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Much has been written about the Kavanaugh brawl, some of it quite good. Reading these pieces, I keep coming to yes, and. It has been asserted that this has nothing to do with Kavanaugh. Dr. Bastiat writes:
My point is that this really is not about Mr. Kavanaugh – he’s just collateral damage. It’s a shame somebody had to be destroyed, but as long as he’s conservative, it’s not too much of a shame.
[Rather] It tells us what they think of the media, the educational establishment, and Democrat voters. And they apparently think that all those people are unethical bastards, willing to easily abandon any pretense of virtue, in an effort to demonstrate their virtue to one another. […] The Democrats think that their lack of ethics will not create a backlash among Democrat voters, because they think that Democrat voters lack ethics as well.
Yes, Democrats are revealing their assessment of an electoral base of their own making, and . . .
As I argued yesterday, you are not going to have decent, meritorious people in law and politics if Democrats are permitted to mug Kavanaugh the way they mugged Judge Bork and Justice Thomas, the way they try to mug every Republican judicial candidate whose nomination threatens to close off the courts as an avenue of radical social change — i.e., whose confirmation makes it more likely that the Left will have to try to convince voters and lawmakers in the democratic process, rather than have unaccountable judges impose progressive pieties.
The long-term goal here is to make the judicial-confirmation process so notoriously savage and demeaning that no sensible, well-meaning conservative or moderate person would agree to put himself and his family through it. The idea is to stock the courts with nothing but progressives and mediocrities willing to roll over for progressives. It is a disgrace that this should happen in this republic, and in connection with the courts, which are not supposed to be political forces, but which have been converted into an uber-political institution that progressives are desperate to control.
Yes, Republican voters have allowed their Senators to play along with the Democrats for 30 years, placing us in permanent political peril, and . . .
And it is about the fundamental transformation of America along the correct arc of history. The third branch of government is understood to be the supreme branch, the one most capable of imposing correct thinking and correct outcomes, without reversal or messy compromise. And yet, we are still in a moment when the people being corrected could push back. That was the 2016 election.
So here we stand, at a pivotal moment. The last seat did not have any impact on the direction of the court. And, this seat fundamentally threatens the left’s project. Hence, the Bork, Thomas, Estrada, Kavanaugh playbook.
And, there should have been no surprise at personally destructive surprises. As Coach Dennis Green said “they are who we thought they were, and we let them off the hook.” We shall see if “off the hook” means Kavanaugh’s defeat or just letting the Democrats get away without sanction.
And, we know that the Senate Republicans set themselves, and the American people, up with that pasty panel of dudes. (Is that too harsh for you, or do you kick back against it as surrender to identity politics? See who Judge Kavanaugh hired to save his career and reputation. Who does any man, in a messy divorce, want representing him? Let’s be real.) And the best and brightest, led by the most experienced, had no rehearsal, nor any game plan to rehearse. They still have not taken Senator Collins’s wise counsel, although they are reportedly leaning towards hiring outside counsel to conduct the questioning (presumably a woman). The 85-year-old Grassley should be pushed hard to do so, by Sens. Cruz, Cotton, and Lee, internally, and from outside by all the Republican Senate women.
And, if there is an arc of history, none of us can truly trace it. The events of our lifetimes suggest that we, collectively, can change our nation’s direction. America’s fate is what her citizens make of it.