As tension builds, hourly it seems, over the fate of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, competing narratives and political factions increasingly entrench. Despite a fact set affirming Judge Kavanaugh’s innocence of decades old sexual assault charges, scoundrels continue to malign him with anything they can find, no matter how ludicrous.
Some argue that even if Kavanaugh is innocent of the charges that prompted re-opening his previously concluded confirmation hearing, he still must not be confirmed. Even if there is no fire, our carelessness has generated too much smoke—seems to be the argument.
One man, however, is poised to blow the smoke away.
During the first two years of President Trump’s administration, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been shrewd and steadfast in securing confirmation of Mr. Trump’s judicial nominees, in particular Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Senator McConnell has stated unequivocally that he will schedule a floor vote in the Senate on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, likely within the week.
This will put each senator on record as having either supported or opposed a good and eminently qualified man to serve on our nation’s highest court. That carries nicely into the upcoming mid-term elections. Several Democrat senators, from states President Trump carried convincingly in 2016, are running for re-election and will be forced to take a stand—betray the unscrupulous demagogues leading their party or betray the voters of their respective states.
If Republicans play this shrewdly (asking a lot, I know), they’ll have a major issue in Democrats’ unseemly, dishonest treatment of Judge Kavanaugh, making it a foundation upon which to build the rest of the Republican congressional campaign.
Quite a choice Mr. McConnell is poised to lay on the table.