It’s crazy how much ‘troll the libs’ has become the governing philosophy of the right. Seems like if your overriding goal was to overturn Roe, the safest nominee to begin with was Amy Coney Barrett. An intellectually brilliant conservative jurist and personally unassailable mother of six. Feinstein et al would have had a really hard time going after her.
It would seem even smarter at this juncture to pull Kavanaugh and replace him with Barrett. It would put Red State Democrats on the defensive by making them vote against a mother of six rather than giving them and wavering Republicans a plausible non-political reason to vote against an accused rapist like Kavanaugh. This would be straight out of the Reagan playbook, who pulled Doug Ginsberg over a far more mild offense (smoking pot with law students in the 70s) and replaced him with Kennedy (worth noting neither of them would have been nominated had a bipartisan coalition of Republicans and Democrats not rejected the Bork nomination in the first place).
Yet McConnell seems to counterintuitvely feel that fighting for Trump’s man will gin up midterm turnout on the right. This goes to show how far the conservative movement has morphed into a Trump personality cult. As Susan Collins likes to say, this is very troubling indeed. One hopes beyond hope, that it is “troubling” enough for her and one other colleague to vote no on Kavanaugh.