Sunday, October 7, 2018
Next point of business, please...
Kavanaugh's chief qualifications for the Court are that he will be dependably pro-corporate and pro-plutocrat. Born to wealth, power, and privilege, he never will find anything in the Constitution that might threaten the prerogatives of his class; and he'll vote to expand those prerogatives whenever the opportunity arises. He might not vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, but he'll happily approve states legislating it into irrelevance. After all, if some high school drunk knocks up one of his daughters, she won't have any trouble securing a safe, medical abortion.
Had Democrats genuinely wanted to stop Kavanaugh because of his moral failures, Feinstein's office could have had a quiet word with the White House Counsel while Kavanaugh was just a name on a list — but they said nothing. It was only after he was nominated that Blasey-Ford's story –and her name– were leaked to the press. Once her name was public, she had no choice but to testify. Republicans may have been the ravening beasts, but Democrats were the ones who tossed her into the arena. Throughout the entire sorry spectacle, Blasey-Ford was the only individual who behaved well .
Clearly, women will be better off if Democrats capture the House next month, and the same is true for anybody who is not part of the so-called "one percent" — but those who want the kinds of change that genuinely will make a difference have to do more. We have to grab the Democratic Party by the neck and shake out the corporatists, the neoliberals, and the rest of the entrenched leadership. When Bill Clinton and his "New Democrats" moved the Party to the right, they abandoned its principles. It's time for real Democrats to take our Party back.