Rotten People Make Rotten Nominees

Filed in National by on September 18, 2018

So much for that easy win Republicans expected heading into the midterms. Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court has turned into our latest national morality play, and Democrats deserve credit for turning what could have been a dispiriting loss into a midterm rallying cry. Now Republicans will have to fight to get him over the finish line, and every blow they land will hurt them in the midterms.

The GOP deserves some of blame, too. There are a lot of conservative judges afoot in the land, just as the Federalist Society intended. Trump, or more likely his advisers, didn’t have to choose an ideologue and partisan operative, but they solved that by not releasing the records of his extremist views. They didn’t have to nominate someone who repeatedly lied to the Senate during his hearing for his current post on the appellate court. They dodged that bullet when the media decided it was too inside-baseball to make good clickbait, but in a functioning system this would have been enough to disqualify Kavanaugh immediately.

Kavanaugh’s only vulnerability on the #metoo front was thought to be his clerkship for and friendship with disgraced circuit court judge Alex Kozinski. But in July an attorney contacted both Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein to tell them of complaints from court employees involving Kavanaugh, so both sides knew about this for weeks. The Republicans went ahead anyway.

Republicans still don’t realize that their fixation on the past leaves them stuck in a time warp. Their rote reactions to women’s stories don’t work anymore — they strike most people nowadays as monstrous. Every time someone says “it was just high school hijinks,” or “why didn’t she go to authorities back then,” or “you can’t hold someone responsible after so long,” a lot of women hear “we don’t believe women.” Pissed-off voters are motivated voters, and any women who weren’t pissed off before this sure are now. There’s no such thing as over-motivation.

I think there’s still at least a 50% chance Kavanaugh gets confirmed, but Democrats took a basket of rotting fruit and turned it into Snapple.

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  1. Jason330 says:

    Kavs reminds a lot of Ken Simpler

  2. Alby says:

    Even the numbnuts in the White House has finally figured it out. Gabriel Sherman reports Trump realizes he can’t attack Ford without killing the GOP in the midterms.

  3. RSE says:

    The end justifies the means as long as you get the W, right? The “Hon.” prefix before legislatures names is non-applicable at this point.

    The timing and circumstances of the accusation against Kavanaugh, and the strategic holding of discovery should tell you everything you need to know.

    • Alby says:

      And the lying by Kavanaugh? It’s judges who are supposedly “honorable,” though obviously that wouldn’t apply to Kavanaugh.

      These tactics are standard for your heroes. You only dislike it when it happens to your side.

      The woman wrote her letter in July and wanted to stay anonymous. But don’t let that stop you from smearing her. That’s my point: Every blow aimed at her hits you instead.

      If you were capable of reading comprehension, you’d realize that I wrote about exactly what you’re whining about. I just wrote it without the whining.

      • Ben says:

        they’re banking on “something happening” so she “cant make it” on Monday. the magats will try to murder this woman. they dont realize “librulz” are also armed.

  4. RSE says:

    “The woman wrote her letter in July and wanted to stay anonymous.”
    Yeah, right. I guess Feinstein betrayed her then.

    Your carnival barkers are cheapening the integrity of #metoo.

    • Alby says:

      Your failure to educate yourself embarrasses nobody but yourself.

      But thanks for demonstrating that “anything for the W” is actually your philosophy, not someone else’s.

  5. RE Vanella says:

    Yeah Dr Ford reported the assault in detail to a therapist 6 years ago. Therapist took contemporaneous notes! During the Obama administration!

    I agree that timing and circumstances are very telling.

  6. You Dont Get It says:

    Kavanaugh will become a Justice and Feinstein is first rate clown and Sen Blumenthal never served in Viet Nam despite his boasts and Corey Booker was a failure as Newark Mayor and Kamala Harris is an imbecile.

    • Nico says:

      Deflect all you want. Kavanaugh is still damaged goods and will spend the rest of his life defending himself and his overall lack of integrity. Clarence Thomas the second.

  7. RE Vanella says:

    This guy’s legit. Deep thinker.

  8. mouse says:

    GO team