Monday, September 24, 2018
The Kavanaugh confirmation fight -- and the way the allegations from Ramirez as well as California professor Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were in high school, have landed -- is absolutely and totally political. But the politicization of this hearing happened a long time ago, and Republicans are at least as culpable for it as are Democrats.It began with then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid changing the Senate rules on confirming judges in 2013. It worsened -- badly -- when Republicans were unwilling to even consider the nomination of Merrick Garland to fill the seat vacated by deceased Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. The changing of Senate rules to end debate to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Court by a simple majority in 2017 further inflamed things. The deeply riven and partisan environment is the one into which Kavanaugh was nominated. And it has only gotten worse.