Many good points here, and I agree that it is entirely disturbing that we’ve reached a time/place where whose team is getting their way has become vastly more important than integrity, decorum or dignity. People seemed to think that if it couldn’t be proved to the standard of a court case, then Kavanaugh was entitled to a life time appointment on the highest court. As retired (Republican) Justice Stevens pointed out, his deportment should have disqualified him alone and no-one was entitled to anything.

This was a job interview and although in a trial setting, someone is innocent until proven guilty (meaning the accusor has the burden of persuasion), the large stink of impropriety alone that surrounded Kavanaugh should have resulted in his name being withdrawn. We believe all other victims reporting crimes right out of the box, up and until a thorough investigation indicates a reason not to believe them. Since it was decided not to have a thorough investigation, not to take lack of judicial temperment into account, and to disregard flagrant pervasive perjury, we are stuck with the politicizing of an institution that strives to be above that.

There isn’t really anyone who I’ve talked to about this who didn’t want to devolve into tribalism and polarization, rather than stepping back from teams and looking at the fitness of the candidate on the merits alone.

It certainly will be interesting to see if this moment in history does slide us further towards totalitarianism, or if it provides enough of a catalyst to try to recapture actual democracy.

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