Watching the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings, you might be forgiven if you thought you’d mistakenly channel-surfed over to TCM and were watching an old movie instead.
For instance, we had the spectacle of Democrat Cory Booker and his Cinerama-scale virtue-signaling, as he declared that he was willing to risk his career to expose confidential emails with the title “Racial Profiling” from Kavanaugh’s time as White House counsel that the Republicans were trying to suppress. His performance won applause from liberal media critics, who hailed his histrionics as a “Spartacus” moment, referring to the #1 movie of 1960, in which Kirk Douglas plays the leader of a slave revolt against Roman oppressors.
But it turned out to be more like the #2 movie of 1960, “Psycho,” after baffled Republicans revealed that they’d cleared those documents for release the night before on request of Booker’s office. They also didn’t show that Kavanaugh was defending racial profiling, but doing his job by arguing for race-neutral post-9/11 security measures to comply with the Constitution (Democrats who implied he was racist were literally judging a book by its cover.) Booker and all the other Democrats might as well have stood up one after the other and loudly proclaimed, “I...am...Specious!”
On the other hand, if you’d like to see a moment during the hearings that might remind you of the 1939 classic, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” about an honest man who’s slandered by corrupt Senators but inspires Americans with his refusal to back down from his faith in bedrock American principles, then check out this moment from day two of the hearings.
I wonder, if they’d stopped and taken a poll right then and there, how many people in that chamber actually carry their own personal copies of the Constitution? For those who don’t – and I suspect there are many, and we could guess fairly accurately who they are – maybe we need to supply them with one. That’s one free government giveaway program I could get behind.