Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday night as the 114th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court , after a wrenching debate over sexual misconduct and judicial temperament that shattered the Senate , captivated the nation and ushered in an acrimonious new level of polarization now encroaching on the court that the 53-year-old judge may well swing rightward for decades to come.
Even as Kavanaugh took his oath of office in a quiet private ceremony , not long after the narrowest Senate confirmation in nearly a century and a half , protesters chanted outside the court building across the street from the Capitol.
The climactic 50-48 roll call capped a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that he had sexually assaulted women three decades ago … Allegations he emphatically denied. Those accusations transformed the clash from a routine struggle over judicial ideology into an angry jumble of questions about victims’ rights , the presumption of innocence and personal attacks on nominees.
His confirmation provides a defining accomplishment for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party , which found a unifying force in the cause of putting a new conservative majority on the court. Before the sexual accusations grabbed the Senate’s and the nation’s attention , Democrats had argued that Kavanaugh’s rulings and writings as an appeals court judge had raised serious concerns about his views on abortion rights and a president’s right to bat away legal probes.
As Kenny over at Wirecutter put it … ‘ Suck it up losers !!! ‘…