Monday, October 08, 2018

In case you need any further proof that Brett Kavanaugh is a partisan hack who should not sit on the Supreme Court

Just four days ago then-embattled nominee Brett Kavanaugh wrote this in the Wall Street Journal:
The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution. The justices do not sit on opposite sides of an aisle … I would be part of a team of nine, committed to deciding cases according to the Constitution and laws of the United States. I would always strive to be a team player.
A few days later, he managed to squeak through to confirmation. On Saturday, he was sworn in in a private ceremony, which is how it is usually done with Supreme Court justices.

So what the fuck is this:
President Trump will ceremonially swear in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh at a prime-time event in the East Room of the White House on Monday evening. The ceremony follows perhaps the most contentious confirmation battle for a Supreme Court nominee in history and the administration is using Monday evening to show voters they can make good on its promises. In front of a room full of reporters, television cameras and Republican lawmakers at 7:00 p.m. Monday, the president will stand next to Kavanaugh and present him to the nation as one of the crowning achievements of his first two years in office.
How can we possibly take Kavanaugh seriously as a neutral arbiter of law when he participates in a purely partisan televised event? And what does it say about his own personal commitment to his own professed neutrality that Kavanaugh would willingly participate in something like this?

ADDING: Just after I hit the button to post this, I saw that Charlie Pierce made the same point. Honestly, I'm surprised that more people aren't howling about this.