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Should Brett Kavanaugh Be Confirmed to the Supreme Court?
Not in My View
From what I've learned, he leans far too much toward big business and Christianity.
27 September 2018
Nominated by D.J. Trump to fill the SCOTUS position vacated by Anthony Kennedy, Judge Kavanaugh is currently making the rounds on Capitol Hill and will soon face confirmation hearings. Here I present my reasons for feeling he should not ascend to that position.
For more documentation of Judge Kavanaugh's work history, see: Nominee Brett Kavanaugh at Fix the Court, SCOTUS Shortlister Brett Kavanaugh on Obamacare and Judicial Restraint (Damon Root, Reason, 7 July 2018), Who Is Brett Kavanaugh (Ann E. Marimow, Washington Post, 9 July 2018), and Stop Brett Kavanaugh Fact Sheet: Money in Politics (People for the American Way).
And now we come to the several accusations of sexual misconduct on the part of Judge Kavanaugh. These accusations may or may not hold up IF they are ever credibly investigated. However, the behavior of Republicans on the Judiciary Committee — and more so of Judge Kavanaugh in the hearing today (9/27/2018) indicates a wish to avoid such an investigation.
Every Republican move makes it clearer:
BRETT KAVANAUGH SHOULD NOT BE CONFIRMED.
21 September 2019
As we know, however, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed3 — thanks to the suppression of a great deal of evidence. Before his confirmation, Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in high school and college. All together, there were 25 potentially corroborative witnesses for these incidents. Only Dr. Blasey-Ford's charge was investigated.
Recently, a new accusation came from Deborah Ramirez, and a man named Max Stier told of seeing Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken party at Yale. Stier told the FBI during the confirmation hearings, reportedly, but no investigation of his claim resulted.
A book by New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation, goes into detail about Kavanaugh's time in prep school and college, based on interviews with people who interacted with him then. Released on 17 September 2019, it is receiving the partisan-slur treatment in Amazon customer reviews and right-wing media.
1 This would seem to belie the fear that Kavanaugh, as an adamant pro-lifer, would side with a majority against Roe v. Wade. But then again it might be pure textualism.
2 Senator Grassley began this in his opening statement — immediately after complaining about not being able to interview the second and third accusers of Kavanaugh.
3 The vote divided along party lines: 49 Republicans and 1 Democrat for, 46 Democrats and 2 Independents against. (Republican Steve Daines was absent; Republican Lisa Murkowski voted Present as a courtesy to Daines.)