But if a doppelganger theory is really too incredible to entertain, why do so many people seem so eager to make Kavanaugh serve as a universal body double for sexual predators who resemble him in some way?

Shortly after The Post unveiled Ford’s identity and her story on Sept. 16, Emily Peck wrote in HuffPost: “If Brett Kavanaugh makes it through the nomination process and takes his place on the Supreme Court despite being accused of sexual assault, the message to the country will be clear: Women don’t matter quite as much as men.” Only accused? Doesn’t it matter whether the accusation is true, or at least how plausible it is?

Meanwhile, the Atlantic’s Caitlin Flanagan seemed to imply that her faith in Ford’s account was bolstered by her own experience with sexual assault in high school at the hands of a senior athlete. A letter made the rounds from alumnae of Ford’s high school who had no direct knowledge of what Kavanaugh may have done to Ford — some of the signatories hadn’t been born when he graduated from Georgetown Preparatory School — but proclaimed that prep-school boys do things like this all the time. And for a week, my social media feeds have been clogged with echoes of these arguments.