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A jersey-free view of the Kavanaugh nomination

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during a meeting with Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch in July.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during a meeting with Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch in July. NYT

The chance to comment on the matter of “Kavanaugh” comes as we are so deep into its depravity and madness there is no sublime way into or out of the conversation.

Therefore, I shall simply commence with my 360-Degree Eye Poking:

There is no longer any possibility of sanely sorting out the matter of the nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court of Brett Kavanaugh and the allegations of sexual impropriety or assault made against him by three women, principally by professor Christine Blasey Ford. If there ever was a possibility of sorting sanely it left the building when the testimony turned to “boofing.”

The relevance of a person’s behavior when young dissipates with age. But if that person seeks to hold any high position — or become a permanently-serving, power-wielding justice of the highest court in the land — their behavior from adolescence on has its relevance reinstated.

Of course, the allegations against Mr. Kavanaugh are germane and deserving of proper investigation and consideration. Of course, Ms. Ford deserves to be heard, respected and taken seriously. Of course, Judge Kavanaugh has the right to be heard, respected and taken seriously. And of course, our political system is unable to accommodate those standards fairly and equally.

I used to refer to South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham as John McCain’s Cabin Boy. Sen. McCain died, and Sen. Graham has moved into the Trump cabin.

I remember when it was Democrats who derided and Republicans who revered the FBI.

Christine Blasey Ford is probably horrified — rightfully — at her treatment by many Senate Republicans. She should be equally horrified by her treatment by Senate Democrats, especially Dianne Feinstein — feckless front-woman of the Ford case.

Republicans seem to believe women accusing men of inappropriate or criminal sexual behavior only when the men are Democrats. Democrats stand with a man accused of inappropriate or criminal sexual behavior only when the man is Bill Clinton.

I cannot imagine how difficult it must be for a woman to come forward to report inappropriate or criminal sexual behavior by a man if she has anything short of a videotape of him with his hand on a Bible reciting and signing a written confession.

I cannot imagine how difficult it must be for a man, if he is in fact innocent, to have a charge of inappropriate or criminal sexual behavior made against him, unless he happens to have been caught on a jumbotron catching a foul ball at a baseball game at the time of the alleged crime.

Roe v. Wade is absolutely at the heart of conservatives’ love of the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh, and Democrats’ revulsion over it. But Roe v. Wade is “settled law.”

As long as there are elections, and judges are appointed by the victors, there is no such thing as “settled law.”

I believe I have seen both liberal and conservative cable TV pundits actually salivate during all this.

We have two huge relationship problems in this country: The relationship between men and women, and the relationship between people and their political jerseys. One is loving and loyal and unbreakable unto death.

The other is the relationship between men and women.

Keith Larson’s regular podcasts can be heard on TheLarsonPage.com
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