The fix is essentially already in for Brett Kavanaugh. The likelihood of one, let alone two, Republicans defecting to stop his nomination to the Supreme Court is a West Wing-tinged pipe dream that is just not going to happen.
Democrats should use his nomination to make clear what a conservative majority on the Supreme Court, no longer tied down by Kennedy’s swing vote, will mean to Americans.
And not in the traditional, tongue-tied way so many Senators speak, but in real, blunt, easy to understand language.
Too often Senators – especially Democrats – act as if they are impressing judges at a debate contest instead of persuading the American people.
There will be a very real effect on millions of people with Kavanaugh’s vote on the bench. His decisions, in concert with the other right-wingers, will hurt people.
So say it.
Check out this floor speech from Sen. Ted Kennedy, given during the infamous confirmation hearings for Robert Bork. Conservatives are still whining about his rhetoric, decades after he delivered them.
Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, and schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of government, and the doors of the federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of Americans.
Make them feel it, and let Americans know what is going on. If all it does is rally liberals to be more cognizant of the important role of the court, something conservatives have long understood but the left has ignored, we’ll be ahead of the game.
There is little to no hope of Borking Kavanaugh – conservatives are in lockstep even more than usual- but that doesn’t mean the tactics employed during his nomination cannot be put to good use.
Do it. Speak clearly and concisely, without Senate-tinged doublespeak.