The fire and fury surrounding Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination aren’t over. The FBI is neck-deep in investigations, and Republican and Democratic Senators are still throwing political stones at each other. There’s no doubt. Kavanaugh’s confirmation process will go down as one of the most embarrassing events in recent American history. The Republicans are hell-bent on confirming Judge Kavanaugh, but his past may his undoing. His alleged out-of-control behavior when he was a teenager and a young adult may undo a legal career that, by most accounts, is above reproach.
Kavanaugh did his best to convince the Senate Judiciary Committee that he wasn’t that rogue kid who got blind-running drunk and tried to have his way with members of the opposite sex. His angry demeanor showed his ability to fight back regardless of the personal and career costs. But one of his accusers was equally moving in her honest testimony. Christine Blasey Ford is the voice of tens of thousands of women who experienced some form of sexual assault in their lifetime. And her voice broke the chain of Senate strong arms who want to confirm Kavanaugh no matter what he did in the past.
But there’s a new wave of political maneuvering taking place around the country. That wave is drowning the good ole boy network that has rooted itself in the American political system. The anger old men on the Senate Judiciary Committee are a testament to what is wrong with the American political system, according to political analysts. And Trump’s presidency is giving voters a chance to see what dysfunction, confusion, bias, and ineptness can do to a country.
The Senate wants to vote on the Kavanaugh nomination before the ink dries on the FBI report. That’s a sign of how desperate lawmakers are to prove themselves right when being right is not the issue. When Republicans and Democrats vote to confirm Kavanaugh, only five votes will decide whether the damaged judge will be the next Supreme Court Justice. Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are the Republicans. And Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota are the Democrats who hold Kavanaugh’s fate in their hands.
Senator Flake said he won’t vote yes if the FBI investigation shows Kavanaugh was untruthful during his committee testimony. And if Flake votes no, the other two Republican Senators will vote with him. And those two Democrats may vote no too.