Brett Kavanaugh, Lightning Rod of Controversy
I have to be a glutton for punishment for bringing up the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh which appears to be heading to a controversial hearing on Thursday.
It’s become a lightning rod issue with a huge divide between Democrats and Republicans, men and women, young and old, pro life and pro choice, left and right…you name it. It’s also an issue that is so sensitive to many that you can’t offer a different take without being called out as being chauvinistic, insensitive, idiotic and sometimes all of the above.
Kavanaugh is President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court and all along his nomination was one filled with controversy because of the feeling that he might be the swing vote to overturn Roe v Wade. Democrats were hoping to delay his confirmation vote until after the mid-term elections in November because if they regained control of the House and/or Senate they might be in position to block his nomination.
That was even before recent developments in which two women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct: one when he was a 17-year old prep school student and the other when he was a freshman at Yale. There is also the possibility of a third woman coming out publicly with an allegation about his behavior as a teenager.
Kavanaugh has vehemently denied all of these and will face some tough questions during testimony before the Senate judiciary committee on Thursday which will also include Professor Christine Blasey Ford, the first to accuse him of sexual assault.
On the surface this appears to be a case of who do you believe as none of the women have witnesses to the incidents. However at the same time if you subscribe to “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” then right now it’s very hot for Kavanaugh and those who want to push his nomination forward.
I’m starting to believe that not even Mother Theresa herself could pass the vetting process that exists today and in truth what it means is that more and more qualified people will choose not to enter the public domain. It’s simply too much to handle.