We’re just going to put it right out there: We wanted Brett Kavanaugh to be the next Supreme Court justice when President Trump nominated him months ago. But now? Now we NEED him to be seated on the court.
The reasons are three.
One, Kavanaugh gives us every impression – personally and historically – of being the exact kind of conservative jurist we need on the nation’s highest court. That was known from the moment he was nominated and it only became more clear to us as the confirmation hearings proceeded. Despite enduring an absolutely circus-like atmosphere before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh kept his cool under fire, explained his record clearly and succinctly, and proved he has the temperament and intelligence to replace Anthony Kennedy.
Two, the very fact that Democrats have stopped this low to block Kavanaugh from the court makes it imperative that Republicans push him through to confirmation. Under ordinary circumstances, we would not endorse such a thing. Confirmation hearings should not simply be rubber stamps for the president. They should be taken seriously and the Senate should act in its role of advice and consent for the betterment of the republic. But these are not ordinary circumstances. Democrats have debased themselves and disgraced the proceedings. If they didn’t come to Capitol Hill to do their jobs, then it’s not for Republicans to pretend this is anything other than a political sham show. As far as we’re concerned, Chuck Grassley should cancel Christine Ford’s appearance, declare the hearings over, and hold a vote.
Finally, though, Kavanaugh has shown us that he has some extraordinary steel in his spine, and that makes us like him all the more. Just look at this letter he sent to Grassley after another loony woman from his past came forward with an unverified, ridiculous story about his sexual aggression.
“They debase our public discourse,” Kavanaugh wrote of the allegations against him. “But they are also a threat to any man or woman who wishes to serve our country. Such grotesque and obvious character assassination—if allowed to succeed—will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from service.
“I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process,” he continued. “The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out. The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out. The last-minute character assassination will not succeed.”
That’s what we’re talking about. THAT’S the kind of man who should be on the Supreme Court.
Make it happen, GOP.