Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Advances to Final Floor
Early Friday morning, the senate voted yes (51-49) to advance Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh to the final floor vote, which is expected to occur on Saturday. This nomination has been one of the most polarized Supreme Court nominations in the U.S history over the last century, spurring debates and protests that have expanded well beyond the political arena in Washington. Should Kavanaugh be confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday, he will have secured the narrowest margin of confirmation of any justice in the last 130 years.
This divide in the United States Senate only further exemplifies the partisan dynamic that has been our political system for the past several decades. The way this government has come to work in recent years is that the Republicans support Republicans and the Democrats support Democrats. It is inefficient, immature and very harmful to the wellbeing of the United States and its citizens. It was no surprise that 50 out of the 51 senators who voted in favor of Kavanaugh were Republicans. Joe Manchin III (D-W.VA) was the only Democrat to support Kavanaugh in his advancement to the final floor vote. One the other hand, with a crowd of sexual assault survivors, among them many Native American Women (key voters in her district) imploring her too stand against Kavanaugh, Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) was the only Republican to break from her party and vote against this advancement. Following her vote, Murkowski stated, “I believe Kavanaugh is a good man, it just may be in my view he’s not the right man for the court at his time.”
Many of the undecided votes for the confirmation came down to the report of the FBI investigation into Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations of sexual misconduct from 1982. Included in the investigation was a second accusation from Deborah Ramirez who reported that Kavanaugh had exposed himself to her during a party at Yale. Not included was the third sexual assault allegation made by Julie Swetnick who had reported being a victim of a gang rape as well as that Kavanaugh had physically abused girls during high school. During the investigation, the Whites House specifically requested four interviews, Leland Keyser, Deborah Ramirez and two of Kavanaugh’s high school friends, Mark Judge and PJ Smyth. Ultimately, the FBI had reached out to 10 witnesses, only interviewing nine despite the multiple lists of witnesses provided to them by Ford and Ramirez’s Lawyers, one such list containing 20 witnesses, which could have potentially corroborated their claims. After reviewing the report, many Republicans stated that they would undoubtedly vote yes to advancing the confirmation. However, many Democrats suggested that the investigation was not carried out to the best of the FBI’s abilities due to the limitation placed upon them by the White House in regards to the amount of witness they were allowed to interview. One senator, Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) stated that the White House had “straitjacketed the investigation.”
In a government currently run by Republicans, Brett Kavanaugh will most likely become our next Supreme Court Justice, thus tipping the scale of power on the Supreme Court and altering the country for a generation. There are pros and cons to this confirmation, admittedly, to some there are more cons than pros. The biggest pro that must be acknowledge is should Kavanaugh not been confirmed, President Trump was likely to retaliate by nominating someone far more controversial than the current nominee. The rest of the pros and cons related to his confirmation are purely based on perspective. Of course, there are more pros for those who support Kavanaugh, who believe in what he stands for and are hopeful for the future changes that will come to the United States within the next decade. For those who are fearful of those changes, they are seen as cons. With Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, Republicans the ruling majority on the bench, most of said Republicans more than happy to overturn landmark decisions like Roe v. Wade and Obergefell v. Hodge. If this occurs it would result ultimately in sending this nation back into a primitive era when civil rights was but a dream, only this time around it’s being actively sedated by an unhinged tyrant behind the resolute desk and an old, outdated high court determined to keep the United States the picture of white bliss it was in their youth.