I hear a lot of people complain that politics have ruined theater. Well, after the opening of the Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS hearings, I think we can agree that the obverse is true as well: theater is ruining politics.
Whether they were committing mayhem in the grandstands or just grandstanding on the committee (shouting, interrupting, talking over the chairman and demanding more documents than some of them could likely read in five lifetimes), Democrats pulled 44 childish stunts to interrupt the first hour of the hearings alone, and 63 in the first segment. And it was all choreographed theater, planned by the Bob Fosse of bull droppings, Chuck Schumer, and the other Democrats during a conference call over the Labor Day weekend.
It was also an embarrassment to the Senate, seeing an incredibly well-qualified nominee who has devoted his life to legal scholarship and public service being slandered by a pack of rabidly partisan spotlight addicts who proved they have the maturity of kindergarteners and the manners of a pack of feral hogs. In a shameful low moment, Democrats who love to admonish us to “think of the children” didn’t seem to care about Judge Kavanaugh’s two young daughters, who were let out of school to come watch their dad and see how the Senate works. They watched their dad be slandered and were eventually escorted out by their mother for their own safety after learning only too well that when Democrats don’t get what they want, the Senate works like “Lord of the Flies.”
It actually made you yearn for the days when Sen. Ted Kennedy stood up like a mature adult and viciously slandered Judge Bork in a dignified and professional manner.
One hallmark of modern liberalism is to jump immediately from unfounded allegation to accepted fact without taking that inconvenient middle step of “proving the allegation.” For instance, it’s currently a popular claim on the left that Trump shouldn’t be allowed to nominate a Supreme Court Justice because he’s an “illegitimate President.”
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And he is illegitimate because...uh...uh...”RUSSIA!” Oh, wait, 18 months of searching have not turned up any evidence of collusion and we know Russia changed no ballots. Well, then...he didn’t win the popular vote! Several previous Presidents haven’t. Besides, that’s irrelevant: all candidates know it’s an Electoral College race, and Trump won 30 out of 50 states. Okay, how about when Republicans blocked Obama’s last SCOTUS nomination because it was close to an election? That might be an actual argument ,except that it was Obama who was soon to leave office. This is just a midterm election; Trump still has over two years (or maybe six – I love to bear-bait these people) to go.
Maybe the Democrats assume Trump is leaving soon because they’ll win Congress and impeach him on grounds that he wasn’t supposed to beat Hillary, dagnabbit! But having political opponents who are surly to the point of madness doesn’t make someone an illegitimate President. There is no clause in the Constitution that reduces a President’s power because his opponents are living in a mass delusion sparked by anger and wishful thinking. Too bad they didn’t listen to their favorite Daddy figure when he said, “Elections have consequences.”
Now I remember what theater piece the Kavanaugh hearing reminded me of! It was the moment in “Peter Pan” when Peter exhorts everyone to save Tinkerbelle by clapping and making noise to show they do believe in fairies. Of course, that was created way back when a theatrical stunt involving children who refuse to grow up making a public display of their unwavering belief in things that don’t exist was just entertainment and not government.
As a sort-of mental Visine to help you wash the image of the Democrats’ behavior out of your mind’s eye, here is President Trump’s spot-on reaction to their childish antics, followed by some inspiring words from an actual stateswoman, Condoleezza Rice.