Kavanaugh sworn into Supreme Court after divisive fight

Cheryl Sanders
October 7, 2018

Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who initially accused newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, revealed Friday their client will not pursue additional action against Kavanaugh.

Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the constitutional oath and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who Kavanaugh is replacing, will administer the judicial oath in a private ceremony.

"A week that will live in infamy for the US Senate, permanently diminishing its stature", said Michael R. Bromwich. "A vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh", McConnell continued, is a vote about the Senate itself, where "the facts matter" and the "politics of personal destruction do not win the day".

The Democrats" "strategy to capitalize on the "Me Too' movement for the political purposes backfired on them", Republican strategist Alice Stewart said.

"Obviously, I was really sad about the whole process", Flake said before Graham smashed a pie in his face and exclaimed, "Seriously, this one is about the fans". I mean, who would have thought a thing like that could have happened, what he's been through?

Political strategists in both parties suggest the GOP's enthusiastic embrace of Kavanaugh despite the allegations may have shifted the political landscape - at least temporarily - by injecting new energy into the most passionate Republican voters a month before the election.

Bush also reaffirmed his commitment to Kavanaugh after Ford and other accusers brought allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee. Top billing will go to a Republican president and his allies in the Senate who were willing to allow norms to be steamrollered and justice to be short-changed in the pursuit of a reliable conservative majority on the court.

The cold open drew to a close as Republicans sprayed Miller High Life, the "champagne of beers", all over and Graham called Kavanaugh the "Natty Light of judges", adding that he hoped we, as a country, "keep this horny male energy going 'til the midterms!"

Kavanaugh attended high school in Maryland, where he met Christine Blasey Ford, now a 51-year-old academic in the area of research psychology.

Under tremendous political pressure, Trump ordered a last-minute Federal Bureau of Investigation supplemental inquiry.

Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Trans Equality, concluded that the proceedings were a "moral failure", especially following criticism of a "limited" FBI investigation which failed to interview many key witnesses. "It's hard to know what 1987 would have looked like if we had the technology that we have today".

In the end, Republicans were able to use their stranglehold on Capitol Hill and the White House to muscle through the confirmation in a power play that reflected the momentous importance of Trump's 2016 election victory over Hillary Clinton.

By a vote of 50-48, the Senate gave a lifetime job to Kavanaugh, 53, after weeks of fierce debate over sexual violence, privilege and alcohol abuse that convulsed the nation just weeks before congressional elections on November 6.

SC senator Lindsey Graham, who was one of the most ardent supporters of the Kavanaugh nomination, was also accosted activists lamenting his role in the process.

Trump, flying to Kansas for a political rally, flashed a thumbs-up gesture when the tally was announced and praised Kavanaugh for being "able to withstand this terrible, awful attack by the Democrats".

"It's a good day for America and an important day for the Senate", McConnell said, adding the division throughout this process was something the Senate and country would move past. It's a attractive thing to see'. "Very happy about it. It was a great vote, a very historic vote", Trump said. At one point some protesters ran up the steps and banged on the court's ornate doors. Hundreds of other demonstrators watched from behind barricades.

The moment conservatives have dreamed about for decades has arrived with Brett Kavanaugh joining the Supreme Court.

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