Bret Stephens was moved to uncharacteristic partisan belligerency in part by
Listening to Cory Booker explain on Tuesday that “ultimately” it doesn’t matter if Kavanaugh is “guilty or innocent,” because “enough questions” had been raised that it was time to “move on to another candidate.”
This is a rhetorical sleight of hand in three acts: Elide the one question that really matters; raise a secondary set of “questions” that are wholly the result of the question you’ve decided to ignore; call for “another candidate” because it will push confirmation hearings past the midterms, which was the Democratic objective long before most anyone had ever heard of Blasey’s allegation.
Will a full-bore investigation of adolescent behavior now become a standard part of the “job interview” for all senior office holders? I’m for it — provided we can start with your adolescent behavior, as it relates to your next job.
Searching my heart on this, and miffed at myself that I’m having trouble “letting go” now that my mild preference in the matter is being realized, I suspect that I’m not alone.
My quote from Stephens distills why I (again, mildly) preferred the Kavanaugh nomination to proceed over withdrawing him and nominating, say, Amy Coney Barrett, who I’d have preferred to Kavanaugh as Trump’s nomineee initially.
Even that preference varied from day-to-day as the weeds grew taller and I waded further and further in.