A Thought About Brett Kavanaugh

In the competitive field of the most disgusting things Trump did and continues to do as president, the open hate speech, the public attacks on everybody, the murderous abandonment of military allies, the association with a series of close advisers now convicted of felonies done in his service, the deliberately cruel separation of children from their parents at the U.S. border and their warehousing, the race baiting, the misogyny, the homophobia, the pathological bragging, the uncontrollable lying, the open obstruction of justice, the claim that Article II gives him unchallengeably broad powers including immunity for anything he does while president, including public murder on Fifth Avenue, the assertion of bogus blanket privileges to stall disclosure of evidence of likely crimes, the insistence that the whistleblower law is BULLSHIT etc.  the forced 50-48 appointment of doctrinaire conservative partisan Brett Kavanaugh to a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court was perhaps the most disgusting.   

I recently heard an interview of the New York Times reporters who wrote a book about the Kavanaugh confirmation, about the severely truncated sham FBI investigation into troubling allegations that revealed, after less than a week, “nothing to see here” without even interviewing the people involved in the alleged incidents.    The authors’ presentation was quite nuanced, and it got me to thinking beyond my reflexive hatred of an openly partisan judge like Kavanaugh.   

These authors determined, after a great deal of research and interviewing, that Kavanaugh as an adult is nothing like the awkward, drunken, puke-prone adolescent who sometimes got shit-faced enough to pull his penis out at a party, or try to forcibly feel up a cute fifteen year-old at an informal afternoon gathering at a house where the adults were away.   He has matured, seems to show great respect to women and females of all ages.  I’d say that’s a good thing.

Of course, in American politics, in America in general, one does not apologize or admit jack shit.   Kavanaugh presumably could have conceded he had a rough patch as a teenager at his high pressure prep school, when he sometimes drank too much and did stupid things, but thankfully he straightened himself out and is a different person today than the kid who did some stupid and regrettable things.   Not so hard, really, even Dubya did something similar when he recounted how he was reborn, from a drug sniffing alcoholic until the age of 40 to his rebirth in Jesus Christ– two totally different individuals, I swear to Jesus.   But in Kavanaugh’s case there was a chance that even an admission like that could have sunk his divisive nomination.   He consulted with Trump who told him exactly what to do.   He did it.   Which is one part of what makes his whole confirmation as an impartial, an unappealable lifetime arbiter of basic rights so disgusting.

As Trump did at his debates with Hillary, when he came out sniffing and snorting like a hopped-up coke fiend (some people say he had a few hits of Adderall [1] before taking the debate stage for those hideous showdowns between Americas two most hated and divisive politicians) Kavanaugh, who’d spent an entire day at the White House prepping (between appearances on TV with his wife and daughter and penning editorials and infomercials arguing righteously for his impartiality) came out sniffing and snorting, ready to defend his good name by taking on the traitors who set him up with a tangled conspiracy of total lies.   Trump had apparently told him — you want this?  Show some balls!   Do like me!

Kavanaugh was one name off Leonard Leo’s list famous list of vetted, diehard, ideologically pure Federalist Society-selected judicial candidates.  Trump had promised to choose his Supreme Court nominees from this list and, as a man who always keeps his promises (and I have to admit, I am loving my almost free, incredibly comprehensive Trumpcare) picked the single most divisive name off that list.   The choice of Kavanaugh above all the others with less extreme partisan baggage was a matter of triggering the libtards, fanatical cucks (their girlfriends and wives are constantly cuckolding them) who need to be kept in their enraged, snowflake state of powerless outrage.

The snorting Kavanaugh, whose right wing bona fides are impeccable [2], delivered this defense of himself, a defense that in a properly functioning democracy should have disqualified him from consideration as an unappealable interpreter of the US Constitution, to wit:

A calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with pent-up anger about president Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars from outside left-wing opposition groups.

I will not be intimidated by the coordinated and well-funded effort to destroy my good name.

When I did at least OK enough at the hearings that it looked like I might actually get confirmed, a new tactic was needed…

etcetera

As it always is with the well-funded, billionaire endorsed anti-majoritarians who seek public office, they are the innocent victims of unscrupulous, well-funded, conspiracies.   Obama’s nominee (who was denied a hearing by Moscow Mitch McConnell), Merrick Garland, a centrist, we are told agreed with Kavanaugh on 90% of the cases they heard together on the DC circuit.   Susan Collins gave us that stat in defending her vote for the divisive Mr. Kavanaugh.   Most legal cases are decided on the law and there’s little wiggle room in a judge’s discretion.  In a small number of cases, an interested judge can be creative in crafting a decision.    A look at the 10% of cases where Kavanaugh and Garland disagreed would have been most instructive, methinks.

Of course, even if Trump winds up impeached, improbably removed from office, prosecuted, convicted and jailed, we are stuck, for the rest of our lifetimes, with lifetime appointee I fondly refer to as Boof Kavanaugh (for his harmless lie under oath about not bragging in his prep school yearbook about ingesting alcohol through a tube shoved up his ass– he said it was a reference to his flatulence.  So be it.)

Have I, somehow, against all odds, created a meme by constantly referring to this despicable example of entitled judicial arrogance as “Boof Kavanaugh?”  Hopefully:

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[1]  Adderall is a combination medication containing four salts of amphetamine. Adderall is used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. It is also used as an athletic performance enhancer and cognitive enhancer, and recreationally as an aphrodisiac and euphoriant. Wikipedia

[2] As a law student Kavanuagh was a charter member of the doctrinaire Federalist Society, was then Kenneth Starr’s most zealous assistant in the Clinton impeachment, was part of the legal goon squad sent to Florida by the Dubya Bush campaign to stop the recount of the 2000 election, was a dependably partisan lawyer in the Bush White House whose many legal opinions were kept secret from the Judiciary Committee, to avoid revealing the full extent of his loyal partisanship. 

His record as a federal judge should also have been disqualifying, though only in context with the rest of his lifelong bias in favor of one side– the powerful, and one party – and seen in light of his tearful, snorting partisan rant about the vast left-wing conspiracy (and their unlimited outside money)  intent on viciously and unfairly destroying his entire entitled life.   

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