Was this epic shamelessness or extraordinary amnesia? (Sort a)
The Washington Post Ruth Marcus, editor of the sub-editorial page, wrote a piece in the Sunday newspaper headline “Confirmation hearing? More like a defamation hearing.” Online, the title was “Forget advice and consent. This smear and degradation.“ As if nothing had happened to Brett Kavanagh.
Advice and consent have been tarnished and degraded. The goal is not to enlighten, but to tarnish: if a nominated candidate cannot be stopped, at least some harm can be done to him and the opposition.
The just-concluded confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson is the final representation of a tragic path. Nominations and hearings always have a political element; After all, Framers delegates the power of confirmation to a political branch.
However, less confirmation of the law and no more confirmation of biased point-scoring and presidential promotions were heard.
It’s as shameless as the post’s editorial board claims that Jackson was “treated worse” than Kavanagh.
In that case, the words “Brett Kavanagh” never appeared, as if Marcus did not have to address fake news about the gang rape of a teenager. In 2018, Marcus Cavanaugh followed him for the courage to get angry when he was accused of raping a teenager. The headline then was “Ford’s testimony is destructive. Kavanagh had a volcano.” No “smear and degrade” or stigmatized.
Oh no, “basic knowledge of the constitutional process was demonstrated on Thursday. Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanagh confronted witnesses against him – one of them, however – and it was devastating.” What a democratic rage this paper is!
In his final part, Marcus chose to return to Bork:
Robert H. The 1987 confirmation hearing for Bork started the modern judicial war, and Republicans are still angry at Bork as the real sin of the Democrats. “We started this path of character assassination in the 1980s with the hearing of Judge Bork, and the senators have been engaged in heinous theatrics ever since,” said Sen. Ben Sass (R-Neb.).
I was there, and what actually happened was, he borrowed the famous description of why he wanted justice, to be an “intellectual feast” – especially compared to this past week’s food fight. He lost by 58 to 42 votes, of which six were against Republican senators. (Two Democrats voted to confirm him.)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) Complained that it was not because Democrats dragged him “down the drain.” Bork defeated Bork himself because of his earlier, inflammatory writing and then his testimony before the committee. His published opinion was so extreme and out of the legal mainstream that his confirmation failed by the largest margin in history.
Marcus shamelessly avoids events such as Ted Kennedy’s “Robert Bork’s America” retreat and actor Gregory Peck’s People for the American Way TV commercial. It was unprecedented in a confirmation process.
Click on Marcus’s “actually happened” link, and reporter Edward Walsh mentions that “like Biden, the minority leader in the Senate, Robert J. Doll (R-Kan.), And Bork saw the fight for confirmation as a vehicle to advance his quest for the presidency.”
PS: Tucker Carlson took Marcus earlier.
Washington Post columnist (former reporter!) Ruth Marcus showed a bizarre tendency to view the allegations of unsubstantiated rape against Kavanagh as a fair game, but now she says “How much will the GOP go down ?!” pic.twitter.com/Pkgm5VP4Zf
– Tim Graham (TimJeGraham) March 28, 2022