The Issue is Garland Not Kavenaugh
I tend to believe the accusations of sexual assault made by women including both the accusations made against Kavenaugh and Ellison. The Democrats are a bit hypocritical to attack Kavenaugh and give Ellison a pass.
I would vote against Kavenaugh even without the assault allegations. I would vote against Kavenaugh because he was not fully vetted and because of what the Republicans did to Merrick Garland.
In 1991 near the end of the Bush presidency Clarence Thomas replaced Thurgood Marshall. Even with the Anita Hill controversy Thomas got a vote. Merrick Garland was a fairly conservative pick for a Democrat. He is also squeaky clean. He did not get a vote.
The failure to seat Garland may give Republicans control of the court for a very long time.
We cannot have one set of rules for approving Republican judges and anothe set of rules for approving Democratic judges.
The Democrats will take power back some day. When they regain power, they must do whatever is necessary to restore the balance of the court. Critics of this approach will rant that two wrongs don’t make a right. The correct answer is based on the theory of second best.
Regular order where valid nominees get a hearing and are fully vetted is the first best solution. The first best solution does not exist. Republicans created a situation where Democratic nominees don’t get heard and Republican nominees don’t have to be fully vetted.
Democrats once they return to power must restore balance to the court. One way for the Democrats to fix the situation once they return to power is to totally restructure the court. A less drastic fix would be to indict or impeach Kavenaugh over the multiple allegations of perjury.
Republicans are very confident that in the short term they will prevail. They may be right. This topic will be explained in the next post.
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