Kavanaugh in Retrospect

Hours after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Judge Kavanaugh as the 114th Supreme Court Justice, a commentator on FOX News remarked that no winners had emerged from the legislative ordeal.  He was wrong, of course.  Kavanaugh himself was the primary winner, having survived the fury of Hell itself to prevail over the persons and the forces behind them who had tried to destroy him as a jurist, a husband, and a father.  President Trump, who had nominated and stuck with him, was the secondary winner, having secured the fervent support of the entire party on whose ticket he was nominated and elected—the first occasion of his nearly two-year presidency on which this had happened.  The Republican Party came third, and after it the country.  Finally, constitutional law and the law itself were vindicated by Justice Kavanaugh’s seating—after so much hatred, vitriol, and dishonesty had been expended against him—on the Supreme Court.

Whether or not the young female writer for Stephen Colbert’s show meant what she said initially about the pleasure she took from having ruined Brett Kavanaugh’s life forever—she didn’t.  Justice Kavanaugh is a strong character with a strong wife and a good Catholic family to support him, now and in future as over the past few weeks.  No doubt FOX’s commentator had in mind the irreparable damage to the country that some people...

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