Republicans Will Never Hold The Elite Accountable
Brett Kavanaugh Is Proof Republicans Will Never Hold The Elite Accountable
In his Senate testimony last week, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh repeatedly lied under oath to defend himself against a credible allegation of sexual assault. He lied about the extent of his drinking. He lied about “boofing” and threesomes. He lied about using his high school yearbook profile to sexually humiliate another classmate.
These would be unseemly but irrelevant facts about the distant past were Kavanaugh not accused of committing a drunken sexual assault in high school. The question now facing senators is whether this pattern of dishonesty should disqualify him from a lifetime appointment to one of the most powerful seats in American government. For the conservative movement and the Republican Party, the answer to that question is no.
Republicans do not need Kavanaugh to advance conservative priorities at the high court. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is not a man who loses sleep over procedural norms, and no matter what happens in the November midterms, he would still have time to ram through a different nominee during the lame-duck session. The Trump administration already has a list of 24 other potential justices pre-approved by the conservative movement. If the Kavanaugh fight were about Roe v. Wade, campaign finance or affirmative action, conservatives would be demanding a new nominee.