I don’t have much to say. I support her being confirmed; she will be confirmed; in the meantime there is a ton of hypocrisy being spouted and I am not wasting my time watching it.
I saw Ben Sasse had a lovely little lecture about how civics is different from politics and constitutes the stuff we should al agree on, like the proper role of each branch. It was well done, but I could not take it seriously coming from him. After all, one would think that basic civics would compel uniform opposition to a president leveraging critical foreign assistance to seek an announcement of a criminal investigation of his chief political rival. And yet, here we are, aren’t we, Senator Sasse?
It’s true nobody can get along in the country anymore. Far too many on both sides assume that the other side is evil and is actively out to destroy America, and each side has a trove of actual facts that they can both cite and exaggerate in service of their own pet narrative. This is the theme of David French’s latest book, which sees a danger of the country splitting apart due to our mutual hostility and suspicion. I’ll likely report on it before the election, but first I owe you posts on Woodward’s and Andrew Weissman’s books.
Anyway, if you have urgent thoughts on the kabuki theater that is a Supreme Court justice’s confirmation process, that’s why we have a comments section. Have at it!
UPDATE: I think this is notable:
.@SenatorDurbin to Amy Coney Barrett: "Have you seen the George Floyd video?"
ACB: "I have."
Durbin: "What impact did it have on you?"
ACB: "Senator, as you might imagine, given that I have two black children, that was very very personal for my family." pic.twitter.com/xvMP4tTzJ7
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 13, 2020