The first question everyone should have regarding Brett Kavanaugh is, why is the entire Republican Party risking their viability as a major party on this lying asshole. Of course, Kavanaugh is a judicial clone of Lord Donny; rich, entitled and a psychopath who thinks everyone should believe everything he says because he’s “Brett Fucking Kavanaugh, bitch.”
In other words, there seems to be no real reason the Republican Party would put all their eggs in the Kavanaugh basket. Let’s real here; the Federalist Society could easily find dozens of qualified judges with ideologically reprehensible records who have not been credibly charged with attempted rape and who aren’t blackout alcoholics. Hell; as disgusted as we were with Gorsuch and the circumstances surrounding his nomination, he went to the same prep school as Kavanaugh and no accusations of sexual assault or even lying were made. Kavanaugh, on the other hand, has done nothing but lie and, as part of the process of getting the job of Supreme Court Justice, he has personally insulted most of the people charged with making the decision. Imagine you’re in a job interview and you call the HR person conducting the interview an idiot and tell them they are conspiring to keep you out of the job because of some paranoid conspiracy you came up with in your own little mind. What is the likelihood you’ll get that job, do you think?
Now, imagine that your former employer is putting all of their support behind you getting this new job. They support everything you say to the HR person at your new company, and they back up your conspiracy theory wholeheartedly. What do you think will happen to that company’s reputation?
Yet, this is the situation the Republican Party finds itself in. Why? As noted, they have the option of finding any number of ideologically committed and qualified men who have never been accused of a potential crime. The GOP has had far too much power for far too long and they now represent the worst elements of our society and it’s past time for them to go the way of the dodo bird. But this almost seems as if they are trying to do themselves in this time.
Think about it. Over the past 40 years, since they have had an outsized level of power, they have cemented their status as a whites-only party. They have gone out of their way to alienate every minority group in existence. It started after the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Act, when they adopted the “Southern Strategy,” where they focused their recruitment efforts on states who objected to Black people getting equal rights. There went the Black people, who had once been a significant demographic in the “Party of Lincoln,” as one can understand. In the 1980s, when they won back the presidency and the Senate for the first time in 30 years or more, they worked hard to alienate Hispanics and Latinos, by perpetuating stereotypes and demonizing those who come here from south of the border.
That was roughly the same period in which they also started to alienate gay folks, by equating them with pedophiles and other predators and speaking about them as if they were indulging in some sort of perversion. Consider the AIDS crisis, which St. Reagan and the rest of the Republican Party ignored until tens of thousands had already died and then referred to the epidemic as the “gay plague,” because gays just happened to be the first victims in the United States. Worldwide, the devastating disease primarily spread among heterosexual populations, but Republicans “blamed the gays” for spreading it, thus excising the considerable gay demographic in the party.
Now, they seem hell-bent on making women run away from the GOP, as well. That’s essentially what the insistence on Kavanaugh is destined to do. Not only do they want Kavanaugh to legally ruin women’s lives by overturning Roe vs. Wade, but by insisting on elevating a misogynist predator to the Supreme Court, after they elevated one to “president” less than two years ago, but they seem destined to write off women voters for a generation.
In fact, there has only been one segment of the electorate the current incarnation of the Republican Party hasn’t alienated, and that is angry white men. And while they have most of the financial power in the country currently, their numbers are shrinking as a proportion of the electorate and they are outnumbered by white women, anyway.
The current Republican Party seems to know their days are numbered, and they are trying to do themselves in. Perhaps they finally realize how disgusting their ideology is and they are giving themselves a pretext for disintegrating the party and starting over. Whatever it is, they certainly need our help, so let’s make them go away and reconstitute. That means more people than ever showing up to vote for at least the next five or more election cycles and making it so they have no choice but to change.