But the other side is outraged -- and justifiable so -- that for all the hullabaloo about #MeToo revolution in America, the powerful patriarchy continues to hold most of the cards. And the visage of Brett Kavanaugh staring down from that high bench protecting polluters and Wall Street inside traders for the next 30 or 40 years is the rage-inducing living proof of that. The Republican white men of the Senate Judiciary Committee and their brothers-in-arms in the Justice Department were never going to give someone like Deborah Ramirez a fair shake against the likes of a Brett Kavanaugh.
The Kavanaugh farce is the exclamation point on an utterly broken justice system in America where an attractive and wealthy Hollywood star who cheated her daughter into an elite university with criminal fraud gets a whopping 14 days in prison while the homeless mom who lied about where she lived to get her kid in a better school gets five years. For those of us old enough to know that Kavanaugh along with Neil Gorsuch, occupant of the seat that McConnell stole from the first black president will still be on the Supreme Court when we die, and that dreams of seeing true justice in America will pass away with us, this reality is a brutal gut punch.
In the 1939 classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Jimmy Stewart's Jefferson Smith says famously that "a lost cause is the only one worth fighting for." The impeachment of Brett Kavanaugh quickly endorsed by many of the not-Joe-Biden Democratic candidates for president (the only folks with an incentive to connect with everyday Democratic voters) is a lost cause. Such a radical notion to find out whether one of just nine Supreme Court justices lied his way onto the bench will never fly with cowardly Dems like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or frightened journalists like the Washington Post editorial board. But radicalism is the only thing left that can save America's soul.
How is it possible that the impeachment of a Supreme Court justice is unthinkable, but a 40-year-run for a man who may have lied under oath to get there, and to hide his past mistreatment of women, is thought to be no big deal? How can we attach the respected title of associate justice to a man whose looming generation of influence over the American Way will be a daily reminder of our national injustice? Yes, the impeachment of Brett Kavanaugh is very much a lost cause worth fighting for.
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Will Bunch is author of the new "Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future", published by Free Press, which examines the calculated effort by the modern right wing to canonize the 40th president, (more...)