Krugman: Kavanaugh Will Kill the Constitution

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh holding a copy of the Constitution on the second day of his confirmation hearing this week. Credit Erin Schaff for The New York Times

Reprinted from The New York Times by Paul Krugman on September 6, 2018.

“At a fundamental level, the attempt to jam Brett Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court closely resembles the way Republicans passed a tax cut last year,” writes Paul Krugman in The New York Times. “Once again we see a rushed, nakedly partisan process, with GOP leaders withholding much of the information that’s supposed to go into congressional deliberations. Once again the outcome is all too likely to rest on pure tribalism: Unless some Republicans develop a very late case of conscience, they will vote along party lines with the full knowledge that they’re abdicating their constitutional duty to provide advice and consent.

“True, Kavanaugh is at least getting a hearing, which the tax bill never did. But he’s bobbing and weaving his way through, refusing to answer even straightforward questions, displaying an evasiveness utterly at odds with the probity we used to expect of Supreme Court justices. …

“Kavanaugh accumulated a record as an appellate judge — one that places him far to the right on everything from the environment, to labor rights, to discrimination. His anti-labor views are especially extreme, even for a conservative. …

NY Times OpEd 9/6

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