We’re learning a lot about Republicans and Conservatism watching them push through the Kavanaugh confirmation. The Federalist Society could give them the names of a hundred other judges with the necessary background to join the US Supreme Courtand vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, protect corporations from regulation, and permit expansive voter suppression laws. Most of these could at least maintain the appearance of impartiality and show more judicial temperament than Kavanaugh showed.
Yet they not only press forward, they feel a need do so in the most mean-spirited way possible. We’ve come to expect that from Donald Trump, and he hasn’t disappointed the last few days. But until now we could at least try to tell ourselves that senior GOP leaders like Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham would not sink to such a base level. Continue reading