Friday, December 6, 2019

the last book I ever read (The Education of Brett Kavanaugh by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, excerpt twelve)

from The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly:

Benjamin Wittes, the editor in chief of the blog Lawfare and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, concurred in The Atlantic: “If I were a senator, I would not vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh.” Wittes added that he wrote those words “with no pleasure, but with deep sadness,” since he had a long relationship with the judge.

“He delivered on Thursday, by way of defense, a howl of rage,” Wittes wrote. “His opening statement was an unprecedentedly partisan outburst of emotion from a would-be justice. I do not begrudge him the emotion, even the anger. He has been through a kind of hell that would leave any person gasping for air. But I cannot condone the partisanship—which was raw, undisguised, naked, and conspiratorial—from someone who asks for public faith as a dispassionate and impartial judicial actor. His performance was wholly inconsistent with the conduct we should expect from a member of the judiciary.”

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