Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh opening: ‘This is a circus’
Brett Kavanaugh likely sealed his fate when he staged that unseemly partisan rant last week that was so unbecoming of a judge. Pardon our cynicism, but the histrionics no doubt played well enough to his Senate supporters, President Trump and his base that he is probably on his way to a seat on the highest court in the land.
And that would do irreparable damage to this republic.
Kavanaugh’s nomination is now headed for a Senate vote. We urge those senators, wavering between doing right and doing the politically expedient, to vote No and reject this obviously biased judge for the Supreme Court. Though he tried to walk back his hostile words of a week ago in an Wall Street Journal op-ed on Thursday, he could not erase them. Their sentiment would be equally chilling coming from an embattled nominee of a Democratic president.
His political philosophy, his past rulings and even the allegations of sexual assault aside, he showed himself to be unfit for this position.
The riveting she-said, he-said testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27 was a wash.
As senators questioned Christine Blasey Ford about her sexual assault allegations against the embattled Kavanaugh, she stuck to her story. Later, he stuck to his.
The subsequent and rushed FBI investigation was curtailed and compromised from the start. Trump ordered the investigation, but initially limited its scope. He later relented, but the message had been sent. There was no additional damaging news unearthed and corroborated. Damaging news didn’t have chance, even though several of Kavanaugh’s high school and college buddies were willing to be interviewed as part of the investigation. So, no surprises there.
But with his red-faced rant in which he blamed Senate Democrats, left-wingers and Clinton surrogates for his predicament, Kavanaugh the judge stepped across a clear bright line and morphed into Kavanaugh the politician, which is not his role to assume.
If Ford’s allegations that, more than 30 years ago, a young drunk Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a party, are not true, Kavanaugh had every right to be livid that day in front of the Judiciary Committee. He was being dragged through the mud. Ford’s testimony of what she remembered of an assault, though sincere and credible, by her own admission, was foggy at times.
If Kavanaugh was lying in his opening statement to the Judiciary Committee, then he protested way, way too much — before abandoning any pretense of judicial temperament. He declared, without evidence:
“This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record; revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups.
“This is a circus. The consequences will extend long past my nomination. The consequences will be with us for decades. This grotesque character assassination will dissuade confident and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country, and as we all know, in the political system of the early 2000s, what goes around comes around.”
What goes around, comes around. Was that a threat? Was that a pledge to, if confirmed, seek revenge whenever someone he deems a political adversary comes before the High Court? Will he be far more than Trump’s justice choice, but, egregiously, Trump’s personal justice?
The possibility seems frighteningly real, he waved the red flag himself. That, alone, makes Kavanaugh unfit for the Supreme Court.