Supreme Court confirmation in the Age of Koch

As appalling as the behavior of the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Cruz, Cotton, Hawley, Blackburn, et al was as they attacked and tried to provoke the supremely qualified Ketanji Brown Jackson, having no substantive criticsm they focused on their populist talking points, Critical Race Theory, children’s books about racism, violent crime, particularly sexual crime, rape and pedophilia, with a few snide asides about defending Nazis and the questions about transsexuals, the failure of Democrats on the committee to call out this harassment was equally despicable.

The final party-line vote (three nays from the coatroom from three of the GOP’s biggest assholes) and the Republican en masse walkout during applause for Ketanji Brown Jackson when her confirmation was announced could not have been more like a choreographed Klan rally if the party of Trump had actually worn pointy white hoods while pulling their racist, misogynistic stunts. Such is politics in the age of Koch/Trump, good people on both sides, on both sides.

Compare the confirmation numbers of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Trump’s second appointee Brett “BoofKavanaugh, a man who demonstrated his lack of judicial temperament when he snarled, hissed, snorted and whined about a secret cabal of powerful left-wing dark money-fueled hitmen and liars determined to destroy his life as revenge for his decades of work as a right wing partisan. Recall that the Trump Administration and Don McGahn made sure to classify thousands of pages of Kavanagh’s partisan writings that would have brought the Federalist Society star’s judicial impartiality into serious question. McGahn also personally took care of the 4,000 FBI tips that came in during a rigorous six day FBI investigation into allegations arising from Kavanaugh’s prep school days.

Ginsburg was more forthright in discussing her views on topics about which she had previously written. The United States Senate confirmed her by a 96–3 vote on August 3, 1993. She received her commission on August 5, 1993 and took her judicial oath on August 10, 1993.

Boof, 50-48, lifetime tenure, second straight party-line Supreme Court justice vote after McConnell abolished the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. Yeah, it was a bipartisan confirmation, I know, pile of shit and living monument to lucrative corruption, Joe Manchin, voted with Trump’s team. In fact, you could say it was Manchin’s vote that put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.

After a contentious confirmation process that became focused on allegations of sexual assault, the final vote was far less dramatic, with every senator previously indicating how he or she would vote. The final two hold outs, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), both decided to support Kavanaugh.

https://www.politico.com/interactives/2018/brett-kavanaugh-senate-confirmation-vote-count/

USA! USA!!! etc.

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