Kavanaugh Is So Gross

It's really something that the ever-conservative but increasingly disgusting Wall Street Journal gave space to Brett Kavanaugh to write a defense of himself. Under the laughable headline "I Am an Independent, Impartial Judge," Kavanaugh used that opportunity to write one of the most pathetic things I have ever had the mispleasure of reading.

It is, of course, deeply dishonest: He was chosen specifically because he is not and will not be an independent and impartial judge. And it is also just revoltingly self-pitying.
After all those meetings and after my initial hearing concluded, I was subjected to wrongful and sometimes vicious allegations. My time in high school and college, more than 30 years ago, has been ridiculously distorted. My wife and daughters have faced vile and violent threats.

Against that backdrop, I testified before the Judiciary Committee last Thursday to defend my family, my good name, and my lifetime of public service. My hearing testimony was forceful and passionate. That is because I forcefully and passionately denied the allegation against me. At times, my testimony — both in my opening statement and in response to questions — reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused, without corroboration, of horrible conduct completely contrary to my record and character. My statement and answers also reflected my deep distress at the unfairness of how this allegation has been handled.

I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been. I might have been too emotional at times. I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said. I hope everyone can understand that I was there as a son, husband, and dad. I testified with five people foremost in my mind: my mom, my dad, my wife, and most of all my daughters.

This treacle Kavanaugh is using to petition for martyrdom is itself the strongest argument against his contention that he is a measured jurist. On the one hand, he wants us to believe that he is an "independent, impartial judge," but, on the other, he wants us to know that he lost his shit because he was being reasonably questioned about a serious allegation made against him.

And no matter how many times he invokes his daughters as a human shield, we all know damn well that Kavanaugh testified with one person foremost in his mind — and that's Brett Kavanaugh.

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The cloture vote to end debate on Kavanaugh's nomination is now underway in the Senate. C-SPAN's livestream is here.

UPDATE: The vote is not yet finished, but they just reached 51 yes votes on cloture, care of Ron Johnson. Democratic turd Joe Manchin voted with Republicans. So now debate will end on Kavanaugh and they will move onto the confirmation vote, presumably tomorrow.

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