To most of us, this seemed as if Brett Kavanaugh had totally lost it and sabotaged any hope of getting that Supreme Court position.
But that’s because his performance was not for us.
Courtesy of NYT:
Christine Blasey Ford had just finished testifying that he had tried to force himself on her as a teenager, and nearly everyone in both camps found her credible, sincere and sympathetic. President Trump called Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, and they agreed she was impressive. “We’re only at halftime,” Mr. McConnell said, trying to be reassuring.
Mr. Trump thought it was time to bring in the F.B.I. to investigate, as many opponents of Judge Kavanaugh had urged, but when he called the Hart Building, Donald F. McGahn II, his White House counsel, refused to take the call. Instead, Mr. McGahn cleared the room and sat down with Judge Kavanaugh and his wife, Ashley Kavanaugh. The only way to save his nomination, Mr. McGahn said, was to show the senators how he really felt, to channel his outrage and indignation at the charges he had denied.
Judge Kavanaugh did not need convincing. He was brimming with rage and resentment, so when he went before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he did not hold back. His fire-and-fury performance — “you have replaced ‘advice and consent’ with search and destroy” — suddenly turned the tables. While Democrats thought he went too far, demoralized Republicans were emboldended again. In their war room, White House aides watching on television cheered and pumped their fists.
This is yet another indication that the Left and the Right see things through totally different lenses.
What I thought I witnessed was a man demonstrating his complete lack of judicial temperament, a liar, and an individual unable to put the law before partisanship.
What the Right saw was a man willing to fight against claims of a sexual assault that may never have happened, and if it did, happened too long ago to matter.
The Republicans know they are about to lose the House, and that they may also lose the Senate.
The only way left for them to retain power is to gain control of the only branch of government that might be within their grasp, the Supreme Court.
Now that court is firmly in their hands and with it, they can overrule any number of new laws or attempts to investigate, indict, or impeach their president.
For them in the end, despite the possible political cost, it was all worth it.