Robin Progrebin and Kate Kelly’s The Education of Brett Kavanaugh wants to be an investigative account of the confirmation process that landed Brett Kavanaugh (Kavanaugh) on the Supreme Court. If you followed the process, especially the parts of it involving Dr. Christine Blacey Ford’s (Ford) allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were in high school, the book won’t provide a lot of new insight. The books, epilogue, though, leaves readers with the book’s most important point.
With voters going to the polls in less than 48 hours in one of the most important elections in American history, I thought I would try to predict some outcomes. The caveat here is that unreliable polling data, Republican voter suppression, and the unique interest in this election makes predicting results difficult. Still, I love politics and making what I hope are accurate guesses is fun.
I will make predictions in the most important Senate races being decided.
The verdict for this episode is: if the citizens of Washington, DC and Puerto Rico were overwhelmingly white evangelical Christians, they would have Congressional representation.
Even before Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed, many Democrats were talking about impeaching him. While I would have never voted to confirm Kavanaugh and while I do believe he could be impeached, talking about impeaching him is stupid. The reason is simple: Democrats are unlikely to have the votes and Republicans will use talk of impeachment as an election issue.
The verdict for this episode is: in America, minority rules.
Now that Brett Kavanaugh has been given a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court, I want to address the route of the problem destroying America. The route of the problem isn’t political polarization (as many say). The route of the problem is the failing of our system of government. The reality is that an ever-shrinking minority has an ever-increasing control over our politics. While Republicans claim Democrats wat mob rule, the truth is that America is being run by a distinct minority that regularly enacts laws disfavored by a majority of the American people.
Now that Kavanaugh has been confirmed, this post doesn’t have much value. Still, I think it’s worth publishing the truth.
Below are a few of the arguments advanced by Kavanaugh supporters and my rebuttals.
This will be a quick update. It has rained all day and Kavanaugh’s looming confirmation to the Supreme Court has got me in a bit of a bad mood. I wish I was surprised by the shameful conduct of Senate Republicans, but I’m not.
The verdict for this episode is: Brett Kavanaugh is a liar.
As we wait for Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford to testify in front of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, some Republicans are saying what happened decades ago shouldn’t impact the nomination. As the title of this post indicates, I have an idea as to the kind of conduct that should matter.