I admit that at times my memory fails me. However, I am trying to dredge up some flashbacks on how previous presidents of the United States responded to Supreme Court battles over people they have nominated to the high court. I keep coming up empty.
Did George H.W. Bush stage political rallies in 1991 on behalf of Clarence Thomas? Does anyone recall Ronald Reagan juicing up rally crowds in 1987 after the Senate rejected Robert Bork and after Douglas Ginsburg withdrew his name because he smoke a few joints in college? Do you remember seeing Bill Clinton stoking up crowds when he nominated Ruth Bader Ginsburg or Stephen Breyer, or George W. Bush do the same when he selected John Roberts and Samuel Alito?
That’s not how presidents traditionally respond to criticism of their judicial picks.
Then you have Donald Trump. He is the man who knows no boundaries. He trashes two centuries of judicial/political decorum whenever he gets the chance. His base loves it! His supporters cheer him on! That’s fine with him. He speaks to them exclusively as it is.
Trump’s latest nominee to the Supreme Court is now Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He is a deeply flawed justice, given the accusation that he assaulted a woman sexually when they were teenagers in the 1980s.
But, hey. What’s the prob? His benefactor, Donald Trump, has been accused by several women of doing the same thing. What’s more, he’s actually bragged about how his “celebrity” status allowed him to grab women by their genitals.
No sweat, man! He’s our guy, the base declares.
So he’s going to hit the campaign trail and boast about seating two men on the high court in his first two years. That’s it! The Supreme Court is now a political football to be kicked around.
It’s a tragic development in the history of this great nation.