Republicans like Sen. John Kennedy are terrified of what else might come out about Brett Kavanaugh.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is facing a steady stream of serious allegations from multiple accusers, and Republicans are terrified about what else is still out there. So they're trying to hurry up and vote on Kavanaugh before yet more sordid allegations damage him and his credibility.
Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) appeared on Fox News to dismiss those allegations, insisting the Senate needs to move ahead with a vote, currently delayed for a one-week FBI investigation.
"It's time for senators to be senators and to grow some guts. And to woman up or man up and cast a vote," Kennedy declared.
"The longer we wait, the more allegations are going to come out. Now there's a professor down in North Carolina State, he says that Judge Kavanaugh drank to excess. Some of his other classmates said he didn't. Keep in mind this was 40 years ago."
Kavanaugh has been accused by three different women of being involved in sexual assaults when he was in high school and college. Many former classmates have come forward to say he lied under oath during his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Yet Republican senators have praised the nominee, insisting he is a "good man" even if the allegations against him are true. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who said he wanted the Senate to delay its vote to give the FBI time to investigate, says he still wants Kavanaugh on the court.
"I am a conservative. I would like to see Judge Kavanaugh confirmed," he said Friday.
Should he be seated on the court, Kavanaugh would be in a position of extreme power with the ability to affect millions of lives until the end of his life.
Kennedy's public push for a hasty confirmation vote is the latest manifestation of the Republican Party's drive to consolidate power, even if it means installing a sexual predator to America's top court.
The facts are not a concern to them, nor is the message such an appointment would send to millions of women and girls around the country. They just want the seat, no matter what.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.