. Lead an unimpeachable life.
Someone who made up facts in a college newspaper story doesn’t get to be editor of the New York Times, who murdered dogs does not deserve to be a quarterback in the NFL, and who boasts about groping women on national TV shouldn’t be president.
Character matters — probably today more than ever — and integrity is formed and solidified in high school.
(Originally answered at Quora.com)