Kavanaugh the carpool dad

Why on earth would the Washington Post run a piece by a carpool buddy of Brett Kavanaugh’s letting us know what a super-nice guy he is?

When I saw the title I honest to god thought it was satire:

I don’t know Kavanaugh the judge. But Kavanaugh the carpool dad is one great guy.

It sure looks like satire, doesn’t it, but she’s serious.

Her qualification for writing the piece is that she lives in Chevy Chase.

Much has been written about Brett Kavanaugh as President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, but the discussion has focused on his record as a federal judge and in his legal career. I’d like to talk about him as Coach K. Like the one at Duke University, this Coach K also is a mentor to student-athletes who love basketball. But his players are sixth-grade girls.


Stop right there. Not another step.

Yes of fucking course the discussion has focused on his record as a federal judge and in his legal career, because he’s been nominated to be on the Supreme Court. Our only interest in him is because of his nomination to be on the Supreme Court. He’s not our future roommate or next door neighbor or babysitter or blind date. We don’t care about him personally; we shouldn’t care about him personally.

This is not a soap opera or a tv cooking competition. Kavanaugh’s personality and character and taste in literature are not relevant and not our business; his record as a federal judge and in his legal career very much is. It’s insultingly frivolous to pretend that his basketball coaching is worth reading about in the Washington Post.

Brett’s older daughter and mine have been classmates at Blessed Sacrament School, a small Catholic school in the District, for the past seven years. On evenings and weekends, you’re likely to find Brett at a local gym or athletic field, encouraging his players or watching games with his daughters and their friends. He coaches not one but two girls’ basketball teams. His positive attitude and calm demeanor make the game fun and allow each player to shine. The results have been good: This past season, he led the Blessed Sacrament School’s sixth-grade girls team to an undefeated season and a citywide championship in the local Catholic youth league.

I don’t care. Nobody should care.

Except for the Catholic part. That is relevant, and it continues the trend of filling the court with Catholics. There are liberal Catholics who don’t do what the Vatican tells them to do, of course, but it’s still worth paying attention to – but as a matter of world view and judicial philosophy, not as a matter of basketball coaching. Yes even for girls.

I’ll leave it to others to gauge Judge Kavanaugh’s qualifications for the Supreme Court as a jurist. But as someone who would bring to his work the traits of personal kindness, leadership and willingness to help when called on, he would receive a unanimous verdict in his favor from those who know him.

I repeat – what is the Post doing publishing childish drivel like that?

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