There’s been a lot of noise coming from the Republicans lately about what they deem as the unfair treatment of Kavanaugh. It’s all a bunch of bullshit really. All one needs to do is look back over the 8 years that Obama was in office to see that, particularly with how they treated Obama’s last nominee, Merrick Garland. They refused to even hold a hearing, much less a vote, for nearly a year as the clock ran out on Obama’s second term. How fair was that? If you think that Garland was treated fairly, yet rant and rave that Kavanaugh’s treatment has been unfair, you’re not really being totally honest.
Republican’s can point fingers all they want, but they have nobody else but themselves to blame for this. They did everything they could to obstruct each and every one of Obama’s judicial appointments. So much so, that the Democrats were forced to remove the 60 vote filibuster threshold in order to get any judicial appointments through the Senate. What were the Republicans doing instead? What was the most constructive thing that they could come up with to do with their time while Obama was in office? How about attempting to repeal the ACA over 70 times, knowing full well that Obama would veto it each and every time.
Fast forward to the present, after McConnell completed the dismantling of the filibuster by removed the 60 vote threshold for SCOTUS nominees. Among the consequences of that Senate rule change was to transform the confirmation hearings into a highly partisan farce. Democrats, left with few other options to block Kavanaugh’s confirmation, resorted to assaulting Kavanaugh’s character by dredging up decades old sexual assault allegations. Republicans, faced with what they called “credible” accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, continued the farce by relenting to demands for an additional FBI investigation into the matter. I say farce, because the FBI was clearly directed to not look too deeply into the allegations, as the Trump administration establishing guardrails that would all but guarantee an outcome in their favor.
If anything, this whole debacle has exposed how little the truth really matters anymore. We have a president who lies daily, and I’m not talking about simply mistaking the facts or getting them confused. He is literally attempting to mislead the American public on a daily basis. So much so, that his lawyers are absolutely terrified of Trump being interviewed by Mueller because they know the inevitable result is that he would perjure himself. Fittingly, we now have a nominee for The SCOTUS who was caught lying during his hearing, and who also expressed a clear political bias, in a fit of anger no less.
Remember, these are the same people who were so fired up about Clinton lying on the stand, and more directly to American’s in general, that they launched an expensive and lengthy investigation that culminated in a failed impeachment attempt. Keep in mind how the Republican’s lost their fucking minds over calls for an FBI investigation into Kavanaugh’s sexual conduct. This is Kavanaugh we’re talking about; the very same guy who proposed to purposely embarrass Clinton and aggressivley assault his character by asking lots of pointless questions about his sexual encounters with Lewinsky. It is no wonder then that Kavanaugh would attempt to paint the Democrats as seeking revenge for how he treated Clinton since it’s obvious that’s what he would do, given what we know about his work as deputy to independent counsel Kenneth Starr.
All that is to say, in Kavanaugh’s own words even, that “what goes around, comes around”. It’s telling that he would even say such a thing, and it’s clearly something that will guide his decisions on the bench of The Supreme Court for decades to come. He’s been a partisan hack his entire life, having worked on Ken Starr’s independent investigation, and in the junior Bush’s administration where he helped craft their quasi-legal justifications for torture. He’s kissed all the right asses along the way to get where he is now, and I’m still as certain as I was last week that his life’s ambitions will be realized over the weekend, truth, justice, and integrity be damned.