Internet Mocks Kavanaugh's Pathetic Wall Street Journal Op-Ed Insisting He Is an 'Independent, Impartial Judge'
On Thursday, hours before the start of the vote to confirm him and amid a cloud of uncertainty and toxicity, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled "I Am an Independent, Impartial Judge."
In this piece, Kavanaugh — without even a hint of actually apologizing for his behavior — tries to address the accusations that he lashed out in a partisan manner at the hearing investigating the accusations of sexual assault against him, blaming the whole thing on a conspiracy of Democrats out to avenge Hillary Clinton's election loss. "I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been," he writes, but adds, "I hope everyone can understand that I was there as a son, husband and dad," and that "Going forward, you can count on me to be ... hardworking, even-keeled, open-minded, independent and dedicated to the Constitution and the public good."
If the reactions on the internet are any indication, the op-ed fell completely flat:
you don't write this unless you don't have the votes and/or realize your credibility has been shot https://t.co/RXPUCaQxbO via @WSJOpinion— Jennifer 'Vote Early' Rubin (@Jennifer 'Vote Early' Rubin)1538699009.0
“Going forward you can count on me” to be different than I was at the hearing. This is just unreal. https://t.co/fGMFwPxOE9— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sherrilyn Ifill)1538697792.0
“The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution,” said the conductor of the train that already le… https://t.co/up8zR4YlCy— Tim O'Brien (@Tim O'Brien)1538701599.0
He called allegations of sexual assault against him "revenge on behalf of the Clintons" out loud, from a prewritten… https://t.co/r2esnTzBG4— Ben Collins (@Ben Collins)1538698611.0
It’s too late for this, Judge Kavanaugh. You told us there exists a vast liberal conspiracy, led by Dem Senators,… https://t.co/lcq0U4Wk3w— Chris Murphy (@Chris Murphy)1538698852.0
I AM AN INDEPENDENT IMPARTIAL JUDGE WHO GIVES INTERVIEWS TO FOX NEWS AND WRITES OP-EDS FOR THE WSJ’S RIGHT-WING OPI… https://t.co/LzVzttCOgh— Judd Legum (@Judd Legum)1538699217.0
I Am An Independent, Impartial Judge Who Merely Needed A Snickers— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse)1538699909.0
“I am an independent, impartial Sith Lord” https://t.co/zquCOMBfla— 🕷Dante Atkins🕷 (@🕷Dante Atkins🕷)1538699304.0
This is hard to watch https://t.co/0f10Vxmrd5— Dan Amira (@Dan Amira)1538702263.0
The fact that Kavanaugh made an openly political attack at his hearing has caused significant controversy, with hundreds of law professors signing an open letter urging the Senate not to confirm him, and even retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, himself a Republican appointee, stating he believed Kavanaugh had disqualified himself.