“To be a good judge and a good umpire, it’s important to have the proper demeanor. Really important, I think. To walk in the others’ shoes, whether it be the other litigants, the litigants in the case, the other judges. To understand them. To keep our emotions in check. To be calm amidst the storm.
“On the bench, to put it in the vernacular, don’t be a jerk. I think that’s important. To be a good umpire and a good judge, don’t be a jerk. In your opinions, to demonstrate civility — I think that’s important as well. To show, to help display, that you are trying to make the decision impartially and dispassionately based on the law and not based on your emotions.
“That we’re not the bigger than the game…There’s a danger of arrogance, as for umpires and referees, but also for judges. And I would say that danger grows the more time you’re on the bench. As one of my colleagues puts it, you become more like yourself —and that can be a problem.”
Yes, that is verbatim from a speech our newest Supreme Court justice gave in 2015. Is it just me or just that seem completely incongruous with the behavior exhibited by Brett Kavanaugh in recent weeks. He has shown himself to be a malignantly and politically partisan animal these past 2 weeks after launching a completely baseless and delusional Fox/Breitbart type of rant about he himself having victimized by vast left wing groups and of course the Clintons (Republicans just cant let it go), all the while insulting repeatedly any Democratic members of the Senate.
Let’s not forget he was also on Fox News, that bastion of truth (as they see it) to broadcast an informercial touting himself, as well as having published an op ed published in major newspapers shamelessly promoting himself again, very tawdry Brett. I am sure the sitting eight justices were just over the top to witness Kavanaugh’s blatant politicization of the highest court in the land.
Just like Trump, Judge Kavanaugh has shown us who he is, so we really need to believe him. Don’t forget it took Kavanaugh THREE years to get confirmed to the DC Court of Appeals and don’t lose sight of the fact that Mitch McConnell tried desperately to talk Trump out of nominating him originally. McConnell knew a lot more about Kavanaugh than Trump.
Kavanaugh has angled for a Supreme seat endlessly for the last 10 years, again shamelessly. The assault charges mean very little at this point to me personally, unprovable by either the accused nor the accuser, but what is of great importance, and never fully investigated, was the fact that Kavanaugh received a huge stolen batch of DNC emails while working in the White House under Dubya and then claimed he didn’t know they were stolen information. Really, Brett? Why did Trump refuse to release any documentation relating to Kavanaugh during his years in the White House?
The sole reason Trump nominated him is Kavanaugh’s out of bounds view of the powers of the president being virtually limitless, the imperial presidency as it were, and that the man who sits in the White House should never be burdened with such trivial matters like responding to subpoenas or, God forbid, even face indictment because the job of president is so burdensome that he has no time to deal with such mundane matters. Really? Trump is way too involved watching cable news and tweeting almost simultaneously the majority of every single day, that weighty aspect of being president?
It was an embarrassingly shameful process to ram this wolf in good, churchgoing Catholic boy sheep’s clothing through and elevate him to the highest court in the land. We, as a country, are hurtling backwards at breakneck speed.