The US Senate has confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to sit on the US Supreme Court.
For a few moments it was touch and go, but over time the Republicans fell into line because there was no corroborating evidence against Kavanaugh. It was as simple as that.
In the end, justice won. It would have been an ironic tragedy had a nominee for the Supreme Court been denied because of a lack of evidence. The role of the court, after all, is to protect rights.
Since the confirmation, the Left has gone berserk. Berserk, though, doesn’t even begin to tell the whole story of their reaction. A thesaurus would crumble at the task.
Here are some, from the mild:
Today I was arrested protesting the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, a man who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault. Men who hurt women can no longer be placed in positions of power. pic.twitter.com/nnwq1O4qk3
— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) October 4, 2018
To the upset:
What we did today:
1. Flooded the capital ✅
2. Disrupted the Senate vote ✅
3. Stormed the Supreme Court ✅
Rest, resist, repeat.
— Women's March (@womensmarch) October 7, 2018
To the unhinged:
If for some reason Collins joins Murkowski and votes NO and Manchin votes YES tomorrow….I’m gonna fucking lose it. If a Democrat gets Kavanaugh conformed, I’m gonna fucking lose it
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 5, 2018
She lost it.
The media, of course, has had to work harder to hide their anger but their purpose remains clear.
— Jezebel (@Jezebel) October 5, 2018
OK. Scrub that.
For solid reporting (albeit with the usual perspective, but you guessed that already), The Hill is a good go-to. As is Politico.
This headline – Former Yale Law School Dean: Kavanaugh’s confirmation an ‘American tragedy’ – might give you pause for thought. It first ran in Politico, later in The Hill.
And if you read it, you might think: “Oh! Maybe it wasn’t a good decision after all.” So you might start reading. Let’s do just that …
Brett Kavanaugh and I differ on most fundamental questions of constitutional law. Nevertheless, as a former dean of the institution where he received his law degree, I have withheld comment on the merits of his appointment. I am proud of the rich diversity of views that Yale Law School has produced.
You’ll see why he should have kept his opinions to himself.
Over the past decade, Kavanaugh has been a casual acquaintance. He seemed a gentle, quiet, reserved man, always solicitous of the dignity of his position as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. It was therefore with something approaching unbelief that I heard his speech after Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony.
Yes, he was upset. Why? Oh yes, he was accused of sexual assault. And of being a gang rapist.
With calculation and skill, Kavanaugh stoked the fires of partisan rage and male entitlement.
No. He was the victim of partisan rage.
The Women’s March, for example, issued this media release about the nomination without even having the name of the nominee. Trump’s nominee was always going to be opposed.
Everyone needs a copy editor, example number 4,732 pic.twitter.com/8wS3WmBi1i
— Jason Seher (@jhseher) July 10, 2018
He had apparently concluded that the only way he could rally Republican support was by painting himself as the victim of a political hit job.
That’s because he was.
He therefore offered a witches’ brew of vicious unfounded charges, alleging that Democratic members of the Senate Judicial Committee were pursuing a vendetta on behalf of the Clintons. If we expect judges to reach conclusions based solely on reliable evidence, Kavanaugh’s savage and bitter attack demonstrated exactly the opposite sensibility.
It was because he was being attacked so bitterly that he responded. Anyone would.
The article is worth reading to feel the craft of lawyerly persuasion. You’ll become wrapped in its logic and soft tones, even as you read it in your head. It is like being mesmerised by a master hypnotist. That’s fine. But be careful: you’ll snap back to reality (oh, there goes gravity) and there’ll be a video of you impersonating a chicken.
This anti-Kavanaugh protestor got arrested and screams like an animal…
— Harlan Z. Hill (@Harlan) October 5, 2018