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After Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation

The facts are clear and consistent: Brett Kavanaugh is who Christine Blasey Ford said he is. No one could be further from Atticus Finch: Defenders of Brett Kavanaugh liken themselves to the hero of To Kill a Mockingbird — that’s appalling. Presumption of innocence is for privileged men like Brett Kavanaugh, not Laquan McDonald or the Central Park Five. Standards: Different people think about responsibility in different ways. Tom Nicholas: “Why I’m leaving the Republican Party: The Kavanaugh confirmation fight revealed the GOP to be the party of situational ethics and moral relativism in the name of winning at all costs”.

The Supreme Court’s legitimacy crisis is here. The Supreme Court’s legitimacy crisis: It’s not about Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged behavior — it’s about justices who do not represent the will of the majority. Brett Kavanaugh confirmation won’t affect Supreme Court’s legitimacy. Kavanaugh’s confirmation shreds the pretense of an apolitical Supreme Court. Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation will delegitimize the Supreme Court — and that’s good. Kavanaugh’s confirmation means Democrats won’t trust the Supreme Court — that’s dangerous for democracy. The cult of the higher judiciary had its limits long before the Left failed to block Kavanaugh — now the only progressive move is to reclaim democracy (and more).

Murc’s Law is a harsh mistress: This whole thing is a mean parody of bad “only the Democrat Party has agency” takes, right? Bipartisanship is dead — time for Democrats to embrace their inner McConnell. House Democrats are not finished with Brett Kavanaugh. If the rule of law means anything, Kavanaugh must be impeached. Impeaching Brett Kavanaugh is a liberal fantasy — give it up. How liberals could declare war on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court. Here’s why the protests against Kavanaugh (and the Trump administration) won’t go away. Women must stop playing by the rules after Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

The Supreme Court nomination that tore the country apart: The ascendance of Brett Kavanaugh levied considerable damage to all three branches of government. The Senate has lost its way: Here’s how it’s supposed to handle Supreme Court nominations. The Kavanaugh nomination fight was ugly and unruly — Mitch McConnell is taking a bow. Here are 8 takeaways from the knock-down, drag-out fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The ugliness of this episode, with its brute assertion of Ivy League male privilege, will leave a mark. Post-Kavanaugh Stress Disorder: Ending our political suffering will be a bigger project than winning the next election.

Republicans don’t care what you think: Republicans lost the argument, but they ultimately had the votes. The Trumpification of the Supreme Court: Kavanugh’s appointment is thus an extension of Trump’s contempt for U.S. governing institutions as anything other than instruments of raw partisan power. The guardrails have failed: The conflict over Trump’s Supreme Court nominee exposed the fast-eroding institutional barriers to the president’s authoritarian instincts.

How Kavanaugh will change the Supreme Court. Constitutional rot reaches the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh is one more step in America’s cycle of self-destruction. “Rock bottom”: Supreme Court fight reveals a country on the brink. Brett Kavanaugh is the point of no return.