“What goes around comes around!”
So goes the commonplace unveiled threat of reprisal from an uncommonplace individual in a very uncommonplace situation.
I speak, of course, of Brett Kavanaugh’s tirade against Democrats and assorted other evil-doers who had the temerity to pose hard questions and actually (gasp) oppose his nomination to the highest court in the land. Even cynical old me was somewhat shocked to find a federal judge making threats against opponents. I haven’t yet found an example of any other high-court nominee ever doing so.
Here was a nifty example of judicial temperament in the age of Trump. His excuse for that and other insulting outbursts is that he got emotional. The clearly emotional Dr. Christine Basley Ford, however, maintained perfect decorum.
So what will happen when Kavanaugh gets emotional about some case before the court?
When something that went around comes back around for him to judge?
What happens when a significant Democratic issue such as partisan gerrymandering or voter suppression comes up as is likely to happen early in his tenure?
How about when a case comes up seeking to make it okay for clergy to endorse political candidates from the pulpit yet have their houses of worship remain tax-exempt institutions?
Then there are the little white-guy lies he told–especially the ones dealing with S-E-X. I recall that Bill Clinton got impeached for lying about sex while under oath. Kavanaugh doesn’t even get admonished for lying about the language of sex while under congressional questioning.
You don’t have to have an adolescent in the 1980s to know that “boofing” is slanguage for what my generation sometimes called “back-door” sex. Good old “Bart” redefined it as “flatulence” much to the amusement of the crowd. He then managed to make “the devil’s triangle” into a drinking game rather than three-way sex among two men and a woman. Perhaps he meant that it could result from the trio’s having too much to drink.
As many experts have said, telling little lies, even about sex, suggest you might easily be telling lies about bigger things–as many think he had done.
So what’s to be done?
Clearly, if the Democrats take over the House, as is still expected, they could begin a genuine investigation–complete with subpoena power–into all his possible lies, digging deeper, interviewing a couple of dozen potential witnesses to his behavior who were ignored by the limits Trump imposed on the FBI in their itsy-bitsy investigation. This, of course, could lead to a possible impeachment proceeding–you know, the kind Kavanaugh worked on against Clinton. What goes around comes around.
Long-term, there has been some discussion of expanding the number of US Supreme Court judges to, say, 11, in order to rebalance the court if the Dems ever get the presidency and both houses. A radical move that FDR once tried but failed to accomplish. It is theoretically possible through legislation.
Meanwhile we are fated to watch the newest version of the devil’s triangle: Trump and Kavanaugh boofing Lady Liberty. With a hand over her mouth.
This post originally appeared on Don’s blog in the Chicago Daily Observer.