Dahlia Lithwick offers a typically incisive take on Brett Kavanaugh’s “championship” of women: “The women who matter to Kavanaugh and Senate Republicans in this process are the high-status women—the lawyers and the girls’ basketball team and Amy Chua’s daughter. Their experience of Kavanaugh is all that should be credited. Other stories about Kavanaugh can be ignored.”
Of course, it’s not just women that Republicans erase–it’s the whole non-white, non-Christian, non-suburban, un-moneyed demographic that exists outside their bubble.
I think there’s a specifically Catholic aspect of the Bart O’Kavanaugh/Mike Judge world view too–the virgin/Madonna thing. And though it’s presumptuous, I really wonder if the real Kavanaugh doesn’t have a massively addictive personality, though I suspect his weakness is gambling now rather than black-out drinking. My interest in this isn’t just partisan–until Trump gets to replace someone else on the court in the next few months or years, Kavanaugh will be the linchpin of the unraveling of what’s left of the New Deal and the Great Society. Unless his liver fails or a loan shark murders him, he’s going to be on the court for a couple of decades at least.