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Why I'm voting no

Today, my Senate colleagues and I will vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

I will be voting No.

Here's why:

Brett Kavanaugh lacks commitment to the truth. During his confirmation hearings, he repeatedly lied about everything, including his yearbook, his Yale legacy, using stolen documents and allegations of sexual assault.

He told obvious lies, insisting beyond all credibility that the crude references in his yearbook were tributes to friends and drinking games.

He flung partisan accusations, and insisted that asking him to account for his actions was evidence of a shadowy left-wing "conspiracy" to avenge the Clintons.

He attacked the Senators on the committee and absurdly demanded that they explain their drinking habits to him.

He repeatedly dodged questions about his own judicial philosophy and record.

He suggested that attending prestigious schools makes him above suspicion.

He threw a tantrum that the committee dared question him.

Brett Kavanaugh – like the man who nominated him – refuses to accept any accountability for his decisions, evidently believing that he doesn't need to follow the same rules as the rest of us.

Throughout the nomination process, he showed an active disinterest in the pursuit of truth, instead preferring insinuation, evasion and belligerence.

There is nothing – nothing – about the last three weeks that has suggested that Brett Kavanaugh is fit to hold others accountable to the truth or to the law. He can't even do it for himself.

I'm voting No.


Posted on October 6, 2018.

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