So said Sam Seaborn after questioning Supreme Court nominee Peyton Harrison on the West Wing. The questioning revealed Harrison to be unworthy of appointment to the highest court in the land.
Just as Brett Kavanaugh has shown himself to be unworthy not only of a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land, but frankly, to any court, period.
We don’t know, and likely never will, whether Kavanaugh did the specific things he’s accused of by Christine Blasey Ford. What we do know is that he was a drunken jackass in high school and college, and that he was part of a group of drunken jackasses who abused women. He wants us to believe that he did none of the disgusting things numerous people have said his peers did, but he’s given us no reason to believe him and plenty of reasons to doubt him. His whining, petulant performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee was not that of a man wrongly accused, but that of a man who believes himself entitled to have what he wants, without question. You know, like the man who nominated him.
There’s also the matter of his long background as a Republican political hatchet man. Upon joining the staff of Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr, he insisted on reopening the investigation of Vince Foster’s suicide. Never mind that it had been investigated by numerous bodies, all of whom concluded that Foster committed suicide by putting a revolver into his mouth at Fort Marcy Park. That’s not good enough when there’s an illegitimate hippy President to bring down. So yet another investigation was done, reaching the same conclusion as all the previous Foster investigations.
Remember Terry Schiavo? She was the brain dead woman whose husband wanted to take her off life support to spare himself and her undue suffering. Republicans saw a chance to make political hay. They waged a long legal battle to prevent Schiavo’s husband from removing her feeding tube. The Florida legislature passed a law, signed by Governor Jeb Bush, to interfere with Michael Schiavo’s rights as a husband. When it was struck down by a judge as the cheap political stunt it was, Republicans in Congress passed a similar law and woke up President Bush in the middle of the night to sign it. The staffer who woke up the President? Brett Kavanaugh.
How about Elian Gonzalez? He was the Cuban boy who arrived in Florida on a raft in 1999. His mother died during the trip. His Cuban father took legal action seeking the return of his son to Cuba. Legal experts universally said there were no legal grounds not to return the boy to his father. Republicans, again seeking to use the suffering of others for political gain, tried to prevent the boy from being returned to Cuba, with the help of an attorney who represented the Florida relatives of Gonzalez on a pro bono basis. That lawyer was Brett Kavanaugh.
In 2000, Al Gore was elected President of the United States. Republicans decided that wasn’t fair, so they fought to prevent the recount of ballots in Florida that would have shown Gore to be the rightful President-elect. They won the fight, thanks to the Governor of Florida, George W. Bush’s brother, a Supreme Court Justice appointed by George W. Bush’s father and a lawyer who worked as part of the team attempting to prevent the Florida recount. That lawyer was Brett Kavanaugh.
So, put him on a bus and pick another nominee to overturn Roe vs Wade. And by the way, be careful about those mid-terms. It turns out women can vote now. Maybe you can challenge that in the Supreme Court.