Toly plickal

Trump says oh gee it’s all so political.

On Monday in New York, President Donald Trump dismissed the second allegation of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as “totally political.”

Meaning what, exactly? That the nomination of Kavanaugh wasn’t political? They can’t be serious. How about Mitch McConnell’s boast about looking Obama in the eyes and saying, with a macho stab of the finger, “you will not fill this Supreme Court vacancy”? That wasn’t political?

The Supreme Court is political. I know it’s supposed to be above that, but it’s not and never has been.

White House counsel Kellyanne Conway said in an interview with CBS on Monday morning that the allegations against Kavanuagh are “starting to feel like a vast left-wing conspiracy.”

And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell went off on Democrats Monday afternoon, accusing them of conducting a “shameful, shameful smear campaign.”

What about the refusal to hold hearings on Merrick Garland? That wasn’t political? That wasn’t a vast right-wing conspiracy?

Chris Cillizza goes back a few years:

But the politicization of this hearing happened a long time ago, and Republmicans are at least as culpable for it as are Democrats.

It began with then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid changing the Senate rules on confirming judges in 2013. It worsened — badly — when Republicans were unwilling to even consider the nomination of Merrick Garland to fill the seat vacated by deceased Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. The changing of Senate rules to end debate to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Court by a simple majority in 2017 further inflamed things. The deeply riven and partisan environment is the one into which Kavanaugh was nominated. And it has only gotten worse.

There’s zero debate that Senate Democrats — particularly those on the Judiciary Committee — bear a massive amount of animosity toward McConnell and the Senate GOP leadership due to the blocking of Garland.

And why wouldn’t they? Why wouldn’t we?

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