Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States over the weekend. In spite of President Trump’s nominee having multiple accusations of sexual assault against him, the GOP majority Senate confirmed him with a narrow 50-48 vote.
Now, the former Dean of Yale Law, which if you haven’t heard, is where Kavanaugh attended, has come out with some remarks about Kavanaugh that has America talking.
Robert Post says that he knew Kavanaugh as an acquaintance, but was terrified to see that the “gentle, quiet, reserved man” he knew back then demonstrate such awful behavior during the hearings, seemingly obsessed with his personal ambitions and a court seat that he felt entitled to:
“Even if he sought to defend his honor as a husband and father, his unbalanced rantings about political persecution were so utterly inconsistent with the dispassionate temperament we expect from judges that one had to conclude that he had chosen ambition over professionalism.”
Post goes after Kavanaugh for the way in which he conducted himself during his testimony and the very way he responded to the allegations of sexual assault made against him, declaring there will be “hell to pay” if he ascended to the court:
“With calculation and skill, Kavanaugh stoked the fires of partisan rage and male entitlement. He had apparently concluded that the only way he could rally Republican support was by painting himself as the victim of a political hit job. He therefore offered a witches’ brew of vicious unfounded charges, alleging that Democratic members of the Senate Judicial Committee were pursuing a vendetta on behalf of the Clintons. If we expect judges to reach conclusions based solely on reliable evidence, Kavanaugh’s savage and bitter attack demonstrated exactly the opposite sensibility.”
“His performance is indelibly etched in the public mind. For as long as Kavanaugh sits on the court, he will remain a symbol of partisan anger, a haunting reminder that behind the smiling face of judicial benevolence lies the force of an urgent will to power. No one who felt the force of that anger could possibly believe that Kavanaugh might actually be a detached and impartial judge. Each and every Republican who votes for Kavanaugh, therefore, effectively announces that they care more about controlling the Supreme Court than they do about the legitimacy of the court itself. There will be hell to pay.”
Those are some strong words, folks. You can read the entire op-ed here: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/10/06/kavanaugh-confirmation-temperament-yale-dean-221086