The chickens have come home to roost.
As soon as word leaked out that D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh was getting in a black sedan and heading from his office to the White House last Monday night, liberal politicians and interest groups began their cascade of cacophony, screeching about the end of Western Civilization if this mild-mannered dude was confirmed to the Supreme Court. No, seriously:
“The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come and will morph our Supreme Court into a political arm of the right-wing Republican Party.” – Terry McAuliffe
“[Trump] is using this nomination as a destructive tool on a generation of progress for workers, women, LGBTQ people, communities of color & families, & to radically reverse the course of American justice & democracy.” – Nancy Pelosi
“Civil rights, women’s rights, LGBT rights, health care are all under attack. We’ve seen Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s record and we demand no new SCOTUS justice until after a new Senate is seated in 2019.” – NAACP
“Forget abortion or same-sex marriage – contraception could be banned under Justice Kavanaugh.” – Daily Beast Editor Justin Miller
“Even considering this nomination will cement the first American dictatorship” – Actor Joss Whedon
This type of over-the-top rhetoric makes a dent in the political landscape by firing up those who don’t need to be fired up anyway, and by making the opposition screech with indignant defense. But those are the entrenched camps that wouldn’t budge from their opposition or support for the nominee regardless.
The only question is how this reckless hyperbole plays with the general population. Is it enough to mobilize an actual groundswell of opposition that can frighten conflicted Senators to stifle the nomination? And unfortunately for the left, the evidence is clear that all they are generating with this exaggerated contempt is a collective eyeroll from Americans who mutter, “the sky is falling, what else is new” as they go back to mowing their lawns.
And truthfully, the left has no one to thank for this phenomenon but themselves. You can only cry wolf so many times before the villagers stop believing you. And liberals have been crying “extremist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, misogynistic, theocratic, racist, bigoted, megalomaniacal boogeyman” at virtually every Republican of stature for the past several decades.
Just a year ago, they said it about even-tempered Justice Neil Gorsuch:
“Judge Gorsuch’s view of the Constitution is one that would indeed take our nation backward to an earlier era, where women, people of color, persons with disabilities, workers, LGBTQ Americans, and those interacting with the criminal justice system have fewer rights and legal protections.” – Alliance for Justice
And before that, they said it about the docile and affable Mitt Romney:
“Whether it’s tax policy, whether it’s his approach to abortion, gay rights, immigration, he’s the most conservative nominee that they’ve had going back to Goldwater.” – Obama Adviser David Plouffe
And four years earlier, they were saying it about former POW and moderate Republican Senator John McCain:
“I know John McCain. John McCain does not have the temperament to the President of the United States…he’s wrong on the war, he’s wrong on the economy, he’s wrong on many issues that are so important to the American people, and he is erratic.” – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
And two years prior, they were saying it about Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito:
“[W]hen I examine the philosophy, ideology, and record of Samuel Alito, I am deeply troubled…in almost every case he consistently sides on behalf of the powerful against the powerless. On behalf of a strong government or corporation against upholding Americans’ individual rights and liberties.” – Barack Obama
Three years before that, their complaint about Chief Justice John Roberts’ nomination was the same, that he was not someone who would protect:
“fundamental women's rights, civil rights, privacy rights, and who will respect the appropriate separation of powers among the three branches.” – Hillary Clinton
The genuinely respectable and respectful Paul Ryan was infamously depicted as shoving Granny off a cliff in a wheelchair, George W. Bush was caricaturized as Hitler by mainstream Democrat action groups, the delightful and authentic Condoleezza Rice was pilloried as a “race traitor” who represented a threat to American democracy. It just goes on and on and on.
If fact, nothing captures the predictable nature of these patented, scripted left-wing attacks as the fact that the perilously liberal Women’s March organization issued their condemnation of Kavanaugh’s appointment having forgotten to put his name in the name blank they had left in the pre-written statement. Meanwhile, two hours before Trump picked Kavanaugh for the Court, ABC News was calling the selection “controversial.”
It’s pure theater, and outside of the left’s ever-shrinking bubble of perpetual outrage, normal people are tired of watching the same act. Liberals may be worried about losing a SCOTUS seat to Brett Kavanaugh, but they should be most concerned that they’ve lost the audience.