October 9, 2018
Back on July 10, Mike Pence met with Trump’s man for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, and said he was the “the most qualified and the most deserving nominee to the Supreme Court.” Unlikely, by any standard. But what is true is that last Saturday when members of the US Senate met for their final decision on Kavanaugh, they did not vote on his qualifications or deserts.
Imagine other groups voting on Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court judge. Say 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans are randomly chosen. As recent polls show, there would be a large difference of opinion within each group. The same would happen with, say, 50 twenty-year-olds and 50 sixty-year-olds. Or 50 women and 50 men. But what happened in the US Senate? Of the 49 voting Democrats, all but one voted nay. Of the 50 voting Republicans (one was absent), none voted nay.
There is only one explanation for that curiosity. The vote in the Senate was not on Kavanaugh’s qualifications. It was not even on Kavanaugh. It was a vote on party.