It has been nearly a year since Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the United States Supreme Court.
His confirmation proceedings were a national embarrassment.
It was a fine example of politics at its dirtiest.
If our country continues to divide further, historians may look back and say that the Kavanaugh hearing was the moment when America became irreparably polarized as a nation.
It was an appalling episode in a town that has become far too accustomed to dirty politics.
It was yet another attempt by Democrats to sabotage a Republican Supreme Court nominee like they did to Robert Bork and Clearance Thomas.
I, like many Americans, was infuriated by the spectacle. It was hard to watch a good man be accused of a heinous crime that he clearly didn’t commit.
Forty witnesses were interviewed by the FBI following Professor Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that Brett Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge attempted to rape her when the three were in high school.
None of the witnesses corroborated Ford’s story, yet the media and far-Left activists were quick to find Kavanaugh guilty in the court of public opinion.
This week, it was reported that Ford’s attorney admitted the accusation was made up to prevent Kavanaugh from reaching the court because of his perceived views on abortion.
The attorney, Debra Katz, said the following: “In the aftermath of these hearings I believe that Christine’s testimony brought about more good than the harm the misogynist Republicans caused by allowing Kavanaugh on the court. He will always have an asterisk next to his name. When he takes a scalpel to Roe V. Wade we will know who he is, we know his character and we know what motivates him. It’s important that we know and that’s part of what motivated Christine.”
Not all reporters fail to do their due diligence.
Mollie Hemingway (Senior Editor at The Federalist) and Carrie Severino (Policy Director of the Judicial Crisis Network) have written an outstanding new book titled Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court.
The book delves behind the scenes of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. Reading the book brought me right back to this time last year. I was as angry as I had ever been in my entire time following politics, and the new revelations in this book made me even angrier.
Hemmingway and Severino detail the ineptness of the mainstream media. The media reported stories that should never have seen the light of day if reporters at the New Yorker, New York Times, and Washington Post had any editorial integrity.
They printed salacious accusations without ANY corroborating sources.
They were clearly in the tank for the Democrats.
The book also provides a fascinating look into what goes into nominating and confirming a Supreme Court Justice.
Once the nominee is named, a war room is set up to monitor media coverage and to plot strategy, paving the way for the nominees’ eventual confirmation.
White House Counsel Don McGahn plays a prominent role in the book. McGahn has been in the news lately for being named in the obstruction part of the Mueller Report.
McGahn was a central player in the Kavanaugh nomination and confirmation process and stuck by Kavanaugh the whole time, for which he should be commended.
Hemmingway and Severino do a good job of showing the Democrats’ history of playing dirty to stop a Republican nominee.
They spend some time in the book reliving the details behind the Democrats derailing of the Robert Bork nomination, and their unsuccessful bid to use Anita Hill as a pawn in their game to stop the confirmation of Clearance Thomas.
In the end, Kavanaugh took his place on the highest bench in the land, but the scars on the political landscape will last for generations.
At least there is a good book that documented the travesty, something historians can read someday and say “That is where the country took a turn for the worse.”