Ted Vaill: Irish Catholic boy Kavanaugh, a major Republican operative who attended Georgetown Prep when Gorsuck was there, and also Yale when he was there, sailed through his confirmation proceedings until people started to look into the kind of person he really was.
Vivian Rothstein: The hurt many women have felt after the Kavanaugh hearings goes well beyond the confirmation process of a Supreme Court nominee.
Jane Albrecht: In Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony, he disqualified himself as a candidate for the Supreme Court, quite apart from Dr. Ford’s or other’s allegations of misconduct.
WJ Astore: Put bluntly, Kavanaugh failed to display the demeanor Americans expect of any judge, let alone a judge with a lifetime appointment to America’s highest court.
Joseph Palermo: The nation witnessed the spectacle of a sitting federal judge referencing conspiracies as lurid and bizarre as any found on pro-Trump sub-Reddit platforms and in the alt-right blogosphere.
Caroline Heldman: As an officer approached Cosby to affix handcuffs, we all stood up and put our hands over our hearts.
Jessica Goodheart: Senator Charles Grassley has raced to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, in spite of sexual assault allegations against the Supreme Court nominee. Contrast this with Grassley’s public support for victims of sexual harassment in the judicial branch during a June hearing of his committee.
Wendy McElroy: The thrust is to stiffen legal protections for an accused through more rigorous due process and to provide relief to lawsuit-prone schools that now function as police, judge and jury in assault investigations.
Tom Hall: If Kavanaugh were honest about his history, would the proper response to the current accusation be his strident denial, or would it be an acknowledgment that he had times of conduct that he cannot remember, and that an unremembered event could have occurred?
Bill Blum: Speaking of pardons, whatever Trump has told you or signaled, “forgettaboutit.” Now that you’ve flipped on him, you’re going to experience the full force of his malignant narcissism.
Michael Hertz: The real question is whether this incident demonstrates an antipathy by Kavanaugh towards women’s rights or a willingness to partake in illegal acts.
Bill Blum: Impeachment is not limited to indictable offenses. As Alexander Hamilton wrote, impeachment extends to serious violations of “the public trust.”
Bill Blum: Kavanaugh’s confirmation will mark the triumph of a conservative legal counterrevolution aimed at neutralizing the use of law as an instrument of progressive social and economic reform.