I don’t think Democrats grasp how Republicans and Trump supporters feel about the mistreatment of Brett Kavanaugh at the hands of Democrats Senators, collaborators, and the media.

It’s a raging fury that has not subsided. Not. One. Bit.

They can’t understand because for Democrats trying to personallly destroy Republican nominees is baked into the confirmation cake. It doesn’t happen with every nomininee, but it happens with enough high-profile nominees to create a terror effect.

So Republicans need to search for nominees without a blemish, and when they found one like Brett Kavanaugh, Democrats savaged him anyway.

What happened to Kavanaugh can happen to any of us, and it is through the cancel culture that has migrated from campus to culture.

Fuzzy put together a good roundup of the timeline of the brutalization of Kavanaugh, but for me there’s a moment that stands out among many others. It’s when Lindey Graham let loose as to the travesty his Democrat colleagues had perpetrated.

This tweet by law professor Andy Grewal highlights Graham’s fury as reflecting why Republicans don’t care about Democrat complaints anymore and will confirm a nominee this year.

You can analyze history and precedents. Or you can point out blatant Republican hypocrisy. Or you can point to Republicans’ mistreatment of Garland. But if you want to know why Republicans *will* confirm a nominee this year, watch this video.

(video also here)

Graham released a letter today focusing on the mistreatment of Kavanaugh as a turning point:

Dear Senators Feinstein, Leahy, Durbin, Whitehouse, Klobuchar, Coons, Blumenthal, Hirono, Booker, and Harris,

Like millions of Americans, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Justice Ginsburg’s death. Justice Ginsburg served honorably on the federal bench and was a trailblazer for women in the law. She will be missed.

When the American people elected a Republican Senate majority in 2014, Americans did so because we committed to checking and balancing the end of President Obama’s lame duck presidency. We did so. We followed the precedent that the Senate has followed for 140 years: since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee during an election year.

Because our Senate majority committed to confirming President Trump’s excellent judicial nominees-and particularly because we committed to supporting his Supreme Court nominees the American people expanded the Republican majority in 2018. We should honor that mandate.

Also unlike in 2016, President Trump is currently standing for reelection: the people will have a say in his choices.

Lastly, after the treatment of Justice Kavanaugh I now have a different view of the judicial confirmation process. Compare the treatment of Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Brett Kavanaugh to that of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan, and it’s clear that there already is one set of rules for a Republican president and one set of rules for a Democrat president.

I therefore think it is important that we proceed expeditiously to process any nomination made by
President Trump

https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Hearing%20Letter%20Response%2009.21.2020.pdf

Mitch McConnell also spoke of the abuse of Kavanaugh in his speech today promising to push forward:

Democrats don’t understand it because, to paraphrase a well-known observation, they don’t know anyone who supported Kavanaugh.

 

 
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