It took Susan Collins an hour to tell the American people she was voting to confirm Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Judge. She felt the need to explain her vote over and over and make it clear that she still respected women.
Collins overstated how much she believed Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony of being attacked, but not by Brett Kavanaugh. She hoped that would save her in the next election, but 100,000 people told her otherwise, donating $3 million on a website to elect anyone who runs against her. (That website crashed on Saturday before even more could be obtained.)
Senator Collins’s speech was just one example of what came out of the political circus that took place during Kavanaugh’s confirmation. It became Republican against Democrat, women against men, believers of Blasey Ford’s testimony against those who thought she was lying.
The one thing Collins and others forgot to consider during this harrowing procedure is whether or not Brett Kavanaugh is actually capable of being a supreme court judge. Me too vs them became the theme and the man himself slid by without a true confirmation hearing.
In the end, it was a 50–48 vote. A large portion of those 50, especially Susan Collins, had to spend time justifying their votes to themselves as well as their constituents.
The country is more divided than ever. Beyond that, we now have a supreme court justice deciding for the American people who couldn’t even get through a confirmation without anger in his speech and temperament.
Kavanaugh being investigated by the bar association, not for whether or not he assaulted anyone, but, because he couldn’t control his temper during the proceedings. It’s become a question as to whether or not he’s fit to be a lawyer, forget about a supreme court judge.
According to the Washington Post, “It (the American Bar Association) will reevaluate its high rating of Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh after his combative, tear-streaked Senate testimony.”
While the republicans, especial President Trump, cheer this confirmation, has anyone stopped to think that this narrow win of a man who can’t even answer questions without tear-filled tantrums doesn’t belong in our highest court?
The answer to that is a strong “no.” One side has become so encroached in electing this man against democratic wishes, while the other wants to make sure he’s not. Christine Blasey Ford was the vehicle for the latter, so much so that they didn’t even stop and think that maybe this man was just not supreme court material. Not because of politics or assault, but because he can’t control his temperament.
How is this a win for anyone?
Oddly, this is a slight win for women. While those who believe Christine Blasey Ford was attacked by Brett Kavanaugh may be in the minority, an important discussion has opened up on sexual assault.
In a crime that is often about he said/she said, we learned that compelling testimony can be considered “proof” to some. We learned that “evidence” is a subjective term and doesn’t always mean DNA or pictures of bruised and bloody. We learned that crimes can be sitting and festering in our minds for 40 years before we have the strength to bring them out.
We also learned that we need to teach may more those points to our friends, our family, and to anyone who will listen.
Whether or not Brett Kavanaugh is fit to be a supreme court justice is yet to be seen, but let’s hope that we can all find a way to learn something from this trial beyond partisan hate.