The Trouble with Kavanaugh

Victor Angelo De Vasconcelos
Staff Writer

At the time this article was typed, the Kavanaugh situation still poses an utter dilemma for me.
On one hand, the rush in getting Kavanaugh voted in on the part of Republicans is startling, and the willingness to forego a thorough investigation into the allegations seems to be born out of fear that they’ll lose their senate majority in the upcoming midterms. Also, the disregard for Kavanaugh’s history with civil liberties (more precisely, the 4th amendment and the Patriot Act) should be disqualified from the get-go.
On the other hand, senator Feinstein’s withholding of the accusation for several weeks, only to reveal it near the vote, is a transparent attempt to delay the vote until after the midterms. On top of it, Democrats’ insistence on Kavanaugh’s guilt without any evidence or corroborating witnesses runs contrary to the juridical history of due process in the United States. To disregard that cornerstone of the justice system is to discredit your ability to properly vet candidates.
The media circus that surrounds the whole affair doesn’t improve anything either. Still high off of the #MeToo fumes from last year, most news outlets have deemed Kavanaugh guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. When confronted with the lack of corroboration of the case, their solution was to go from “he’s a rapist” to “he’s an alcoholic, so he won’t remember the assault” to “he was pretty angry when we called him a rapist; not very judge-like of him”. No matter what emerges, the media will find a way to frame it as more evidence of his guilt.
This situation’s most likely outcomes cut in favour of partisanship either way, and leaves no principled alternative.

Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol. 48 Issue 03 on October 10, 2018