How it will go down
In case anyone is planning to watch the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, let me save you the trouble by telling you what will happen. Republican senators will deliver pompous, long-winded speeches praising Kavanaugh and proclaiming him the greatest justice in the history of mankind. Democrats will deliver pompous, long-winded speeches declaring that he is a dangerous extremist whose confirmation would lead to the destruction of America. Kavanaugh will rarely be allowed to open his mouth and say anything.
Democrats will demand that Kavanaugh tell them how he would vote on certain controversial cases that might come before the court. When he tells them that an honorable jurist doesn’t decide a case before hearing the evidence, he will be called evasive and dishonest.
Media coverage will focus on gaffes, displays of temper, and scrutinizing Kavanaugh’s statements to see whether any of them contradict something he’s said or written during the past 30 years. If they find even one such instance, he will be called a hypocrite.
After the hearings are concluded, Republicans will claim that they clearly proved that Kavanaugh is the greatest justice in the history of mankind while Democrats will say they clearly proved that he is a dangerous extremist whose confirmation will lead to the destruction of America. Then each senator will vote as they had determined to vote before the hearings began.
If Kavanaugh is confirmed, life will go on and America will survive. If he is rejected, President Trump will nominate someone similar and the process will be repeated. There you have it, and now you can go and do something more productive with your time. While you’re weeding the garden, stop and give thanks that you’ve never been nominated for a position on the Supreme Court.
William Ryczek, Wallingford