Brett Kavanaugh: What Trump inherited from Bush
From his nomination to the decisive vote of Susan Collins, everything that revolves around new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is the continuation of a macabre GOP strategy.
In just three months, the Trump administration managed to forever change the Supreme Court of the United States.
The speed with which everything happened - from the resignation of Justice Kennedy to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh - has left no room for the deepest analysis.
Brett Kavanaugh's arrival on the Supreme Court assumes the rooting of the traditional conservatism of the Republican Party, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find the good side of this.
For columnists like Tim Dickinson, the rise of Kavanaugh is an irrefutable simile of the strength of Trumpism, something the author describes as "the perversion of the true GOP."
In his piece for Rolling Stone, Dickinson says that "Kavanaugh is the bridge between (George W. Bush) and Trump," and has become "a shield in the Supreme Court, installed to protect both presidents."
The author draws the connection as follows:
Why does Kavanaugh matter to the Bushes? To start, the W. Bush presidency flouted the law, repeatedly, and has never been called to account. Recall the failed Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers, a top lawyer from the W. Bush administration. Miers was seen, at the time, as a Bush loyalist who might shield the administration’s legacy for a coming generation, including against court cases arising from the administration’s use of torture, black sites, and mass surveillance — to say nothing of its march to war in Iraq under false pretenses.
For Dickinson, Kavanaugh - who served as lieutenant attorney during the 2000 count in Florida, and Bush's staff secretary - is the evolved version of Miers.
The author corroborates our assumptions that the strategic arrival of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is nothing more than an urgent and accelerated action by the administration and the GOP to protect the president from an investigation that lurks at the doors of the Oval Office and, now, to also protect the waste of the W. Bush administration.
In fact, if you still had doubts about the vote in favor of Kavanaugh by Sen. Susan Collins, the explanation is the same: the Bush family.
As the Intercept explained, "Collins is an honorary member of the Bush family" since her beginnings in her political career while working closely with people like Sen. William Cohen, who she would eventually replace in the Senate some years later.
The Collins-Bush relationship is grounded in the economic participation of the presidential family in Maine and years of public relations, to the point that W. Bush "repeatedly called Collins to convince her to vote for Kavanaugh," CNN reported.
The Bush presence behind Kavanaugh's confirmation even went as far as to define the public strategies that the GOP adopted after accusations of sexual abuse against the nominee.
The public relations firm that promoted John Kerry's battle record in Vietnam to help the re-election of W. Bush in 2004, CRC Public Relations, was the same one that designed the GOP's strategy to get Kavanaugh to the position: "Accept that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s experience of assault as a teenager was genuine, but introduce doubt that the assaulter was Kavanaugh," continues Dickinson.
Senator Collins, for example, followed the script to the letter, and now the perversion and traditional manipulation of the GOP have their place in the most important judicial body in the country.