The Assault on the Supreme Court Confirmation Process / by marilyn salenger


I did not need to know or want to hear Brett Kavanaugh tell me and a Fox cable news audience that he was a virgin throughout his high school years. That he hadn’t had sexual intercourse for years after that. Seriously? This from a man who wants to be the next Supreme Court Judge. This from a man has not taken a lie detector test concerning any accusations women have made about his role in sexual assault, but went to Fox News to preach his purity and innocence.

Wrong move, Brett.

This entire Supreme Court nomination process has been wrong from the beginning. It’s brought our country to a new low when we have been wondering how much lower it can get. A cloud of shame should be hung over the Republicans promulgating this nightmare of a show that should be no show at all. There is no virtue in their behavior. Remember that as you watch the upcoming hearing.

Yes, Republicans are in the majority on Capitol Hill. Yes, we can change that in the November election. Yes, that’s what this is all about. Republicans are afraid of losing their grasp on power that enables them to appoint the next Supreme Court Justice, and apparently will do anything to get their way. Women be damned.

Remember that in November.

It’s been abhorrent to watch a group of Republican men trying to jam a Supreme Court nominee down our throats, no matter what. The Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and their supporters don’t care to truly hear or understand the women’s voices that are coming forward to speak their intimate truths, but they’re fine with Kavanaugh’s description of his purity. I lived through the Anita Hill hearings and disgrace. How can we be there again?

This is all so tragic. As will be the confirmation hearing being held on Thursday. We will hear Brett Kavanaugh once again defend himself and Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to come forward with allegations of sexual asault by Kavanaugh, will be interrogated. All of the angst of this production is pointless pain because Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley have already told us Kavanaugh will be confirmed in a matter of days as the next Supreme Court Justice. No matter what is said at the hearing.

Remember that in November.

There is so much wrong with this entire ordeal that in no way correlates or reaffirms the importance of the honor of the Supreme Court. The confirmation process must be changed going forward if we want to retain the integrity of our nation’s highest court. Its integrity is something we haven’t heard much about lately, only reinforcing how off course we’ve gotten.

I am ashamed of what is and has been taking place in Washington, D.C. The only good thing to come out of this entire ordeal is that younger men and women are seeing the bravery of women continuing to speak up about sexual assault.