Here’s Trump saying he has “compromising” information on an “aggressive” Democratic senator in response to a question about Kavanaugh’s travails:
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) October 1, 2018
It’s hard to overstate just how sleazy and gross this is. I mean, I’ve been following politics closely for a couple of decades now, so I’ve seen some tawdry-ass shit. But Trump takes it to new depths.
So, this is how Supreme Court picks happen now — a belligerent, hyper-partisan president picks a kindred spirit for the court, and if that person doesn’t sail through the nomination process, both the president and the nominee issue threats of vengeance like wanna-be mob bosses.
Talk about the degradation of institutions! It’s honestly hard to see how we return to any sense of “normal” after this shit-show. The SCOTUS never was the apolitical temple of legal scholarship we were sold in grade school. Bush vs. Gore exploded that myth thoroughly for me, to the extent I ever believed it, and Citizens United atomized the debris.
But now they’re on the cusp of seating a sneering partisan hack, who was bellowing “what comes around goes around” last week while telling blatant lies. And his oafish benefactor is muttering threats to the body charged with providing advice and consent. I guess that qualifies as a new low. It feels like time is running out to turn this thing around.