Dan Rather discussed the sexual assault allegation made against Supreme Court Associate Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh on CNN Monday night. Rather also delivered a warning to "stay alert" because a lot can happen politically between now and next Monday when the hearing is scheduled to be held.
"Just stay alert because a lot of things can change between now and next Monday," Rather said.
Kavanaugh has been accused by professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford of sexual assault when the two were in high school. The accusation stemmed from a letter Judiciary Committee member Dianne Feinstein received privately from Ford some time since at least the beginning of the summer.
"The center of gravity has changed, and to mix metaphors here, his nomination is hanging by a rope, and that rope can start to fray very, very quickly because you have to know that somewhere in the balance of the White House, someone is saying, you know what? We may have to drop this nomination," Rather said about handling the crisis.
"No one should be surprised if we reach that point," he added.
Dan Rather on Dr. Ford being "brave" and telling people to "stay alert" because "a week is forever" in politics:
DAN RATHER: Back to the central question. Who is telling the truth? One of these two people is not telling the truth. People can have a different perception of things. But this will come clear. I do agree with you that she's at a tremendous disadvantage at these hearings next Monday.
So two points about these hearings. One, that she may be a very accomplished college professor, but she is walking into a room in which she's going to be roughed up. She's going to be -- attempts will be made to humiliate her. Whatever you think of the story, it takes a lot of guts to do that. It's a very brave thing for her to do.
The second thing is it's still a week before these hearings. So let's stop and kind of cut through the cyclone of coverage and say, as you and I both know, overnight is a long time in politics. A week is forever. This is going to be a veritable eternity for both of these people because you can bet journalists all over the country are scrambling around... the White House will be looking all kinds of dirt.
Just stay alert because a lot of things can change between now and next Monday.
More Dan Rather:
DAN RATHER: But I do think -- and you've alluded to this earlier, that Kavanaugh's nomination, this has changed things dramatically. The center of gravity has changed, and to mix metaphors here, his nomination is hanging by a rope, and that rope can start to fray very, very quickly because you have to know that somewhere in the balance of the White House, someone is saying, you know what? We may have to drop this nomination. Politically, whether we like Kavanaugh or believe him or not, and I like him, and I do believe him, there comes a time in politics when you just have to cut it. Now, we're not at that point, but no one should be surprised if we reach that point.