Brett Kavanagh is not entitled to the presumption of innocence, an integral part of due process, Democrats now say, because “he’s just a guy who’s up for a job” and “as a job applicant, he’s not due any process in this context” (https://qz.com/work/1401422/brett-kavanaugh-confirmation-innocent-until-proven-guilty-doesnt-apply-to-job-interviews/). Dig the hypocrisy.
And so, because a Senate confirmation hearing for a Supreme Court justice is not a court of law, trying a criminal case, any old unsupported, wild accusation against the judge can stand.
I think I’d be kind of upset if I applied for a job and didn’t get it because some political enemy said I kidnapped the Lindbergh baby. I don’t know the labor or the libel laws, but I think I’d have some recourse there–don’t you?
Democrats don’t come out and say that Kavanagh is not entitled to a presumption of innocence, because any number of them might need that presumption somewhere along the way. Nor can they say they’re rejecting him because they don’t like his political orientation, because that’s never been grounds for rejecting a presidential appointment. So they have to do the best they can with pure hysteria.
This controversy is no longer about Brett Kavanagh. It is about how things are to be done in this country from now on. It’s about whether regular, orderly procedures still apply or have been replaced by brutal character assassination.
If the Senate now fails to confirm him, it means the bad guys win. And we will all be living in a different kind of country than the kind we lived in only yesterday.