What Next for Kavanaugh?

Brett Kavanaugh supreme boofer

Don Rose

“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.

2 thoughts on “What Next for Kavanaugh?

  1. It should be clear to everyone not an apologist for the present calamitous situation in the US that Kavanaugh was a political nominee from the outset. I’ve yet to see a shred of evidence that he’s the “genius” Trump touted him as. He’s a man on a mission, and it’s entirely too easy to predict how he will vote on the highest court in the land. He is the “godsend” “Christian” fundamentalists have been awaiting to cast the deciding vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. [Like some other members of the Supremes, he will claim his “pro-life” stance flows from Catholicism. And Kavanaugh’s background sure speaks of his being a veritable altar boy, yes?
    :-) ] Thus, this whole process has been about women, and the need the GOP feels to suppress them, to keep them quiet, in the kitchen cooking supper, etc. We don’t need to expand the number of members of SCOTUS, we need reasonable term limits and nominees who actually resemble fair-minded brilliant jurists. Instead we get ideologues and political hacks. I put Kavanaugh in both those categories. And the Democratic Party, of which I am not an adherent, needs some real leadership. I was recently sent an online petition posing this rhetorical question to Nancy Pelosi (I’m paraphrasing somewhat, as I didn’t memorize the exact wording): “Is there ANYTHING that could impel you to seek to impeach ANYONE?” Impeachment needs to go right to the top at this time. Lancing the boil will induce a little pain initially, but ahhh, it feels so good when the pus has drained out!

  2. The writing is on the wall. We can hope that the other conservative Supreme Court Justices will become more progressive in response to Kavanaugh’s inflammatory presence.

    Unfortunately, I think it is possible that the Republicans will still control the House of Representatives after the election. The president of the Mormon church recently told women to take a 10 day “fast” from social media and any upsetting news:

    “I invite you to participate in a 10-day fast from social media and from any other media that bring negative and impure thoughts to your mind,” Nelson said as he addressed the women-only session at the church’s General Conference on Saturday. “Pray to know which influences to remove during your fast. The effect of your 10-day fast may surprise you. What do you notice after taking a break from perspectives of the world that have been wounding your spirit? Is there a change in where you now want to spend your time and energy? Have any of your priorities shifted just a little?” – https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2018/10/10/time-metoo-year-woman-mormon-church-president-tells-women-get-off-social-media-days/

    If it has not already happened, I imagine other churches will tell women to also detox from social media and the news for awhile too. They can’t risk dismantling the patriarchy. The church, husbands, and fathers will tell the women how to think, feel, and vote.

    While we are waiting for churches’ tax-exempt status to be totally abolished, maybe we should start praying for the second-coming of a hippie Jesus who shows these so-called Christians the errors of their oppressive ways.

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