Members Only | October 2, 2018 | Reading Time: 5 minutes
GOP Believes Voters Will Punish Dems for Kavanaugh
But the more they attack Democrats, the more the Republicans alienate women.
I’ve been puzzling over why the Republicans are all-in for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. It’s not like there aren’t a dozen apparatchiks to choose from.
Why endure a week-long drip-drip of bad headlines in order to confirm him? Why not cut him off, tap a new nominee, and take advantage of renewed willingness to play ball? There’s still time, though not much. Why all-in for just one mook?
Greg Sargent and Paul Waldman suggested Monday that the Republicans have convinced themselves the fight over Kavanaugh is a win for them—at least as it pertains to holding the Senate. (The GOP leadership appears ready to concede that the House is lost.) Plus, they said, the Republicans are blinded by tribalism.
One answer is that Republicans have convinced themselves not only that Kavanaugh is the real victim here, but also that the accusations against him constitute one of the greatest injustices in the history of mankind. A line must be drawn, a stand must be made, for the sake of all that is right and good in the world — and especially so the damn liberals won’t win. When you hate your opponents as much as Republicans hate Democrats, giving those opponents what they want today — even if it’s so you can win a more significant victory tomorrow — is utterly intolerable.
That the Republicans think the fight over Kavanaugh is a win seems right to me. It explains the concerted effort to characterize the Kavanaugh affair as a hit job on the part of the Democrats. So much so, the midterms next month will be a referendum on the left’s ill treatment of a really nice guy. Per conservative pundit Hugh Hewitt: