The American Bar Association just took unprecedented action on Kavanaugh

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With the vote earlier today to advance Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to a final confirmation vote tomorrow, the Republican Party has once and for all declared itself as the official governmental bastion for sexual predators.

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Kavanaugh has been credibly accused of attempting to rape Christine Blasey Ford when they were in high school and rather than simply select a different nominee, the GOP is intent on forcing Kavanaugh through. It’s a naked abuse of power and an affirmation of their party’s commitment to reinforcing misogyny.

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It’s, of course, hardly surprising that a party led by an alleged serial rapist would be more than happy to support a similar man for the nation’s most powerful court, but it’s no less inexcusable for being predictable.

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Now, the American Bar Association has announced that it’s reopening its evaluation of Kavanaugh in response to his performance in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

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The nominee was widely criticized for disrespecting Democratic senators, ranting about the Clintons, and sniffling his way through the proceedings. The display of unrestrained emotionality was a clear sign that he lacks the temperament to be one of the final arbiters of American law.

The official letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee explains that the ABA’s Standing Committee will be evaluating Kavanaugh’s “temperament” but that it does not expect to finish their review before the Senate vote tomorrow. While that means it probably won’t have any bearing on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, it is another strong reminder that he does not belong on the Supreme Court.

If the American Bar is unsure whether he is fit to serve as a judge, he should not be given the job. It’s certainly not worth the risk and ramming him through represents a profound dereliction of duty on the part of the GOP.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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