Something unusual happened this Thursday during Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation hearing. The man who would sit on the nation’s highest court took off his mask.
Supreme Court nominees normally look to portray themselves as cool, fair-minded, neutral arbiters of the law. As John Roberts said during his confirmation hearing, “Judges are not politicians who can promise to do certain things in exchange for votes.” A judge’s job, said Roberts, “is to call balls and strikes and not to pitch or bat.”
Starting with his opening statement, Brett Kavanaugh, currently a D.C. Circuit Judge, came out with a bat in his hand. He attacked the Democrats on the committee saying, “This confirmation process has become a national disgrace. The Constitution gives the Senate an important role in the confirmation process, but you have replaced advice and consent with search and destroy.
Calling the confirmation hearing “a circus,” Kavanaugh even went “Fox News” by bringing in the Clintons.
“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,” Kavanaugh said. “Revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups.”
Kavanaugh’s rant on Thursday revealed him to be the right wing, conspiracy-theory- loving, political hack that he is.
He clearly showed he does not have the judicial temperament to sit on the Supreme Court, or any other court for that matter.
By denying provable facts about his past, he showed himself to be a liar in the mold of the man who nominated him to the position.
What is truly amazing is that all the Republican members on the committee voted to send his nomination to the full senate for a vote!
Now that one Republican senator, Jeff Flake, has done the honorable thing by calling for an FBI investigation into the serious, and credible, sexual assault allegations levied against him by a number of women, accepting Trump’s offer for a seat on the Supreme Court could be one of the worst decisions in his life.
Almost as bad as the decision he made 36 years ago when he attacked a 15-year-old girl at a house party.
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