Judge Kavanaugh is not on trial today. Dr. Ford is not on trial today. What is on trial today is whether or not we continue to have a system of checks and balances in this country. What is on trial today is whether or not the Senate still exists as a body capable of independently fulfilling its constitutional responsibility to advise and consent to presidential nominations. This nominee should be rejected because there is sufficient and reasonable doubt that he is qualified to take a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land. Full stop.
Rejecting this nomination is not a criminal sentence. Judge Kavanaugh will keep his day job as a judge on the second highest court in the land, he will keep his property and his freedom. This is a denial of a promotion that the nominee no longer is qualified to earn due to the reasonable doubt cast upon his candidacy by the credible testimony of Dr. Ford. The Senate should do it’s job. If it fails to do so, the voters should do theirs.