The conservative movement in America produces two principal products: doctrinaire lawyers and magazines nobody reads. As a result, President Donald Trump has no shortage of potential Supreme Court nominees he could tap to reliably overturn Roe v. Wade, abolish the minimum wage and declare golf the national pastime. Academia and the federal courts are already littered with professional conservatives pre-approved by The Federalist Society and the GOP donor class. During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump even released a list of 25 potential candidates for the sole purpose of proving to a skeptical Republican leadership that he was, in fact, one of their own.
Of all the names on that list, Brett Kavanaugh is currently the most unreliable vehicle for securing Republican policy victories. Aside from Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school ― an account that at least one of her classmates recalls hearing during their time together at elite Washington prep schools ― he appears to have lied to Congress during prior confirmation hearings to the federal appeals court. If Senate Republicans ram through Kavanaugh’s nomination, they will sustain heavy political damage ― six weeks before an election ― for a Supreme Court justice who could well find himself the legitimate subject of impeachment proceedings after entering office.
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