As much as I loved “Star Trek” growing up, I was never a huge fan of the Spock character. Though his logic was usually flawless, his scientific knowledge unimpeachable and his loyalty unquestioned, his usual lack of passion bugged the Hell out of me.
How ironic that in “Trek”‘s fictional storyline, currently running at 52 years, many of the best tales revolve around the moments when Spock “lost it.” Any number of contrivances caused it, from alien spores to alien viruses to alien horniness, but what followed was often a much-needed insight into his psyche and humanity. Those outbursts help turn Spock into one of the most iconic fictional characters in pop culture history.
Because there was always a good explanation for Spock’s rare excursions into emotional meltdown, in the end all was forgiven, and before the end of the hour, he assumed his rightful position as the voice of reason and calm on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise.
In that great tradition I therefore say NO, Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s recent emotional (and at times rambling) testimony during last week’s appearance before the U.S. Senate judicial committee did not, and should not, disqualify him from service as a Supreme Court Justice.
While few of us have any idea what it must be like to have outlandish and highly dubious attacks on our personal and professional character made on that kind of stage (Judge Clarence Thomas is the only one we have seen that comes close), many voices have risen to say that Kavanaugh’s passionate and aggressive tone immediately should disqualify him from service on our nation’s highest court.
While I, like every one of you, am in no position to state with any level of authority the accuracy or validity of the hideous accusations leveled against 17-year-old Brett Kavanaugh, 36 years after the fact, I can say that if you accused most reasonable people of the same type of behavior under the same circumstances, Judge Kavanaugh’s emotional reaction would be somewhere on the low end of the spectrum for typical responses.
Not only has his personal reputation and honor been called into question, but the accusations have brought uncharacteristic shame, embarrassment and frustration to his family, a family that he has done nothing but consistently make proud for the past 53 years.
If there was a dispassionate response to what he (and for that matter, many conservatives) believed to be a coordinated and orchestrated hit job, I would want no part of him as a nominee.
The notion that Supreme Court nominees should be emotionless “automatons,” is a ridiculous idea that needs to be discredited for what it is: unrealistic and unprecedented.
Judge Kavanaugh’s anger and animation was 1000 percent appropriate for the conditions and circumstances he was dealing with at the time, and the vast majority of conservatives that have been calling this entire process suspect (since the Ford accusations emerged so late) are rightfully cheering him on.
He has never “raged” in his years on the bench; he has never once been accused of illogical or inappropriate behavior while carrying out his well-documented duties as a Federal Judge. But yes, when questioned about outlandish and embarrassing accusations that he vehemently denies, he got emotional, and he showed it. Good for him.
I am all for full disclosure, but at the end of the day if the FBI investigations show what is expected, a stalemate of he said/she said with no concrete evidence to back up Ford’s specific claims, then the Senate should confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court without hesitation. If the vast majority of the Republican Senators could vote in the affirmative for Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan (and they DID), knowing their unfettered support for all things left of center, then by God, the Dems should do the same for Brett Kavanaugh, whose only sin under testimony was showing his human distaste for being treated inhumanely.