Let’s play what if.

What if on Thursday before the Senate Judiciary committee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, instead of categorically denying Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s claims that she’d been attacked by him while at a party in 1982, said I am sorry.

What if, while sitting before the Senate Judiciary Committee he told the group:

While on the whole I like to think my behavior has always been above reproach, I can not deny that there was a time in my earlier years that I would party, and party hard. Sometimes my drinking led to moments I have later regretted — things I said, did, or wrote in my own year book that were not thought out and ended up being an embarrassment. Though I have no memory of the event Dr. Ford described in her sincere testimony, she does remember, and that’s what is important.

When I first learned of Dr. Ford’s allegations I was filled with rage, and I was compelled to defend myself, my reputation, and my family. The drunken actions Dr. Ford detailed were not only a violation of laws which I honor and have stood behind for my entire career, but also a gross breach of the very fibers of my ethical and moral being. But, in giving the Doctor’s assertions the consideration they deserve, I have come to the conclusion that I am in no position to argue with those claims. Alcohol can be a persuasive demon, prodding us toward our lowest and most degrading selves. If we are to believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, and I am saying we should, then this must explain my horrendous behavior on that summer afternoon in 1982. I say explain, not condone. There is no condoning those actions.

The truth is no woman, no child, no man should ever have to live with the indignity of sexual predation. And no human has the right to treat another person the way Dr. Ford says she was treated by me. Respect and honor are the touchstones of a civilized society. So today, in accepting responsibility for the actions Dr. Ford has described, I hope to make amends and ask the doctor to forgive the grave wrong I did that afternoon 36 years ago at a party in Maryland. Her accusation has cut deeply. I am both humiliated, remorseful, and deeply apologetic for any pain I caused.’

What if with those words, Judge Brett Kavanaugh had affirmed what we all know — people are fallible. They make mistakes. What if he had taken the risk to apologize for an action that  — given his drinking history — he can not really know if he did not do.

Would we have forgiven him? Would you? I have a feeling Dr. Ford would have. I have a feel she still would.