Today was pretty rough for two people in particular in a Senate hearing for a Supreme Court nominee. There have been a lot of accusations about conspiracy and toxic politics. The validity of those accusations seems to vary based on your perspective, but let's look at it from a different angle.
The Supreme Court is the top of one of our three branches of government, and it's populated with lifetime appointees. It's really serious, and really important. It has historically involved some intense scrutiny toward nominees, as it should. This isn't some student council gig, it's the Supreme Court. It's gonna be deeply personal, as it should be.
You can make accusations about partisan politics, but this is largely the same judiciary committee that sat the last justice.
Truthfully, I'm not that troubled by any single appointment to the court, because by design, it doesn't make laws. A lot of the changes people would like to see in government can be made by the legislature, provided it's constitutional. It's a slow process, but that's also by design.
I don't think Kavanaugh should be confirmed. Any doubt about his integrity should be enough, because it's the Supreme Court. Even if he didn't do it, and it really is his word against Dr. Ford's, I'm troubled by his participation in entitled private school bro culture. That's enough for me. It's uncomfortable that people will question the memory of a woman who was assaulted, but a guy who liked to party and tie one on can have a memory like a steel trap.
We have to do better.