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The Lynching of Mark Judge

“Which office do I go to to get my reputation back?” That’s what Reagan’s former U.S. Labor secretary, Raymond Donovan, asked reporters back in 1987.

He’d just been completely acquitted of politically motivated corruption charges. Jurors had taken less than 10 hours to clear him. And all his co-defendants. Of every charge.

But he’d spent millions on lawyers. His company’s construction business had ground to a halt. Worst of all, his name was forever linked to charges of “fraud” and “grand larceny.”

Because you never really get your good name back. Not entirely.

My friend Chris Manion has recounted how he got targeted by political enemies while working for pro-life stalwart Sen. Jesse Helms. Manion was charged with national security leaks that could have sent him to prison for decades. The charges amounted to treason. None of them were true. But the media swarmed to his story like piranhas. When Congress cleared him, they lost interest. As the Washington Post ombudsman told him: “When you were accused, it was news but it wasn’t true. Now you’re cleared — that’s true, but it isn’t news.”

Brett Kavanaugh had his day in “court.” He was confirmed by a single vote to the highest court in the land. But half of America wallowed in the most lurid reports, which painted him as a rampant, violent, drunken serial gang-rapist—on the scantest and most vaporous of evidence. Or none at all. Those utterly false charges, and the totally unverified charge presented by Christine Blasey Ford, will continue to haunt him and his family. Indeed, Democratic Congressman Jerry Nadler has promised that if his party wins a majority on November 6, they will try to impeach Kavanaugh. (So … get out and vote, people!)

Now think how Mark Judge must feel. He’s not a friend of the Bush family. He doesn’t sit on our highest court. He never volunteered to be any part of this. But his life has been shattered as surely as Brett Kavanaugh’s. In fact, Judge’s wrenching memoir of teenage alcohol addiction was probably the source used by Democratic staffers to concoct most of the charges against Brett Kavanaugh.

Will the TV networks try to clear Mark Judge now? Of course not. So what does Mark Judge do now?

I know Mark and know he wants to avoid the media. Further, he believes that everyone involved in this debacle was used by politicians who had no concern for the effect of their actions.

The Democrats and the media have cast Judge onto the corpse heap of the politics of personal destruction. He has to go the rest of his life under the totally meritless shadow of hideous accusations —the worst you can throw at a man.