In this morning’s warm-up, I refereed to the anti-Kavanaugh tantrum. I’m watching the extended tantrum on TV right now.Look! Here are furious CNN Democratic operatives (that is, CNN’s reporters) proclaiming the collapse of civilization because a completely standard issue judicial conservative with strong credentials was nominated by the elected President and confirmed as the Constitution directs is intolerable because the Democratic Party’s unconscionable tactics of personal destruction didn’t work, and because the new cultural standard that a man is guilty if accused of sexual assault by a woman though she has no supporting evidence whatsoever, and that high school misconduct is more important than adult rectitude. (That’s not how they describe it, of course, but the reality of what was “going on here”) And there are angry protesters who haven’t read a single Kavanaugh opinion, but who are equally convinced that he is unqualified to be Supreme Court Justice and a “sexual predator.”
Boy, am I sick of writing about this stuff, and boy, am I depressed that so many people have had their minds and ethics reduced to a vile, smelly, infectious goo. I can’t compose any more essays right now without snapping and running amuck in the streets wielding a deadly frozen pork roll and clubbing people to death. (I can’t find my Hank Aaron baseball bat.) So with your leave, I’m going to note some more recent points in this nightmare Seurat painting, occasionally commenting, sometimes leaving it to my readers’ abundant intelligence to figure out what’s wrong on their own. Here we go…I’ll stop either when my head explodes, or the Red Sox start playing the Yankees:
- A Huffington Post headline: Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court, rejects #Me Too movement
Is that what #MeToo is about: destroying honorable professionals with unsupported accusations of conduct when they were children? I did not know that! Well, if that’s what it is, then hooray for the Senate..
- That CNN group devolved into pure appeal to authority. Polls say that a majority of the public doesn’t want Kavanaugh confirmed, one reporter said indignantly. (We don’t have government by poll.) How many responding to that poll know anything at all about law, the Court, what a Justice does, what constitutes a qualified one, or anything except the accounts of the mainstream media, which has been overwhelmingly negative since the nomination was announced?
Then we learned (as readers here knew already) that ancient retired Justice John Paul Stevens said that Kavanaugh wasn’t qualified because he gets angry when people falsely call him a sexual predator, thus breaking with tradition and protocol by abusing his position as a former Justice. Then we learned that the Washington Post broke with tradition to editorially oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation, also breaking with tradition and Post policy. This is persuasive because Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias, of course.
- Good losers that they are, various Democratic Congress members—I heard New York’s Jerry Nadler—promised that if Democrats too control of the House, they’d impeach Kavanaugh—you know, for not reciting the Urban Dictionary’s definition of “devil’s triangle,” and similarly weighty high crimes. Alan Dershowitz pointed out that this was almost certainly unconstitutional, and that it was irresponsible for the Democratic Party to devote itself to vengeance and payback.
- Writer Jack Murphy tweets (at about 4 pm.):
I’m at the anti Kavanaugh rally. They keep telling everyone to chase down Trump supporters where they eat, work, and live. These aren’t idle threats. They are rallying a nationwide mob. Believe me. They mean it.
- Women actually screamed in the gallery when Kavanaugh was confirmed, sounding like they were being physically attacked. (That reaction certainly enhances the image of female competence, stability, and rationality.) This judge, as I have written before, is less conservative than Alito, Gorsuch or Thomas; he’s also a better writer and thinker than Justice Kennedy. And they screamed, like he was Jack the Ripper.
Be proud, feminists!
- I’m not making this up: as I write this, protesters are occupying the steps of the Supreme Court.They went up the steps of the Supreme Court holding signs and chanting, “we believe survivors” and “hey hey, ho ho, Kavanaugh has got to go.” Some of the demonstrators are hanging from the columns of the building.
Says the Miami Herald, “Republicans have denounced the protests that have gripped the Capitol in recent days as “mob rule.” Why only Republicans? Do Democrats really think this kind of juvenile civil disobedience accomplishes anything, ever? Of course it’s mob rule; it’s a mob thinking that they have a right to use sheer force to overrule the operation of democratic institutions—you know, like the entire “resistance” has been behaving for two years.
But I’m getting nauseous: let’s end with a poll:
Which is more idiotic, saying that we must “believe survivors” or chanting “Hey hey, ho ho!”?