But why is the GOP in Congress putting up with Kavanaugh? They could tell the nasty guy, sorry, but this one has too much baggage. There are lots of others who will do what we want who will be much easier to confirm. So why the harder route?
Melissa McEwan of Shakesville has an answer:
Because to back down, even for an easier road to the same destination, would concede that they are not yet all-powerful; that they can still be stopped.
By public pressure, if not rules, laws, norms, or ethics.
The only reason to dig in is to prove that their coup is virtually complete. To show that not only are they refusing to provide checks and balances on the president, but that there are no longer any checks or balances on them.
This is a display of dominance, a flick of the tail of a dragon who has just learned to breathe fire.
Keep up the pressure. Keep making noise. Keep resisting.
Last night the nasty guy released a stack of top secret documents in an attempt to damage the investigation against him. McEwan explains the details and tells us how rare it is for a president to do such a thing and how damaging it can be in several areas.
This is such an unprecedented, extraordinary, gravely serious event. It is the President of the United States interfering in an ongoing investigation with a profound abuse of his power, demonstrating overt hostility for the rule of law.
It's yet another signal that the imperious scofflaw occupying the White House will not be constrained by norms or ethics or laws. He does whatever the fuck he wants, to get whatever the fuck he wants.
We really and truly need a more comprehensive plan than "vote," folks.
Because I don't see Donald Trump just reasonably accepting the outcome of any election that doesn't go his way. Do you?