Kavanaugh SCOTUS Nomination

Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, testifies during his US Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 27, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
on September 28, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
Former President Jimmy Carter speaks at the 45th Liberty University Commencement at Williams Stadium on Saturday May 19, 2018, in Lynchburg, Va. Photo by Lathan Goumas.
on October 9, 2018 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - OCTOBER 3: House minority leader Nancy Pelosi mingles with a crowd, mostly of women, who have gathered outside of the Supreme Court to oppose Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court on the evening of October 3, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
Going Forward from Kavanaugh

As we settle into a post-Kavanaugh confirmation world, I wanted to flag a few posts you may have missed over the weekend, posts where I took some initial stabs on what the whole drama meant, what we can draw from it. First, this: Kavanaugh saved himself with his blistering response to Blasey Ford. Without that primal scream, I suspect he would have been defeated. He embodied Trump and won a seat on the Court because of it. Then Rule breaking. Rule breaking, largely under the leadership of Mitch McConnell, secured two Supreme Court seats for Republicans. The rule breaking worked. Expect a lot more of it. Finally, this won’t end. If the Democrats control the House of Representatives next year, they will undertake the kind of investigation Republicans refused to do. As I explained here, there’s a lot to look at.

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